CREATIVE professionals in York will take centre stage at a special event aimed at inspiring the next generation into jobs in the arts.

York’s inaugural Art is my Career - Not a Careers Fair forms part of York Design Week and is a free event aimed at school leavers, students and those at the start of their career.

It promises to give an insight into opportunities in the arts sector, as well as advice and information for navigating the path from education into industry.

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Speakers on Sunday, October 24, include creative director Clinton Lofthouse; illustrator Elena Skyoreyko Wagner, whose work has appeared in the New York Times; York journalist and copy writer Katie Thompson, and commercial and branding photographer, Olivia Brabbs.

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Olivia Brabbs.

They will share their experience, detailing their route to success and challenges along the way, expectations versus reality and future predictions for the industry. Book your tickets here.

These sessions will be hosted at York St John University.

On Monday, October 25, more than 20 industry experts will be on hand to chat about their creative careers which range from motion design to film making and architecture.

Hosted at Spark between 12 and 4pm, attendees can freely explore the roles showcased and take part in interactive workshops including photography and traditional signwriting.

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Laura Sanderson

Laura Sanderson, event co-ordinator, director at York design agency Dogeatcog, and founder of the Bright Young Things network said: “The creative sector has been hit hard by the pandemic, but now the world’s opening back up it’s time to shout about the amazing and fulfilling career opportunities it offers.

"And who better to describe those opportunities than the people who have made it a success?

"Our aim is to showcase the talent we’ve got in York and inspire people who are either already interested in a creative career, or who perhaps haven’t considered it until now, and open up those meaningful conversations.”