We’re now a couple of weeks into 2012 and chances are you’ll be feeling more alive than you were this time 17 days ago. Those post Christmas and New Years blues will be starting to thaw out and those creative urges will start to return after migrating on the 23rd of December last year. It can be hard to get back into the swing of things and feel inspired again. Following on from our post last week on online portfolio and networking sites, we thought we’d get you up and out of your seats with a few creative events to look out for in 2012. So, in no particular order, here’s a few events to keep your eyes on.
London, Nottingham and Brighton
Set up in 2010 by long standing fiends Nick Clement (Made Studio)and Ian Hambleton (Studio Output), Glug is a regular creative drinks and “Notworking” event for designers, creatives clients and friends of Glug. Glug offer up a real eclectic mix of guest speakers, live art and installations from the likes of Airside, Anthony Burrill, I Love Dust, Noma Bar and Mainframe.
Their last event “Now That’s What I Call Christmas 2011” was held at Fabric London and played host to speakers such as Jon Humphreys of The Neighboorhood, Mr Bingoand Alex Maclean of Airside and raised over 3000 pounds for the charity Shelter.
Glug hold events in London, Nottingham, Brighton and Auckland NZ and you can even host your own Glug event. Keep an eye on the website and sign up to their newsletter for news on upcoming events.
If you’re in Sheffield this Friday then you’re in luck. For one night only Pete McKee brings together some serious talent for a very special pub crawl. Pub Scrawl will feature 10 artists and illustrators all taking to the walls at 10 of Sheffield’s finest pubs. Artist involved in this one off event include Warp Films, Nick Deakin, Lord Bunn, Tado and Tom J Newell. Participants will be encouraged to make their own pub scrawl by visiting bars in which ever order they like. Entry is free to every bar. Although billed as a one off event, we think this has got real legs (maybe not after bar number 10) and hope to see similar events in the future.
Northern Digital or BLAB is a monthly meet up set up by designers Matt Booth and Gavin Burnett. Aimed at digital creatives the monthly event is intended to get designers “away from their screens” and talking to other digital creatives. The events take place on the first Thursday of every month and offer a platform for local creatives to meet and discuss potential projects and collaborations.
Currently on number 8, BLAB 9 takes place on the last Thursday of this month (assuming this is due to the close vicinity of the first Thursday of January to New Years), and features speakers Moving Brands and Ian Anderson. Tickets for BLAB events are a tenner and if you’re in the Manchester area, we highly suggest you get up off the sofa and go check it out.
Floodit is a live silkscreen and music event put on by the good folks at Waste Studio and Gringo Records. The Floodit events “aim to merge both the arts and music scene together in one event”, offering the crowd a chance to listen to live bands and buy limited edition printed work at an affordable price. Artists, designers and illustrators are invited to take part in the events and produce a one colour design that is subsequently screen printed live onto garments by either the artist or Waste themselves.
The last event, Floodit 08, was held at the Trinity Centre, Bristol and featured artists such as 45RPM, RichT)and Rebecca Cleal. Keep an eye on the website for upcoming events in your area.
It can sometimes be hard to keep fully abreast of all the latest events and creative goings ons, but Creative Everyone is here to help. Still in the beta stages, Creative Everyone offers a platform for anyone to post creative events free of charge. Acting as a “go-to guide” to all the most interesting “creative-orientated” events, the new site hopes to offer up a listings site devoid of any mainstream non-sense and focuses on the lesser-known, independent events. You can follow them on Twitter to get regular updates and news.