Arts Council hosts creative careers event to inspire future creative workforce
An event aiming to inspire young people to take up a career in the creative industries took place at the Lyric Theatre Belfast, hosted by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and supported by the Department for Communities. The event gave over 200 school children, careers advisors and further education students the opportunity to hear from professionals working in theatre, music, fashion & design, animation and digital technology.
Welcomed by music journalist, Rigsy, from BBC’s Across the Line, attendees heard from a host of leading lights about how an interest in the arts can feed a successful creative career.
Musicians Ryan Vail, Kwame Daniels and fashion designer Hannah Vail gave an insight into their education, career progression and what it’s like to work in the creative industries. The young delegates got to see an excerpt from The 39 Steps currently running at the Lyric Theatre and then had a chance to hear from Executive Producer Jimmy Fay and his team members: former creative industries apprentice and now Theatre Producer, Bronagh McFeely and Head of Creative Learning, Philip Crawford, who discussed the many backstage roles it takes to put on a theatre production.
Digital artists such as animator Joel Simon and virtual reality and technology specialists Brian Shaw from Makematic and Rory Clifford from Retinize also helped the panel to bring a career in the arts alive for the young delegates in the audience.
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said,
“We were delighted to host this event with support from the Department for Communities and the Lyric Theatre. At a time when our young people are making choices about their futures, we want to encourage them to see the arts and creative industries as an attractive career option. The arts and our artists feed the creative industries pipeline here and are a major employer in Northern Ireland. Being here and hearing from some of the leading voices working in the creative industries, will we hope inspire many in this young audience.”
Maeve Walls Director of Culture for the Department for Communities said;
‘’We are proud to be supporting the delivery of this event. Creativity is a key driver as part of a modern economy. It is essential that we make our young people aware of the opportunities in these fields and encourage them to think about how they can harness their natural creativity to develop careers for themselves and also contribute and develop a modern digital economy for Northern Ireland.”
Jimmy Fay, Executive Producer, Lyric Theatre, added,
“The Lyric is delighted to be hosting the Arts Council’s Creative Careers event. The morning is packed with presentations, discussions and performances from talented artists and professionals, showcasing the wide range of career paths for young people in the industry, both on and off the stage. From producing, acting, design, stage management, technical, marketing and creative learning; all avenues are covered. It’s the Lyric’s aim to advocate and promote the exciting and dynamic job opportunities within theatre to ensure the sustainably of new talent for the future success of the creative industries.”