The Poly is playing host to its annual Smales Lecture on Friday the 5th of April, with this years theme being Cornwall’s Creative Economy.

The talk is to be hosted by Kim Conchie, Chief Executive of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, who will give a half an hour presentation on the state of Cornwall’s creative economy and introduce a panel of high profile figures in the local creative economy.

When asked about the lecture, Conchie was very enthusiastic saying “I can’t wait to share my findings with everybody there. I’ve found some really interesting statistics about our creative economy and I really hope everybody will be as excited by them as I am.”

The panel at the lecture will be chaired by Rebecca Heane, co-founder of the bespoke home-ware shop Cream Cornwall, and feature Henrietta Boex-Director of the Falmouth Art Gallary, Phillipa Giles-Managing Director of Bandit Television, and Ross Williams-Chief Executive of Krowji and Creative Kernow.

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Following the lecture from Conchie and discussion among the panel, there will be a wider Q&A session for audience members to participate in.

As for the intended audience, Conchie said “Young and old, this lecture is for anybody interested in Cornwall’s future as a creative powerhouse. Practitioners should come along, as should students and young people to hear how our county works. It’s a great opportunity to network, and I feel everybody will be interested to hear what I’ve found.”

The Lecture is from 7pm at the Poly in Falmouth. There is a wine reception from 6.30pm in the Poly Bar.