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Click here to take a look at our new short film where members discuss what we do, why they’re involved and what we have achieved to date. It was shot at our First Anniversary Celebration.
The third in our programme of UK Roadshow events saw the Federation visit Birmingham's Fazeley Studios. Topics including skills, access, creative education and the digital ecosystem were discussed amongst other points.
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- Jonnie Turpie MBE - Founder and Director, Maverick TV and High Sheriff of the West Midlands
Piers Read - Managing Director, The Custard Factory
Joanne Dutton - Regional Director for the Midlands and Director of Access and Customer Engineering, Virgin Media
- Anita Bhalla OBE - Chair of Creative City Partnership, Board member LEP and Chair Performances Birmingham Ltd
- Bethan Bishop - Head of Innovation and Industry Engagement, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
- Joe Godwin - Director, BBC Birmingham and BBC Academy
- Karl Hilton - Programme Executive, Games and Digital, Creative England
- John Mathers - Chief Executive, Design Council
- Karen Newman, Director, Birmingham Open Media (BOM)
The panel was chaired by John Kampfner, Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation and Lara Ratnaraja, Cultural Consultant.
The second in our programme of UK Roadshow events saw the Federation visit Leeds' Opera North. Topics including the Northern Powerhouse, skills and infrastructure were discussed before an eclectic audience from across the creative sector.
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Anya Hindmarch MBE, Founder, Chair & Chief Creative Officer, Anya Hindmarch, UK Business Ambassador for the Creative Industries
Jo McBeath, UKTI, Trade Adviser Manager
Tom Riordan, CEO, Leeds City Council
- Dominic Gray, Projects Director, Opera North
- Anya Hindmarch MBE, Founder, Chair & Chief Creative Officer, Anya Hindmarch, UK Business Ambassador for the Creative Industries
- Sally Joynson, CEO, Screen Yorkshire
- Jamie Sefton, Managing Director, Game Republic
- Ian Thompson, Owner, Thompson Brand Partners
- Sharon Watson, Artistic Director, Phoenix Dance Theatre
The panel was chaired by John Kampfner, CEO, Creative Industries Federation and Anamaria Wills, CEO, CIDAco.
Before a capacity audience of delegates from the creative industries and beyond, Manchester welcomed the Creative Industries Federation to its iconic Whitworth Art Gallery on Monday 27th April to kick off our programme of UK Roadshow events.
You can view highlights of the event here.
Or see a video of the full event here.
Keynote Speech from:
Tom Bloxham MBE - Chairman, Urban Splash
Sir Peter Bazalgette - Chair, Arts Council England
Lou Cordwell - CEO, Magnetic North
Malcolm Garrett - Creative Director, Images&Co and Co-founder, Design Manchester
Charles Lauder - Chair, Contact Theatre
Helen Bullough - Head of CBBC Productions
The panel was chaired by John Kampfner, CEO, Creative Industries Federation and Dr Maria Balshaw, Director, the Whitworth and Manchester City Galleries.
You can watch edited highlights of the launch of the Liberal Democrats Creative Industries Strategy for the next parliament by clicking on the picture. The event was hosted by the Federation at the Roundhouse, London on April 22nd with Vince Cable, Baroness Bonham Carter and Lord Clement Jones. Alternatively you can watch the full event on our YouTube Channel.
On Wednesday 8 April the Federation, in partnership with the BBC and the Royal Opera House, hosted The Culture Debate. This event was the first of its kind in a general election campaign: a major national hustings involving the leading cultural and creative industries spokespeople of the five main national parties and live-streamed on the BBC and Royal Opera House websites as well as on our own.
Ed Vaizey for the Conservatives, Harriet Harman for Labour, Baroness Bonham Carter for the Liberal Democrats, Martin Dobson for the Greens and Peter Whittle for UKIP outlined their parties' policies on the arts and creative industries and took questions from a live audience of over 300, including a selection of industry experts. The debate was chaired by Martha Kearney.
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The Education Secretary Nicky Morgan this week pledged to include the arts as a fundamental part of the UK’s education system.
In a conversation with the Creative Industries Federation, she insisted that the remarks she made last November, in which she appeared to disparage arts education, were taken out of context.
Asked by Sir John Sorrell, Chair of the Federation, if the standing given to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics should be extended to the arts, (in the jargon, putting the ‘A’ into STEM to make STEAM), the Education Secretary replied:
"Yes, I think I probably would. That would very much capture that it’s not an “either or”; you need a combination of skills in order to succeed in the modern work place.”
She however stopped short of following other politicians - notably Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition - in calling for a greater role for Ofsted in prioritising the provision of culture.
“I will always look, but the difficulty is that the more tweaks we do with the Ofsted handbook, the more I get pushed back from the professionals who ask why I don’t trust them as professionals to be giving our young people this broad and balanced curriculum. If I put one thing in then I have to put something else in.”
When asked by Sorrell to clarify her views on the importance of creative education in the curriculum, Morgan remarked:
“I think creativity is one of those skills we want all our young people to have. I want all young people to be making informed subject and career choices and not to feel that any options are shut off to them. So that goes back to making sure that all the young people are aware of where the different subjects can take them.”
The discussion with Morgan was the latest in a series of policy and political interventions by the Federation. On 23 February 2015, Miliband set out his creative industries, arts and education policy. During that speech, under the Federation umbrella at Battersea Arts Centre, he said:
“Under Labour, we will build the need for creative education into Ofsted inspections. And schools will have to provide high quality creative subjects and cultural opportunities to all their pupils if they want to get an “outstanding” Ofsted rating.
The Education Secretary had been expected to give a keynote address at a Federation event following her speech at the launch of the Your Life campaign, where she appeared to dismiss the importance of creative education. This was cancelled. Instead, she met with Sir John Sorrell and John Kampfner, CEO of the Federation.