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April 3, 2008

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» Roland Founder Makes ATRiuM Visit

The founder of the Roland Corporation, Ikutaro Kakehashi made a personal visit to the University of Glamorgan’s ATRiuM building in the capital today, 4th April, to launch the UK’s first university-based Music Academy in partnership with the corporation.

On one of his rare visits to the UK, the 78 year-old was awarded with an honorary professorship by the University for his contribution to music and gave an inspirational speech about his career to the 150 strong audience.

During the 1950s in Japan, Ikutaro Kakehashi, repaired electronic organs and created new prototype organs, all the while running an electrical appliance shop. At 28, he decided to devote himself to music, the first step of a continuing search for the ideal electronic musical instrument.

Since stepping down as Chairman and CEO in 2001, Mr Kakehashi has the role of ‘Founder & Special Consultant’, supporting Roland management with his extensive experience, vision and connections.

Mr Kakehashi’s visit marks the official launch of the University of Glamorgan’s ‘Music Academy’ in partnership with Roland UK which aims to implement the delivery of world-class music training both nationally and internationally, through the national qualifications framework.

The ATRiuM will now be home to some of the UK’s most state of the art music equipment and production facilities. Members of the public will be able to sign up for a range of full and part time courses, ranging from individual modules taken from the Roland Foundation Degree in Popular Music Technology, to Level 4 and 5 instrumental tuition, to professional courses based on specific Roland products and delivered by Roland staff.

John Booth, Managing Director of Roland UK said, “Mr Kakehashi’s impact on the music industry has been colossal. In addition to being the driving force in the design of cutting-edge music technology, he has also been influential in shaping the sound and style of music itself. His achievements will influence generations of musicians for years to come. The award of an Honorary Professorship recognises his amazing contribution to the music industry and education.”

Professor David Halton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan commented, “It is with great pleasure that we honour Mr Kakehashi with an Honorary Professorship of the University of Glamorgan. ATRiuM will be home to the first university-based Roland Music Academy in the UK and we are delighted that Mr Kakehashi visited the faculty in person to mark the launch of this forward-looking project.”

April 1, 2008

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» Diary Marker: Music Academy Launched

To launch the UK’s first University based Music Academy in partnership with Roland UK, the University of Glamorgan is holding a two day event which will see a personal visit by Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of the Roland Corporation who will receive an honorary Professorship, followed by a Battle of the Bands competition open to young Welsh talent.

When:

Friday 4th April (10.30am) – Ikutaro Kakehashi visits the University and is presented with his honorary professorship.
Saturday 5th April (12pm – 5pm) – Battle of the Bands competition takes place.

Where:

The University of Glamorgan’s brand new ATRiuM building in Cardiff city centre.

Background Information:

The events mark the launch of the University’s new ‘Music Academy’ in partnership with Roland UK. The only one of its kind in the UK, the Academy’s aim is to implement the delivery of world-class music training both nationally and internationally, through the national qualifications framework.
On Saturday, young bands from across Wales will perform live before the general public and a team of industry experts. The winning band will receive £3000 worth of Roland equipment plus three days recording time in one of the state-of-the-art recording studios at ATRiuM.
Journalists and photographers are welcome at both events. For further information contact the University press office.

March 26, 2008

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» Prestigious Appointment for Professor Blandford

Professor Steve Blandford of the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries has been appointed as a board member of the new English Language National Theatre for Wales.

Phil George, Chair of the organisation commented on the high calibre of applicants for the exciting and challenging positions as board members of the new Theatre company, “I was delighted by the number and the strength of applications for board membership. It shows the tide of goodwill in support of the National Theatre. The new board is full of experience, energy and diverse skills”.

Shrewsbury-born, Professor Steve Blandford is Associate Dean and Professor of Theatre, Film and Television based at the ATRiuM. He is also the Co-founder of The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations and has over 20 years experience in working in Theatre.

The National English Language Theatre will introduce different styles and imaginative theatre choices as well as introducing more varied directorial voices and developing collaborative partnerships. It will feature star talent and will also nurture new talent in Wales.

The new company, once created, will not be building-based. This will give it the freedom to commission and create productions. The National English Language Theatre will work closely with the existing theatrical infrastructure to create high profile productions that will sometimes move outside the traditional theatre space.

March 12, 2008

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» Tale Enders Project Launch

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WHAT: Launch of the ‘Tale Enders’ project by the University of Glamorgan and Glamorgan Cricket.

WHEN: Tuesday 18th March at 10.30am (lunch provided)

WHERE: ATRiuM building, Adam Street, Cardiff.

This event will mark the official launch of the ‘Tale Enders’ project, a unique initiative which aims to capture and record the memories of players and supporters from cricket clubs across Wales.

These stories will be collated by storytelling experts at The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, based in the University’s Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, and will be available at the Museum of Welsh Cricket which is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will become a leading attraction at Glamorgan Cricket’s redeveloped headquarters at The SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff.

Members from cricket clubs across Wales including Colwyn Bay, Cresselly, Gowerton, Llantwit Major, St. Fagans and Usk will be available for interview at the launch as well as representatives from Glamorgan Cricket.

The ‘Tale-Enders’ project is funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

If you would like to attend the launch or conduct an interview in Welsh or English please contact the press office.

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March 10, 2008

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» Radio Masterclass Attracts Radio One Star

The Radio Academy and the University of Glamorgan joined forces at the weekend to organise a day of radio training for young people wanting to get into radio, held at the ATRiuM.

The Radio Academy Masterclass took over the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries’ ATRiuM building to deliver a series of career seminars, radio skills workshops and industry ‘know-how’ sessions. Radio One’s Aled was on hand to provide his own top tips on getting into the industry.

He said, “I’m impressed with the building. I’ve been to the new radio studios and I think it’s a real asset for students to be able to work on up to date facilities such as these”.

The radio industry has shown a keen interest in the facilities at the Adam Street site since its opening in September last year. Mary Traynor, who lecturers in media and communications at the University, has developed a valuable relationship with the Radio Academy. She said, “I was very keen to hold a Radio Academy Masterclass at the ATRiuM. The events are extremely valuable opportunities, not only for our students, but for anyone interested in a career in radio.”

Steve Austins, chair of the Radio Academy’s Branch in Wales, has been working with Mary Traynor to promote radio in Cardiff. He said, “As a Branch, we hold evening networking events throughout the year and regularly use the ATRiuM as a venue. The feedback from radio stations has been fantastic! It will be the perfect venue for the Masterclass.”

Radio Academy Masterclasses are conferences aimed at young people who want to break into the radio industry. They are fantastic networking events, giving enthusiastic people opportunity to meet a wide range of radio professionals.

March 7, 2008

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» Journalism Student Makes News in the Big Apple

20-year-old University of Glamorgan journalism student Owain Johns has just started a unique work placement in New York.

Keen to forge a career in sports journalism, Owain has been writing football reports for years.

He said, “I needed to do work experience as part of my journalism degree, so I thought I’d be a bit more ambitious and look into working in America.”

Owain got in touch with the Welsh Assembly, which has offices at the Chrysler Building in New York.

They invited him to spend a week in the Big Apple, helping out with the press and publicity for Wales Week USA – an annual event which takes place around St David’s Day.

Owain said the trip was an exciting chance. He said, “I’m going to be looking after a blimp on Wall Street and Trinity College Choir in Manhattan.”

Wales Week is co-ordinated by the Welsh Assembly Government in New York in partnership with a wide variety of artists, performers and organisations.

Owain is a student at the University of Glamorgan’s brand new ATRiuM building at the heart of Cardiff city centre.

» Roland Corporation founder receives Honorary Professorship

Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of the Roland Corporation, is to be honoured in recognition of his legendary contribution to both the music industry and music education.

During his forthcoming visit to the UK, Mr Kakehashi will receive an Honorary Professorship from the University of Glamorgan at a special ceremony held in Cardiff on 4th April. The ceremony includes Mr Kakehashi’s inaugural lecture to an invited VIP audience and coincides with the official opening of the Roland Music Academy at the University’s new multi-million pound ATRiuM facility.

Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1930, Ikutaro Kakehashi’s story is remarkable. Orphaned at the age of 2 and nearly losing his own life to tuberculosis at 20, Kakehashi began his working life repairing watches and building radios before discovering his love of music and his true vocation in 1958.

“It was 1958. I was 28 years old, and I decided I would find a way to make electronic musical instruments my life’s work.” Ikutaro Kakehashi – I Believe in Music (2002).

This led to the development of products for the music industry, including organs, which Kakehashi sold through his own company before linking up with Hammond to form Hammond Japan. In 1972 Kakehashi founded the Roland Corporation. By this time, his impact on the music industry was already significant, but his most important contribution came in 1982 as he initiated discussions between electronic musical instrument manufacturers with a view to creating a standard method of communication. This resulted in the MIDI specification. Over the following decades, with Kakehashi at the helm, the Roland Corporation continued to flourish. Advances in research and development made it a market leader in the production of synthesizers, organs, pianos, electronic drums, samplers, music workstations, amplifiers, and guitar effects. The last 10 years saw further business expansion with the addition of video and visual performance products to the Roland Corporation portfolio.

At the same time, Roland’s international profile developed with the establishment of its joint venture companies worldwide and its additional investment in companies such as Boss, Rodgers, Edirol, Cakewalk, RSS and Roland DG, who are all part of the Roland family.

“Mr Kakehashi’s impact on the music industry has been colossal,” says John Booth, Managing Director of Roland UK. “In addition to being the driving force in the design of cutting-edge music technology, he has also been influential in shaping the sound and style of music itself. His achievements will influence generations of musicians for years to come. The award of an Honorary Professorship recognises his amazing contribution to the music industry and education.”

Professor David Halton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan commented, “It is with great pleasure that we honour Mr Kakehashi with an Honorary Professorship of the University of Glamorgan. ATRiuM will be home to the first university-based Roland Music Academy in the UK and we are delighted that Mr Kakehashi will visit the faculty in person to mark the launch of this forward-looking project.”

February 29, 2008

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» Creative Courses Expand Welsh Language Provision

Young people from sixth forms across South and West Wales gathered at the University of Glamorgan’s brand new ATRiuM building in Cardiff this month to celebrate the growing number of Welsh language university courses available to them in the capital.

The day during which the youngsters took part in workshops with some of Wales’ youngest creative talent, marked the announcement of Glamorgan expanding its Welsh language provision for creative industry based courses including a bilingual option for media and music courses.

Renowned young Welsh author Caryl Lewis was joined by BBC Radio Cymru presenter Daf Du during the day which saw fifty 16 and 17 year-olds take part in practical and question and answer sessions. Schools attending included, Ysgol Gyfun y Cymer, Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr, Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf, Ysgol Bro Myrddin and Ysgol Maes yr Yrfa.

BBC Wales series Pobol y Cwm producer Dafydd Llewelyn and Huw Meredydd Roberts a producer with BBC Radio Cymru also took part in the event during which the pupils got a taste for all things creative including devising new storylines for Pobol y Cwm and learning how to put a radio programme together.

Lisa Lewis Head of Drama at the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural said, “The aim of the day was to inspire young people and to demonstrate the range of careers open to them in the creative industries if they want to work through the mediums of both Welsh and English.

“At ATRiuM we currently offer a bilingual drama course and will soon be offering both media and music as bilingual pathways. The University of Glamorgan is at the forefront of developing bilingual courses in the creative industries in Wales and we hope that many of the pupils who visited the new campus will go on to study here in the future.”

The University is running a competition for Welsh speaking applicants applying this year. Students are required to submit a portfolio of work through the medium of Welsh and could win one of four prizes of £1500.

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February 27, 2008

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» Theatre Book in line for Top Award

The Society for Theatre Research has today announced its short list for the Theatre Book Prize for books published in 2007.

‘London’s Grand Guignol and the Theatre of Horror’ by Professors Richard Hand and Mike Wilson is one of six books in the running for the prestigious title.

With 80 theatre books submitted by publishers there were many contenders.
The Theatre Book Prize was first awarded for 1997 to celebrate the Jubilee of the Society for Theatre Research. It was created to encourage the writing and publication of books on theatre history and practice, both those which present the theatre of the past and those which record contemporary theatre for the future.

It is now presented annually for a book on theatre which an independent panel of judges considers to be the best published during the year. All new works of original research first published in English are eligible except for play texts and studies of drama as literature.

This year’s award was judged by actress Siân Phillips, Jeffery Richards Professor of Cultural History at Lancaster University and theatre critic Claire Allfree. The winner will be announced at a reception in the Grand Saloon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 1st April.

Professor Mike Wilson commented, “It is a great accolade for us to be short- listed for this award. The book is unique in its subject matter and we look forward to hearing the results.”

February 25, 2008

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» University Lecturer Works on Oscar Winning Film

University of Glamorgan animation lecturer Tim Allen is celebrating today after a film he worked on scooped an Oscar at last night’s glittering ceremony in LA.

Tim was one of the lead animators on the film ‘Peter and the Wolf’ which won the coveted award for the best animated short film.

A graduate of the Glamorgan Centre for Art and Design Technology (GCADT), Tim is a lecturer in 3D animation at the University’s Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries.

Tim has worked on other high profile animation projects such as Tim Burton’s film Corpse Bride.

February 19, 2008

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» Ffresh Awards Success

Two students from the University of Glamorgan’s Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries have scooped top awards at this year’s Ffresh Moving Image Festival.

After two successful days at the Ffresh Moving Image Fesitval of Wales, students from the ATRiuM walked away with two first prize awards in the categories of ‘Animation’ and ‘Promo’s & Stings’.

Jenny Clements from the BA hons in Animation and Jalal Ali from the BA hons Interactive & Motion Design courses both picked up first prizes in two of the ten categories on offer.

Ten other ATRiuM students had their work short listed for the awards.

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February 14, 2008

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» Battle of the Bands Competition is Launched

Competition is heating up for a brand new ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition which is being held for the very first time at the University of Glamorgan’s impressive ATRiuM building in Cardiff.

Organised by the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, the competition is open to up and coming young bands with a real talent for music.

The competition itself will be held at the new ATRiuM building on Saturday 5th April where the short-listed bands will perform live before the general public and a team of industry experts.

The event marks the launch of the University’s new ‘Music Academy’ in partnership with Roland UK.
The Academy’s aim is to implement the delivery of world-class music training both nationally and internationally, throughout the national qualifications framework.

The winning act will receive £3000 worth of Roland equipment plus three days recording time in one of the state-of-the-art recording studios at ATRiuM.

To enter the competition, the bands must meet the following criteria:
1) Be aged 16 – 25 and in either in full/part time education
2) Submit a 2/3 track demonstration recording either on CD or via a URL link to a social network site e.g. My Space by 5th March
3) Be able to perform the demonstration music tracks live at the Battle of the Bands final on the 5th April

For any further information on how to enter please contact ccirolandacademy@glam.ac.uk

» Glam Fashion Shoot for Students

Students at the University of Glamorgan’s brand new ATRiuM campus in Cardiff took part in a full scale professional fashion shoot at the building this week.

Over three days, groups of students from across the disciplines of fashion, journalism, design and photography came together armed with the brief of producing, from scratch, a double page fashion spread for a glossy magazine.

The fashion students were tasked with creating the initial concept for the shoot based around the concept of ‘glamour’ and what it means to them. Having decided on a theme the students then had to decide on clothes, make up and hair styles for the professional models.

Thom Botwood, 24, is a first year fashion design student from Llantrisant. Along with fellow student Catherine Torlop, the theme for Thom’s fashion shoot was ‘Victorian Death Book’.

He explained, “We wanted our photographs to be dramatic and so we have taken inspiration from the gothic. It has been a fantastic experience to work with professional models on a shoot that is as close to a fashion shoot in the real world as possible. I hope to go on to have my own fashion label one day, so all of this practise is essential.”

His partner on the project Catherine Torlop, 20 from Swansea is equally as enthusiastic. She said, “I have really enjoyed coming up with the creative ideas for the shoot and working with professionals in the field. Seeing our ideas come to life is brilliant and I am delighted with the results!”

While the fashion students were busy designing the shoot, the student journalists wrote editorial, the designers worked on page layout and the filmmakers made a ‘behind the scenes’ documentary of the whole event.

Head of Broadcasting, Journalism and Media, Diana Brand was particularly pleased with the way the students came together. “This experience has been fantastic for the students and really shows the benefits of a School like the ATRiuM. All of our creative students are under one roof and the results of them sharing their ideas on collaborative projects such as this are remarkable.”

The clothes for the shoot were provided by luxury brand retailer, Flannels, which stocks designer clothes from Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Milly. Vidal Sassoon and MAC provided stylists and make up artists for the event.

February 13, 2008

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» Cricket Research Project Announced

Glamorgan Cricket has this week announced a partnership called `Tale-Enders’ with The University of Glamorgan as part of the Museum of Welsh Cricket project at the cricket club’s redeveloped stadium in Cardiff.

The Museum, located on the ground floor of The Really Welsh Pavilion at the club’s impressive new stadium in Cardiff, will celebrate the long, and rich, history of Welsh cricket, both at professional and club level. With this in mind, the `Tale-Enders` project – funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council – will see research staff at the University gather and record the memories and artefacts of leading Welsh clubs and their members.

This archive material will form the heart of a series of displays when the Museum opens in the Autumn of 2008. The oral histories and digital images will also be assembled on a cricket heritage website which will support the activities of the Museum which has already received a generous grant of £516,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, especially the education and outreach programmes ahead of the Ashes Test Match between England and Australia at the Cardiff ground in 2009.

Dr. Andrew Hignell, the Heritage and Education Manager at Glamorgan Cricket, who has overseen the development of the Museum project and the establishment of a link with the University of Glamorgan, said “These are very exciting times in Welsh cricket. I’m delighted that the fascinating histories of some of our leading cricket clubs are going to be collated in the course of the next few months.”

“Cricket is the oldest team sport in Wales, and until recently, few attempts had been made to celebrate its key role in our social history. This ground-breaking work will significantly add to our knowledge about the way communities throughout Wales have come together to enjoy healthy recreation. By using the latest technology, the `Tale-Enders` project will also present information in a sustainable and highly accessible way, allowing people to easily find out more about these clubs, both now and in the future.”

“I have no doubt that the results of this project, and the collaboration with a series of well-established clubs, will provide the Museum of Welsh Cricket with some stimulating and vibrant displays when the state-of-the-art facility opens later in 2008, as well as when tens of thousands of people visit the Cardiff ground for the Ashes Test Match in 2009.”

Professor Mike Wilson, Head of Research at the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, based in the University`s new ATRiuM building in the Welsh capital, said “This is an exciting project in which to be involved. New technologies are changing the face of museums and allowing us all to participate in creating and curating our own heritage. The stories collected in this project will create a unique living archive giving a rich history of cricket in Wales and leading the way in sports heritage.
“Tale-Enders is also the first oral history project with a sporting theme to supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which funds postgraduate training and research in the arts and humanities.” ”

Jennifer Stewart, Manager for the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales said “The Heritage Lottery Fund has worked hard over the past five years to show that heritage can be much more than old buildings. This exciting project demonstrates that heritage – in all its forms – has something to offer everyone, no matter what your interest or passion”.

Following consultation with the Cricket Board of Wales (CBW), who oversee the governance of the recreational game throughout the Principality, the Tale-Enders project will initially involve cricket clubs from Colwyn Bay, Cresselly, Gowerton, Llantwit Major, St. Fagans and Usk. Other clubs will be invited to participate in subsequent stages as further material is collected ahead of the 2009 season, and the first Test Match to be staged on Welsh soil.

January 29, 2008

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» Storytelling for Change

A unique one day storytelling conference designed to illustrate how both public and private sector organisations are using stories to facilitate change, and to demonstrate the benefits of storytelling to the Welsh public service is being held in Cardiff this week (Wednesday 30th January).

Hosted by the University of Glamorgan as part of Expo 08, delegates will gain practical advice on how to collect, analyse and present stories to best effect.

Keynote presentations will be given by leading exponents of storytelling as agents for change in public services, and a series of additional workshop sessions will give delegates an opportunity to learn more about storytelling skills.

Christine Wilson of the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science at the University of Glamorgan explained, “Stories have been told for thousands of years, passed through generations as a means of sharing experiences, cutting across boundaries and helping people understand the need for change.

“Public, private and voluntary sector organisation can use stories to improve motivation, aid comprehension and encourage staff to engage more fully in the process of change.”

The conference is funded by the University of Glamorgan, Public Service Management Wales, National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare and the Wales Centre for Health.

» Art Students Inspired by Train Journey

More than 20 budding animators and illustrators from the University of Glamorgan have taken to the trains for the day to gain inspiration for their work from the scenery and people of the Rhondda Valley.

The students, who are studying for a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, contacted Arriva Trains Wales with a request to create a mobile art studio on services between Treforest and Treherbert.

Mo Brown, Lecturer at the University, said, “This is a drawing project where students gather visual information from different environments for use in their project work. They have to deal with movement so we decided to look at movement in the human form plus transport and travel.

“As part of their course I organise location drawing experiences to get them ‘out and about’ and to get inspiration for their work.”

19 year-old Liam Grice of Pentwyn in Cardiff was one of the students who took part in the event. The former St. Teilo’s Comprehensive pupil said, “I am really enjoying the course at Glamorgan because we get such diverse experiences and opportunities to get out in the community to generate ideas for our work. I hope next year to go on to study for a degree course at Glamorgan’s ATRiuM campus in Cardiff because the facilities there are fantastic.”

Geraint Morgan, community affairs manager for Arriva Trains Wales, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to offer the experience of drawing in a different environment. The scenic views from the train and the many interesting characters they will have encountered during their journeys should provide some fascinating pieces of work to look at. The project will also have been of benefit to the students in terms of raising awareness of the world around them.”

January 24, 2008

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» Sweeney Todd DVD Appearance for Professors

Professors Richard Hand and Mike Wilson from the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries will be appearing on the DVD version of Tim Burton’s critically acclaimed new film Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

The two professors, whose new book ‘London’s Grand Guignol and the Theatre of Horror’, has received considerable attention for its inclusion of a previously unpublished Noel Coward play, were interviewed for a documentary on ‘horror theatre’, which will appear as an ‘extra’ on the DVD when it is released later this year.

Professor Wilson commented, “It is fantastic to be involved with such a high profile film and to be included on a DVD which will be viewed by people around the world. We have been researching horror theatre for about ten years now and this is an exciting opportunity for our research to reach a wider public audience. It is very rewarding to think that our scholarly research will enhance people’s enjoyment of the film.”

Grand-Guignol: French Theatre of Horror and London’s Grand Guignol and the Theatre of Horror by Richard J. Hand and Michael Wilson are both published by University of Exeter Press.

December 13, 2007

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» Design Success for Glamorgan Students

The University of Glamorgan’s Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries is celebrating the success of two of its design students.

Gareth Lloyd, a recent graduate of the BA Interactive & Motion Design, has won the Creative Graduate Prize 2007 from ‘Medium Magazine & Societas for his graphical film, ‘Peaknik doomer’.

The Creative Graduate Prize 2007 is an annual arts competition organised by Medium Magazine and Societás. The theme of this year’s competition was ‘Travel’.

The prize, as well as a special feature in Medium Magazine, is a coveted Key-2 Luxury keyring. All entrants get the chance to have their work seen by the coolest creative agency in London: Societás.

Gareth graduated with a 1st Class honours degree last year and has been working with ‘rough collie’ in Chapter Arts Centre. He is currently undertaking DVD authoring work with ‘Vision thing’ and is planning to return to Glamorgan in January to continue his studies at MA level.

In addition to Gareth’s success, Edward Andrews a second year Interactive & Motion Design student on the won £5000 and second place in the ‘Effortless’ TV advert competition.

Ed was one place away from getting his idea realised into the latest Brylcreem commercial.

December 4, 2007

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» World Famous Music Producer Visits ATRiuM

Tony Platt, world famous music engineer and producer who has worked with the likes of Bob Marley & The Wailers, the Boomtown Rats and AC/DC, is visiting the University of Glamorgan’s Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries today, 4th December.

During his visit to the newly launched ATRiuM building in Cardiff, he will provide a series of lectures to music students to help them get a head start in their own careers.

Tony has worked with some of the world’s best known bands including Sparks, Iron Maiden, Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Jazz Jamaica All Stars and Motorhead.

Projects he has completed recently include “Fubar” featuring Canadian singer/songwriter Gered Stowe for Luc Van Acker’s new BMG hosted alternative label “les enfants terrible”. Development work is still in progress with Nottingham based “Dai Lo” and further tracks are soon to be recorded with pop/hop artists “Streem”.

Tony’s philosophy has always been to enhance music by the use of technology. He has always kept very much apace with the rapid advances in audio and music technology that are taking place – from computers to the new breed of all digital consoles – and so is incomparably well placed to achieve this.

Dean of the Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries Professor Peter Robertson commented, “It is fantastic to welcome someone of Tony’s calibre to our brand new building in Cardiff. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn from one of the most famous music producers in the business.”

November 28, 2007

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» Cardiff’s Most Exciting Campus Opens

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.