Here is It’s Nice That’s annual symposium held at the Royal Geographical Society in west London on Friday 9 June. For the past 6 years the one-day event saw ten of the most exciting creative talents from the UK and abroad deliver inspiring and entertaining talks exploring creative processes and ideas.
Having welcomed over 5000 people to event over the course of it’s history, in 2018 Here will be placed on hiatus. We will be taking a ‘fallow year’, much like Glastonbury does, in order to rethink Here and make it even better in the future. Fear not, as there will be a year-long programme of events, parties and more to which we can’t wait to welcome you.
On this page you can learn more about the speakers who have appeared at the event over the years and at the bottom of the page you can explore the archive of talks from previous years.
On Friday 9 June, 700 people from across the creative industry joined us at London’s Royal Geographical Society for Here 2017. Our sixth annual symposium celebrated creativity in myriad forms, from the inspiring talks to the fun activities, and left us – and hopefully everyone else – excited and full of ideas. We’ll be sharing stories, images and films from the event over the coming days, but in the meantime we’ve plucked out some standout learnings from the brilliant day. Thanks to the support of our sponsors and event partner Adobe Stock Calypso: photography is dangerous business*
On 9 June It’s Nice That welcomed delegates and speakers to the Royal Geographical Society for Here London. The one-day event brings together a vast array of the most exciting creative talent from the UK and abroad for inspiring and entertaining talks exploring creative processes and ideas.
“Animation is an amazing medium in terms of bringing your wildest fantasies to life, however physically impossible,” is how director and animator Anna Ginsburg opened her talk at Here 2017, while showing a rotating gif of Theresa May as a jar of mayonnaise.
Founded by David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler, Triboro is a Brooklyn-based studio that never fails to impress. Whether designing for art, publishing, music, fashion or cultural institutions, Triboro strives to create new and experimental work that continuously pushes boundaries.
Illustrator, designer and artist Noma Bar has crafted a name for himself through his unique perspective of the world. A master of noticing negative space, Noma is famed for creating illustrations that regularly construct optical illusions, and consequently dual meanings feature heavily in his pieces, using moments from everyday life to create a relatable illustration.
Marguerite Humeau’s work is a bit like a mystery that’s ready to unfold through exotic and unimaginable materials. She begins by seeking facts through speculation, in order to find the possibilities in the absence of evidence. She then explores the communication between worlds, by bringing life to extinct creatures or examining mortality with sculpture. Each piece of art is bold as the next.
With sustainability at his core, Christopher Raeburn has championed luxury eco-menswear since 2001 and brought it to a mainstream fashion audience.
In 2011, after two decades of photographing herself in private, London-based photographer Juno Calypso commenced a series of self-portraits under the guise of a fictional character named Joyce.
James Jarvis is a London-based graphic artist whose work, in his own words, encompasses “cartoons, objects, comics, graphic design, printmaking and moving image. His practice concerns drawing, philosophy, alternate realities, minimalism and skateboarding.”
Since founding the award-winning Astrid Stavro Studio based in Barcelona and co-founding Atlas with her partner Pablo Martin, Astrid Stavro is a Trieste-born designer and creative director who has built an impeccable portfolio. From magazines, books, brand identities, exhibition design, printed matter, signage and way-finding systems, Astrid has also designed packaging for a multitude of clients including Wallpaper, Eye, Phaidon and Thames&Hudson, plus a collaboration with It’s Nice That on our Local Characters project. Astrid is also currently design director and editor-at-large of Elephant Magazine.
In the lead up to It’s Nice That’s annual symposium, Here 2017, we have asked each of the speakers to shed light on their career to date by sharing a piece of work created at the outset of their career and a more recent piece, then reflect on the progression between the two. Today, artist Ryan Gander tells us how he got from There to Here.Ryan Gander is a contemporary artist famed for his complex and conceptual works that playfully question the everyday and the uncanny. The British artist was awarded an OBE in 2017 for services to contemporary art and has exhibited in solo shows across the globe. He has received numerous prestigious prizes for his work including the Zurich Art Prize and ABN Amro Art Prize.
In the run up to Here 2017, It’s Nice That’s annual symposium, we are introducing our speakers with an overview of their career to date. We asked David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler, founders of graphic design studio Triboro, to share a piece of work created at the outset of their careers, and a more recent project, while reflecting on the creative journey between the two.Triboro is a Brooklyn-based studio, founded by Texan David Heasty and German Stefanie Weigler, which never fails to impress us with unexpected and challenging work. Whether in publishing, art, music, fashion, or cultural institutions, Triboro continually push emerging and established brands into new territories.
In the lead up to It’s Nice That’s annual symposium, Here 2017, we have asked each of the speakers to shed light on their career to date by sharing a piece of work created at the outset of their career and a more recent piece, then reflect on the progression between the two. Today, graphic designer Astrid Stavro tells us how she got from There to Here.Trieste-born Astrid is creative director at Atlas and, prior to this, founded the award-winning Astrid Stavro Studio in Barcelona. Her work is typified by idea-driven graphic design that manifests itself with an exquisite typographic sensibility.
It’s Nice That’s annual symposium, Here 2017, is just around the corner. In the run up to the event we have asked each of the speakers to shed light on their career to date by sharing a piece of work created at the outset of their career and a more recent piece, then reflect on the progression between the two. Today, Noma Bar tell us how he got from There to Here.Completing the speaker line up for Here 2017 is graphic designer, illustrator and artist Noma Bar. Israel-born Noma’s innovative and playful work is sought after the world over, and has been commissioned by publications including The New York Times, Wired, The Guardian and more. His work can delight and shock in equal measure and he plays with perceptions and understanding, often creating art that can be read in multiple ways.