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Community arts specialist, Francois Matarasso, to deliver public lecture at University College Falmouth

Leading writer, researcher and consultant, Francois Matarasso, who has worked widely in community arts and on the impact of participation in the arts, is to deliver a public lecture on Tuesday 12 June 2007 at 6pm in the Lecture Theatre at University College Falmouth's Woodlane Campus in Falmouth.

The title of his lecture is 'Meanwhile an audience, quite unaware: the inevitable importance of the arts in society'.

It will consider the central, growing, but still misunderstood place of the arts in people's lives today.

It will also look at the current economic and social importance of the arts, and argue that their influence is more profound than is often acknowledged. It will conclude that effective cultural policy needs to recognise its own limitations in trying to shape an environment in which the arts and society can flourish.

This talk marks the first in a new series of high profile lectures at University College Falmouth by key figures from the creative industries.

This event is free, but tickets are required to gain admittance. Tickets are available for collection from The Poly Box Office in Church Street on a first come, first served basis, or can be posted to a home address at no cost. For further information, please telephone 01326 212300.

University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall, a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through Higher Education. The CUC has received investment from the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council.

For further information about University College Falmouth's undergraduate and postgraduate courses in art, design and media, please visit, email or telephone 01326 213730. For further information about events at Falmouth, please visit

For further information please contact Jilly Easterby, Head of Public Affairs, University College Falmouth, on 01326 213792 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). The University College Falmouth is a partner of the CUC.


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