Although a new year offers new hopes, dreams, and resolutions, a monthly staple will still sit firmly in our diaries throughout 2019. Yep, you thought right, Nicer Tuesdays is back. We’re in the same venue, with the same monthly booking, but with a whole new bunch of brilliant creative speakers.
Taking place on 29 January, our first edition for 2019 will see Wieden + Kennedy’s Department of New Realities join us from Amsterdam, It’s Nice That’s beloved graduate of 2017 illustrator Joey Yu, Dazed’s arts and culture editor Ashleigh Kane and masters of puppeteering, Jonny and Will, taking to the stage at Oval Space in east London.
We also welcome back Dropbox as an event partner alongside Adobe this month, as well as support from our longstanding friends at Park Communications. For those who look forward to a free beer as they await payday at the end of the month, we’re very pleased to welcome on board Camden Town Brewery who will be providing the drinks for Nicer Tuesdays this year.
Tickets are now available and below we provide a little more information about each speaker who will join us this January.
Nestled within Wieden + Kennedy’s Amsterdam base is a group of seven creatives looking towards the future. Named the Department of New Realities, the “future-forward creative unit” of the advertising agency, melds together “technology, 3D, culture, theatrics, experiences and the senses into ground-breaking combinations to create new types of engagement that build brands and businesses."
To give us more of an insight as to how this manifests day-to-day and through projects, Anita Fontaine and Geoffrey Lillemon will take us through the creative unit’s practice.
Longtime readers of It’s Nice That will be no stranger to the work of London-based Joey Yu. An illustrator who first made waves with her sketch heavy drawing practice while studying illustration and animation at Kingston University, we picked up on her work while she was still attending classes and made her one of our 2017 graduates as her work and fan base grew larger and larger. Since graduating Joey and her drawings seemed to have picked up fans wherever she goes, and quite rightly too.
Puppeteers Jonny and Will are a duo whose work you’ll instantly recognise from their ability to make all matter of objects move in both adverts and their Children’s Bafta-nominated film, The Grumpy King. The Blink Ink directors build immersive worlds with their collective vision, making an audience fall in love with a giant Christmas stocking for TK Maxx, fluffy rugs for Ikea and even some frozen peas for Birdseye too. Jonny and Will join us to showcase how using puppetry can enhance advertising and make a nation look twice.
Ashleigh Kane, arts and culture editor at Dazed, will also join us at Nicer Tuesdays January talking through her work at the revered and beloved title. An editor, writer and curator, Ashleigh has worked at Dazed since 2014 collecting a long list of dream interviewees, numerous commissioned projects and also worked on community programme Dazed+Labs last year, encouraging young people “to use their voices by taking photographs”.