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Welsh Deputy Minister to launch Creative Industries fair first for Newport

26 February 2012

Following the resounding success of its first Creative Industries Fair held in Caernarfon in 2010, CULT Cymru is set for its next high profile event - this time at the dynamic University of Wales, Newport City Campus next to the Riverfront Arts Centre in Newport. 

The fair on the 2nd and 3rd of March, which is free to attend, is aimed at industry professionals, new entrants and students, and is a partnership between CULT Cymru, the University of Wales, Newport and Skillset Media Academy Wales.

The Creative Industries employ around 30,000 people in Wales and have been identified as one of the nine key sectors with potential for growth by the Welsh Government’s Economic Renewal Programme. 

The fair will be launched on Friday 2nd March from 6.15 pm – 9 pm in the company of Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert (pictured left), followed by a high level panel session organised in association with the Royal Television Society Wales on the theme “Winning commissions and developing and sustaining high quality jobs (on screen and behind the scenes) in drama production in Wales.”   Chaired by Chris Ryde, National Officer for Equity in Wales with panel members Julie Scott – Head of Production at BBC Wales Drama (Upstairs Downstairs, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Ashes to Ashes, Mistresses), Suzanne Alizart - Interim Chief Executive, Film Agency Wales and a representative from S4C. There will be opportunities to network over light refreshments and canapés before and following the panel session.

The Saturday will entail a host of exhibitions, demos and panel sessions on a broad range of subjects relevant to those working across the creative sector including panel sessions on IPR & Copyright, Working with an Agent, Freelance Survival, Demonstrations and exhibitions on cameras and lighting including the Phantom High Speed Camera, Polecam and large format cameras.  Makeup, hair and costume demonstrations will include the latest in special effects from make-up designer Ian Burton Legge (who has worked with Chanel, Dior and Revlon, Beyoncé-MTV Awards, Victoria Beckham, Victoria Smurfitt,  Cat Deeley, Charlotte Church and Nigella Lawson.)

There will also be social media drop-in sessions to help creative freelancers market themselves and stands from a host of organisations including Skillset, Arts Council Wales, Wales Screen Commission and Welsh Government Business Support.  There will be three live music sessions from Rachel Taylor Beales.  Most importantly this will be an opportunity for industry professionals, both established and new, to network and make new contacts.

Siân Gale, CULT Cymru’s Project Manager explains the rationale behind the fair.

“Through our learning survey our members have told us that attending training courses and networking events that are run locally and tailored to their specific needs is crucial to them in winning new and higher quality work.  Many people working in the creative sector are either freelance, micro enterprises or on fixed term or rolling contracts therefore it’s crucial that they are aware of changes facing the industry and of the work opportunities available to them on a local level but also globally.  It is also important to link those new to the industry with their peers and support organisations to ensure that they have the best possible start to what can be an incredibly rewarding as well as a challenging career.”

The event is being hosted by the University of Wales, Newport’s new Faculty of Arts and Business which is the lead partner of the Skillset Media Academy Wales partnership.

“The University is delighted to be hosting this high-profile event which will build on the successful collaboration between the University, the Media Academy and our industry partners to date,” said Professor Stephen Hagen, Chairman of the Skillset Media Academy Wales and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Wales, Newport.

“The Skillset Media Academy Wales is a leading example of collaboration between Universities in Wales and we are excited at the prospects offered to our students and graduates through our collaboration with the CULT Cymru project. We are also looking forward to offering creative industry professionals a taste of the excellent facilities we have at our City Campus.”

The CULT Cymru fair is supported by the Skills for the Digital Economy programme (Skillset / S4C / TAC).

CULT Cymru Creative Industries Fair 2012

University of Wales Newport (City Centre Campus)

Friday 2.3.12 (18.15-21.00) & Saturday 3.3.12 (09.30 – 17.00)

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