Reflections on Subject Futures Week…
It’s been over a month now since the excitement of Subject Future’s Week at the School of the Arts (27-31 January 2014), but much of the careers advice given by a whole host of individual’s from across the Creative Industries holds as true for postgraduates studying for a doctorate as it does for their peers in publishing, media, arts, theatre fashion and design.
These included, understanding your craft; establishing a creative routine and sticking to it; learning to take criticism with good humour; gaining practical experience; meeting fellow professionals and using the web to build a profile. Companies represented included Karen Millen, the team behind the Althorp Literary Festival as well as editors of publications such as ‘Metro’ newspaper (Kenny Campbell) and ‘History Today’ magazine (Nick Liptrot).
The event also included an audience with the actress, Lesley Joseph; a talk by musician Billy Lockett (who has recently supported KT Tunstall and Lana Del Rey); a lecture by internationally renowned painter, Marcus Harvey; discussions with literary autobiographer, Peter Parker as well as a conversation with The Rt Hon The Lord Smith of Finsbury: The former Labour MP Chris Smith. To see some photographs which I took of these events, please use the slideshow below: