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Industry insiders help students build creative futures

Experts in the design, art, music, TV, film and media professions will be giving university students an insight into how to live a creative future this week.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s annual four-day Creative Futures event is a packed programme of talks from creative professionals. It will give students valuable and practical insights into how to make viable careers in the UK creative industries, which are worth £84.1 billion each year to the UK economy.

The event was launched yesterday (Monday) with an introduction from Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar, Head of the School of Creative Arts Professor Alec Shepley, and creative director of Wrexham’s new arts and cultural space Ty Pawb, Jo Marsh.

Yesterday’s highlights included painter Shani Rhys James MBE outlining some of her career achievements to date, as well as the work that has defined her. She provided an insight into the knowledge, experiences, skills and attributes that have helped overcome various challenges along the way. Features writer at The Sun Kate Jackson offered advice on getting into journalism.

Today (Tuesday), artist and designer Glyn Dillon will talk about his career as a comic book artist and how he moved to work as a storyboarder and concept designer for prominent television and film projects including Star Wars. There is also a talk from music journalist John Robb and an intriguingly titled talk via video link from the US from photographer Brooke Shaden: Unique Visions: Turning Your Strangeness Into a Career.

Wednesday’s programme includes CBBC’s Interactive Executive Producer Mario Dubois talking about how BBC Children’s are trying to cater for a more digitally orientated audience. He will share some ‘industry insider’ tips about how students can get involved in making or producing content, or become involved in digital developments at the BBC.

Simon Gavin, the global head of music at Syco, Simon Cowell’s record label, will be interviewed by Graeme Park on Thursday. Students will hear his insider’s perspective on how to develop their future career.

A lot of speakers, including animator Chris Woodworth and designer Alex Willmore, are graduates of Wrexham Glyndŵr who have come back to share their stories.

“It’s important that graduates who have achieved impressive outcomes want to come back to tell the next generation their story to help them,” said Creative Futures organiser Neil Pritchard, Careers and Employability Adviser at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

“Creative Futures gives students an insight and knowledge to help with their confidence. The creative industries can be an intimidating world and the first step can be a huge step, so Creative Futures is designed to help make that transition easier, offering them a bridge. It’s a great opportunity for them to find out what it’s really like from the insiders.”

For more information about the event, see www.creativefutures.glyndwr.ac.uk 

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