Leeds College of Art
Invites you to an evening with Ian Livingstone CBE
Wednesday 10 December 2014, 6pm at Leeds College of Art
Ian Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry and a widely respected advocate and champion of the creative sector.
Ian will chart the journey from co-founding the iconic Games Workshop and launching Dungeons & Dragons in 1975 through to being appointed the Government’s Creative Industries Champion in 2014. Vince Cable said "he is a highly successful entrepreneur and really understands the links between business and creativity".
He will outline his thoughts on how industry, government and education should work together to make the UK into a world-leading force in video games as a leading sector of the Creative Industries, discussing the challenges, opportunities and future trends. Keen to see art and design given more prominence and less marginalisation, Ian asserts "we must not drain that creative spark, because we are the most creative country in the world".
Ian co-authored The Warlock of Firetop Mountain in 1982, the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook in the series which has sold over 17 million copies to date in 30 languages. He led a merger that created Eidos plc in 1995 where he served as Executive Chairman of the group until 2002. At Eidos he launched major franchises including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
He co-authored the Next Gen review published by NESTA in 2011, recommending changes in ICT education policy in schools. He has received a BAFTA Special Award, a British Inspiration Award, the Develop Legend Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Bournemouth University and Honorary Doctorates of Technology by Abertay University, Dundee and Greenwich University for his contribution to the UK computer and video games industry. He was appointed CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
In 2012 he was listed as the 16th most influential person in the UK's digital economy in Wired Magazine.
We would like you to join us from 6pm at Blenheim Walk on Wednesday December 10th, for drinks - prior to the talk there will be a range of goods on sale from the local independent art and design bookstore Colours May Vary.
Please bring your pocket money (cash only) as Travelling Man, the comic books, boardgame and RPG store located in Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester and York will be holding a stall and there will be an opportunity to get books signed by Ian before the talk.
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Creative Networks is Leeds College of Art's major events programme with talks from a diverse group of high profile speakers from across the creative industries to entertain, challenge and make us think.
Please note that the £5 fee is refundable if you attend the event. The amount will be transferred back into your account the day after the event.
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Creative Networks is Leeds College of Art's major professional events programme with talks from a diverse group of high profile speakers from across the creative industries to entertain, challenge and make us think.
For the 2016/17 academic year we are focusing our attention on our partners, collaborators and people contributing great things to the arts, creative industries and the city of Leeds, along with our alumni, students and staff to create a buzz at each event.
Our events are still free of charge, although we have introduced a refundable deposit so we can accurately calculate attendance.
Parking – due to the building works at the college, parking is not currently available on site. The nearest pay and display car park in Woodhouse Lane Car Park (LS2 3AX).
Transport - Leeds College of Art is approximately 15 minutes walk from Leeds Train Station. Several buses run past the Blenheim Walk campus, including the number 1, 6, and 97.
If you would like to arrive early for this event then please take some time to visit the Blenheim Walk Gallery Space. On the day of the event we will have an exhibition from alexandra p. spaulding. She is an American sound artist specialising in aural, immersive installations. For more information on our programme of exhibitions please visit the College website http://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/.
Here at Leeds College of Art we run a wide range of courses including degree programmes, further education courses and access courses in creative disciplines. Until July, we will also be running short courses, evening courses and a Saturday Art School for children and young people from 9-18 years.
For more info on how you can join us contact: 0113 202 8000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.leeds-art.ac.uk.