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Four-day event provides students with insight into jobs in creative industries

7 March 2017

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An award-winning animator, commissioning editors working for Channel 4 and leading figures from the arts scene in Wales were among more than 50 speakers at a creative industries careers showcase in Wrexham.

Now in its eighth year, four-day conference Creative Futures gave hundreds of Wrexham Glyndwr University students the chance to find out about opportunities for employment in art, music, film, TV, theatre and more.

Leading figures from the creative industries were joined by university alumni and other invited speakers to hear stories about their careers.

Keynote speakers included UK-based American artist Doug Fishbone, stop motion animator Barry Purves and Thom Gulseven, commissioning editor of All4 alongside his colleagues Tom Jenkins and Laura Rankin, from All4 sub-platform ‘Mashed.’

There was also a panel discussion which featured Tamara Harvey, artistic director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Alfredo Cramerotti, director of MOSTYN Gallery and Oriel Wrecsam director Jo Marsh.

And to celebrate St David’s Day, a bilingual panel spoke about organising arts events in Wales, with the TV studio-based forum rounded off by a live performance from musician Meilir Tomos.

Event organiser Neil Pritchard, careers adviser, said: “The event is dedicated to developing the technical, professional, business and employability skills of new, aspiring and established creative talent, as well as raising the quality of artistic work currently being developed in North East Wales.

“It’s always a privilege to welcome such esteemed speakers to the event. Their advice and stories are invaluable to students who are just starting out on careers in the creative industries.

“Thanks to our excellent relationships with Wrexham Glyndwr University graduates we’re also able to bring back many former students who have made successful careers in the industry, demonstrating to current students that anything can be achieved.”

More than 400 speakers have visited the university for Creative Futures since it started in 2009, organised by the Careers and Zone team at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

This year, over 500 students attended from School of the Creative Arts subject areas.

Head of the School of Creative Arts, Professor Alec Shepley said: “The arts have a huge role to play in places like Wrexham, from driving creativity, technological innovation and creating jobs, to celebrating culture, heritage and bringing diverse communities together. It’s something we’re immensely proud of in our work at the School of the Creative Arts at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

"We always welcome investment into the region’s arts provision, and see the new People’s Market as a huge opportunity. The investment is a major statement of confidence in the importance of the arts to North East Wales, and we’re fully committed to working with the People’s Market team in ensuring that our students, and the whole community reap the rewards.”

Creative Futures is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Welsh Government and A Degree of Responsibility initiative.

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