November 28, 2007
The UK’s hottest new hub for the training of tomorrow’s creative industry professionals will be officially launched by a host of well-known faces at a glittering event in Cardiff this week, 29th November.
‘ATRiuM’ is the name for the building which is the city centre home to the University of Glamorgan’s Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries.
The new School brings together the creative disciplines within the University of Glamorgan, including Art & Design, Media & Communication and Drama & Music.
Celebrities and leading professionals from across the creative industries will be guests on the red carpet for the launch event which will showcase the state-of-the-art building.
The evening will be compered by actress Sian Phillips and presenter Rhodri Owen who will take guests through an evening packed with entertainment. Performances will be given by well-known harpist Catrin Finch and vocalists Elin Manahan and Daisy Blue who will be accompanied on the piano by her father Mal Pope.
Professor Peter Robertson who is the Dean of the new faculty commented, “This high-tech teaching environment provides undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree programmes and will be the largest single university initiative for the creative and cultural industries in the UK.”
Also joining in the celebration will be the faculty’s new board of visiting Professors which include some of the biggest names in the creative industries. This advisory board, headed by industrial designer, Professor Nick Butler OBE, will be made up of actor Daniel Evans, composer Karl Jenkins, animator Robin Lyons, film director Marc Evans and theatre director Terry Hands. Profiles
Messages of support from actors Matthew Rhys and Jonathan Pryce and Welsh band The Lost Prophets will be read on the evening.
The multi-million pound facility stands as an architectural icon in the city, as well as a platform for a mix of teaching and research in the theory and practice of media, design and cultural studies. As well as high-tech teaching and learning spaces and facilities, academics and practitioners from a broad range of subject areas work together in an exciting environment geared to sharing expertise.
Professor Peter Robertson added, “This Faculty is a major development for Wales and the UK and has attracted enormous interest from the media industry, arts and cultural organisations. Both the Faculty and the campus are being seen as a focus for the creative industries in Wales and we will be producing the professionals of the future to work in these economic growth sectors.”
Notes to editor:
• The press launch will be held at 12.30pm on 29th November. Please contact the University press office should you wish to attend. Journalists and broadcast crews are welcome to return for the red carpet at 6.30pm.
•Some facts about the building:
- The ATRiuM is a £35 million development. It is a 5 storey, 10,500 square metre facility.
– It is a faculty for approx 2000 students and 120 staff.
– The building contains a cinema, TV, radio and film production facilities, design studios, theatre and performance spaces, photography and journalism spaces, animation studios and computer labs.