Creative Futures careers event opens to public for first time
Photo: Glyndŵr University's Centre for the Creative Industries will host events at Creative Futures 2015
Film, music, art and TV professionals will provide an insight into working in the UK’s £71 billion creative industries when an annual careers event is opened up to the public for the first time.
Members of the arts community will be able to attend free talks and events at Creative Futures, organised by Glyndŵr University, in March 2015.
The four-day careers, enterprise and employability conference has brought more than 200 media professionals to North Wales and helped over 2,000 students gain valuable career advice since launching in 2009.
It is being expanded this year to support young arts professionals and new arts organisations, as well as students, following a grant from the Arts Council of Wales (ACW).
More than 40 presentations, seminars and workshops on everything from freelancing to building creative portfolios will be held at venues across Wrexham from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March 2015.
Full details of the programme and information on how to book places will be available from mid- February.
Careers adviser and Creative Futures organiser Neil Pritchard said: “We’re really pleased to have been awarded the grant from the ACW. Creative Futures was shortlisted for a National Careers Award in 2013 and we continue to build on this success.
“With the help of this grant we look forward to providing attendees with the unique opportunity to engage directly with experts: inspiring them, and equipping them with skills that they need for their future.”
The Creative Industries sector, which includes jobs in film, TV, art, music and computer games, was worth £71 billion in 2014, employing 5.6% of the UK workforce.
Glyndŵr University recognised the sector’s growing importance with the opening of a new £5m Centre for the Creative Industries at its Wrexham campus in March 2011.
It features state-of-the-art TV and radio studios, 3D workshops, design studios, Apple training suites and post-production audio and visual facilities. It is also home to BBC Cymru Wales in North East Wales.
Glyndŵr University’s careers centre supports graduates from across North Wales with a range of advice on skills and employability. For more information call 01978 293240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org