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    Here 2012: Illustrator Sarah Maycock hard at work (materials kindly provided by The London Graphic Centre)


A look at the live elements which made our Here event extra special

Posted by Rob Alderson,

It’s been a whole week since we held our one-day creative symposium Here and to be honest we miss it already. Earlier this week we praised our incredible speakers to the high heavens but here also played host to some amazing live elements during the day.

Three of our favourite illustrators – Sarah Maycock, Thomas Slater and Kyle Platts – were on hand to create live drawings for our esteemed attendees and it was a real joy to see people leaving the venue clutching their prized new artworks.

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    Here 2012: The illustrators in the map room (materials kindly provided by The London Graphic Centre)

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    Here 2012: Close-up illustration (materials kindly provided by The London Graphic Centre)

Photobot is the world’s only robotic photo booth and was certainly one of the a great draw – we were thrilled that not only so many guests submitted themselves to its magic but also many of our speakers too, including Sir Paul Smith!

Upstairs found the ever-brilliant Future Shorts showing their summer season of films including Grant Orchard’s A Morning Stroll which he had talked about so eloquently in his talk.

Event partner Pantone kindly provided a custom-made ping-pong table for those with a competitive edge while our media partner Eye Magazine were on hand with relevant back issues of their unmissable magazine.

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    Here 2012: The Eye Magazine stand

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    Here 2012: Photobot

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    Here 2012: Future Shorts in The Lowther Room

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    Here 2012: Our Pantone ping-pong table

The soundtrack to the day was put together by the amazing Rose Blake of Studio Music who collated three tracks from each of the speakers to add an aural insight into their creative mindsets. and huzzah – you can see the playlist on the Studio Music site!

And not forgetting the beautiful Foffa bike provided by sponsors WeTransfer which was the subject of a hotly-contested competition with people naming their favourite cycle journeys in a bid to win it. The entries were many and varied – from the pleading to the rather naughty – but ultimately Sarah Morris’ use of the word “wibbling” helped her carry off the prize.

Many thanks to all those who helped make it such a special day.

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    Here 2012: Sarah Morris winner of the Foffa bike provided by WeTransfer

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    Here 2012: Photobot portraits (Sir Paul Smith)

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    Here 2012: Photobot portraits

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    Here 2012: Photobot portraits

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    Here 2012: Photobot portraits

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    Here 2012: Photobot portraits

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    Here 2012: Photobot portraits

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    Here 2012: Photobot portraits (speaker Giles Duley and his partner)

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    Here 2012: Photobot portraits

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    Here 2012: Photobot portraits

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    Here 2012: Photobot portraits

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    Here 2012: Photobot portraits (Quentin Jones)


Posted by Rob Alderson

Rob joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in July 2011 before becoming Editor-in-Chief and working across all editorial projects including itsnicethat.com, Printed Pages, Here and Nicer Tuesdays. Rob left It’s Nice That in June 2015.

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