Dean of Arts discusses future of North West creative sectorThursday 2 July 2015
As the Department of Culture, Media and Sport announces a 5.5% increase in creative industry jobs across the UK, Professor Nick Rees, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, represented Liverpool Hope at a roundtable to discuss leadership in the cultural sector.
The roundtable, which took place at Media City, provided an opportunity to support partnerships across higher education and the cultural sector, and coincided with the news from the Department for Culture Media and Sport that the creative industries provide more than 1.8 million jobs across the UK – an increase of 5.5% since 2013. 139,000 of these jobs are in the North West.
Liverpool Hope already works in close partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, National Museums Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, FACT, the Royal Court Theatre, The Bluecoat and the Beatles Story, as well as hosting the European Opera Centre and Milap Indian Arts organisation at the Creative Campus in the city centre.
In 2013, the university launched £10,000 Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize in partnership with the Royal Court Liverpool, to find the next great comedic playwright and encourage new writing. Judges included Kathy Burke, Frank Cottrell Boyce and John Godber. The prize, which also included the opportunity to have work considered for production by the Royal Court, was won by comedian and writer Katie Mulgrew. Liverpool Hope student Jonathan Cheriyan was also highly commended in the 21 and under category.
Professor Rees said: “Liverpool Hope is a leading provider of arts graduates in diverse areas including dance, music, fine art, media and film, art history and curating. This event brought together leaders from the across the cultural and educational sectors in the North West, with a view to considering ways in which cultural organisations and the universities develop new forms of leadership to ensure greater resilience of the arts and the cultural sector.”