2019 Program


The Great Northern Creative Expo

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 talents (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!

Dates for your Diary

  • Programme announced: 13 September
  • Booking opens: 16 September
  • Education booking opens: 16 September

A Message from the Festival Director

Since it’s beginnings in April 2015, The Great Northern Creative Expo has taken a multitude of forms, almost as diverse as the line-up of events that grace the pages of our official brochure. 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 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.

Alan Keegan
Festival Director
Director of Business Development (UK Partnerships)
Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries

Expo Venues

Our events take place in various venues across the Preston Campus of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Every venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

Here you’ll find location, visitor and access information. You can download an official UCLan Campus map here.


The central venue for The Great Northern Creative Expo, the Media Factory is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art building dedicated to providing realistic exposure to the media world.


The gallery is set across two levels; the ground floor and the mezzanine. The gallery is open weekdays during office hours and only occasional weekends.


Hanover Project is a brand new contemporary art gallery open to members of the public, staff and students from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Venue Access

Information on disabled access to our venues is listed on disabledgo.com. The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is delighted to be working with DisabledGo to ensure that all our prospective and current students, staff and visitors have clear information on the accessibility of our buildings.

Media Factory

Victoria Building

Hanover Building

Oasis Faith & Spirituality Centre

Foster Building

Campus Information