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As part of the IGNITE Festival of Creativity, we are offering a wealth of talks and workshops from creative alumni, local and national organisations.
Join us at our campus and our city centre and campus hubs, where we will be hosting a range of recruitment and employability events in collaboration with creative alumni, local and national organisations.
Learn more about how to start your own creative business and current opportunities from speakers within digital media, marketing, immersive technology, interior design and photography.
Register for the events, which will be delivered in-person via the guidance below and check our full event calendar.
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How to build a successful creative business 2022

6 and 20 June, 10:00–13:00 | Venue: Barclays Plymouth, 140–146 Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1LA
Outset Enterprise Adviser, Jenny Evans, has been a professional artist for almost a decade, selling artwork globally and stocked in galleries nationally. She also raised £350,000 to launch her homeware business in 2019.
She is here to answer all your creative business questions for three hours and go over all the basics you need to know to launch and scale a successful business.
Key areas we will cover in the session include: 
  • Competitors and how to find your niche
  • Building a brand
  • Social media
  • How to sell your work better
  • Finances
  • Q&A
  • Networking.

<p>Jenny Evans, Outset Enterprise Adviser</p>

Navigating the landscape – exploring the resilience of living as a freelance actor/theatre practitioner

7 June, 11:00–14:00 | Venue: Room 307, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA
Led by Kevin Johnson, this seminar/workshop is all about 'mapping' out your future journey as a creative artist, highlighting obstacles and opportunities, how to recognise them when they arise and how to build resilience as a freelancer, balancing your career and your mental wellbeing.
Kevin is an actor, theatre director and theatre practitioner who has worked extensively in mental health and theatre arts over the past 12 years. He has been a festival director and company director, and has worked in schools, prisons and hospitals.
This tailored event will give you the tools, space and time you need to reflect, ask questions and begin the process of mapping out the next steps in your career.
Email plymcreative@plymouth.ac.uk to register.

<p>Kevin Johnson, actor, theatre director and theatre practitioner</p>

Kimber Gray’s Interior Design Showcase 2022

14 June, 09:30–17:00 | Venue: Barclays Plymouth, 140–146 Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1LA
From a young age, heritage properties and their interiors have always captured Kimber’s imagination and curiosity. Finding a way to apply this passion led her to train in interior design and undertake a degree specialising in this unique section of the industry.
Starting an interior design business focused on listed buildings has provided an opportunity for Kimber to use this passion to help guide clients on the design journeys and work closely with these complex and beautiful buildings as well as new construction and existing non listed properties.
Email plymcreative@plymouth.ac.uk to register.

<p>Graded Interiors logo</p>

An evening with Tom Oldham – Portrait Photographer

14 June, 18:00 | Online
Tom Oldham is an award-winning London-based portrait photographer, shooting portraits of musicians, sports stars and all sorts of talented folk in locations around the world.
He is the Sony World Photographer of the Year 2020 and is a co-founder of the House of St Barnabas. He has exhibited at agencies The & Partnership, Iris, Mother and Publicis and the Gibson Showroom in London. He was also accepted in the 2015 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize with his portrait of Gilbert and George and the 2016 Open Series in the AoP Awards for his work with Riders For Health in Liberia.
Join this online talk to learn more about Tom’s practice and career.
Email plymcreative@plymouth.ac.uk to register for this talk.

<p>Tom Oldham, Photographer</p>

How to be a professional photographer

15 June, 14:00–16:00 | Venue: Barclays Plymouth, 140–146 Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1LA
Mike Lister has been a professional photographer in Plymouth for eight years, photographing weddings across Devon and Cornwall as well as commercial clients. As a sole trader Mike has many hats from managing director through to marketing and will be here to talk to you about what’s worked and pitfalls to try and avoid and answer your questions about running a business.
The following areas will be included: 
  • Starting a business (what you need/insurance/tax)
  • Branding
  • Marketing
  • Pricing
  • Toolbox
  • Q&A
  • Networking.
Email plymcreative@plymouth.ac.uk to register for this talk.

<p>Mike Lister, photographer</p>

Niki Read – Urban Designer and Architect

16 June, 11:00–13:00 | Venue: Barclays Plymouth, 140–146 Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1LA
Niki Read is a registered architect who has worked in the construction industry both in the UK and New Zealand for over 20 years delivering multi-million pound developments across multiple sectors including social and high end housing, hospitality and leisure, education and defence.
Niki now works for Plymouth City Council as an Urban Designer in the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Department. She is part of the team leading the delivery of the capital programme for Plymouth City Centre, a consultee for Strategic Planning Applications and is an active participant in actioning the Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan.
Niki will be speaking about architecture and place-making for our health, alongside embracing what got you to this point and diversifying your path to shape the career you would like to have!
Email plymcreative@plymouth.ac.uk to register.

<p>Niki Read, architect</p>

IGNITE Future Careers – Live Recruitment talk

22 June, 11:00 | Online
Join Laura Kelly, Managing Director at Live Recruitment, the UK’s specialist events recruitment agency, to learn more about the current events, experiential, marketing and digital jobs environment and opportunities available.
This session will cover:
  • How to lay out your CV
  • Gaining experience in the 'live' industry
  • How to apply for roles
  • Q&A.
Email plymcreative@plymouth.ac.uk to register.

<p>Live Recruitment logo</p>

Silverstream TV – Working in Event TV

23 June, 14:00–16:00 | Venue: Barclays Plymouth, 140–146 Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1LA
Silverstream TV are award-winning experts in creating original and inspiring video content for live events and brands. They specialise in Event TV, providing events, exhibitions and conferences with a live and engaging content channel, streaming it both online and to a network of screens across the venue.
Email plymcreative@plymouth.ac.uk to register for this talk.

<p>Silverstream TV</p>

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Please be aware that some of the University of Plymouth's public events (both online and offline) may be attended by University staff, photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in University online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If you, or a member of your group, do not wish to be photographed or recorded, please let a member of staff know.