Thursday 23rd June 2016 
University of Bolton, Deane Rd BL3 5AB


8:15am – Breakfast & registration
9am – Panel discussion commences
10am – Approximate close
10am Onwards – Optional tours of the Creative Show featuring start up proposals from our students


  • Sam Johnson, Head of School, Bolton School of the Arts
  • Ursula Greenwood, Director of Edinburgh Weavers
  • Kwong Lee, Director of Castlefield Gallery & Co-chair of Contemporary Visual Art Manchester
  • Simon Allman, Creative Director, Absolute
  • Keith Harris, General Manager, Bolton FM
  • Donna Claypool, Textiles and Surface Design Programme Leader at the University of Bolton


The University of Bolton’s 'Business & the Arts Breakfast' will bring together arts leaders and business experts to talk through the benefits and the challenges of working in cross-industry partnership.

Our guest speakers have all contributed to joint ventures between the arts and business, and attendees will hear examples of when creative organisations, high-street brands and education providers have successfully worked together. Speakers will explore where collaborations have been mutually beneficial to both industries, the economy and the region.

They will also consider how collaborative working can have a positive impact on the country’s future talent, particularly with regards to the prospects and opportunities for Higher Education students.
Guests will be able to meet and view portfolios of University students, which feature in this year’s innovative and thought-provoking Bolton School of the Arts Creative Show. The exhibition includes artwork from a variety of different disciplines including fine art, photography, textiles and graphics.

Key Themes Include

  • The importance of cultural institutions and events to the regional economy, and the businesses that support them.
  • How businesses can engage, benefit from and drive the potential of regional arts organisations.
  • Discussion of future ways in which the arts and business can work together.
  • How both businesses and arts organisations can engage with the talent of the future.