Expanded Territories: Creative Economy Seminar

A one-day FREE seminar showcasing the diversity of Irish & UK creative enterprises and practices. A vibrant & dynamic mix of creative industry experts from UK and Ireland share their knowledge and cutting edge research of the Creative Industries.

10am – 5.30 pm Friday 27th March, 2015, The Dock , Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Harnessing Creativity’s one-day free seminar will focus on the challenges faced by creative industry practitioners and enterprises today. The focus for the day will be ‘Creative Enterprise and Entrepreneurship’ and will offer a balance of industry knowledge and globally recognised research in this area.

With a host of national and UK based representatives from the wider creative sector, the day will excite, ignite and inspire! Seven specialist speakers will talk about their experiences of taking ideas from conception to fruition. As we celebrate the Year of Irish Design 2015, there will be a particular focus on Product Design, Creative Industry research, Arts management and freelancing in the Digital era, Start-Ups & Expanding into International Markets.

Speakers are available throughout the day and this is a one off opportunity for all businesses mainstream and creative to engage directly with leading edge experts.

This FREE event is open to ALL creative practitioners or businesses and is not confined to any particular regional area. Register for the seminar if you are interested in integrating innovative, creative working models into your company, exploring potentially new directions for your practice or want to meet and make contact with peers and professionals in the sector.

Expanded Territories: Creative Economy Seminar Speakers are:

Alex Milton: Director of Irish Design 2015

Alex Milton is a designer, author, curator and academic. He is the Programme Director of Irish Design 2015, a major government initiative that seeks to increase the awareness, understanding and use of design in Irish society and industry.

Alex is a visiting professor at the National College of Art and Design, Ireland and at Aston University, UK having previously taught at a number of institutions internationally including Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Edinburgh College of Art and the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing.

As an active design researcher he has led and managed research projects worth over €1.8 million. His creative work has been exhibited at numerous international venues including IMMA, Designers Block Milan, ICFF New York, 100% Design London, IMM Cologne, London Architecture Biennale, MUDAC Lausanne and INDEX Copenhagen.

He has written a number of books including ‘Product Design’ (Laurence King, 2011), contributed to ‘New Technologies’ (Phaidon, 2009), ‘Mass Production’ (Phaidon, 2009), and ‘Pioneers’ (Phaidon 2009), and edited ‘Thinking Inside the Box: A Reader in Interiors for the 21st Century’ (Middlesex University Press 2007). His most recent book ‘Research Methods for Product Design’ co-authored with Paul Rodgers was published by Laurence King in 2013.

He is a council member of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Philip McAleese: Founder of See.Sense.

Philip is a commuter cyclist who has over 20 years experience electronic and software engineering. He graduated from the Queen’s University of Belfast with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Software Engineering). Following University, Philip spent two years designing air traffic control simulators for National Air Traffic Services. He then went on to design, build and maintain trading systems for several multinational investment banks. He held a number of Vice President and Director roles and delivered dozens of large projects incorporating both hardware and software. Philip was hospitalised after a cycling accident and after years of commuting grew tired of hearing drivers say “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you”. Dissatisfied with the performance of current lights in making cyclists visible, he set out to design something better. Philip left his corporate job in September 2012 in order to focus exclusively on See.Sense.

Dr Oonagh Murphy Arts Manager

Dr Oonagh Murphy is an arts manager, writer and lecturer, her research has taken her around the world to explore international best practice on the scalability of emerging technologies for cultural organisations. Alongside writing for The Guardian, Arts Professional and Culture Sync she has presented at key international conferences including Museums and The Web (Portland, OR), and Museum Next (Amsterdam) and spent summer 2012 in New York researching digital engagement as a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow. In 2013 she was named on the SyncList ‘ a showcase of people who are doing remarkable things in the space where technology meets the arts’; and in 2014 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Ulster for her research on the impact of digital technologies on the cultural sector. Oonagh works with a wide range of clients on both a short term and ongoing basis in an arts management and consultancy capacity including The Frieze Art Fair, Blick studios, Ulster Association of Youth Drama, University of Ulster, Queen’s University, Museums Computer Group, Culture Night, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Audiences NI, Irish Museums Association, CultureTech, Arts & Business NI and Young at Art.

Ruth Flood –Strategic Communications

Ruth Flood is a seasoned research professional. Over the last 15 years she has held senior positions on the agency side and for some time was Head of Evidence at the UK Design Council. She is well known for her work in the creative industries particularly in the field of design, but is also known amongst her corporate clients for market intelligence projects. Most recently she ran the research team at Madano Partnership, a London based Strategic Communications Agency. Currently she is in the process of setting up her own practice in Belfast.

Dr Jonathan Sapsed – Brighton Fuse Project

Dr Jonathan Sapsed is a Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) at the University of Brighton, where he is Academic Director of the Brighton Fuse project, a £1.2m grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to map, measure and enhance a significant digital creative cluster (www.brightonfuse.com). Jonathan has researched creativity and innovation in digital firms in Silicon Valley in the US, UK video games developers, as well as companies such as Disney, Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, and QinetiQ. He is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the Creative Industries from Oxford University Press. In his spare time Jonathan is a comics writer and enjoys drawing on his Ipad.

Ruth Morrow – Director of Tactility Factory

Ruth Morrow is Director and Co-founder, with Trish Belford, of Tactility Factory. An innovative company commercialising patented technology that brings together textiles and concrete to make highly tactile surfaces. She is also Professor of architecture at Queen’s University Belfast, writing and researching around Space/People/Material Technology mixed through with Creativity and Pedagogy.

Dr Martyn Evans Director: Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University

Martyn is Head of Department of Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. His research interests explore the strategic approaches designers use to consider the future, in particular the ability of designers to envision potential social, cultural, technological and economic futures. As a trained product designer, his research activities centre on design futures, trends and forecasting on which he has presented widely.

He is currently a lead investigator for Design For Europe which will develop the European Design Innovation Platform over 3 years and aims to accelerate design-driven innovation in order to boost innovation, growth and job creation across the EU. He is also Principal Investigator for the AHRC funded (£768k) Design Routes which explores the role of design in developing and revitalising culturally significant designs, products and practices in conjunction with Leeds University. Martyn was also co-investigator upon Design 2020, an AHRC funded project looking at potential futures for the UK design industry.


Expanded Territories: Creative Economy Seminar

We have a limited number of seats available at the Seminar on Friday the 27th March from 10am. To book your space please register online at www.harnessingcreativity.eu/Events/March-2015/Beyond-Territories or email Annamarie.ORourke@leitrimcoco.ie