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Festival debates future of SW arts

PUBLISHED: 01:17 13 November 2018

The future of arts in the face of unprecedented funding cuts will be the topic for debate with a panel of leading figures in arts, business and education. The Digital Futures debate is being staged at Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet on Sunday 28th as part of the Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival. The prestigious panel includes chair of Bristol Media Paul Appleby, games industry expert Sean Dromgoole and award-winning director of photography Jeremy Humphries. Bristol City Council’s Head of Arts and Culture and Somerset County Council’s Head of Creative Industries are also joining the debate along with a senior lecturer from UWE and representation from FE colleges and arts organisations. Shepton Digital Arts Festival founder Claire Sully explained the purpose of holding the digital futures event. “By bringing together key people from business, arts, education and the public sector, we hope to join up the dots and help talented people get the skills they need to fill the jobs that are on our door step.” The Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival, now in its second year, showcases and supports the vital arts sector in Somerset and Bristol, making connections between artists, businesses, education and the public sector to find innovative ways of supporting the Creative Industry. The Festival has attracted support from a number of major creative media businesses and artists, including Bristol’s Aardman Animations, who have provided a new short film to be shown at the festival, as well as Hollywood director Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim), BBC Life series producer and film director Martha Holmes (based at the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol), artist Rod Dickinson, South West Screen, Bristol Media and BAFTA-winning director and Producer Jayne Chard. Full details of the Festival can be found here: http:wwwsheptondigitalarts.co.uk The debate, Digital Futures Let's talk about it... takes place from 7:00pm – 9:10pm at Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet. To book a place: http:www.sheptondigitalarts.co.ukprogrammeworkshop_book_form

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