MOOT VII: ‘INNO-VISION’ Art, Creativity, Education and Innovation

Friday February 4, 2011

Butler House, Patrick Street, Kilkenny

Doors open at 1.45pm Starting at 2pm

Admission Free

Kilkenny County Council’s Arts Office in collaboration with the Butler Gallery is delighted to launch the seventh in the series of MOOT discussions, debates and seminars. MOOT is a continuous creative process providing a forum for powerful, focused and inspirational debates and discussion on a variety of subject matters and have included in previous years ‘architectural design : art gallery’, ‘reel to digital : focus on film’ and ‘The Current Climate: Art, Ecology and Sustainability’. These events will, potentially, transform expectations, citing shifts in attitudes, perceptions and beliefs.

MOOT VII ‘Inno-Vision’ is the first event dealing with how arts, creativity and education link to innovation and the business sector. This discussion, like previous events, will be an open format event where artists, curators, academics etc. and the general public are invited to question how arts and creativity can contribute to addressing Ireland’s cultural and economic future. Moot VII will dispel creativity ‘myths’, focusing on how we can harness creative thinking and innovation in the arts and creative sectors in today’s society, channeling it into the right areas to create a country that is not dependent on foreign investment for its livelihood. It will explore conections and overlap between the worlds of the arts, education and business to think about how to make the most of creative talent and change peoples’ ways of thinking about their creativity.

This panel discussion will take place on Friday 4th February in Butler House, Patrick Street, Kilkenny at 2pm. Admission Free. Places limited so please do book at niamh.finn@kilkennycoco.ie. Walk-ins welcome on day if room available.

Panellists include:

·        Chairperson Stephen Kinsella IRL (Junior Lecturer, Dept. of Economics, UL, economist and author of ‘Ireland in 2050’) http://www.stephenkinsella.net/

·        Dr. Anna Craft UK(Prof. of Education, University of Exeter and author of ‘Creativity and Education Futures?’)

·        Neil Leyden IRL(Director of Calico Media, Chair of Digital Media Forum, and winner of ‘Your Country, Your Call’) http://www.calico.ie/

·        Paul Young IRL(CEO and Co-Founder of Cartoon Saloon) http://www.cartoonsaloon.ie/

MOOT is jointly organised by Jean Tormey, Education Curator, Butler Gallery,

Mary Butler (Arts Officer) and Niamh Finn (Administrator), Kilkenny County Council.


Chairperson Stephen Kinsella (IRL) is a Lecturer in Economics, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. He is the author of ‘Ireland in 2050: How we will be Living’ and ‘Understanding Ireland’s Economic Crisis: Prospects for Recovery.’ His research spans the area of computable economics, health economics and experimental economics. He currently supervises 3 Ph.D students, Dominic Trepel, Gerald O’Nolan, and Saed Khalil. See http://www.stephenkinsella.net for more information.

Dr. Anna Craft (UK) has worked for the Open University from the early 1990s, coming from a background in primary teaching, initial and in service education, and national curriculum development work. Since 2003 she has held a Visiting Scholar appointment at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. In January 2007 she took up a part-time appointment as Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, alongside a continuing fractional appointment as Reader in Education at the Open University, and some freelance work in the area of Creativity in Education. Craft is author of ‘Creativity and Education Futures?’. See  http://www.open.ac.uk/education-and-languages/people/people-profile.php?staff_id=955199 and http://education.exeter.ac.uk/staff_details.php?user=arc210 for more information.

Neil Leyden (IRL) is a media consultant, screenwriter and entrepreneur. He is the prime mover behind the International Content Services Centre, an initiative which aims to make Ireland a global content management destination that streamlines the storage, localization, delivery and distribution of content, the associated rights management, clearance and collection to provide a global service for national and international clients. The initiative is now part of the programme of Government for Ireland and set to begin implementation in the latter part of 2010. He is Director of Calico Media, Chair of Digital Media Forum, and winner of ‘Your Country, Your Call’. See http://www.calico.ie/ for more information.

Paul Young  (IRL) is CEO and Co-Founder of Cartoon Saloon, based in Kilkenny City. He produced the animated feature ‘The Secret of Kells’ (BEST ANIMATED FEATURE NOMINEE: 2009 ACADEMY AWARDS®) and  was Executive Producer of the animated children’s series ‘Skunk Fu!’ which has sold globally to territories including the BBC, Super RTL, Kids WB and Cartoon Network in the US. Paul is also an award winning cartoonist and illustrator. Paul travels a lot to spread the good word. See http://www.cartoonsaloon.ie/ for more information.

Further details contact:

Niamh Finn, Arts Administrator niamh.finn@kilkennycoco.ie 056 779 4138

Jean Tormey, Butler Gallery jean@butlergallery.com 056 7761106