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Posted: 25/04/16

Top digital and creative artists to attend 'expo'

Some of the creative arts industry’s biggest and most influential players are set to feature at an ‘expo’ this summer – organised by West Nottinghamshire College.

Create Expo is bringing some of the top names from the design industry to Mansfield

Create Expo 2016 is a free event aimed at people with an interest in illustration, 3D design, virtual reality, concept art, games design and television production.

Professionals from creative agencies across the UK will be on hand on Thursday 21 July to speak with people about their careers and advancements within their specialist fields.

The event follows on from last year’s first successful expo and will feature guests such as Glenn Southern, a freelance digital sculptor, who has worked on sculpting characters for British/American horror drama series - Penny Dreadful.

Guests will see presentations and hear tips about getting on in the illustration industry from ex-student Jim Kay. Jim studied art and design at the college back in 1992. Since then he’s had success working in the Archives of Tate and he has won awards for illustrating children’s books.

Jim’s latest success sees him illustrating the entire series of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series for Bloomsbury books.

Amy Smith, head of recruitment at Framestore will be on hand to talk about the award-winning company which makes moving images for advertising, entertainment and film and what kind of skills the company looks for in its employees. Framestore are best known for their visual effects in popular films Gravity and The Martian.

People interested in the event can either book for the morning, afternoon or enjoy a full day of presentations, seeing current students work on display and discovering the work which past students have gone on to.

The event is open to all, but would particularly benefit people who are looking to go into or are already working, studying or teaching in one of the creative industries and wish to learn more about the latest techniques and advances.

The event is being supported by students who attend the college on a range of multi-media courses and will be on hand to speak to guests about their studies and the range of courses.

Interactive media tutor Anthony Hall, who has organised the event, said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for both newcomers and long-term professionals in the creative industries to experience first-hand knowledge and updates from some of the sector’s most prolific designers and artists.

“The stories of success and the ways these individuals work in their field will inspire and amaze our guests and it’s well-worth booking on.”

To book a place, visit www.createtheatre.co.uk or call 01623 413363.