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Photo: Artist Bedwyr Williams opened this year's Creative Futures event

March 6, 2015

Students bidding to secure a break in the creative industries listened to career stories and tips from artists, musicians, filmmakers and journalists at an annual event.

Creative Futures at Glyndŵr University featured four days of keynote talks, workshops and interactive sessions delivered by professionals who earn a living from the £76 billion UK creative industries.

Set up to provide students studying courses such as art, film, TV and music technology with valuable careers advice, it was opened up to the public for the first time this year.

Keynote speakers included artist Bedwyr Williams, illustrator Charlie Adlard, sculptor and filmmaker Huw Davies and animator Susan Young.

There were also talks on working within the music industry from DJ Graeme Park; jobs in journalism from BBC North East Wales news organiser Cath Steward and life as a tree carver from Glyndŵr University illustration graduate Simon O’Rourke.

Event organiser Neil Pritchard, careers adviser, said: “It was fantastic to yet again welcome so many professionals from across the creative industries to provide our students with advice.

“Attendances year-on-year are increasing, reflecting the value of the event in informing and boosting students’ careers.”

Creative Futures 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 was 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).

Glyndŵr University's Centre for the Creative Industries 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 careers.centre@glyndwr.ac.uk

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