This month’s Nicer Tuesdays (taking place on Tuesday 25 May) will have a slight line-up change. On the topic of how to create an impactful side project, London-based illustrator Kate Prior will now be joining our editor-in-chief Matt Alagiah to discuss how she started her own pizza pop-up during lockdown. Kate will be replacing photographer Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek from our original line-up, who is unfortunately no longer able to join us.
When lockdown paused daily life in the UK in March of 2020, Kate and her partner Ugo were experiencing a fair few life adjustments at the time. Having recently moved to a new neighbourhood, the pair (for obvious reasons) were unable to become familiar with the ins and outs of the area, or get to know their new neighbours. Yet, when Ugo bought a pizza oven to keep the couple occupied, the pair decided it was the perfect excuse to reach out, fancying it “a better way to introduce ourselves,” she tells It’s Nice That.
Over 100 pizzas and over £1,000 raised for their neighbourhood food bank, Short Road Pizza has now grown into a regular pop-up in her area of Leyton, east London. It offers completely different creative opportunities to her usual illustration practice, and Kate will join us at Nicer Tuesdays to discuss how this surprising side project has grown, as well as what cheffing and managing Short Road Pizza has taught her about creativity.
Kate will join Archief Cairo on the online stage, a design collective exploring the future of Arabic visual culture. Joining us are two of its co-founders, Maram Al Refaei and Hana Neuman to talk us through their one-of-a-kind side project, reviving a letterpress at Cairo’s French Institute of Oriental Archaeology, a museum which houses the only letterpress with hieroglyphics in the world.
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