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Creative Job Studio

Inspirational talent and skills development space for young people to meet arts organisations and creative professionals.

What is the Creative Job Studio?

The Creative Job Studio is London’s new space where young people from all backgrounds can meet employers, chat about skills development and network with other creatives. From friendly drop-ins and careers days to a programme of open discussions and artistic events, it provides a fresh platform for unheard voices and opens the door to hidden talents,  it exists to ensure the creative industries has a workforce representative of our society, it is an informal yet impactful space.


Creative Job Studio

Creative Job Studio Podcast

In the Creative Job Studio Podcast, artists behind the making of the Creative Job Studio’s artistic events series at Somerset House take us on their journey into the creative industries to provide a new opening for people making their first moves in the arts. Produced by Emma Barnaby and Fatuma Khaireh, each episode focuses on a different artist and their practice. We hear how they went about curating an event for the public and how they manage the difficulties of being a young artist.

What does it take to be successful in the TV and film industries? And how do you know when you’ve achieved it? Emerging filmmaker Tayo Odesanya gives us a lesson in the realities of making it, with some assistance from industry heads Karol Jurga, Shazia Rashid, Annika Allen, and Ricardo McLeary-Campbell.

Queerdirect founders, Gaby Sahhar and Lily, held a mirror up to the male-dominated, heterosexual world of networking. The outcome? An event that existed somewhere between queer speed-dating, a corporate networking event, and a club dance floor.

How does mental health feed into creative practice? Artist Laho Jebak shares ways in which he draws inspiration from his state of mind, reminding us that mental health and creativity aren’t mutually exclusive. With contributions from cultural historian and activist Patrick Vernon OBE, producer Elsie Ayotunde Cullen, and therapist and life model Jocelyn Yeboah-Newton.

Pressure to know exactly what you are doing in life can be overwhelming. Yolanda Mercy knows this all too well. In this episode she shares the inspiration behind her award-winning play, while reminding us that success comes with a healthy does of self-care. Plus plenty of nuggets of advice from writer and actor Nathan Byron, producer Nassy Konan, High Rise actor/producer Joe Barnes-Phillips, and Soho Theatre Producer Jules Howarth.

Emma Barnaby, Producer & Host
Emma is a young audio producer based in London. She likes listening to people and makes podcasts, radio, and sound composition.

Fatuma Khaireh, Producer
Fatuma  is a storyteller and creative producer who is interested in the intersections between art, technology and the archives. She is an associate producer at Numbi Arts, and she has been a contributor to OOMK Zine and Taming Lions. She has written plays that have been performed at Ovalhouse and The Richmix.

Meet the Creative Industries drop-ins 2019 programme, part of the Creative Job Studio

Join us to chat face to face with people working in the arts, gain first-hand experience of their own career development, learn about the different roles within arts organisations and seek advice for your own creative career. Every month we alternate between general careers and a more focused subject, so come along to as many as you can.  Keep these following dates in your diary and keep up to date when tickets are released by signing up to the Creative Careers list and receive our Monthly newsletters.

THU 31 JAN 2019 | (GENERAL)
THU 21 FEB 2019 | (FASHION)
THU 28 MAR 2019 | (GENERAL)
THU 30 MAY 2019 | (GENERAL)

THU 25 JUL 2019 | (MUSIC)
THU 22 AUG 2019 | (FILM)


THU 31 OCT 2019 | (ARTS)
THU 28 NOV 2019 | (GENERAL)
THU 12 DEC 2019 | (THEATRE)

"This is exactly what is needed for new people trying to get into the industry"

Creative Job Studio attendee

Join us to chat face to face with people working in the arts, gain first-hand experience of their own career development, learn about the different roles within arts organisations and seek advice for your own creative career.


"The Creative Job Studio is the culmination of nearly 10 years of working with young people hoping to break into the creative industries. CJS turns the traditional model of the Jobcentre on its head and provides an inspirational space where creative people can meet employers, receive meaningful careers guidance, and showcase their creative talents"

Martin Bright, Founder & CEO, The Creative Society

“The Creative Job Studio aims to encourage young people from all backgrounds and the range of talent at these sessions is really inspiring”

Jonathan Reekie, Director, Somerset House Trust

“For young people, it's a welcome space to meet experienced creatives – ask questions, share ideas and find out the things they don’t know they need to know! For me, it was equally valuable – to get an inside track of what up-and-coming creatives want for their future, and what matters to them most”

Ali Vermilio, Creative Director at UNIFORM

“The studio was a great opportunity for young people to get some practical advice, share knowledge and realise what potentials there may be in their future. A really open space for talking and learning”

Sarah Divali, Project Coordinator, HUBBUB

"It was a very useful,  informative and interesting event, opportunities to link up with creative minds and share ideas. It was good to meet a young designer at the event - Nom, who is going to help update Abundance Arts' website"

Folasade Babarinde, Abundance Arts

“I would have loved to have gone to something like Creative Job Studio when I was younger! It’s really exciting to have such a variety of creative organisations in the same room sharing knowledge and opportunities with the next generation of industry professionals”

Liz Coomb, Head of Programmes, Music for Youth

“The Creative Job Studio is a fantastic event for young people to gain access and understanding to the full range of arts opportunities and potential careers within the creative industries across the country’s capital and beyond. The event is perfectly positioned for organisations and the next generation of creatives to meet and learn from one another”

Rob Lehmann of Young Vic Taking Part


British Fashion Council, Makerversity, BBC, Association of Illustrators (AOI), Uniform, Purple PR, Light & Motion, ICA, National Theatre, Google Digital Garages, Catsnake, Art Monthly, SoundandMusic, Battersea Arts Centre, Stack Magazine, Anthropologie, Somerset House Trust, HUBBUB, OperaUpClose, V&A, Mighty Productions, Siren PR, MOBO, Young Vic Theatre, Litro, Music for Youth, Julie’s Bicycle, Improbable, ADSHOT, London Design Biennale, Thames Festival Trust, Clerkenwell Films, Creative United, Barbican, Sour Lemons, Marguerite London, ThomFong, Say Fromage, Engage, Fashion Gallery Space (London College of Fashion), The Royal College of Art, Goldsmith’s University, Middlesex University, HelloGrads, Custhom, DreamArts, The Marketing Store, World of Self Care, Zetteler Agency, Candlestar, Wizdom Layne/Tileyard Studio’s, Snook, ERIC Fest, Emma Roach Studio, Helen Bullock Illustration, Alex Mein Illustration, Jennifer Byrne, AEA Consulting, FUEL Theatre, Heatherwick Studios, Al Warbuton, Ewan Jones Morris, Crying Out Loud, Classic Album Sundays, SketchSesh & Princess Julia, PARC London, Peckham Levels, YearHere, Science Gallery, Louise Gray, Jodie Ruffle, ZKipster, Iconic Steps, Wonderland Magazine, DAZED Digital, Theatre Craft, The TV Festival, Burberry, CONGREGATIONdesign, Paul Smith Design, Noel Stewart Millinery, various colleagues from both Somerset House Trust and Somerset House Studios.

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The Creative Job Studio is a partnership between The Creative Society and Somerset House, supported by Arts Council England.

Creative Job Studio