cJAM runner-up for Regional Award

A unique event run by the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has become a runner-up in the Educate North Awards.

The annual Careers Jamming Session (cJAM) is an event where students learn from the best in the business and pitch to senior editors to win work placements. After an extremely successful multi-year run as a single event, 2018 saw the expansion of the programme with four cJAM events running throughout November.

The cJAM events were nominated for the Student Experience Award – University Sector, an award sponsored by Commicorp UK.

The 2019 awards were presented during an evening ceremony event on 25 April at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester.

Media experts and students alike gathered at the latest cJAM event

Submissions now open for The Great Northern Creative Expo Audio+Visual Competition 2019

The Great Northern Creative Expo Audio+Visual Competition opens for entries on Monday February 11th 2019.

The Great Northern Creative Expo in association with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has announced it is now open for submissions for its sixth edition, taking place in the City of Preston, from 18th to 23rd November 2019. 

The Great Northern Creative Expo has evolved from a commitment to promote and showcase the creative talent that has been developed at the University of Central Lancashire and to introduce to the world, the fantastic students and professionals working here. The Expo will now open its doors to the wider creative community with a range of competitions to showcase material from both the student and professional levels.

It is the continuing commitment of The Great Northern Creative Expo to connect young and emerging creative talents within the industry and support their development. Since its inception in 2015, The Great Northern Creative Expo has continued to exhibit over one hundred short films, photography exhibitions and music performances.

The Great Northern Creative Expo celebrates the diversity of the creative industries and its Audio+Visual Competition aims to showcase the talents of student and professional creatives with seven categories being held as part of this year’s event. 

The Great Northern Creative Expo Audio+Visual Competition invites creatives to submit to one of its seven categories; Animation, Documentary/Non-Fiction, Fiction – Comedy, Fiction – Drama/Other, Music Video, Photography and Songwriting. The Photography and Songwriting categories are presented as ‘Student Only’ competitions with only creative entrants under the age of eighteen from the United Kingdom being eligible. The Animation, Documentary/Non-Fiction, Fiction – Comedy, Fiction – Drama and Music Video categories accept submissions from professional creatives as well as presenting their own ‘Student Only’ competitions. There is an upper run-time limit of 30 minutes in all categories.

We are proud to partner exclusively with FilmFreeway for submissions to The Great Northern Creative Expo Audio+Visual Competition 2019. For full Submission Guidelines and to Enter, visit, https://filmfreeway.com/thegreatnortherncreativeexpo

For additional support and to review the Competition FAQ’s and Submission Guidelines, visit, https://thegreatnortherncreativeexpo.co.uk/2019-competition/

For more information on The Great Northern Creative Expo, visit, www.thegreatnortherncreativeexpo.co.uk or email: tgncexpo@gmail.com.


The Great Northern Creative Expo Announces 2019 Dates

The Sixth Edition of TGNCE 18th – 23rd November 2019!

The Great Northern Creative Expo in association with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) today confirms the dates for the Expo’s sixth edition which will take place at venues across the university’s Preston campus, including the state-of-the-art Media Factory facility, from 18th-23rd November 2019.

Alan Keegan, Director of Business Development – UK Partnerships for the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at UCLan, and the founder of The Great Northern Creative Expo will return as Festival Director for this sixth edition.

“I’m very excited that once again we are offering both the general public and the student base the opportunity to engage and be part of a unique event that has got bigger and better each year.” says Alan Keegan, “Over the years we have keynote guests such as author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, James Bond director John Glen, internationally acclaimed artist and photographer Ian Beesley, actor George Costigan, along with the General Manager of BBC North Adrian Mills and Stanley Kubrick’s producer Jan Harlan. The Expo will continue on in the spirit of its original founding principal of delivering the best events across the creative industries.”

Last November, The Great Northern Creative Expo presented over ten short and feature film premieres from both established and emerging talents. A new programme of almost 15 workshops and industry masterclasses proved popular across both UCLan’s student base and from attendees from farther afield. Highlights included a working masterclass from Stanley Kubrick’s producer, Jan Harlan; a feature screening of the independent motion picture Bliss! with director Rita Osei; and a guest lecture from the General Manager of BBC North, Adrian Mills.

Risa Jaroslow at The Great Northern Creative Expo 2018 (#TGNCE18)

In addition, the 2018 edition of the Expo also welcomed the local, national and international talents of Afrodeutsche, Jamie Badminton, Andrew David Barker, Steve Barker, Matthew Bennett, Paul Birchall, Abbie Bradshaw, David Bunting, Andy Chapman, Salma Chaudhry, Kezia Davis, Stuart Felton, Kieran Fletcher, FMA+12 Gage, Jing Fu, Flora Gillet, the Global Sound Movement, Candy Guard, Dominic Hodge, David Hothersall, Tristan Hunt, Risa Jaroslow, Johnny Jay, Chris Leslie, Gerry Linford, Karen Livesey, Lorna McCoid, Iakovos Pangopoulos, Patrick Pulsinger, Dr Theresa Saxon, Greg Saxton, Fiona Shields, Hannah Spikings and Mark Strange.

Fiona Shields, Head of Photography at The Guardian, at the Fieldwork Conference at #TGNCE18

Attendances at the Preston Campus for the Expo in 2018 reached above 1500 for the first time in the Expo’s six year history. 

For the first time in 2018, The Great Northern Creative Expo launched Expo Extra, creating satellite events running outside of the Expo’s traditional one-week format. The first Expo Extra events included a filmmaking masterclass from Lancaster-based production company, Intense Productions, who released horror-thriller RedCon-1 into British cinemas in September; and an Audience with broadcaster Chris Packham. Both events, held on the university’s Preston campus, were sold out and were warmly received by audiences.

(Left to right) Host Bill McCoid, with Iakovos Panagopoulos, Andy Chapman, Lorna McCoid and Matthew Bennett at the Three Northern Premieres event. 


TGNCE – 2018 Award Winners

The Great Northern Creative Expo attracts some of the countries leading talents and we invite you to enjoy the opportunity to share time and space with other Photographers, Filmmakers, Performers, Journalists, Writers and Creators. Various prizes are handed out on the evening including TGNCE Outstanding Award 2018 and TGNCE Lifetime Achievement Award 2018. All are welcome to attend the evening, which is a true celebration of the talents we have here in the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries at UCLan.

The Great Northern Creative Expo 2018 Award Winners

The Elizabeth Burns Prize for Scriptwriting
Presented to Richard Albiston by Bill McCoid & Steve Lawson

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Scriptwriting
WINNER:
Sue De Gruyther and Christine Tuson

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in TV Production
WINNER:
Dean Flynn
Nominees: Ryan Mallows & Chloe Francom

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Animation
WINNER:
Mario Kkounnous
Nominees: Jaz Sperring & Michael Tharme

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Photography
WINNER:
Nicola Lewis-Dixon

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Games Design
WINNER:
Jakob MacDonald
Nominees: Peter Dimitrov and James Moorby

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Dance
WINNER:
Sophie Leigh Barrow
Nominees: Hazel Loftus and Carmen Robins

Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Acting
WINNER:
Joshua Besso
Nominees: Tattiana Haslam and Amy Hurst

Outstanding Contribution to BA Screenwriting – Short Film
WINNER:
Hannah Arthur

Outstanding Contribution to MA Screenwriting – Short Film
WINNER:
Kezia Davis

Best Script BA Screenwriting – Short Film
WINNER:
Kelsey Cromwell

Confucius Institute Special Recognition Award
WINNER: The Global Sound Movement

The Arriva Rail Northern Creative Expo Outstanding Achievement Award 2018
WINNER:
Matt Steele

The Arriva Rail Northern Creative Expo Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
WINNER:
Alexander Callaghan

The Awards for; Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Music, Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Film Production, Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Media Production and Special Achievement of Creative Excellence in Continuing Drama, were not awarded in 2018.

Risa Jaroslow and UCLan dancers deliver unique performance

An internationally renowned choreographer has worked with local dancers to deliver a unique performance to celebrate a milestone in the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) history.

Risa Jaroslow has worked alongside five third year BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching students to create Project 190.

The dance theatre performance, which celebrated 190 years of the Institution’s history and the community surrounding the University, featured students, staff, alumni and members of local dance/arts organisations. It was debuted to a full house at UCLan’s Media Factory.

The American, who has been involved in the dance industry for nearly 45 years, has worked with the students while also coaching and mentoring the volunteer performers.

Risa said: “Everyone involved in this project has been great to work with.  The third-year students in the dance performance and teaching department were helpful co-facilitators, they were full of good ideas that they brought to every rehearsal. They were eager, open and they were attentive and supportive to the project participants, who were brand new to dance and performance, which I very much appreciated.  

“The faculty and staff of the department were wonderfully supportive, and all the project participants worked hard and with generosity to each other and to the work we made together.”

As well as running her own company, Risa Jaroslow & Dancers, she has taught dance, performance and choreographer at institutions across the United States and Europe, while working with diverse communities on New York arts programmes.

“The faculty and staff of the department were wonderfully supportive, and all the project participants worked hard and with generosity to each other and to the work we made together.”

Adriene Turner was one of the undergraduates who took part in weekly planning meetings with Risa and delivered her ideas and exercises. The project was part of a module for students to work alongside professional dance artists to see how they balance the demands of creative, artistic pursuit and facilitation.

The 21-year-old, from Birmingham, said: “Being able to witness people from a variety of ages and dance experience interact with one another, support each other through the creative process and construct unique and personal movement phrases for the final performance was inspiring to see. Also seeing the confidence level of the performers who had not done previous dance training grow more and more each week was wonderful. 

She added: “Working with Risa has been such an enriching learning experience. As a facilitator she has been really encouraging towards me. She has made me feel I have a better understanding that as a facilitator there are multiple strategies throughout the process that I can enlist to bring the most out of the performers to make the dance the best it can be.”

The special evening also saw the launch of three in-house dance companies; Aboutime Dance Company, Preston Youth Dance Companies and Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance.

Ruth Spencer, Co-Course Leader BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching, added: “It’s been really inspiring as Risa has come with a whole new international perspective. She’s worked across different contexts and has so much wisdom to pass on. She’s been amazing.”

Local act, FMA + 12 Gage, launches Creative Expo at UCLan

Local music duo FMA + 12 GAGE  were VIP guest stars when they opened The Great Northern Creative Expo at UCLan earlier today.

Father and son Matthew Bennett and son Callum were delighted to be invited to be the launching act for the event which showcases the work of UCLan graduates. Matthew said: “It went really well, We did the gig on the fourth floor of The Media Factory. It was an honour to be chosen to do that.”

For UCLan graduate Matthew the day was especially important because it also saw the screening of his second film entitled “The Breach”, which he is hoping will repeat the success of his first award winning film “Patient 13”.

The creative Preston duo have had a busy year. Matthew, who was diagnosed as autistic just a few years ago, is proud they will be performing at the “Autism’s Got Talent” roadshow in New Brighton on November 23.

This autumn the duo also launched its debut album entitled “Parental Advisory.” Matthew said: “People have been telling us that they are blown away by our album … it’s such a good feeling when people are passionate about something we’ve spent so long working on.”

Words by Fiona Finch

The 2018 Programme

The Great Northern Creative Expo returns for it’s 2018 edition with a progressive and inclusive celebration of Northern creativity. We are once again proud to present a wide variety of talents from The University of Central Lancashire and beyond from every corner of the Creative Industries including Film, Photography, Performance, Music, Media and Journalism. The Expo’s wide array of events, conferences and screenings will take place over the six days at venues across Preston, including UCLan’s state of the art Media Factory.

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The Great Northern Creative Expo continues to attract some of the country’s leading creative talents and continues in it’s founding commitment to offer student, staff and guests this unique opportunity to share in their common passion to present their work to an audience and gain invaluable insight into their chosen careers from industry professionals at the pinnacle of their careers. 

This fifth edition of the Expo promises to be it’s most diverse in its breadth of programmed events and is again able to offer this fantastic opportunity through the generosity of The University of Central Lancashire and our other Expo Partners.

New Year, New Name!

The great northern creative experience is back again for 2018 under a brand new name, The Great Northern Creative Expo!

The Great Northern Creative Expo will run from Monday 12th-Saturday 17th November. The Expo’s wide array of events, conferences and screenings will take place over the six days at venues across Preston, including UCLan’s state of the art Media Factory.

The Great Northern Creative Expo has evolved from a commitment to promote and showcase the creative talent that has been developed at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and to also introduce to the world, the fantastic students and professionals that we have working at the University, whilst opening our doors to the city, to the North and the world beyond.

Once again, the expo will introduce a variety of talent which will include film, photography, media and journalism with performances, workshops, masterclasses, music, monologues, networking, animation and inspiration to one and all.

The expo has attracted some of the leading creative talent (nationally and internationally) and we are pleased to offer students, academics and the general public the opportunity to share a stimulating experience of creative talent which can be viewed, evaluated and enjoyed by everyone!

The programme of events is yet to be announced but the Expo will conclude with the Arriva Rail Festival Awards.

The Poetic Impulse: Where do poets get their inspiration?

The Poetic Impulse event took place on November 15th and aimed to take an exploration into the drivers of poetical creativity by four different poets from the North of England: Martin Domleo, Vince Smith, Nick Williams and Gordon Aindow.

The first to speak was Martin Domleo.

He began by explaining how he believed the barrier between science and the arts was blurred and that lots of poets get inspired by science. His confidence was knocked when a school teacher accused him of copying his own poem from someone else after writing a Christmas card.

A lot of Martin’s inspiration was drawn from the Peak District, as he only lived a bicycle ride away from it and spent a lot of time there.He said that he was a painter as well as a novelist and he understood that imagery has a large part to play within poetry. He proceeded to tell us about a place in Morecambe bay called the Sunderland Point and that it was a inspirational setting for poetry.

Next up was Vincent Smith, whose writing includes a novel and an unpublished travellers’ guide to English architectural heritage.Vincent became interested in poetry at the tender age of 9, when he began reading some out of curiosity. He said he got an immediate interest in ‘abstract poetry’ because, even though he didn’t understand it, he felt emotionally involved in the texts.

When he presented his work to publishers later on in life, they told him to ‘drag himself out of the nineteenth century’ adding that poets didn’t write like ‘that’ anymore. However, he said that those comments never made him lose his love for writing.

He believes his best writing came at 21, after he experienced his first love. Yet, it was only when he got heartbroken that he felt an urge to write about it: “I had a desire to prolong it. It’s not quite over when you write about it. You preserve it.”

Vincent ended his talk by mentioning how his mother’s death became the first time he felt an urge to write about someone else’s death. He left the audience with a reading of his sonnet inspired by it, called “Speaking to Mother”.

When Nick Williams gave a talk, he stated that he was a new age traveller.The former art and design student explained it was then he started to realise that in terms of creativity writing could be a happy medium.

His first poem was about Easter Island because he found the whole mystery around it as a focus point.He stated that “it takes time” to write poetry.

“Those ideas of being a voice are intensely in me”, Nick said of his love for expressing himself .Lastly came Preston based poet Gordon Aindow, who has been writing poems and short stories for five years.

Gordon spoke of how his physical longing to a past memory deriving from nostalgia is the main source of inspiration for his writing, but admitted that sometimes translating that feeling into words proves a challenge. He goes through a process of “interrogating the facts and gathering evidence” in the hopes this logical approach will translate his feelings into their truest meaning possible.

He finishes off his talk by going over his last step of his writing process: “I ask myself: does it read, sound and feel true to you? Anyone else feeling what I feel is a bonus.”

Words by Emily Vass and Amy Vieira