Valuing Creativity

City of Glasgow College’s inaugural Creative Industries Symposium was described as an “incredible day of inspirational speakers ended by David Eustace - as only he can - and brilliantly steered by Kirsty Wark.”

Renowned photographers Eustace and Grant Scott were joined by college alumnus and Creative Director of Graven, Jim Hamilton, and designer, Gillian Kyle, to share their interpretation and understanding of creativity and how it impacts and influences their professional practices.

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, addressed the gathering and took part in the panel debate about the value of creativity to the Scottish economy.

Sandra Gunn, Faculty Director for Creative Industries at City of Glasgow College, said:

“This inaugural Creative Industries symposium was a tremendous success. It got people thinking and debating. It was genuinely refreshing to hear people give their personal take on creativity and their fearlessness in showing vulnerability and honesty. The symposium and related exhibitions created opportunities to show case the work of our students. The college is a place where we endeavour to develop a learning environment where curiosity imagination, exploration and experimentation are fostered – creativity is not taught – it’s nurtured.”

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“This was a stimulating and thought provoking symposium which will add to the scholarship research base on the value of creativity and, in particular, how tertiary education can provide both an inclusive learning pathway, and a valued pipeline of creative talent.”

Juli Bolanos-Durman is a Costa Rican artist and designer based in Scotland whose background is in graphic design and mixed media. She said:

“I had such a great time and I am feeling greatly inspired by the amazing speakers.”

The symposium focused specifically on Design and Photography – future symposia will explore further aspects of the Creative Industries – and showcased work by design and photography students in an exhibition.

Emma McKinnon was one of four HND Graphic Design students selected to produce the symposium programme and graphics. She said:

“I tried to show that by working with constraints and adopting a minimal approach you can still achieve a creative outcome. It’s an achievement to see my work actually being produced. The project was a good opportunity to work with others and to hear their opinions of my work whilst still being able to see my own ideas being carried through.”