Head of Gray’s paints a picture of economic growth

RGU professor paints a creative picture for economic growth

The Head of Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University (RGU) will examine the role that the creative and cultural industries play in driving economic development at a professorial lecture taking place next week.

Professor Paul HarrisProfessor Paul Harris, who was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in 2008, will deliver the third in a new series of public lectures at RGU on Wednesday, February 19 at its new Riverside East building, Garthdee campus.

Professor Harris will reflect on the challenges faced by society as a result of increasing globalisation and 24/7 communications during his lecture, and will look towards a creative future in a post-industrial society.

“A successful country’s international competitiveness must increasingly be built upon possessing, accessing and using knowledge for innovation, tempered with strong social, health, sustainability and environmental concerns,” says Professor Harris.

“This demands a future economic strategy that differs considerably from the energy-hungry, sometimes environmentally unsound provision of low-cost manufacturing and services.

“In this context, the creative industries provide a growing market for stimulating economic growth both as an industry and as a catalyst for innovation.”

Professor Harris will also demonstrate that culture provides a vehicle with which to differentiate communities, and adds to their international reputation and attractiveness while also addressing social and well being targets.

The lecture, which is entitled ‘Towards a Creative Future: globalisation and reputation in a post-industrial society’, will begin at 6pm and will be followed by an opportunity for questions. The evening will conclude with light refreshments.

To register your attendance, please email Anna Duthie or call 01224 262210.

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Anna Duthie
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