Roy Stringer Lecture 2015: Brendan Walker

6 November / 4pm - 5.30pm / Screen 2 / £10, booking required


Walker has been named "the world's only Thrill Engineer” by The Times, and will provoke and entertain in his talk for the day Let Me Entertain You, the Roy Stringer Memorial Lecture sponsored by Amaze, which will consider the value of entertainment in relation to the arts.


The event will consist of an introduction by Mike Stubbs, Director at FACT and Rick Curtis, Amaze Chief Strategy Officer, followed by a one hour lecture from Brendan Walker. The event will conclude with a Q&A session where the audience are invited to further explore the themes of the lecture.

Walker is the Principal Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, Professor of Creative Industries at Middlesex University and a regular broadcaster, currently appearing as a presenter for BBC Two’s Coast. His design practice specialises in the creation of tailored emotional experience, and he has worked with clients as diverse as theme parks to Durex. Drawing on his huge personal experience working across the creative industries, he will ask the question, what is Entertainment?

Showcasing a rich feast of his groundbreaking projects that use both old and new technologies, Walker will present entertainment as an important catalyst for innovation - with the occasional unexpected outcome. He will show how, through the appropriation of popular formats, entertainment can be used to engage audiences with new ideas across TV, theme parks, art galleries, museums and live performance, and influence the work of future creative directors and producers.


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After the event, we will be celebrating the opening of the Human Futures exposition at FACT, with a preview and drinks reception from 5.30pm in The Box.


We will then be heading to The Kazimier Garden for the evening's entertainment with Godwosh, an improvised jazz-techno 3-piece and Jacques Malchance whose mesmerising electronic live set will enthrall you.


With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

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