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Online Event

Upgrade Yourself: Online

Streamed Live

Bringing you fortnightly bite-sized snippets of information, innovation, and inspiration over lunch-time sessions. 

Our Upgrade Yourself: Online programme brings you innovative programming, to inform and connect you with our industry peers, to support and unlock your creative potential and ideas. By offering inspirational lunchtime talks delivered by high profile creative professionals, as well as engaging process-led workshops developed by industry insiders and facilitators, we can provide you with real-world context to focus your own creative career ambitions.

Led by members of the Somerset House creative community and external partners, these digital sessions primarily aimed at people aged 18-25 are for those looking for access routes into the Creative Industries and the Cultural Sector.

Upgrade Yourself: Inspiration

Industry voices and game changers share their career journeys and practical tips to both home and international audiences in these online talks. There is also the opportunity for audience members to ask live and direct questions via one of our Hosts from the Young Producer Programme at Somerset House.

Upgrade Yourself: Process

We bring participants together in small groups to meet innovative creative industry thinkers and doers (either individuals, collectives, or organisations). We encourage everyone in the room to contribute to the session, allowing for deeper engagement, which could be conversational, bitesize prototyping and/or creative play, alongside a Somerset House Producer. This is first-come, first-chance as spaces are limited, so please register and express your interest 

Sign up to the Creative Careers mailing list to receive additional material from our Upgrade Yourself sessions and hear first about new opportunities and creatives added to the Upgrade Yourself line-up.

Tell us what creative areas interest you most, we will do our best to develop programme ideas around you:

Image: Evi Kalogiropoulou, work from Delirious Athens, 2020.

About Creative Careers at Somerset House

Creative Careers at Somerset House is organised into three strands.  

Firstly, Upgrade Yourself and our digital Upgrade Yourself: Peer Exchange, a series of workshops and talks focusing on the core skills needed in the creative industries delivered as bite-size sessions, connecting audience with leading members of the Somerset House community.  

Our pioneering Creative Careers Academy, which offers paid work placements to people aged 18-25, bringing new talent into creative organisations, providing participants with credible experience and valuable insight into various career routes.  

And the Creative Job Studio, produced in partnership with employability charity Creative Society, offers regular networking advice and mentorship with the creative industries. 


With thanks to the Maria Bjornson Memorial Fund for its support.