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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 Upgrade Yourself, Creative Careers, Young Producers 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:

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UPGRADE YOURSELF: CREATIVE CAREERS AT SOMERSET HOUSE is organised into two strands, Online and IRL.

Upgrade Yourself: Online

  • Inspiration: High profile industry voices share their career journey insights and offer practical tips to both home and international viewers (online talks)
  • Process: Bringing smaller groups of participants together allowing for deeper engagement, discussion, bitesize prototyping and creative play (online workshops)

Upgrade Yourself: IRL

  • Industry: Our pioneering London Living Wage work placements offer on-the-job learning, personal development and mentorship, while working across Somerset House and our creative community
  • Networking: Inspirational talent and skills development space for young people to meet arts organisations and creative professionals
  • Peer Exchange: Led by members of the Somerset House creative community, primarily aimed at young people looking for access routes into the Creative Industries and the Cultural Sector

Upgrade Yourself programmes are generously supported by The Blavatnik Family Foundation, Freelands Foundation, John Lyon’s Charity and The Maria Bjornson Memorial Fund.