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Comic artist Charlie Adlard & DJ Graeme Park to speak at Creative Futures 2015


February 25, 2015

Photo: International DJ Graeme Park

Artists from hit cult series The Walking Dead, legendary nightclub the Haçienda and artists in residence from international arts festival the Venice Biennale are among those appearing at Glyndŵr University’s Creative Futures 2015.

The free, four-day annual creative conference, hosts workshops, talks and panels with creative industry professionals, to inspire and support innovation and new talent, from March 2-5.

For 2015, thanks to support from the Arts Council of Wales, Creative Futures is opening its doors to the wider arts community and the general public, free of charge for the very first time.

Fourteen sessions throughout the event will be open to all, and offer a unique opportunity for the public and students to engage, make connections and discover the paths taken by some of their favourite artists.

The programme boasts a line-up of world renowned artists, including award winning installation artist Bedwyr Williams and lead artist on the hugely popular The Walking Dead, Charlie Adlard, both of whom will reveal the secrets of forging a successful creative industries career.

Alex Connock, managing director of Shine North, responsible for Geeks (E4) and Idris Elba: King of Speed (BBC2) will appear on Wednesday March 4 to discuss the multi-million pound industry of online video.

Audiences can expect, amongst other things, to gain insight from dance music pioneer and Haçienda DJ Graeme Park; hear how one of the UK’s leading tree carving sculptors, Simon O’Rourke, built his path from illustration to chain saw carving; and build their own public speaking and freelancing skills with Glyndŵr’s ZONE Enterprise Hub Manager, Mike Corcoran.

Organisers of the event are thrilled to see this year’s conference being bigger and better than ever.

Neil Pritchard, careers adviser at Glyndŵr University and Creative Futures organiser, said: “Creative Futures 2015 promises to be spectacular.

“Since 2009, the event has helped hundreds of students at Glyndŵr University gain contacts, professional insight, find employment, and take the first steps on the road to becoming successful creative professionals.

“This year, the opportunity to open our doors to the public has been exciting, and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone, no matter what their previous background or experience, to book in and join us for a fantastic four days of activity.”

Creative Futures will take place at Glyndŵr University’s Mold Road Campus between Monday March 2 and Thursday March 5, and events are free of charge.

Public attendees are advised to book their free tickets via EventBrite due to limited availability.

Full details of the public programme and links to EventBrite can be found through ‘Creative Futures Glyndwr’ on Facebook

For more information regarding the conference and its programme please contact Neil Pritchard on 01978 293240 or

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