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Artistic Licence partners with The Lir Academy

Ireland – Lighting controls expert, Artistic Licence, has been appointed official technical partner of The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin. The Lir Academy was established in 2011 to provide students with the highest standards of training for careers in the theatre, TV and film industries.

The Lir's director of technical training, Barry Conway, identified networking in lighting as an area of focus for the Academy's new Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre degree course. Artistic Licence and its CEO, Wayne Howell – inventor of the Art-Net lighting protocol and recent Gottelier award winner – were the obvious choice of industry partner.

As Conway explains: "I have been very excited about expanding our technical offering in our three year programme (I am from a lighting background originally). Network control is now such a fundamental component of lighting that Ireland needs to be able to train this to the next generation of techs."

The Lir therefore approached Artistic Licence with a proposal for a mutually beneficial arrangement that would enable students access to some of the latest technology on the market. Following a significant gift of equipment to turbocharge the new course, students will benefit from hands-on training with Artistic's brand new artLynx gateways, along with premium DMX distribution products from the company's versaSplit range.

Wayne Howell comments: "As a company, we have always promoted education and training, so I am delighted with this arrangement. Understanding best practice in the implementation of lighting networks and control distribution is a crucial skill in the modern industry. And of course, it is great for Artistic Licence if people are trained using our gear!"
As Barry Conway concludes: "Having a company like Artistic licence be on board at the creation of this training module is a really exciting prospect."

12th October 2017

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