Creative talents take centre stage at new YENExpo2016 showcase

A new Creative Zone will showcase some top talent and the courses on offer at Bradford College’s Bradford School of Arts at the YENExpo2106 conference next week.

Bradford’s biggest business event returns to the college’s David Hockney campus for the second year running on Tuesday, October 25.


The all-day conference is run by YEN (Yorkshire Enterprise Network) and the Telegraph & Argus, with the college as one of the main partners.

The Creative Zone, one of the newest attractions, will offer their students a platform on which to demonstrate the wide range of skills they are learning to help them gain relevant industry experience. A highlight will be displays by the college’s Media Make-up and Special Effects team.

Staying with the theme of film and television, the spotlight will be on Bradford’s UNESCO City of Film connections, with Director David Wilson on hand to put on an informative display. Delegates will be able to gain an insight into the work he and his team do and the strong role played by the College and Universities in teaching students the skills to succeed in the media world.

The Creative Zone will also feature displays of more traditional skills, like Textile Design. Once the former ‘Woollen Capital of the World’, Bradford has strong connections with the industry and Helen Farrar from the College’s Textile Archive will demonstrate some interesting elements from the collection. This will include a handloom, on which the college’s Constructed Textiles Technician Jodie Posan will demonstrate weaving techniques.


Jodie Posan

Contemporary arts organisation East Street Arts, based at Crown House, Leeds, will be present to outline the support they give to developing artists through their events programme, with one of their artists, Dominic Arbor, exhibiting two of his paintings.

Dominic is a British conceptual artist based in Leeds, known for his work featuring sculpture, painting, photography, street art and print-making. He often works with light humour and with materials and motifs that reflect the influence of Pop Art.

Another main attraction will be the Advanced Technology Centre’s equipment display, featuring resources like 3D imaging and 3D printing. The technique of 3D scanning and printing technology was recently used to produce models of Bradford City Hall’s Monarch statues. Bradford College’s Creative Media Team Leader, Zaid Bashir, will demonstrate the process and produce some examples of 3D printing.

There will be some mood music to enhance the atmosphere, with Bradford College music students performing at intervals throughout the day.

YEN Content and Production Supervisor Steven Spencer said: “Businesses come in all shapes and sizes and Bradford, with its history of innovation, is particularly well-known for its creative sector. We were keen to celebrate that side of things at this year’s conference and also to recognise the talents and skills of the young people who will go forward to become the artists and artisans of the future.”

Formerly known as Bradford Business Conference, the event is in its fifth year and has been rebranded YEN EXPO 2016, reflecting the broader reach and Bradford’s re-established standing in the regional business arena.

David Wilson is Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film. 12.02.15

David Wilson is Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film

From 8.30am, there will be chance to participate in a broad cross section of seminars, panel sessions and business clinics at the conference, which attracts around 1,000 delegates and 50 exhibition stands. YEN Expo 2016 also features networking events, plus a line-up of inspirational speakers.

Other partners are Bradford Council, Malik House Business Centres, The Broadway, FSB, and Business Enterprise Fund (BEF). 

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