A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET) has embarked on a partnership with Leeds City College, which started out with the distributor supplying a full range of production technologies for the institution’s new £60m Quarry Hill Campus.
The new campus, which includes the college’s School of Creative Arts, places students on Leeds’ cultural map, surrounded by leading institutions such as Leeds Playhouse, Leeds College of Music and Northern Ballet, and the BBC.
With the School of Creative Arts’ Media & Performance Production department offering backstage arts courses in technical theatre, TV and film production, it was important to equip the facilities with high-end technologies.
With a history of supporting the college in various ways over the years, AC-ET’s Leeds-based Northern sales office was approached to tender for the supply of technical equipment for Quarry Hill.
As for audio equipment, AC-ET provided an Allen & Heath audio control and mixing rack; Martin Audio speakers and Shure digital wireless systems. To connect the equipment infrastructure together, it also supplied Luminex networking products and 2.5km of cable made up of almost 430 units, assembled by the Tourflex Cabling service.
AC-ET will continue to support and assist with the development of the college’s backstage arts courses in the coming years.
Richard Lee, head of Media & Performance Production at Leeds City College, said: “It’s been fantastic to work with industry specialists with a strong community ethos over the past few years and we’re looking forward to a promising future with AC-ET, nurturing the next generation of backstage artists.
“As a college, we pride ourselves on forging relationships with regional businesses to boost the local economy, and this partnership further consolidates our links with the creative arts industry. This equipment is vital to providing a real environment for our students to get the best possible head-start in their careers and will provide them with the necessary skills to become industry-ready.”
Initiatives being planned include training days at the Quarry Hill campus hosted by AC-ET’s in-house industry professionals. It will also be looking to provide work experience opportunities, and potentially recruiting students for suitable roles in its Leeds office.
Jonathan Walters, who also heads AC-ET’s Leeds office, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Leeds City College to help them foster tomorrow’s backstage talent. The production industry is driven by creativity and innovation. However, an essential ingredient of this is the people working backstage who possess the technical knowledge and experience needed to deliver it.
He continued: “By ensuring that students are given access to the latest industry-standard equipment, it’s a winning outcome for everyone which will help to meet the needs of employers in our industry.”