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Talks and workshops
Thu 28 Nov 2019

Meet the Creative Industries Drop-in: Future of Work/Freelance

Part of the Creative Job Studio

Thu 28 Nov 2019
17.00 - 19.00
New Wing

November's Meet the Creative Industries drop-in is focused around the Future of Work/Freelance whilst surviving in the gig economy.

Creative Job Studio is the inspirational talent and skills development space for young people to meet arts organisations and creative professionals in partnership with Creative Society.

In response to our major new exhibition 24/7, an essential exhibition for today, exploring the non-stop nature of modern life through a series of immersive, playful works from some of today’s most exciting global artists, our November Meet the Creative Industries drop-in is focused around the Future of Work and Freelance.

Gain insight and chat face to face with artists and creative professionals working across various practices, some based within Somerset House’s Resident community as well as from a wide range of London’s creative capital. Ask direct questions to those working freelance, hear about their creative journeys, learn how they juggle their creative projects and commercial client’s needs, whilst surviving in the gig economy.

Expect to meet an array of industry professionals, make connections, exchange ideas with peers, seek advice and tips for your own future career ambitions, and leave inspired!

You'll also be able to visit Somerset House’s newest permanent gallery space, Gallery 31 and view the latest season, BONDS.

Somerset House is London's working arts centre, and home to the largest and most exciting creative community in the UK, already made up of Somerset House Studios, Somerset House Exchange, Makerversity, resident creative businesses and our cultural programme.


Laura Valis | Design Researcher at FJORD
Originally from Mexico, she is a design researcher who holds a degree in Integrated Design from the Köln International School of Design in Germany. She has worked in design studios in Germany and the UK. Currently working at Fjord London where she has researched interfaces for the financial, retail, healthcare and public sectors.  Her research interests are anthropology and technology applied to health care, ethics in technology and artificial intelligence. 

Alexandra Voutsina | Service & Interaction Designer at FJORD
Alexandra is currently working as a Service & Interaction designer at Fjord. She has an interdisciplinary academic background that marries design, architecture, psychology and consumer behaviour.  She believes in using design as a tool to reflect on contemporary phenomena, for public engagement and social interaction and exploring new methods for education. Interested in how aesthetics and conceptualism can work together to create thought-provoking content and design solutions that can promote change.

Verity Richards | Creative Participation Specialist
Verity is a freelancer working across the Theatre and Dance sector.
Currently she is the Learning Manager for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.  She is also a Youth Theatre Director with the Rose Theatre in Kingston, a Movement Director and Performer with Bounce Theatre Company, a Creative Educator with Bigfoot Arts Theatre and a freelance teacher and performer. Alongside her portfolio of work, she runs a few independent projects too (tap dancing for adults, a monthly podcast and on production currently in R and D). She’d be happy to talk to you today about anything and everything freelance, from finding work to the tax return and having a life in between. 

April Brown
April Brown is a freelance cultural producer, facilitator and project manager from East London who specialises in developing programmes for young people. She has ten years of experience in the creative and cultural industries working with a range of organisations including Somerset House, Tate, UAL, LIFT, Create Jobs and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Chiedza Mhondoro
Chiedza is a freelance Art Writer and works as Programmes Coordinator at Clore Leadership. Upon completing a degree in Art History and French, she taught English as a foreign language in Paris before returning to the UK to work in the arts sector. She has worked in curation, public programming and arts education at organisations including Somerset House Trust, Counterpoints Arts, Southbank Centre, Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice) and Camden Arts Centre. Chiedza has written for Museums Journal and Art UK.

Tina Gorjanc is a Slovenian born researcher and designer that has been based in London for the past 6 years. After obtaining a Master’s Degree from the Material Futures course held at Central Saint Martins she opened up her own freelance practice.

She believes the future of the creative fields is absolutely linked to biology which is why she is fascinated by biotechnology and its potential to shape the future. She is most recognized for her work that merges the practices of speculative and critical product design with scientific procedures. Her work has caught the attention of some of the biggest media companies including The Guardian, The New York Times, Dezeen, Motherboard and Trend Tablet. She was also featured in the TV series produced by the TV network ARTE which is dedicated to new emerging talents in the innovation design field.

Tina is currently developing commissions from several galleries and private organizations and writing feature articles for design publications and developing critical design-based workshops. She is also a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins and the Project Manager for Makerversity.

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Image courtesy of Douglas Coupland, Slogans for the 21st Century, and Maria Francesca Moccia / EyeEm, via Getty Images