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Welcome from Deborah Bull

dbAs we look ahead to the new academic year, I'd like to welcome back all our returning staff and students and give a particularly warm welcome to new students joining King's College London this year.

The university's rich portfolio of partnerships with some of London's most prestigious and most innovative cultural organisations offer distinctive opportunities to academics and students alike, and I do encourage you to explore the many arts and cultural programmes we have on offer, through Faculties, through KCLSU, through the university's Cultural Institute and through Science Gallery at King's College London. 

With so much focus on Charter Renewal and the future of the BBC, it is appropriate that King's has two projects in partnership with the BBC during the course of this year - the launch of the findings of a year-long Cultural Enquiry into partnership in the cultural sector, in collaboration with the BBC and led by its Head of Creative Partnerships, Jane Ellison; and a major research project, brokered by the Cultural Institute and led by Dr Nick Wilson in the department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, looking at the impact of the BBC's Get Creative initiative.

But the busy annual programme of arts and culture starts, as always, with the Arts & Humanities Festival. Under this year's title of Fabrication, the festival runs from 12-23 October and includes a wide variety of  talks, performances, workshops and exhibitions showcasing the creativity and innovative thinking of Arts & Humanities researchers at King's. Be sure to visit the festival website  to see the whole programme.

Throughout October and November, FED UP continues: Science Gallery London's season of art-science collisions is focused this year on the future sustainability of food production. Visit london.sciencegallery.com to stay up-to-date with the various ways you can get involved, from eating insects to discussions and performances about the future of fast food.

We are in the final stages of our plans with The National Archives to host William Shakespeare's Last Will and Testament here at the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, in spring 2016. By Me, William Shakespeare, will be a once in a generation opportunity to explore and uncover what we know about Shakespeare's life and will be complemented by a range of events by King's academics and the artists involved in the exhibition as part of the wider Shakespeare 400 programme, which is under the academic direction of Professor Gordon McMullan of the university's London Shakespeare Centre

Over the coming months we'll be sharing news of an exciting experiment in enhancing the culture of creativity across the university.  King's is working with a campaign group, 64 Million Artists, who aim to unlock the creativity of everyone in Britain, to help all staff and students at the university realise their own creative potential. 

This is just a sample of the ways in which culture and the arts will enhance King's experience over the coming year. We'll continue to share news and forthcoming activities across the university via the Culture newsletter, but, as ever, there's always too much to fit  into a single email, so do keep an eye on the What's on pages and follow @cultureatkings to ensure you don't miss out.

 

Deborah Bull
Director, Culture, King’s College London

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