With over 230 people registered, the College of Arts Industry Day 2015 presented a unique opportunity for organisations from private, public and third sector organisations to learn of the many ways to benefit from the strengths and resources available within the College of Arts.
Chaired by the BBC’s Sally McNair and featuring experts from arts, cultural and creative sectors such as Janet Archer (Creative Scotland CEO), Alan Leslie (Northlight Heritage), David Hopes (Robert Burns Birthplace Museum), John Hume (RCAHMS), Francis McKee (CCA) and Luke Wormald (Scottish Government), the event galvanized the academic and non-academic communities.
During the lunch break the audience were invited to engage with the 8 knowledge exchange themes (Cultural Education, Digital, Dress & Textiles, Film & Broadcasting, Heritage, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Writing & Publishing) at information stands attended by our academics. They helped to promote the various ways in which we engage with the non-academic community from student placements to collaborative research programmes. A broad range of case studies was also available from each stand to take away.
Following a networking lunch, attendees focused on the areas most relevant to them at our 6 breakout sessions: Cultural Education / Writing & Publishing; Digital; Dress & Textiles; Film & Broadcasting; Heritage; and Performing Arts / Visual Arts.
Engaging with industry is second nature and crucial to our sustainable success as well as that of the Arts, Cultural, Creative, Heritage and Tourism sectors in Scotland. From providing teaching resources into the hundreds of schools across Scotland to shaping government policy on heritage preservation, we have an extremely diverse range of expertise. Attendees seized the opportunity for engaging and to exchange ideas which created a real buzz in Hunter Halls and in the breakout sessions, which in turn made for a very productive event.
Text by Dr Fraser Rowan.