Alex is the Co-Founder & Co-President of Arts Thread, the world’s leading digital platform for emerging artists & designers and a launchpad for the next generation of creative talent. Over the last 9 years Arts Thread has helped thousands of new creatives launch their own brands and gain employment worldwide. Arts Thread has built relationships with 750 creative institutions giving access to 300,000 students in well over 100 countries. Arts Thread has partnered with the likes of Nike, WGSN, Levi’s, Avery Dennison, BBC Worldwide, Urban Outfitters, Design Pavilion, NYCxDESIGN, Milan Design Week, Premiere Vision, London Design Festival, and many more to help launch the next generation of creative talent globally.
Alex will be talking at How to Market Yourself Digitally on Zero Budget.
With a huge variety of experience in sales, marketing and project management, Amy is an account manager at Exposure. She works on the global brand Nike as well as Jameson Whiskey. Working across small, focus to large scale campaigns, she can be found everywhere from hosting media at film premieres in LA to working in recording studios in North London.
Amy will be speaking at Exposure: How to Break into PR and Comms.
Anne-Marie Bradley is a BACP Senior accredited counsellor working in the Counselling and Mental Health team at UAL. She has worked at UAL for many years and has a lot of experience of counselling students on a wide range of issues. She works at Chelsea and LCC and has a particular interest in resilience and helping students to recognise and build on their resilience and confidence. She has offered similar workshops to todays in past years.
She also regularly co-delivers with Academic Affairs workshops on how to be at ease with presentations.
Anne-Marie is speaking at Life after UAL: How to be Resilient.
A seasoned professional with experience in client services, branding, creative direction, fashion styling and Trends.
Ash will be speaking at: Life as a Freelancer: The Pros and Cons of Freelancing
Atif Butt is a Senior Adviser in the Student Advice Service team at University of the Arts London, with over 20 years’ experience of advising students on a wide range of immigration related issues alongside delivering visa workshops, training colleagues and influencing institutional practice.
Atif is an executive board member of the Association for International Student Advisers (AISA) and attends regular training to ensure he keeps up to date with immigration regulations as well as international higher education policy within the U.K context.
Atif will be speaking at Post Study Visa Options for International Graduates.
Brendan McKnight is Head of Content and Community at The Dots, a British scaleup designed around the networking needs of ‘No Collar’ professionals – creators, freelancers and entrepreneurs.
Hailing from Melbourne, he was previously the Managing Editor of Australian design magazine desktop and Brand and Marketing manager for Smith Journal and frankie magazine (Australia’s number one women’s fashion and lifestyle magazine).
Brendan is speaking at Checklist your way to a dream job.
Bolanle Tajudeen also known as Bee is a curator and the founder of Black Blossoms, a platform which promotes black women artists and creatives by hosting regular exhibitions, panels and screenings throughout the UK. In 2017, she co-curated and organised a touring exhibition of 31 black women and non binary artists, which was listed as a must-see exhibition by A-N news. Bee is also a regular arts and cultural writer with bylines in Dazed and Prospect Magazine. Currently, Bee is studying a PgCert in Academic Practice: Art, Design and Communication at UAL and will begin teaching a course at the, ‘Art in the Age of Black Girl Magic’ Tate Britain during Autumn 2018. She hopes to inspire a new generation of artist and art professionals to tackle socio-political issues through their creative practice(s).
Bee is speaking at Power in Numbers: Working Collaboratively.
Caroline Jackman is a Talent Development Manager with the Crafts Council. Having worked with artists and makers for 20 years, she understands makers’ needs. Caroline is a highly experienced arts project manager with an exciting varied career involving running galleries; being a selector and curator of contemporary visual art exhibitions; being an advisor for Public Art commissioning and an advisor for open studio organisations.
Caroline will be speaking at Careers in Craft: Starting a Craft Business After Graduation.
Carolyn is the Founder of Creative Entrepreneurs, a movement that brings together – for the first time in one place – the resources, role models and networks creative people need to turn their ideas into successful businesses. Carolyn was previously MD of Time Warner International, London, including responsibility for the Time Warner brand and those of its group companies HBO, Warner Bros., CNN and TIME Inc. She has been named by WIRED Magazine as one of the Top 10 women ‘Digital Power Brokers’ and by BIMA as one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs shaping the future of Britain’s digital industry.
Carolyn is speaking at Business Planning Basics.
Charlotte’s first short film ‘STANDBY’ premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and went on to be nominated for a BAFTA in 2017 and won the BFI Future Film Fund, her second short film ‘FRY-UP’ premiered at 2017 BFI London Film Festival and went on to play at Sundance 2018 and Berlinale 2018.
Charlotte will be speaking at Make a Living using Digital Practices.
Chloe graduated from Chelsea College of Art with a BA (Hons) in Textile Design and currently works in the Artists’ Services Team at DACS. The Services Team manage DACS membership across the Artist’s Resale Right, Copyright Licensing, Artimage and Payback services, delivering support in dealing with reproduction requests through to the collection of royalties from secondary sales of art work on the UK art market.
Chloe has an excellent working knowledge of artists intellectual property rights and regularly deals with both artists and artists estates in their practical application.
Chloe will be speaking at An Artist’s Guide to Copyright: Making it Work for You.
Ciara is a US-qualified lawyer who worked in France for many years with a focus on trade marks, designs and copyright.
Ciara is Legal and Copyright Executive at DACS and provides advice to members on the protection and enforcement of copyright and associated rights.
Ciara is speaking at An Artist’s Guide to Copyright: Making it Work for You.
Having worked in visual merchandising, PR, print and fashion, Dan currently works at Exposure as an account executive. Since being with the company he has worked on flagship accounts such as Uniqlo, Converse and Zalando, in addition to working on the LFWM’s shows for designers such as Christopher Raeburn and Liam Hodges. With a breadth of knowledge from many different perspectives, he has a deep multi-disciplinary understanding of the fashion industry.
Dan will be speaking at Exposure: How to Break into PR and Comms.
Donald Steel works globally in public relations and crisis communications. He also works with communications teams on increasing performance. He is in demand as a speaker and workshop leader. Recent and forthcoming appearances including New York (at One World Trade Center), Toronto, Calgary, Doha, Singapore, Amman and Sydney.
Donald is also a former radio presenter and for 11 years was the BBC’s chief media spokesman. His clients include universities, airlines, hotel groups, broadcasters, hospitals, government departments and high profile individuals. He has learned to work with his deep shyness and an extreme dislike of meeting strangers.
Donald is speaking at How to Network with Confidence
Edward Gillman is Artistic Co-Director of the artist-run project and studio Auto Italia South East. As part of Auto Italia, he has initiated projects exploring how artists can work together to create new formats for artistic production. Projects have taken on various forms ranging from collaborative public programming in temporary spaces, commissions and presentations in institutions and galleries, and the production of collaborative projects through working online.
Recent projects commissioned, produced and collaborated on as Auto Italia include Mass at Cemeti Institute for Art and Society, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2018); Daylight Management at Auto Italia, London (2018); Interstices, Terre Thaemlitz at Auto Italia, London (2017); Rogue Agents at Firstdraft, Sydney (2017).
Edward is speaking at Starting Out in the Art World.
Emma Alington founded her ceramics brand in 2013, after graduating from Central Saint Martins with a First-class honours degree. Working from her studio in Berkshire and with the skilled craftsmen in Stoke-on-Trent, Emma produces collections of luxury, handcrafted homeware and tableware. In addition to her product ranges, Emma has worked on commercial projects for Michelin Star restaurants (The Fat Duck, The Hinds Head), galleries and retailers, as well as producing bespoke pieces for clients internationally.
Emma is speaking at not just a shop Presents: From Student to Designer-Maker
With clients ranging from startup entrepreneurs to multinational brands, Emma understands the commercial needs and IP (Intellectual Property) strategies of various different organisations.
Recently, Emma was appointed a Director of the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (“IPReg”) the regulatory body of Patent Attorneys and Trade Mark Attorneys. She has had numerous articles published discussing recent developments on trade mark and design law, helping to educate businesses on how their brand may be protected or enforced.
Emma will be speaking at: Life as a Freelancer: Legal Matters for Freelancers
Hannah Breslin is an artist, educator and researcher, currently working as an Employability Practitioner at UAL. With a background in fine art and performance she has extensive experience of applying to, and judging applications for, a range of creative opportunities. Hannah combines her practice-based knowledge with her teaching and research interests to support UAL students and graduates to uncover their full potential.
Hannah will be speaking at Writing Successful Applications.
Harri qualified as a trade mark attorney in 2015 and currently assists on a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious matters, specialising in the retail sector. She particularly works in fashion retail, meaning she has extensive knowledge of the kinds of issues and challenges fashion brands can face in relation to many different areas of IP, including trade mark portfolio management, brand clearance, designs, copyright, contentious proceedings, online brand enforcement and counterfeiting. Harri advises a range of different clients, from small start-ups to large corporations, meaning she is able to tailor her advice to suit different types of businesses, with very different needs.
Harri is developing a specialism in fashion law, with a focus on IP. She writes for the Stobbs blog, as well as other publications.
Harri will be speaking at: Life as a Freelancer: Legal Matters for Freelancers
Heather Corcoran leads outreach for Kickstarter in the UK and Europe, with a focus on the Design & Technology communities. Based in London, she works closely with innovators, creators, and makers who use Kickstarter to bring new products to life.
Heather is speaking at How to Crowdfund.
Imogen delivers one-to-one business coaching and manages two of Cockpit Arts strategic programmes; the Creative Employment Programme and the Creative Careers programme. She has in-depth knowledge of UK contemporary craft businesses and over the past five years has supported hundreds of makers on their professional development.
Imogen will be speaking at Setting Up a Designer Maker Studio.
Jacqueline is an illustrator and pattern designer who creates stationery, fashion and homeware products such as greetings cards, enamel pins and serving trays. Inspired by natural history and travel, she creates patterns depicting places as diverse as deserts and rainforests. In July 2017 Jacqueline won the Best Illustrator prize at the Mollie Makes Hand Made Awards and in 2015 she was won the HEALS Discovers textiles category.
Jacqueline is speaking at not just a shop Presents: From Student to Designer-Maker.
JDPCERAMICS designer James Pegg creates contemporary ceramics from his studio in Peckham Rye. His ‘Action Cast’ collection of porcelain vessels combine James’ training in fashion and textiles, with his love of colour, to create products that are both functional and decorative. The range provides buyers with the chance to own something totally original. Each vessel is adorned with a totally unique pattern, the result of movement and dynamic colour combinations.
James is speaking at not just a shop Presents: From Student to Designer-Maker
Karen has responsibility for delivering the London Creative Network programme at SPACE. She has 20 years’ experience working within the arts and education sector where she has have devised and led professional development programmes for artists and learning programmes for galleries.
She has worked within both the commercial and public gallery sector, led workshops and created resources for schools, community groups and university students and has simultaneously maintained her career as a visual artist.
Karen is speaking at Setting up an Art Studio with SPACE.
Kelly began her career as an advertising executive in the 1980s working with clients in the film and entertainment industries. She has worked as a freelance photographer for publications including Guardian, Vogue Pelle and iD magazine. She has made a number of short films which have been shown at film festivals across the world, including Leeds, Liverpool, Greece, Sweden, London, Slovakia, Croatia and Brazil.
Kelly will be Chairing the Life as a Freelancer: The Pros and Cons of Freelancing event.
Laura Hensser is the Deputy Director of Gasworks and Triangle Network. She holds an MA in Curating from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. Prior to joining Gasworks, Laura worked at Matt’s Gallery and the Tate Modern where she supported the Tanks 2012 live performance and film programme, as well as supporting the development of the new Tate Modern capital project. Laura also has previous experience at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton.
AURA QUE is an abbreviation of designer Laura Queening’ name, who founded the company in 2008 after graduating from London College of Fashion.
AURA QUE products are developed in collaboration between Laura and the small producers she works with in Asia. She sources and works with various charity handicraft units and fairtrade producer groups in Nepal, Vietnam and India to bring local sustainable materials, craft skills and designs to western markets, both for AURA QUE and bespoke projects.
Laura is speaking at not just a shop Presents: From Student to Designer-Maker
In addition to his role as a Careers and Employability Practitioner at UAL, Lawrence continues to be actively involved in the creative industries. Currently Lawrence is managing the NY-LON exchange project; a cultural exchange program with students from Jay Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation and UAL.
He was recognised by Lloyds Banking Group and Thomson Reuters as one of the most influential people under 40 in Britain in their annual Power List. His TV/radio credits as a producer and contributor include How Hip Hop Changed The World for Channel 4, The Jay Z special for Pulse Films and Hip Hop World News for BBC 4.
Lawrence will be chairing Exposure: How to Break into PR and Comms.
Lydia Wakefield is the Education and Training Manager for IPSE. Working with education institutions across the UK, Lydia helps students and young people to understand what it means to become self-employed and how to get there. Lydia works with new and experienced freelancers to ensure they are prepared to succeed in their self-employed careers.
Lydia will be speaking at: Life as a Freelancer: An Introduction to Freelancing
Marina is the educational tool of the designer Felipe Petik Pasqualotto. In multiple platforms, Felipe seeks to integrate the knowledge absorbed in his Gender and Sexuality Specialization studies (UERJ|Brazil) into Design – or vice-versa. Winner of the first contest for LGBT entrepreneurship in Brazil (NESsT) his work explores the impacts of narratives about sex, gender and sexuality in consumption practices.
Marina is speaking at Feminist Internet Presents: Creative Responses to Workplace Inequality.
With a professional background in consumer electronics, telecommunications and manufacture, Mark has spent the last 15 years working with creative graduates. His company, ArrestedArt, make dreams come true by working with founders to make start-ups happen: gaining clarity, focus and finance within 12 weeks.
Mark is speaking at Your USP. Your Pitch: Defining How You Are Special.
Matt Dowling is an ex-freelancer, business entrepreneur, campaigner, speaker and consultant who has featured on radio, in print and online publications. Matt can be found speaking on a range of entrepreneurial topics, fighting for the rights of the self-employed and debating social issues faced by freelancers.
He is also founder of The Freelancer Club, a support network providing freelancers with essential resources to help them develop and value their talent. Over the past 8 years, the Club has assisted in the development of over 35,000 freelancers, entrepreneurs and startups whilst facilitating over 350,000 paid jobs.
Matt will be speaking at How to Make It as a Freelancer.
With over 20 years’ experience of business and legal practice, spanning law firms, and a wide range of roles in industries including pharmaceuticals, music, drinks and FMCG, publishing, diamonds and insurance, as well founder or director level roles in several startup businesses, Merlie’s earned the label ‘super-connector’ and won awards for the way that she advises.
These days, she is the founder and CEO of Farillio, a technologically advanced platform that makes law and doing business faster, simpler, cheaper and better for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Merlie will be speaking at: Life as a Freelancer: Legal Matters for Freelancers
With 15 years’ experience working in the fashion and beauty industries, Mirela has helped companies – from up and coming fashion labels to giants like L’Oréal – understand the core of their business. She uses meaning, motivation and mindset to help companies to develop positioning, marketing and communication strategies based on the concept of archetypal branding.
Patricia van den Akker is the Director of The Design Trust, the online business school for designers and makers. She has worked with 1,000s of creatives as a business adviser and trainer for over 20 years. She is known for her practical and realistic business advice, together with being a bit cheeky and asking thought-provoking questions that will get you into action.
Philip Dodd is a BBC braodcaster, curator and author. He is also Chairman of Made in China UK Ltd, an organisation that specialises in forging links and brokering deals between cultural and creative organisations in China and the UK.
Clients and partners include: China Merchants Group, V&A Museum, Ogilvy Shanghai , Serpentine Gallery, India Art Fair.
Philip will be speaking at London to China: Employment Prospects for International Students.
For the last year Rachel has worked on the London Creative Network programme at SPACE. Prior to this she worked as a Grants Manager for a UK based charity. She has worked on grant programmes in both London and Melbourne including four years at Arts Council England. Rachel has a MA in History of Film and a BA in Fine Art (painting).
Rachel is speaking at Setting up an Art Studio with SPACE.
Rania is a Lead Visual Designer at IBM iX, passionate about pixel-perfection and great digital experiences. She guest lectures at UAL & RCA, is a judge/mentor & active speaker at multiple Hackathons/Design events across Europe and she focuses on empowering the next generation of women in design.
Rania is a proud member of Founders of the Future, which is an invite-only private community of the most promising entrepreneurial talent in technology in Europe.
Rania has also been shortlisted as a ‘Rising Star’ by TargetJobs Awards 2018 and shortlisted by ‘We are the City Awards’ Rising Star 2018 / Digital Category (These awards represent the best of the next generation of leaders across British industry).
Rania is speaking at: Dear Designer: You’re Hired! Design Thinking @IBM
Riccie is a UX Lead specialised in design innovation in multi-disciplinary teams. With a passion for driving organisational change, her 10 years’ experience in-house, at start-ups, agencies and consultancies has equipped her with unique insights on how to overcome organisational challenges so that user centered design can thrive.
A D&AD Awards judge, Advisor to the Royal College of Art’s MA Digital Direction, UCD conference speaker, UXPA mentor, University lecturer, co-chair and supervisor, Riccie seeks to close design education gaps between academia and industry.
Riccie is speaking at: Dear Designer: You’re Hired! Design Thinking @IBM
Rosa began her career managing a commercial gallery in Bristol. She then moved onto the charitable sector, first volunteering at artist-led space The Island in Bristol before becoming Coordinator at Made in Arts London, an not-for-profit organisation selling and promoting work by UAL students and graduates. In February 2017 she moved onto her current role as Development Manager at New Contemporaries, additionally she is studying an MA in Arts and Culture Enterprise at Central Saint Martins.
Rosa will be speaking at Starting Out in the Art World.
Roxanne is a Creative Rights Specialist with over 15 years experience, working internationally within the cultural heritage sector and creative industries.
Having worked at the V&A and at a pan-European level for digital platform Europeana Foundation, she has cultivated relationships with artists, designers and institutions to digitise and license content for cultural and commercial exchange.
She has recently joined UAL as Intellectual Property Lecturer and enjoys using her practice-based knowledge to empower creatives, innovators and changemakers starting out in enterprise.
Roxanne will be speaking at Intellectual Property- how to value and protect your work when starting out
Sandra Fearon and Genevieve Muwana are the founders of Unique Image London; a Fashion Image Consultancy with a holistic approach.
Sandra and Genevieve help clients maximize their potential and reconnect with their authentic selves in various ways; starting from the importance of image, values, personal branding, confidence coaching, resilience, interview and communication skills.
Sandra and Genevieve will be speaking at How to Promote Yourself.
Journalist, trend forecaster, futures philosopher. Obsessed with uncovering patterns across socio-cultural phenomena. Always cynically optimistic. Believes the only structure of the internet that should never change is the worshipping of cats!
Sabrina is speaking at Feminist Internet Presents: Creative Responses to Workplace Inequality.
Shakka will be speaking at Make a Living using Digital Practices.
Society Of Alumni (SOA) are a 10 piece, hip hop based creative collective from South London. Formed in 2012, the group use music – charged flows and thumping beats to express their individuality and personality. SOA speak for a generation of young people that seek to become the change that they want to see. This young hip-hop cooperative is fast rising to become the face of London’s underground music scene, having worked with the likes of Reprezent Radio, Livity and Guap Magazine.
SOA are speaking at Power in Numbers: Working Collaboratively.
Song Eng trained as an architect at the University of Cambridge and London Metropolitan University.
Throughout design school, he noticed a consistent lack of quality in the portfolios available. Song founded Newport Works to design modern and durable solutions for creatives to carry and present their work. Newport Works was launched via Kickstarter through a successful campaign that was funded in its first 15 hours and was 250% funded by the end of the campaign. He is now working on fulfilling his Kickstarter orders and developing new products based on the creative community’s feedback.
Song will be speaking at How to Crowdfund.
Sophie currently works within Exposure Digital as Social Marketing Manager, with a focus on creating social content and influencer partnerships for brands.
She has gained agency experience working for a variety of fashion and lifestyle clients and also in-house at Michael Kors and Victoria Beckham, in each case within the digital teams running their social channels and developing innovative digital campaigns.
Sophie will be speaking at Exposure: How to Break into PR and Comms.
Using 15 years of marketing expertise and 10+ years in fashion design, retail and entrepreneurship — including a MA from the prestigious University of the Arts, London College of Fashion, Stacia is revolutionising the way wedding dresses are discovered, designed and delivered.
Stacia will be speaking at Life as a Freelancer: The Pros and Cons of Freelancing
Tom is Economic and Political Adviser for IPSE – the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed – where he specialises in a range of policies including tax, pensions, personal finance and mortgages. In his work to boost the environment for small businesses, Tom is involved in a number of groups including Financial Services Consumer Panel. He previously worked as Assistant Tax Advisor in the Private Client team for EY. Tom graduated from Durham University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Tom will be speaking at Life as a Freelancer: Managing your finances as a Freelancer
Valentine is a UX designer and creative director. With almost 10 years’ experience as a creative freelancer in various fields, she wanted to help creatives to activate more projects and build their network faster in today’s increasingly competitive creative landscape.
She founded SSSHAKE, a London based cross-disciplinary creative network. It is a safe place for up-and-coming artists to grow their network, exchange skills and work on exciting opportunities.
Valentine is speaking at Power in Numbers: Working Collaboratively.
Valerie has 20 years’ experience as a career development practitioner, including over a decade working with students and industry professionals in art, design and communication.
She has also recruited and selected job applicants for different organisations and helped countless individuals to decide, develop and change their career direction.
Valerie can share experiences of what it means to work freelance and how to build and shape your livelihood into a creative and fulfilling career.
Yomi Adegoke is a multi-award nominated Senior Writer at women’s site, The Pool and co-author of upcoming book ‘Slay in Your Lane’.
Yomi is speaking at Feminist Internet Presents: Creative Responses to Workplace Inequality.
Slingshot founders Zoe Lem and Sam Magee have individually worked for 20 years as stylists, branding, marketing, PR, journalists, designers, buyers for many of the big publications, celebrities, brands and designers as well as setting up and running their own businesses and brands.
Together they bring a strategically disruptive take on awareness and brand success. Set your objectives, understand where you are trying to get to, then find the right way to get there, not just the usual way!
“Our 360 approach comes from our extensive and varied careers, years of experience wearing many hats. We are able to understand your product, services, brand, objectives because we have been there ourselves.”
Zoe and Sam will be speaking at: Creating Effective PR and Awareness