Inclusive Digital Practices symposium announced

10 May 2017

Inclusive Creativity: Digital Practices is a public symposium organised by Dr Brendan McCloskey, Prof. Frank Lyons and Dr Brian Bridges, at Ulster University, Magee campus on May 31st 2017. The event is being held in association with the Walled City Music Festival and is being supported by Garfield Weston

The event is FREE to anyone interested in inclusion within the arts, education and community sectors. Booking is via Eventbrite.


Charles Matthews is an electronic musician, gamelan player, and workshop facilitator based in London, working with Drake Music and John Kelly on the creation of a bespoke accessible guitar.



9.30 am  Arrival: Tea and coffee, registration, introduction, welcome

10.00 am Keynote 1: Gawain Hewitt: Associate National Manager and Research and Development at Drake Music


John Kelly: a disabled musician, writer, actor and active campaigner for disability rights, currently working with Drake Music on Research & Development.

11.00 am Talks session 1

  • Talk 1: Denise White (Ulster University)
  • Talk 2: Luke Woodbury (creative technologist with interests in accessibility)
  • Talk 3: Koichi Samuels (musician and electronic music producer with interests in HCI and hacker/maker culture, PhD graduate of QUB)

12.15 pm Soundwalk (departs from outside Foyle Arts Building) with London–based sound artist Lisa Hall


1.15 pm Lunch (Foyle Arts Building)


2.00 pm Talks session 2

  • Eamon Durey (Director, FabLab NI)
  • Charles Matthews (electronic musician and instrument designer, Drake Music)
  • Shane Byrne (composer and instrument designer, Maynooth University)
  • Prof. Eva Brooks (Director of XLab, Aalborg University)

3.45 Keynote 2: Prof. Tony Brooks, Aalborg University

4.45 pm Panel discussion (all presenters) and close

5.30 pm Soundwalk (departs from outside Foyle Arts Building) with London–based sound artist Lisa Hall


Calouste Gulbenkian foundation
British Council