During our first year we offered a programme of ’52 Things’ made with and for the city’s creative community to showcase the fantastic people and places in our city. You can find the full 52 here.

Creative Cardiff gives a platform to some of the exciting range of creative students and work at Cardiff University. Come and hear about their current research and future ambitions.

Each of the speakers will give a 10 minute lightning talk. And they'll bring an object which inspires, guides or aids them. The speakers will share their work and explain the importance of the object they've brought along.


Alicia Stark

Alicia Stark is a final year PhD candidate at Cardiff University, focusing on Popular Music studies.  Alicia's research centres around virtual bands and the technologies that allow virtual band audiences to suspend disbelief. She completed her Masters degree in Music, Culture, and Politics at Cardiff University in 2010, and is an active member of Cardiff's amateur dramatics community, primarily through her work with shine creative arts and children's theatre in South Wales.  Alicia is a certified music teacher for all year levels, and holds a Bachelor's degree in music education from Shorter University in the U.S.

James Rendell

James Rendell is as PhD student at Cardiff University where he lectures in world cinema, video game cultures, horror and science-fiction, and screen media histories. His research interests include transcultural fandom, digital and craft-based audience creations, and the wider impact/use of cult media. This talk explores how and why transnational audiences of Studio Ghibli, Japan's most beloved animation studio, are turning to collaborative craft culture to make their own Ghibli objects in light of a dearth of global merchandise available to them. Speaking directly to fans who craft, the talk also considers eco-politics within the realm of creative and transmedia industries.

Sara Sylvester

Sara has been a Media and Film educator for twenty years. A former Head of department at a local Secondary school she now has a portfolio career freelancing as an e-learner designer, examiner, part-time PhD researcher and artist. Now in her final year, the focus of her research has explored the growing interest in fictive art in relation to digital technology and social media. The creative element of her PhD puts into practice the constructive process of developing a fictive persona, Seren Sanclêr, as a transmediated self, whilst also demonstrating the potential of digital media as more than simply a self-branding tool but a new art form to explore.

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