We’re very pleased to announce that next edition of Leeds Creative Labs will launching this Thursday.

Working with Carbon Imagineering, we will be piloting a new approach to the Labs with The Hepworth Wakefield throughout Spring 2015, building multi-disciplinary teams of post graduate students, academic staff and creative technologists working to a challenge set by The Hepworth team.

The Labs will run from 19th March to 7th May. There will be a competitive application process followed by a matchmaking event. Resulting ideas may be taken forward to development.

If you are a professional working in the creative sector, University of Leeds PhD student or academic from the Faculties of Arts, PVAC, LUBS or Engineering, and are interested in learning more about how you can participate, please join us at the launch this Thursday.

Launch Event – The Hepworth, 29th January 5-7:30pm

The launch will give you the opportunity to hear about the challenge set for the Labs, to listen to the experience of previous participants as well as have a guided tour of The Hepworth Wakefield.

4:00pm –  Coach leaves University of Leeds, Parkinson Steps

4.30pm – Curator’s tour of the gallery (optional)

5:30pm – Start of programme

  • Introduction to the launch of Leeds Creative Labs: the Hepworth Wakefield Edition
  • Simon Wallis, Director, the Hepworth Wakefield
  • Dr Abigail Harrison Moore, Head of School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
  • Sue Hayton, Business Development Manager, Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange, University of Leeds

5:20pmDr Maria Kapsali, participant in Leeds Creative Labs, Summer 2014 Edition

5:40pm – Ben Eaton, Digital Artist, participant in Leeds Creative Labs, 2012 Edition

6:00pm – Keynote speaker Cory Doctorow, Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics.

Cory will talk about the moral, political and democratic freedoms at stake across the galleries, libraries, archives and museums sector. Cory’s keynote will explore how the sector can take the lead in ensuring that access to our cultural assets and heritage remain free and open.

6:40pm–  Networking and light buffet

7:30pm – Close / Coach departs The Hepworth Wakefield for University of Leeds