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Conversations In Creativity at BOB North 2016: Bowie

Bringing together a panel of cultural commentators & creatives to examine to what degree creativity defines what Britain represents via Bowie's legacy & influence.

Time & Date: 6-8pm, Thursday 10th March to Wednesday 10th February

Conversations in Creativity: Bowie – The Very Best of Britannia

Amanda Odlin-Bates: UCLan
Christopher Molloy: UCLan
Joe Pidgeon: Best of Britannia
John Robb: Journalist & Musician

Hosted by Dave Haslam & special introduction by Wayne Hemingway MBE TICKETS

For Best of Britannia (BOB) North we present a special Conversation in Creativity exploring David Bowie's influence on British design today.

We're bringing together a panel of cultural commentators, creatives and designers to examine to what degree creativity defines what Britain represents to the rest of the world and Bowie's legacy for the creative industries today. Hosted by Dave Haslam

Bowie's creative process evolved throughout his 40+ year career, drawing inspirations from the obvious to the obscure.

Among the mass of tributes in publications, the web and social media were many from artists, architects, designers - in addition to the global response from the music industry, film, fashion and advertising.

Many wrote about Bowie's influence on their formative years. He made it cool to be young and smart.

The photographer Mick Rock, who was responsible for some of the most iconic images of Bowie, declared “He wasn’t any single thing. He was the great synthesizer.”

As a muse to many working in the creative industries, Bowie's career was the subject of an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013. However the exhibition only touched on the major contribution his life and career played in shaping culture today.

The idea of Britain as a creative powerhouse is a by-product of Bowie's impact on the creative-cultural landscape. He dared a generation to challenge the rules and conventions. That generation now operate in agencies, design houses and studios across the globe, constantly taking risks in shaping how we live, work, play and consume today.

This same creativity is often identified as the key ingredient in Britain maintaining a competitive edge.

Come and join in the conversation about how creativity defines the way Britain is seen in the world and the legacy of this legendary artist.


Amanda Odlin
Amanda is a senior fashion lecturer at UCLan with over 19 years lecturing experience.
Prior to teaching during the late 80's and early 90's she ran a successful fashion business based in Manchester’s. During this time Matthew Williamson work with her company on his placement and Odlin and Webb were featured in The Face Magazine. Clients included Lisa Stansfield and Factory - Hacienda 10th anniversary show. 
In 2008 she worked with Glenda Brindle to develop the Eastern Fashion Design degree. Her research is linked to customs and taboos which include clothing, studying attitudes towards fusion garments. 2012 Amanda collaborated with fashion stylist Claire Buckley and Artist Linder Sterling on a commissioned a collection of modest clothing to be worn at the Linder Sterling retrospective exhibition in Paris, January 2013. Amanda also continues to regularly produce fashion shows and teaches a successful Fashion show production live brief each year.

Christopher Molloy
Senior Lecturer/Course Leader Fashion Design. BA Hons Fashion Design & Textiles (Preston) & over 35 years of industry experience.
Chris graduated in Fashion Design and Textiles from Preston and since that time has worked for a variety of companies both in the UK and internationally including Topman/Topshop,, Debenhams, M&S, Monsoon, Nokia, John Lewis, Boden, House of Fraser & Victoria’s Secret.
Having worked across womenswear, menswear, interiors and mobile technology companies (Nokia UK). Chris continues with his creative consultancy and trend forecasting business whose clients are both national and international: UK, South Korea, Japan & Europe.

Joe Pidgeon
Joe Pidgeon is the co-founder of Best of Britannia and has a career spanning 25 years. He started out in 1991 working on the first ever Notting Hill Carnival Programme and on seminal black music magazine, Touch where he became Publisher.
Touch was originally the magazine for the then pirate radio station Kiss and during his 10 years there Joe also contract-published the Time Out Carnival Guide, produced events for MTV, Diesel, Playstation.
Since moving on from Touch Joe has event-managed film premieres, computer game launches, album launches and festivals for a plethora of clients before co-founding BOB in 2012.

John Robb
Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. John Robb was festering away in Blackpool till punk rock came along and saved his life. Naively believing that you really could do what you wanted he went on to form the loudest group ever, the Membranes, write for the rock press, do loads of TV stuff and form another group Goldblade.
In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

Dave Haslam
Dave Haslam DJed over 450 times at the Haçienda and has since performed sets worldwide He attended Joy Division's last ever show, Sonic Youth slept on his floor; Tony Wilson threatened to shoot him; he took John Peel to see Public Enemy; and cooked cauliflower cheese for Morrissey. He's written for The Guardian, NME, The Times, The London Review of Books, The New Statesman, and Time Out. He recently finished his forth book, Life After Dark. Previous titles include 'Manchester England' (1999) - a ground-breaking study of Manchester’s musical and cultural history. He regularly appears on radio and TV as a cultural commentator. He has previously hosted live onstage in-conversations for Creative Lancashire and his own 'Close-Up' events with Jeremy Deller, Jonathan Franzen, Neneh Cherry, Nile Rogers, Alistair Campbell and Will Self to name a few.


Tickets for the events are available via the Skiddle Event Page and includes complimentary drinks on arrival

£4.00 / £3.00 (Students & Concessions)

A selection of specially created Bowie inspired artwork by Lancashire based artists, illustrators, graphic designers and agencies will be exhibited in the Derwent Gallery at BOB.

Other Creative Lancashire at BOB North Events:

Conversations in Creativity: BOB North Debate – Collaboration
In association with Made in Britain
The second in our series of special Conversation in Creativity events for BOB North explores the benefits and perils of collaborating with other British or overseas designers, manufacturers and institutions with a panel of leading businesses, academics and designers including Charles Hadcock (Artist), John Pearce (Made in Britain), Beverley Lamey (University of Central Lancashire), Stephen Hume (Linn Audio) & Denise Pearson (Deni-Deni).
Friday 11th March, 4-5pm – The BOB Social Club
more information

POWWOW: Creative Social Networking
in association with Linn Lounge
Following the conversation in Creativity debate (Fri 11 March), you are also invited to attend POWWOW (6-8pm) - Drinks reception and social networking event presented by Creative Lancashire in association with Linn Lounge -
Complimentary drinks, food & networking.
6-8pm – Friday 11th March: The BOB Social Club (bar open until late)

Download 'cic_bowie_event_outline_776.pdf'


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