Plymouth’s IGNITE Festival of Creativity returns – FE News


The award-winning IGNITE festival of creativity will return for a fourth year to transform the city center into a multi-location showcase for the work of graduates from over 30 degree programs at Plymouth University of the Arts (formerly known as name of Plymouth College of Art) and the University of Plymouth.

Galleries, studios, pop-up shops, waterside locations and even a bank are ready to host an array of inspiring artwork from Plymouth City’s creative graduates.

This year sees the addition of IGNITE Future Careers, a seven-week program of live, online recruiting and career activities brought to creative graduates and students by local, regional and national businesses. IGNITE Future Careers, which will also be open to the public and will run from Monday, June 6 through Friday, July 15, acts as an immersive way for the public to connect directly with employers.

Tom Oldham, industry leading portrait photographer and alumnus of Plymouth University of the Arts, said:

“IGNITE is a particularly dynamic and indispensable initiative. Connecting emerging creative talent to industry, developing employability skills and promoting employment opportunities when you leave education is paramount. I am delighted to contribute to this forward-thinking festival and to benefit from new and important graduate work.

Tatum Croft, Illustration graduate from Plymouth University, added:

“Without IGNITE, I wouldn’t have the job I do now. I just released a children’s picture book that was started by the author who found me on the IGNITE website.

IGNITE - Top Shop 2021

IGNITE Festival of Creativity – TopShop 2021

Local companies and organizations have already planned more than a dozen jobs, training and internships for graduates, which will start before and during the festival. They include opportunities with one of the country’s leading television production companies Two four; award-winning video and streaming experts Silverstream Television; digital media consultancy Eddystone Media; audiovisual production company JHAV; and visual design company Designs by Nick Jevons. They are also expanding into more design-focused roles in construction and the built environment, through partners from Plymouth Buildingthe partnership led by Plymouth City Council that connects local people to the opportunities of this thriving sector.

Dozens of other regional and national companies, including A Pickled Thought, Cox London, Avant Arte, Live Recruitment, theater practitioner Kevin Johnson and key industry figures including immersive media specialist, award-winning Catherine Allen a BAFTA, and Sonja, senior production designer and longtime Ridley Scott collaborator. Klaus also organizes inspirational talks, workshops and paid work opportunities to pitch to IGNITE Creativity Festival students.

Sue Kenderdine, Head of Talent at Twofour, said:

“Twofour is thrilled to be part of the 2022 IGNITE Festival of Creativity. Twofour is a proud regional company passionate about welcoming and sustaining emerging talent in the South West. Our offices in Devon and London are brimming with talent and support initiatives that help future generations find pathways into creative enterprise. »

Kate Mailing, Production Manager at Silverstream TV, added:

“With the help of IGNITE, we are already reaping the benefits of finding great candidates at both Plymouth University and Plymouth University of the Arts. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get in touch with future local graduates.

Representatives of Barclays, Plymouth city bus, Millfields Trust, just brave enough, Altitude, The salicornia club, Beginning, real ideas and many other companies and organizations have already met graduate students from both universities through a networking event held last month at The Box and featuring guest speakers including Hannah Harris, CEO of Plymouth Culture.

Peter Barker, Head of the School of Design and Communication at Plymouth University of the Arts, said:

“The IGNITE festival, which has been running since 2019, has boosted the profile creation and employability of graduates. Students at Plymouth University of the Arts have benefited from the Ignite Futures talent promotion website, exposure and promotion opportunities in the city of Plymouth, and participation in seminars and training sessions for businesses. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the value of our creative graduates to the city and the amazing local businesses that employ them.

AUP Textile Design Summer Show 2021 at the Royal William Yard, as part of IGNITE

Arts University Plymouth’s BA (Hons) Textile Design Summer Show 2021 at the Royal William Yard, as part of IGNITE

Professor Chris Bennewith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business at Plymouth University, added:

“The IGNITE Festival of Creativity is an important time to celebrate and be inspired by graduates from both institutions. It shows Plymouth’s strength as a creative hub and is the very heart of the iMayflower programme. This pipeline of creative talent has the potential to not only fuel our creative industries locally, but also connect to other parts of our regional economy and drive innovation in business and tourism. health and our maritime sector. IGNITE offers an excellent opportunity for graduates to engage with business leaders and gain employment opportunities.

The IGNITE Festival of Creativity, which includes the IGNITE Futures digital platform, runs alongside Arts University Plymouth 2022 Summer shows and the University of Plymouth Art, Design and Architecture Graduate Fair. Together, they support the region’s ambition to develop its creative industries. At the national level, this sector is growing at four times the rate of the UK economy as a whole, and in 2019 contributed £115.9 billion to gross value added, which is higher than the aerospace, automotive, life sciences and oil and gas sectors reunited.

IGNITE is supported by Plymouth City Council through the iMayflower project, and by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which funds the Cultural Development Fund (administered by Arts Council England ).

For more information about the festival and ticketing, go to www.ignitefutures.co.uk

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