QUAD hosts Creative UK’s East Midlands 2022 Reception
QUAD in Derby hosted an annual event for Creative UK in November, guest speakers gave presentations importance of the creative industries and the role of freelancers. The event which took place in QUAD on 30th November was supported by Marketing Derby.
In the panel discussion, chaired by Vivek Malhotra CEO of QUAD, Creative UK spoke about upcoming projects including their Redesigning Freelancing initiative and Creative Coalition Festival. Guest speakers were: Janet Markwick, Interim MD of Creative UK, Peter Bonnell, QUAD Arts Programme Manager and FORMAT Festival Director, Filomena Rodriguez, Artist and EDI qualified coach and Keith Cox, Director of Bloc Digital.
A networking social event followed the talks, with wine supplied by The English Wine Project.
Creative UK is the national network for the Creative Industries, connecting and supporting talent, business and organisations, offering development opportunities by identifying untapped potential to accelerate growth, providing tailor made resources and financial expertise.
Janet Markwick, Interim MD of Creative UK says: “At Creative UK, we support the development of creative talent and champion the role creativity plays in the UK’s culture, economy and education system. We are very grateful to QUAD for hosting our latest regional reception, which brought together a diverse range of creative people and organisations in the East Midlands. It is only through collaboration, across all regions across the UK, that we can make meaningful change, and ensure that the needs of our sector are heard.”
Vivek Malhotra QUAD CEO said “QUAD was delighted to host Reception for Creative UK, it’s the first time the event has been held in the East Midlands”
Creative UK’s initiative Redesigning Freelancing, delivered in partnership with nine Combined Authorities, gathers insights from creative communities across the UK, with an aim to shape industry standards, drive change and futureproof the freelancer economy. Creative UK’s annual festival Creative Coalition Festival returns 28 February to 3 March 2023, bringing together the UK’s finest, most inspiring creators, innovators, leaders and emerging talent to reimagine the future of UK’s world-leading Creative Industries. For more information please see: https://www.wearecreative.uk/
NOTES TO EDITORS
Creative UK is the national network for the Creative Industries. We are an independent membership organisation that champions the value of the Creative Industries. We know that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Creative UK connects talent, business and organisations across the Creative Industries; from arts and culture, film and TV and video games to design, publishing and architecture and everything in between. At Creative UK, we support companies and people working in the creative sector by offering development opportunities at a local and national level, through our network of partners across the UK. We invest by identifying untapped potential to accelerate growth, providing tailor made resources and financial expertise. We do all of this because we believe in the power of creativity to change lives. https://www.wearecreative.uk/
Redesigning Freelancing Freelancers are the backbone of the Creative Industries – a third of the creative workforce is freelance. Creative UK’s Redesigning Freelancing aims to shape industry standards, drive change and futureproof all parts of the work environment for freelancers across the sector to create greater long-term value and sustainability into the freelance ecology. If you are a freelancer or work for an organisation that uses freelancers, take part in the UK’s largest freelance survey. Find out more and complete the survey
Creative Coalition Festival Creative UK’s annual festival returns 28 February – 3 March, bringing together the UK’s finest, most inspiring creators, innovators, leaders and emerging talent to reimagine the future of our world-leading Creative Industries. Past speakers include Sir Steve McQueen CBE, Rt Hon Keir Starmer MP, Konnie Huq, Jed Mercurio, June Sarpong OBE, Fats Timbo, Ruby Wax and more. Register for free ticket to attend the virtual festival
QUAD is Derby’s centre for art and film, a mixed arts venue based on the Market Place. QUAD is the city’s cultural hub with a three-screen cinema, an art gallery showing the best in contemporary visual arts, digital workshop spaces plus an award-winning Café bar. QUAD has been at the heart of Derby’s cultural scene since it opened in September in 2008 and is internationally recognised for providing quality and excellence in the Arts. QUAD delivers an exciting, innovative and diverse programme which is popular with visitors of all ages, with a reputation in Photography, digital innovation & family friendly events. The venue organises FORMAT International Photography Festival and Derby Film Festival. QUAD is a partnership between Derby City Council and Arts Council England. QUAD is open daily from 10am, for more information please visit: www.derbyquad.co.uk http://twitter.com/derbyquad For further information please contact QUAD’s Marketing & Audience Development Manager, Kathy Wilson on 01332 285422 / email@example.com
Janet Markwick (Interim MD & Board Member of Creative UK) works with boards and their leadership teams to deliver strategic directives into commercial reality and has held senior financial, marketing, logistics and commercial roles at Coca-Cola and Sony.
Peter Bonnell (QUAD Arts Programme Manager and FORMAT Festival Director) heading education, creative wellbeing and exhibitions team, Peter has been with QUAD over ten years. Prior to his career as a curator he was a practicing visual artist, exhibiting work in the UK, Europe and the US.
Filomena Rodriguez (Artist and EDI qualified coach) has worked in the creative sector for over twenty years, more recently in business development working with artists and creatives, taking their ideas and practice forward to grow and gain clarity in direction.
Keith Cox (Bloc Digital) a former Rolls-Royce technical illustrator, Keith founded Bloc Digital with Chris Hotham. Now a leading digital technology studio company employing 50 people, Bloc Digital delivers cutting-edge digital and architectural visualisation, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), creative design, web and mobile applications to global clients in film, arts and heritage industries, including RR, Siemens, national and international broadcasting.
QUAD is a registered charity.