Growth of creative industries prompts launch of creative call to arms

Jun 21, 2018

Worth over £91 billion to the UK, the explosion of the creative economy has prompted the launch of the ‘1,000 Makers’ campaign by local social enterprise, RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation. RIO’s?1,000 Makers?campaign shines a light on the growth and prosperity of the creative industries for children and young people in the city. Now being heralded as the 4th Industrial Revolution, new technologies are combining with established practice to change the way we work and live our lives. RIO’s 1000 Makers campaign provides opportunities for businesses and Plymouth’s burgeoning community of makers to offer experiences to children and young people. 

Jonathan Clitheroe, Head of Challenge Based Learning at RIO, said

“We believe it is essential that Plymouth’s young people have the experience of being makers, rather than solely passive consumers of technology. Our world needs makers; Versatile, emotionally intelligent and agile makers. Makers who create with language, image, code, steel, clay or even policy.” 

Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of RIO, said

“In a world where the take up of creative subjects in schools are being squeezed and where industry is crying out for creative skills, 1000 Makers is a campaign to provide visibility to the fast-growing creative economy and show the significant potential for a career in this sector.” 

1000 Makers echoes the government’s stance that creative skills are at the heart of the UK’s industrial strategy and with the creative industries growing at twice the rate of the UK economy as a whole, it is important to ensure today’s young people are prepared for the future career landscape. 

Working with local makers, the first workshops kick-off at Ocean Studios in the picturesque Royal William Yard in June. Participants will take part in high energy, collaborative making sessions where they will produce tech-enabled, large-scale scrap sculptures. At the same time, the 1000 Makers website will launch, listing events and making opportunities for children and young people as well as industry insight on the demand for creative skills in the workplace. Other upcoming activity offers a chance for young people to get involved in Plymouth’s inaugural Robotic Sailing Championships in September, and Illuminate, the jaw-dropping light festival staged as part of Mayflower 400 celebrations when it returns to the city in November. 

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