Cardiff and Vale College hosts Creative and Cultural conference
Influential figures in the Welsh arts world came together recently to discuss the future direction of the creative industries in a special conference.
The event at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay was arranged through the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural, of which Cardiff and Vale College is a founder college. The conference, in partnership with sector skills council Creative & Cultural Skills, brought together people from across the creative sector to share best practice.
Welsh Government Minister for Finance Jane Hutt AM spoke about creative industries and their relevance to the Welsh Economy, while Colegau Cymru Deputy Chief Executive Greg Walker discussed the further education perspective. Paul Latham, Creative & Cultural Skills Chairman Paul Latham spoke about the links between educators and employers and its joint Chief Executive Pauline Tambling proposed a UK-wide network of colleges.
Paul, who is also Chief Operating Officer at Live Nation Entertainment UK & Ireland, also chaired a panel discussion. The panellists were: National Theatre Wales Head of Production David Evans; Janice Lane, Director of Learning, Exhibitions and Digital Media at the National Museums of Wales; Makers’ Guild in Wales General Manager Simon Burgess and BAFTA Cymru Director Allison Dowzell.
The panel discussed the benefits of employing apprentices, the diversity of work that is available in the creative industries that some young people might not be aware of, and how colleges could creative students on a range of courses to perhaps consider working in the arts. Allison Dowzell added that BAFTA Cymru has the largest number of student members in any branch of the Academy.
David Evans explained that the National Theatre Wales was looking to collaborate with CAVC and Creative & Cultural Skills, through the National Skills Academy, on a way to work with students across Wales with an exhibition at the end of the project. “There are lots of opportunities there,” he said.
The College was involved throughout the day. CAVC film students videoed the event and Music students performed during the conference lunchtime networking session.