Nurturing and Sustaining the Best at UWIC 

THE University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) hosts their Cardiff School of Art & Dinner tonight, Friday 6 June at Cardiff’s Hilton Hotel.

The guest speaker is Professor Paul Gough, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of the West of England, Bristol. 

Professor Gough is a leading academic in the field of art and design in the UK, with a distinguished record as a painter and writer.  He last spoke in Cardiff at the Senydd in Autumn 2007, at the launch of the Wales Institute of Art & Design, established by UWIC and the University of Wales Newport.

At Friday’s Dinner Professor Gough will ague for an ecological model of structured growth of art and design provision in Universities. He will especially speak about the responsibility of those who lead higher education institutions to encourage an expansive ecosystem, one that is not entirely geared towards creating a few precious orchids, but one that knows how to identify and nurture talent, to support and encourage the highest quality, and to make sure there are systems of dissemination so as to inspire the widest community of interests.

Professor Gaynor Kavanagh, Dean of Cardiff’s School of Art & Design said: “One of the most important roles of art and design in Universities is to stimulate and foster innate creative talents. The role UWIC plays in this regard is important, not least in terms of what we can offer the social, economic and cultural fabric of Wales.  We look forward to welcoming Professor Gough to our dinner tonight.”

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