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Plymouth residents invited to take part in educational debate

By 30th April 2015 No Comments

Residents of Plymouth are being encouraged to attend an educational debate in Plymouth on Wednesday 6th May. The debate, which is being hosted by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and Fotonow CIC, will question, ‘Are new educational initiatives regenerating culture and industry?’

It comes after the successful and well attended education debate in 2013, ‘What direction for creative education in austerity?’, and once again the RSA is keen for individuals to take part.

The event will give people the chance to network and be a part of the panel debate, which the audience is encouraged to take part in.

Ed Whitelaw, Head of Regeneration for the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) and Chair of RSA in the South West, will chair the debate, and RIO’s own CEO Lindsey Hall will sit on the panel.

Other debate panellists include Professor Cara Aitchison, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of St Mark and St John, Mary Cox, Principal at the Plymouth University Technical College and Cassie Roberts, CEO of Open Doors International Language School.

Ed Whitelaw said, “We have almost 1000 Fellows on the peninsula working in key positions across areas such as enterprise and manufacturing, public service and communities and creativity and learning. At the RSA we seek to encourage and support this work and this event is another example of that partnership working.”

Jon Blyth, Co-Director of Fotonow, said, “New educational initiatives are reinvigorating the culture and industry of Plymouth, and Fotonow CIC being engaged with influencing these directions feels that the forum of a public debate presents an open and positive discourse to anyone who wishes to engage with the present and future shape of our society.”

The RSA seeks to enrich society through ideas and action, and these debates should spark the catalyst for this positive change.

Fotonow CIC strives to provide creative opportunities for people of all ages, using photography as a tool to express their creativity. They facilitate socially motivated projects which allow people to explore visual culture across the South West. They are based in Plymouth.

The education debate is set to take place on Wednesday 6th May from 6:30 – 8:30pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall on Lambhay Hill in Plymouth’s Barbican, the site of Plymouth artist Robert Lenkiewicz former Library. The event is free to attend. For more information and to book in advance please email jon@fotonow.org.

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