Arts, Creative Industries and Education Public Lecture Series: Caroline Norbury

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Date: 04 December 2014
Venue: The Watershed, Bristol
Time: 18:00

Caroline Norbury, Chief Executive Officer of Creative England, will deliver a lecture titled 'The Business of Creativity' as part of the Arts, Creative Industries and Education Public Lecture Series.

About the lecture

In cities across England, bright, creative people are designing games, developing apps, making films and coming up with new ideas and technologies that have the potential to change the way we live, think and feel. The creative industries are often seen as being almost exclusively the for the benefit of consumers - the creation and sale of films, music, TV, fashion, and video games. But increasingly around the world, in highly innovative cross-sector ventures, businesses are drawing on the skills, technologies and designs of the creative industries to support hi-end manufacturing, retail, and the delivery of public services such as healthcare.

Creativity, problem solving and innovative thinking matched with new capabilities in digital technology has the power not only to enrich our inner lives but to create wealth and prosperity for the UK. The Creative Economy is solving problems and putting customers at the heart of its endeavour; helping people help themselves and breaking down the barriers between producers and consumers - a keystone of traditional finance economies.

Caroline's talk will examine how creativity is changing businesses, driving growth and prosperity and will challenge perceptions of how the creative industries themselves should be viewed and nurtured and invested in.

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  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking and supper


This event is currently fullwith an extensive waiting list. We will be will live tweeting at key points throughout the event and you can join the conversation on Twitter using #BristolLectures

There will be a video of the event online afterwards, subject to no technical difficulties.

Biographical notes

Caroline Norbury, MBE is the founding Chief Executive of Creative England and dedicated to championing the creative industries. Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media. Creative England is working to build the right environment for the future of the creative industries by helping them raise their ambition, create jobs, grow turnover and build the confidence and networks they need to be truly innovative. It also lobbies for change and uses its unique local, regional and national perspective to feed back to the UK Government and policy makers.

Prior to establishing Creative England Caroline was the Chief Executive of regional screen agency South West Screen; the public body responsible for the leading the strategic development and promotion of the film, TV and digital content industries in the South West of England. She has extensive experience of the media industry as a producer, director and commissioning executive and was previously an independent producer and Chief Executive of First Take Films.

Caroline is a member of BAFTA, the Royal Society of Arts, the UK Trade & Investment Creative Industries Sector Advisory Group and leads on the work of the Creative Industries Council Access to Finance working group. She was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to the film industry.

Cost: Free
Contact: Corporate Relations Service, UWE Bristol
Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83934

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