13th November 2001




A conference to promote the creative industries in Hull will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) at The Deep Business Centre.


Jointly organised by Hull CityVision, the University of Lincoln and Hull Time Based Arts, the conference aims to provide a sounding board for the development needs of the creative industries in Hull, to raise awareness of this growth sector and to help create new networks and partnerships.


The day will culminate in the launch of Creative Hull, the new cultural and creative industries development agency for the city.


“The creative industries in Hull are a key growth sector in Hull, employing between 5,000 and 6,000 people,” said Dr Salinder Supri, Creative Industries Development Manager at the University of Lincoln.


“The sector can make a valuable contribution to the city’s economic, social and physical regeneration, but we have to make sure that the potential opportunities offered by the creative industries are realised.”


Among the speakers at ‘Creative Hull – Going for Growth’ will be Derek Schultz, creative director of Storm Design, Andy Whitehurst of 3D animators Digi-Guys and Helen Lawson of Trinity Crafts.


Delegates at the conference, which runs from 9am until 4.30pm, will discuss skills needs, future workspace requirements, the opportunities presented by new information technologies and how best to support the city’s creative graduates.


Among the leading players making a contribution will be Councillor Tom McVie, deputy leader of Kingston-upon-Hull City Council, Gary Topp, head of regional development at Yorkshire Arts, and Andy Lee of Yorkshire Forward.


Delegates will also hear how creative industries work has had a positive effect in Manchester, Sheffield and Tower Hamlets.



For more details contact Dr Salinder Supri on Hull 482188. To ask about this press release contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk