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CSU public lecture to highlight Port Macquarie’s evolving art, science and culture

8 OCTOBER 2018

* CSU in Port Macquarie will host free public lecture by artist Dr Beric Henderson * Public lecture on Thursday 11 October will discuss how creative expression can contribute to a balanced life * Event aligns with Port Macquarie-Hasting’s Council 2018–2021 draft cultural plan to empower and enrich the communityCharles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie will next week host a free public lecture by Australian artist Dr Beric Henderson about the various forms of creativity and how creative expression contributes to a balanced life. This CSU Exploration Series public lecture will see Dr Henderson reflect on his decades of experience, on the roles of visualisation, obsession, and experimentation in the creation of new scientific theorems and unique artworks. The University’s acting Head of Campus in Port Macquarie Professor Heather Cavanagh said the topic of this discussion, ‘The Role of Creativity in Science, Art and Daily Life’, resonates with both the current and future cultural landscape of Port Macquarie. “The region is starting to see a burgeoning appetite for culture through the various artistic talents, local galleries, theatres, exhibitions and events available,” Professor Cavanagh said. “Dr Henderson is internationally recognised for his work as a Senior Research Fellow and group leader in the field of protein trafficking and cancer. He has an impressive CV, which includes previously heading up the Gene of Expression Laboratory at the Westmead Institute for Cancer Research, and pursuing postdoctoral studies, training and work overseas in world-leading research institutes in Switzerland and in Cambridge, England.   “Leaving his esteemed science career behind to eventually reside in Port Macquarie to follow his passion for art has lent itself well for this Exploration Series public lecture,” Professor Cavanagh said. “To have someone of Dr Henderson’s calibre give up his time and draw on his own unique experiences around the similarities and differences in creative approaches, between scientists and artists to realise their ideas, will no doubt fuel more creative discussion throughout the community.” The event also aligns with Port Macquarie-Hasting’s Council 2018–2021 draft cultural plan, which has been designed to empower and enrich the community through experiences that celebrate the diverse art and culture in the region. Event details:CSU Exploration Series: The Role of Creativity in Science, Art and Daily Life by Beric HendersonTime and date: to 7.30pm on Thursday 11 OctoberLocation: Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie, Room 2048, 7 Major Innes RdCost: FREERegistrations will be required by Wednesday 10 October

Media contact:

Hilary Longhurst, 0498578541

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Acting Head of Campus Professor Heather Cavanagh.

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