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York
New Media Arts Festival ‘York Mediale’ Welcomed To Yorkshire
Sir Gary Verity, Professor Diane Wilcocks, Tim Leigh, Rachael Norton-Drew. © Sodium-005
A three-metre-high sculpture created by a local York business using computer modelling and 3D printing, was high on Sir Gary Verity’s agenda when he visited the city today (2 October) for York Mediale. As Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Sir Gary is busy travelling the world representing the region, but made time to experience York’s new media arts festival and meet and some of the team responsible for hosting and contributing to the ten-day event.

Token Homes, the 3D printed sculpture, conceptualised and designed by internationally-renowned British Columbian born artist Matthew Plummer Fernandez, was Gary’s first port of call. He was also pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Tim Leigh, Sales and Marketing Director of Stage One, based in Tockwith. Stage One is the parent company of Fluxaxis, the incubator business which has hosted Plummer-Fernandez as artist in residence over the last nine months and produced the piece.

“Yorkshire is known for hosting world-class events, which put the county firmly in the global spotlight, and it’s great to see York Mediale joining the list. It has a really strong line up of internationally-recognised talent for an inaugural festival. And it’s good to see the involvement of local businesses like Fluxaxis, DC Labs at The University of York and Symbolism Studios, a new business start-up who have chosen to have their northern base in York, showing the cutting-edge skills we have right on our doorstep,” comments Sir Gary.

Sir Gary was also delighted to meet Rachael Norton-Drew, Festival & Company Manager, and Professor Dianne Willcocks, Chair of York Mediale 2018 Advisory Board on his visit to York, who commented:

“York is the only city in the UK to be designated UNESCO City of Media Arts, and this links us to a significant global network of UNESCO creative cities. Whilst York is often regarded as quaint and defined by its history, we’re keen to ensure that the remarkable work being done in the city, with the latest technology, draws in visitors that want to see work that really challenges and excites – against the backcloth of our proud heritage. There is so much more to York, so much going on here which is often unknown – and we’re delighted to have been able to share a taste of what we have on offer with Sir Gary today.”

York Mediale 2018 runs until 6 October. For details and events listings, please visit yorkmediale.com

New Media Arts Festival ‘York Mediale’ Welcomed To Yorkshire, 3rd October 2018, 8:44 AM