South Yorkshire Cultural & Creative Industries Network

The next South Yorkshire Cultural & Creative Industries Network event will be:

Date: Thursday 2 December 2021, 6pm to 8pm (arrival: 5.30pm)
Venue: Digital Media Centre - Barnsley

South Yorkshire creatives are invited to the second in a series of inspiring networking events to share ideas, make meaningful contacts and celebrate the region’s successes.

Hosted at the Digital Media Centre in Barnsley on Thursday 2 December, the event is free to attend. It will centre around the theme of 'Embracing Digital to Boost our Creative and Cultural Sector' and will feature a stimulating panel discussion with representatives from exciting creative organisations across the region.

As an interactive event, audience members will be able to get involved via an interactive Q&A session or by delivering a short presentation on their own creative ideas and successes.

Attendees are also invited to a private viewing of Luke Jarram's Mars art exhibition at Barnsley College prior to the network event. Measuring seven meters in diameter, the impressive installation features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the red planets surface, floating in three dimensions. Simply book a place for the network event to gain entry to this unique exhibition viewing.

Reserve your Creative Network ticket here.

Anybody who would like to share a creative idea at the event is asked to email in advance with a short introduction and what you plan to talk about.

Venue and Timings

Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2EQ

Cost: Free


5pm-6pm: Private viewing of Luke Jerram’s Mars exhibition at Barnsley College

5.30pm-6.15pm: Arrival at Digital Media Centre and networking

6.15pm-7.50pm: Keynote speaker and panel discussion

7.50pm-8.15pm: Audience Q&A and attendee pitches

8.15pm: Formal event close and further networking opportunities


Creatives making up the panel of speakers for the December digital themed event will include:

  • John Sanderson, Founder/Managing Director of PitStop Productions. An award-winning provider of audio services, Pitstop Productions has worked with world leaders in the video game and entertainment industries. John’s talents and experience lie in musical composition, arrangement, production and voice direction.

  • Jacqui Wells, Deputy Director at The Children’s Media Conference (CMC), a not-for-profit organisation supporting the children’s media industry. Jacqui started working at The CMC in 2012 - the UK’s only gathering for those involved with developing, producing and distributing content to children on all platforms. She has since grown with the conference, which now welcomes 1,200 delegates to Sheffield every year.

  • Kisha Bradley, CEO and founder of Brightbox, an organisation which partners with libraries and communities to co-create spaces. Kisha has more than 13 years’ experience as a mentor and educator of engineering and design thinking in the 30% most deprived communities in England, the US and Germany. She focuses on the importance of role models and representation in pursuing careers and the responsibility of tech, engineering and creative sectors to value lived experience, include community, and dismantle oppressive workplace cultures to create better solutions for everyone.

  • Devinia Skirrow, Marketing and Communications Manager at Barnsley Museums and visitor economy. Devinia has  20 years of experience in marketing and is passionate about engaging with audiences, capturing imaginations and making strong connections.  Devinia and her team have played an instrumental part in pivoting the organisation in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. She says that although it has been a challenging period, it has brought significant rewards with huge digital achievements and accolades for audience engagement.

About South Yorkshire Cultural and Creative Industries Network

Established after the success of the Cultural and Creative Industries Summit held in September 2021, the South Yorkshire Cultural and Creative Industries Network has been created to offer a collaborative, supportive and inspiring forum for creative practitioners across theatre, arts, publishing, design, music, TV, photography and much more.

Organised by Showroom Workstation and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA), the network will host a programme of insightful events across venues in the region. It is designed to help nurture talent to further boost the sector whilst highlighting the great importance of the industry to the UK’s economy, both now and in the future.

Save the date

Following the upcoming networking event in Barnsley on Thursday 2 December, the series will continue in the new year with an event in Rotherham on Thursday 27 January. Full details coming soon.

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