SPECTRA Catalyst Conference

9 Feb 2018 – 10 Feb 2018

Event times

09:00 - 17:30

Cost of entry

Cost: £25,00

Ticket price includes entry to both days at the conference and a buffet lunch.

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The SPECTRA Catalyst Conference will bring together successful cultural leaders, artists and experts from across Europe and within the UK, from both creative centre’s and from the periphery to present their strategy around cultural development.


The conference will be hosted by Pat Kane, writer, musician, curator, consultant, activist, columnist at The National Newspaper and one half of Hue And Cry

We are delighted to be welcoming keynote speaker Martin Green, who successfully led Hull as the City of Culture 2017. He is joined by the First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid who is the co-founder of Iceland Writers Retreat as well as very actively promoting the art and literature scene in Iceland, Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Director of the Nordic House in the Faroe Islands, and Jean Cameron who led Paisley to the shortlist of UK City of Culture 2021.

We hear from people involved in changing the cultural scene in Aberdeen, including Nuno Sacramento, the Director of Peacock Visual Arts and Look Again's Hilary Nicoll will lead a panel quizzing artists working in the public realm. From our year-round residency programme we will bring together artists who we have supported working collaboratively in Aberdeen, Bury and Blackpool. 

There will also be a focus on light and sound in the cities as Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music at the University of Aberdeen, Pete Stollery will present a panel of experts who explore the public notion of identity of space through sound. Leading light and city play artists Tine Bech and Seb Lee Delisle will come together with world leaders in projection mapping Limelight and Illuminos to discuss how major interventions can have an impact on the built environment and perceptions of place.

There is also a light and music festival alongside the conference, taking over Aberdeen from 8 - 11 February. For more info please visit:

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