A one-day symposium of inspirational talks exploring process and ideas across the art and design world.
Brazilian graphic designer and filmmaker Marina Willer is internationally renowned for her outstanding brand identities across the cultural and charity sectors. Previously creative director at Wolff Olins, she became the first female partner at Pentagram London in 2012. She has worked with the likes of The Tate, The Southbank Centre and The Serpentine Gallery, as well as Oxfam and Macmillan Cancer Support. Her films have been screened internationally at venues as prestigious as London’s Design Museum and The Pompidou Centre in Paris.
Award-winning Dutch duo Lernert & Sander create high-concept art films, music videos, installations and adverts driven by a combination of terrific ideas and faultless execution. Commissioned by editorial heavyweights like Fantastic Man and Nowness, plus organisations like Selfridges and Amnesty International, they also have a superb portfolio of personal work. The pair can turn their prodigious talents to projects as diverse as exploring the beauty industry or mediating on online search queries, by turns funny, cutting and poignant.
German graphic designer Mirko Borsche is renowned for his content-driven, joyful approach to design and communications. With an extensive portfolio spanning print, web design, music videos, art films, exhibitions, product and fashion, his internationally acclaimed agency Bureau Mirko Borsche is one of the most significant contemporary studios. Clients like Nike, Levi’s, The Bavarian State Opera and Die Zeit newspaper have clamoured for his magic touch and he has held various teaching positions as he bids to inspire the next generation.
Over the past 20 years British photographer Ewen Spencer has emerged as a leading documentarian of British youth culture. Gaining notoriety in the late 1990s for his groundbreaking editorial work at The Face & Sleazenation magazine, he immediately spoke to an audience interested in subcultures, multiculturalism, music and fashion. Personal projects such as "Open Mic" and "UKG" which captured the rise of the UK Grime and Garage scenes cemented his place as one of the most important photographers of his generation.
Los Angeles-based Eric Yahnker is one of the most exciting artists working today. His paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations examine contemporary American society, pop culture and politics and he has won an army of admirers for his satirical way of representing the world. Since graduating from the California Institute of Arts in 2000, his work has been exhibited internationally and his appearance at Here coincides with his first London solo show. Eric also works in animation and was part of the storyboard team for the South Park movie.
British fashion design duo Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton met when they were both interning for Alexander McQueen, and launched their own label Agi & Sam two years later in 2010. Believing fashion should never be taken too seriously, their collections focus on combining bespoke print patterns and a quintessentially British sense of humour with tailored and accessible shapes. They’ve produced collections for the likes of Liberty and Topman and won the Emerging Menswear Designer Award at last year’s British Fashion Awards.
British illustrator and author Marion Deuchars works with major design and advertising agencies, publishes illustrated children's books and has created a globally recognised style of hand-lettering. Whether it’s client work for the likes of The Royal Mail and The Imperial War Museum, or inspiring youngsters with her Let’s Make Great Art books, Marion’s impact on the creative scene continues to be wide-ranging. She is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and represented the UK at Helsinki's World Design Capital celebrations.
Sam Jacob is one of the founding directors of art and architecture collaborative FAT, whose international portfolio of projects has marked them out one of the world's leading architecture studios. Having worked with the BBC and Grayson Perry and represented the UK at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Sam and his partners Charles Holland and Sean Griffiths announced last year that FAT would close this summer. Sam has written for frieze, Icon and Dezeen and has taught in universities across Europe and the USA.
As editor-in-chief of hugely-respected magazine The Gentlewoman, Penny Martin is a publishing world powerhouse. Having studied 1980s fashion magazines at the Royal College of Art and a stint as professor of fashion imagery at the London College of Fashion, she was ideally placed to head up the editorial team at Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio before taking over Gert Jonkers’ and Jop van Bennekom’s female answer to Fantastic Man. Her anti-fantasy approach has redefined the genre and inspired a host of imitators.
The audience at Here reflects the diversity of the programme, with attendees from across the creative sector. Our pricing structure is designed to encourage a broad-section of creatives from key influencers, big brands and executives to students, designers and media. Please note proof of study will be required to confirm student ticket purchases.
The Royal Geographical Society
sits in the heart of London’s famous
museum district. It is easily accessible
from central London via buses or London Underground.
Royal Geographical Society 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR (view map)
Getting There The nearest Underground stations are South
Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly lines) and
Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line). Bus routes 9, 10, 52 and 425 serve the Royal Geographical Society.
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