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.
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.
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.
- Sam Pilling directs video for DJ Shadow track "Nobody Speaks"
- The Avalanches, Subways, a hilariously psychedelic interpretation by Mrzyk & Moriceau
- Nick Waplington's artwork for Yak, a striking representation of their sound
- Ondrej Bachor and Jan Horcik create ever-evolving identity for fashion designer Karolina Jurikova
- Bodil Jane's illustrations: ornate, exotic and really very lovely
- Drifting SUVs in the Arabian desert: Peter Garritano explores the world of hajwalah
- Sagmeister & Walsh rebrands fashion label Milly to reflect its "edgy" new personality
- Dominic Wilcox designs art exhibition for dogs (plus exclusive artist sketches)
- Jaemin Lee’s gloriously retro exhibition identities and poster designs
- James Jean’s phantasmagorical world of technicolour fever dreams
- The Refugee Nation Olympic flag was inspired by a lifejacket
- Things: the inspiring post that got us through the long hot summer nights of August