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A showcase of leading lights from the arts to feature at ‘Expo’

Posted onPosted on 11th Feb

Experts in the creative arts industries will be bringing their knowledge and expertise at a day of talks and seminars at West Nottinghamshire College’s Create Expo later this month.

On Friday, 23rd February, those interested in the creative arts will have the chance to meet with creative gurus and experts in product design, illustration, 3D design and fashion while enjoying a whole host of related talks and demonstrations.

Taking place in the Create Theatre at the Derby Road campus, the event is free and includes a buffet lunch. It’s open to anyone with an interest in the sector, or for those wishing to pursue a career in the arts.

Guests will be able to speak to current students and talk to them about the skills they’ve learnt on the programmes at the college at the event, which runs from 9.30am-4.30pm.

Guests include Stacey Ray who is a lead user experience designer whose creative background spans games, robotic AI software, film platforms and game toolkits. Stacey, who was once a creative arts student at the college, is also a lead podcaster behind the UX Guide: To The Galaxy podcast.

Sam Morgan of Frame 4 will be on hand to speak to guests about his work as a 3D multimedia artist and the work he has done for film, VFX, commercials and games. Sam will run through his career which has seen him work for ITV and King’s College London.

Fashion, branding and marketing specialist Jonny Ogarr will bring over 30 years of experience to the stage, running through his multi-scale visual communication projects in fashion, art, print, fabric, web and multi-media.

Illustrator Hannah Sawtell will speak of her work as a freelance illustrator and her recent MA in Children’s Book Illustration which she studied at the Cambridge School of Art. Hannah will bring her passion for observing and experimenting in sketchbooks, while reflecting on the commissioned projects she has done for the likes of The National Trust, Nottingham Castle Trust, the National Justice Museum and The Arts Council.

Finally, Dan Sollis, the founder of Digital Distortion, will cover his 25 years’ experience working in digital visual effects and animation. Dan’s projects include the post-production and on-set supervision on the Unlucky Traveller opening film for the COP27 conference, and the titles and animation for the upcoming feature documentary Borrowed Time: Lennon’s Last Decade.

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