New research by Adobe Express has named Manchester the ‘creative capital’ of the UK, or the UK’s most creative city.

By analysing a variety of factors including the number of jobs available in the creative sector, the number of museums and galleries and the number of notable artists born in each of the towns and cities, Adobe was able to identify which UK city is leading the way in creativity.

Taking all of this into account, Manchester came top of the list followed by Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Leeds and Edinburgh.

Manchester claimed the title with an overall creativity score of 8.7/10, with an estimated 111 notable creatives per 100,000 people – including musicians, painters, and writers – as well as around 31 relevant job roles per 100,000 residents in the creative arts sector too.

Manchester is already recognised as one of Europe’s largest creative, digital and technology clusters and is home to a fast-growing £5 billion digital ecosystem. The city’s thriving creative, digital and technology community includes over 10,000 businesses including the BBC, Brown Bag Films, Mediacom and Dentsu Aegis.

With strengths in design, animation, gaming, AI, virtual realities, advertising and broadcast and media production; Greater Manchester’s creative sector is a thriving community.

Plus, with new investments in culture through the opening of Aviva Studios, the opening of Co-op Live and the English National Opera announcing its move to the city, international names in the arts will soon be flocking to Manchester.

Right now, Manchester is trading on its creative prowess to become an international powerhouse for the arts, creating new opportunities for residents in all sectors to forge lasting careers in this sector.

The top 10 most creative cities in the UK are:

  1. Manchester
  2. Brighton and Hove
  3. Bristol
  4. Leeds
  5. Edinburgh
  6. Liverpool
  7. Newcastle
  8. Glasgow
  9. Norwich
  10. Nottingham