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Fantastic Attendance For Creative Inverclyde Launch Event

Above - Craig Black and Stephanie Boyle discuss creativity with some of the delegates

Riverside Inverclyde (ri) and Craig Black Design hosted its inaugural Creative Inverclyde event on Wednesday 13 June to over 60 creative attendees.

Hosted at The Custom House in Greenock, the event has been hailed as a fantastic success by the delegates and speakers.  Designed to encourage discussion, share ideas and foster collaboration, Creative Inverclyde was launched to enable Inverclyde residents and natives to champion a creative community with an aim to raise awareness of the undoubted creative talent from the area, many of whom are making a difference in the local community and on a global scale. 

This kick-off event blended together art, graphic design, film-making and social media in one program with four very talented creatives from Inverclyde speaking at the event.  

Above: The event was well attended with over 60 creatives in attendance

Following a buffet and refreshments to support introductions, the event was opened by Riverside Inverclyde's Andrew Bowman who gave the attendees an overview of many of the creative projects that Ri has delivered since 2006. 

Craig Black then took the opportunity to outline the vision for Creative Inverclyde going forwards before inviting Karen Patton Orr to the floor to share her personal works as well as give an overview of RIG Arts many achievements to date in Inverclyde.

Stephanie Boyle was next to share her career to date and advice for marketers to ensure successful and inspiring campaigns. 

After a brief interval, film-maker Jane McAllister took to the floor to share some of her past works and inspirations as well as provide an overview of her aims to create a new Creative Hub in Inverclyde.

The evening was rounded off by keynote speaker Craig Black, fresh from a recent speaking tour in Australia and New Zealand to share his views and career lessons to date, offering a colourful insight into the often demanding and difficult life of a designer. 

A further networking opportunity was also provided to delegates who took the opportunity to meet and discuss their thoughts with the main speakers.

Ri’s Head of Business Investment, Andrew Bowman said:

“As an initial event, we are delighted at just how quickly Creative Inverclyde has captured people's imaginations

"We have been inundated with interest from a wide variety of sources including locals from as far as London and Europe who are all keen to get involved with the talks. 

"I'd like to thank Craig Black for his support in bringing the event together and to the four speakers for being so generous with their time and passion to be involved. 

"We are delighted to confirm the event will return again in September and urge anyone that is interested to attend that event."

Reflecting on the event, Craig Black said:

"I am both proud and privileged to have put together the first ever Creative Inverclyde event.  I am hopeful that this event will continue to be a success and prove to be a real positive aspect within our community.

I'm looking forward to meeting and connecting with lots more local talented creatives as the series progresses."

The next event will be held at The Custom House on 12 September 2018 with the line-up and free tickets released in the coming weeks via the Riverside Inverclyde website.

Further pictures of the event can be seen below - thanks to One Big Picture Photography:

Above: Karen Patton Orr shares an overview of her career and successes at RIG Arts

Above: Stephanie Boyle shared her career to date including her pride in being a Gourockian

Above: Jane McAllister shares some of her films and documentaries as well as plans for a Creative Hub in Inverclyde

Above:  Delegates show their appreciation for the speakers

Above: Ri's Andrew Bowman shares an overview of the various regeneration projects across Inverclyde 

Above: Delegates were given a wide-range of thought provoking talks to inspire further creativity in Inverclyde

Above: Delegates took the chance to network and explore the Custom House before and after the event

Above: Carly Rae-Fulton of Golden Casket enjoys some of the entertainment on offer

Published: 20 June 2018