Myles PepperAs part of the Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) presents a lecture by Arts Manager and Consultant Myles Pepper entitled ‘Cementing Relations at Home and Developing Relations Abroad’ on Wednesday 20 November 2013 at 6 pm at the atrium at VCUQatar.

Open to the public, the lecture is the second in the series of six lectures and presented in association with the Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Myles Pepper’s 40 years long career in the arts and business has enabled him to build up a wealth experience in the fields of promotion, facilitating and presenting which has enabled him to play key roles in cementing and developing successful relations at home and abroad. His work in these fields has been acknowledged by the wide range of public appointments he has held over the years including being a signatory to the Royal Charter for the Arts Council of Wales. Other public bodies he has served on or consulted for include the Arts Lottery, the former Welsh Arts Council, Dyfed County Council, Gwynedd County Council, The Crafts Councils of Ireland, The Crafts Council in London, Wales Tourist Board and the Welsh Development Agency. He has been a County Councillor since 2008 and currently sits as the Chairman of the Planning and Rights of Way Committee and represents the Authority on the Board of Corporation of Pembrokeshire College and also the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.

VCUQatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998 through a partnership with Qatar Foundation, VCUQatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design studies.

Over the last 25 years he has used the peripheral position of Pembrokeshire to make it central to creating greater links between Wales and Ireland through the medium of culture. Pepper has directed this project in Wales since its inception in 2004. With successful outcomes established his aim is now to sustain and build on these development opportunities and also to open links with other countries, which thus far have included Slovakia, Switzerland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

Pepper lives in Fishguard, west Wales, which has always been the base for his career; he is married to Vicki and they have six children. His current business, the West Wales Arts Centre, has been established for 26 years.

VCUQatar’s Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the featured speakers who are representatives of excellence in creative and innovative thinking.