Nicer Tuesdays 2017: Bigger, Better, Nicer
After a hugely successful Nicer Tuesdays series last year, we are very excited to announce that for 2017 the event will be doubling in size and moving to Oval Space. Situated in an atmospheric converted industrial space in east London’s Bethnal Green, Oval Space has established itself as a hub for the arts in recent years, and will now host all Nicer Tuesdays 2017 events. Ticket-holders will be able to eat, drink and chat in the venue before and after the talks, in the summer enjoying the balcony space and its views of London. Plus, since every Nicer Tuesdays 2016 event sold out within a few hours, we’re really happy to be welcoming double the audience this year.
Oval Space was packed to the rafters for a stellar Nicer Tuesdays this month, featuring four creatives that hardly need an introduction. A Practice for Everyday Life co-founders Kirsty Carter and Emma Thomas took us through its serendipitous process behind the Tate Britain David Hockney exhibition book; Jon Burgerman caused mass giggling with his doodle stories; Anthony Burrill delivered some powerful statements for creative motivation; and Nelly Ben Hayoun blew the audience away with her energy and plans for reforming education. Here’s a few things we took away from this awesome evening.
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Our monthly talks event Nicer Tuesdays had humble beginnings but its motivation was simple: invite exciting creatives to share short, sharp insights to recent projects, aiming to inform and inspire. Each year it’s grown and evolved, but this spirit has always remained at its core.
For March, we are proud to announce a stellar line-up for Nicer Tuesdays with leading figures from a swathe of creative disciplines. Join us on 28 March to hear A Practice for Everyday Life, Jon Burgerman, Anthony Burrill and Nelly Ben Hayoun offer insight into their work and creative processes at Oval Space. The event is now sold out – sign up to the newsletter to be the first to know about future events.
At this month’s Nicer Tuesdays we’ll be hearing from Kirsty Carter and Emma Thomas, co-founders of design studio A Practice for Everyday Life, on their book for the Hockney show; designer Anthony Burrill on revealing more about his creative process; Jon Burgerman on visual experimentation via social media; and Nelly Ben Hayoun on her new university. Ahead of next week’s event, we asked each speaker to give us a teaser of their talk.
Oscar Hudson recently directed the video for Bonobo’s track No Reason, a mind-bending trip through the house of a Japanese recluse. For the film to be shot in-camera without CGI, Oscar and his team built an intricate, 18-layer set, with every item in the room – plus the room itself – created 18 times at decreasing size.
As curator at London gallery the House of Illustration, founded by Quentin Blake, Olivia Ahmad stages exhibitions about illustration and its impact. Its recent show focused on Jo Brocklehurst, a “prolific but relatively unknown” artist that Olivia dubbed the “chronicler of club culture”.
Photographer Mirka Laura Severa has a flair for humour and surrealism in her images, exemplified by a recent shoot for SZ Magazin where she chose to replace human models with snow ones.
As co-founder of moving image studio More and More, Carl Burgess – together with business partner Tom Darracott – has become one of the major innovators in 3D animation and motion design for the fashion industry. The studio has worked with the likes of Nike, Moncler, Prada, Chanel and Stella McCartney, but a busy last few years meant that Carl and Tom felt they had “got into a rhythm” and wanted to shake things up.
Hundreds braved the horrendous British weather last night to fill up Oval Space for our second Nicer Tuesdays of the year, and were rewarded with four inspiring, hilarious and insightful talks. From More and More’s jaw-dropping 3D experiments and Mirka Laura Severa’s photoshoot atop a glacier, to Olivia Ahmad’s stories of against-the-grain illustrator Jo Brocklehurst and the immense detail in Oscar Hudson’s video for Bonobo, we saw how creatives often go way beyond the call of duty for a project. Here’s a few things we learned from our brilliant and very hard-working speakers.h3. Finding new ideas is about “breaking the cycle”
At this month’s Nicer Tuesdays we’ll be hearing from More and More’s Carl Burgess on idea generation; director Oscar Hudson on his mind-bending Bonobo video; Mirka Laura Severa on her brilliant snowman photo shoot; and Olivia Ahmad on the lasting impact of illustrator Jo Brocklehurst. Ahead of next week’s event, we speak to each creative about what we can expect from their talks.
In a very short time Jack Sachs has become renowned for his bizarre, plasticine-like CG illustration and animation work. From animated MTV idents of grinding hot dogs to bopping sweeties for Maynards Bassetts, his crazy-eyed characters have become instantly recognisable and increasingly hilarious.
Seetal Solanki is founder of material research consultancy Ma-tt-er, where she works on design projects of all kinds, bringing expertise in materials – from their aesthetics and versatility to their provenance and sustainability – aiming to “bridge the gap between all industries”. She’s also one of our Ones to Watch 2017.
With a flair for beautifully natural and atmospheric portraiture and landscapes, it’s no wonder Irish photographer Linda Brownlee’s list of clientele includes The Guardian, Vogue, Another Magazine, Nowness and It’s Nice That, no less.
As co-founder of renowned British design studio OK-RM, Rory McGrath has worked with world-leading institutions, brands and publications alike to develop memorable and cutting edge graphic identities. These include exhibitions for The Met’s Manus x Machina, the identity for Moscow’s Strelka Institute, Jack Self’s Real Review, and the Design Museum’s headline opening exhibition, Fear and Love.
Nicer Tuesdays 2017 kicked off in epic style last night as we hosted our first in the new venue of Oval Space. To a packed audience, our fantastic speakers Seetal Solanki, OK-RM, Linda Brownlee and Jack Sachs took to the stage to take us through their recent projects. Covering a huge creative range, from innovative textiles and exhibition design to photographic portraits and animation, they all had one thing in common: an inspiring approach to their practice. Of the many things we learned, here’s the top five.h3. Check your email, and Ai Weiwei might wear your hat