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Reignite IV:The Next Generation

On 30 May 2024, we are inviting you to York's Creative Centre (YO31 7EX) to see the work of 60 new exhibiting artists across Fine Art, Photography and Illustration, as well as network with businesses in York. You will hear from a panel of young entrepreneurs that have based themselves in the city and are working with clients such as HarperCollins, Ravensburger, Lottie Shaw, Guinness, Adidas, Puma and Pepsi. You will also hear more about York’s new Creative Business Skills Academy, which has been set up to support entrepreneurialism in the Creative Industries in York. The focus of Reignite IV is to shine a light on York’s Next Generation of talent and how they contribute to the future ecosystem of the city. This will be followed by the Reignite Party, which includes Art Tours, a DJ, drinks, and networking with a range of businesses from all sectors in the city.

How it Works

Book your time slot for the talks and art tours (the talks are repeated):

  • After your selected time slot of talks and tours – head to the gardens to network and enjoy an evening of networking, drinks and a DJ.
  • Events close at 21:00.


Reignite III:
Global Stages

On 11 April, Reignite III brought leading figures from York’s business and cultural sectors together to explore the city’s rise as a global creative hub. The event at Yorkshire Museum highlighted our thriving creative exports and how the city could further position itself on the international stage. As we approach the 10th year of this designation, we explored how York could better leverage this to boost creative industries, fostering opportunities, economic growth and careers. Following the presentations, York Art Gallery came alive with a dynamic after-hours programme. Guests enjoyed a live DJ and drinks whilst exploring the gallery’s exhibitions after dark. A dedicated drawing studio provided a space for artistic expression, whilst a bespoke Audio Visual experience created by Viridian FX (House of the Dragon, Netflix, HBO, Amazon) showed how sound and light can interact with the body.

Our speakers come from leading businesses across York. Hear from: Mark Fordyce (York Data Services), Andrew Lowson (York BID), Sarah Loftus (Make It York), Kathryn Blacker (York Museums Trust), Cherie Federico (Aesthetica), Tim Leigh (Stage One), Louis Bamber (Button Down Productions) and Helena Jones (AY-PE).

Reignite II:
The Creative Economy

The purpose of this event was to demonstrate the economic impact of large-scale cultural programming on our city, inclusive of an uplift in the city's centre both through economic and social inclusion. Reignite II took place on 9 November across two venues, City Screen York and Pitcher & Piano, as part of the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival. The purpose of this occasion was to unite businesses from across all sectors into the city centre in order to see and experience large-scale cultural media arts programme through film. This event looks at the impact that culture can have on place through its economic uplift but also its unique way of uniting communities and driving social cohesion. In York, the Aesthetica Film Festival is the only large-scale Media Arts event, which attracts thousands to the city across an entire week to engage with film, games, XR masterclasses, workshops and wider screen culture. How can other sectors benefit from this large-scale event?

Elsewhere (2011), dir. Mathy Tremewan and Fran Broadhurst.

Screened at Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2011.

Reignite I:
The Economic
Impact of Media Arts

Reignite started on 14 September at Raddisson Hotel. Here we discussed the economic impact of the sector in York and how to leverage the city’s UNESCO status to attract inward investment and develop new career paths. York is undergoing a transformation, and the Creative Industries play a key role in developing a knowledge-based economy. We need to reinvent ourselves as a regional city that thinks nationally and internationally. We looked at the value of the sector to all businesses in York and encouraged attendees to hear more about how the Creative Industries impact different organisations. Businesses heard our intentions to create clear education pathways from primary through to higher education as well as support the next generation of women to develop their entrepreneurialism and build creative, digital and tech businesses.