Creative Industries Drop-in ARTIST Special
Young People
Thu 31 Oct 2019

Meet the Creative Industries Drop-In: ARTIST Special


Thu 31 Oct 2019
17.00 - 19.00
New Wing

Join us at our October Meet the Creative Industries Drop-In Creative Job Studio: ARTIST Special session to chat face to face with artists working across various practices.

Creative Job Studio is the inspirational talent and skills development space for young people to meet arts organisations and creative professionals. October is our ARTS focused Meet the Creative Industries drop-in.

Join us at our October Meet the Creative Industries Drop-In Creative Job Studio: ARTIST Special session to chat face to face with artists working across various practices, some based on site here at Somerset House Studio’s as well as an array of creatives contributing to London’s ever evolving dynamic Art Scene.

Gain insight and ask direct questions to working artists, hear about their own creative journeys, learn how they juggle their creative and commercial projects, and seek advice for your own career. Expect to meet an array of creative practitioners, make connections with industry and peers and leave inspired!

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

Somerset House Exchange

During this event there will also be the opportunity to sign-up for a 17.30 behind-the-scenes tour of the new shared workspace, Somerset House Exchange, which will bring together freelancers and small businesses in the arts and creative industries into our creative ecosystem. A unique network that sparks innovation, forges connections and offers opportunities for creative collaboration.

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, Makerversity, resident creative businesses and our cultural programme.


Stacie Woolsey
Currently, artist in Residence at Selfridges & Co, I am an Anthropological Future Designer. Studying contemporary and historical behaviours to design future scenarios, products, and systems. Solving problems, starting with us. I specialize in creating future narratives from a spectrum of viewpoints, with a large focus on class and education. My discipline of Anthropological Futures was one I forged myself throughout my less than conventional MA. When told by a leading postgraduate institution that I needed £40,000 to fund my way through a Masters's course. So, I decided to design my own.

Instagram: @makeyourownmasters

Twitter: @stacie_woolsey

Ellie Hart
Ellie is the Assistant Producer in Music at the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning department, responsible for producing projects with schools, communities and emerging artists. Throughout the year Ellie curates the community and family stages at large scale festivals including the Walthamstow Garden Party and Sound Unbound, a free classical music festival at the Barbican Centre. Another part of her role is coordinating the London Centre of the National Open Youth Orchestra – the world’s first disabled-led orchestra. As well as co-producing projects with international partners such as the LA Philharmonic Orchestra.

Pursuing a career in arts education Ellie trained in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. After graduating Ellie worked with the Taking Part department at the Young Vic Theatre, Shakespeare’s School’s Foundation and produced a participatory theatre show which toured to primary schools in Sussex. Ellie has worked at Glyndebourne in the Education team coordinating singing and performance opportunities for young people and producing a brand-new award-winning opera Agreed, involving a local community chorus.

Ifeanyi Awachie
Ifeanyi Awachie is a Nigerian-American writer, curator and cultural entrepreneur driven by a passion for creating black and African representation through storytelling and programming. She is Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Founder, Director and Chief Curator of global contemporary African arts festival AFRICA SALON. She has a B.A. in English and creative writing from Yale University and an M.A. in Global Creative and Cultural Industries from SOAS, University of London. She is also a poet and the author of personal nonfiction book Summer in Igboland.

Kanerva Lehtonen
Kanerva Lehtonen works as Membership Relations Manager at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, which entails relationship management, membership sales management, audience development and marketing.

ICA Blue Members get free access to all ICA Exhibitions, including Honey-Suckle Company: Omnibus for just £10 per year. Blue Members also gain a unique insight into contemporary culture with free exhibition entry and discounted tickets to films, talks, concerts and performances. They also enjoy discounts at the Bookstore and ICA Rochelle Canteen.

ICA Blue Membership is specifically designed for students, under-26s and other concessions.

Louise Ashcroft
Louise Ashcroft’s fidgety, fragmented storytelling pokes around late capitalism like a lifestyle guru examining the contents of the toilet bowl for clues about what it all means. Louise works with performance, video and participatory projects, her website is , she is a 2018-19 Artsadmin Bursary artist and was a recipient of The Artists Fund Bursary. Louise runs the performance night Undeforming and has shown widely, including at Supernormal, Latitude, Wellcome, Museum of London, Arebyte, Fringe Film Festival, PSI, Salisbury Arts Centre, Scare the Horses, DeptfordX, BQ Berlin, Wozen Lisbon, AVU Prague, with socially engaged residencies at Tate and Camden Arts Centre. Listen to her audio works about the Argos catalogue and call centres on BBC iPlayer’s Boring Talks series. Louise studied at Oxford University, Birkbeck and RCA and now teaches BA Art at Goldsmiths. She ran artists development at Chisenhale Studios for 5 years including the Into the Wild course for recent graduates, and in 2010 she co-founded the free art school alt-MFA.

Twitter: @louiseashcroft1

Isabelle Finn, Account Manager, Sutton 
Isabelle is an accomplished communications professional whose current clients include Southbank Centre, English Heritage and Jupiter Artland Foundation. Before joining Sutton, she worked at the Groucho Club, where she managed major partnerships, events and communications. Prior to this, Isabelle was the Communications and Marketing Manager at the Institute of Art and Ideas. Isabelle graduated with a First-Class Degree in English Literature from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Instagram: @sutton

Twitter: @sutton

Svetlana Leu, Account Manager, Sutton
Svetlana joined Sutton as an intern in 2016 and has worked across a number of corporate brands with a vested interest in the arts including Rolls-Royce, Hyundai Motor Company, Absolut Vodka and Château Mouton Rothschild. Svetlana manages press campaigns for Contemporary Istanbul, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Hignell Gallery and has supported on clients including Delfina Foundation and Gujral Foundation. Svetlana graduated with first class honours from the University of York in 2016. Having completed internships at the Princeton University Art Museum, USA and the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago, Svetlana firmly established her interest in and love for art and culture from a young age. She has held various committee roles at the Friends of York Art Gallery, York; Norman Rea Gallery and Art History Society, University of York; and Citizens for Conservation and the National Trust, Trinidad and Tobago. She is currently a member of the Young Professionals in the Arts and the Museum Detox group for BAME arts professionals, London.  

Instagram: @sutton

Twitter: @sutton

Sabine Reimer (AOI)
Sabine Reimer splits her time at Somerset House between being the Awards Manager at the Association of Illustrators (AOI) and Office Manager at James Ware Stephenson Solicitors (JWSS).

Since 2005 she has been immersed in illustration looking after all aspects of the various awards programmes at the AOI - a not-for-profit membership organisation supporting illustrators and the illustration industry - such as the World Illustration Awards (WIA).

To expand her horizon, she joined entertainment law firm JWS in 2017 whose work includes intellectual property rights management in the creative industries.

Sabine holds an MA in Design from Cologne School of Design (KISD) and has worked as a freelance graphic designer for various clients in the UK and Germany whenever time allowed.

AOI Twitter: @theaoi

JWSS Twitter: @jwssLaw

Laura Grace Ford
Laura Grace Ford is a  London based artist and writer concerned with spatial narratives, contested space, architecture, fiction and memory (formerly Laura Oldfield Ford). Drawing on cognitive mapping and the dérive Ford interrogates place by mapping the psychic contours of the city. She has developed a multidisciplinary practice where spectral languages erupt as fictions and dreamings, a reconnection with emancipatory forces embedded in the city.

Anna Mikkola
Anna Mikkola’s work explores the intersection of technology, nature and culture, reflecting on the ways that technology alters people’s subjectivity and their relation to the environment. She considers the relationship between the collective and the individual, within both human and more-than-human scenarios. Her work materialises as videos and installations that bring together images, text and sound, depicting narratives that weave together multiple perspectives as well as different entities and points in time.

Mikkola’s work has been shown in various spaces locally in London, for example at the ICA and Jupiter Woods, and elsewhere in Europe such as Sonic Acts in Amsterdam, INDEX 19 in Stockholm, House of Egorn in Berlin and T-Space in Milan. She has given talks, to name a few, at Goldsmiths University (London), ECAL (Lausanne) and the New Museum in NYC. Her work has been featured in publications such as Kaleidoscope, Rhizome and DIS Magazine.

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