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Mon 4th December
New master of the Guild of Media Arts
York‘s Guild of Media Arts has a new Master from December 4th 2017: Ideas Group marketing director, Ann Gurnell takes up the reigns to lead this 21st century Guild into it’s 3rd year. – Just another 657 years to catch up with York’s oldest Guild The Company of Merchant Adventurers.

Ann is a founding member of the Guild of Media Arts set up in 2015 following York’s designation as one of only seven media arts cities in the world, acknowledging the city’s particular skills, talents and creativity. Media arts are defined as being where science and technology meet arts, culture and communication. It now touches on all our lives particularly where our mobile phones bring us engagement with music, video, games, TV, animations, film, theatre and brand communications and advertising in an instant.  

Ann commented, “It’s an honour to be part of the Guild and now its Master – a meeting of the past and future that York does so well. For example, York’s oldest Guild was behind the founding of Science City York, and the city’s rich heritage and culture are brought to life for all audiences by digital age storytelling. This has put York on the global stage in digital arts and media leading to the UNESCO designation and creation of the Guild of Media Arts. The city has a real opportunity to develop a global reputation for its expertise, education and excellence in media arts and I look forward to working with members and partners in the city and beyond, especially in this year of York’s first international media arts festive, the Mediale.”

“Ideas group is very proud to be part of the Guild and have Ann leading them in 2018.” Ideas Group founder and managing director Nick Townend commented, “We’ve been based in York since 2003 and work with clients in York and around the world to develop their businesses, destinations and brands so it’s great to be supporting the city and have the creative media arts skills expertise celebrated, recognised and encouraged.” 


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