Towner Eastbourne and the De La Warr Pavilion are delighted to announce TALKING LOUD, a series of free online business talks, particularly for those working in the creative, cultural, and digital sectors.

The sessions, part of the South East Creatives programme, will see local, national and international artists, designers, architects, and makers reflecting on their experiences, ethos and ways of working, offering creatives the opportunity to gain insight and inspiration to help take their own business or practice forward.

Topics will include maintaining an artistic practice during the pandemic and making the most of opportunities across creative disciplines, plus wellbeing and resilience for creative businesses in the current climate.

These talks are aimed at those people currently working in the creative industries in the South East.

The first three sessions are now confirmed, with speakers including Assemble, Helen Cammock, Tai Shani and Michelle Ogundehin.  They are free and online.

Talking Loud: Interiors, trends and style expert Michelle Ogundehin
Thursday 11th February
Internationally-renowned interiors and style writer, author, consultant and TV presenter Michelle Ogundehin will discuss her career and practice, philosophy on the link between our homes and our wellbeing and the impact of the pandemic and how businesses can adapt for the future. Michelle will be in conversation with writer, curator and critic Corinne Julius.

Talking Loud: artists Helen Cammock and Tai Shani
Thursday 18th February
Helen Cammock and Tai Shani – who jointly won the Turner Prize in 2019 with Oscar Murillo and Laurence Abu Hamdan – will discuss their breadth of experience as visual artists, including developing and maintaining their practice in the current climate and activating collaborations with, and supporting peer networks.

Talking Loud: Founding member of Assemble Giles Smith
Thursday 25th February
Giles Smith, a founding member, of Assemble, will discuss the award-winning architecture, design and art collective’s origins, ethos and evolution, their ongoing Sugarhouse Studios project to provide affordable creative workspace which has been involved in the development of Bexhill Creative Workspace and his perspective on the pandemic.

Joe Hill, Director, Towner Eastbourne, said “We are delighted to be collaborating with De La Warr Pavilion on Talking Loud. Bringing together artists, creatives and more to discuss their experiences so openly and generously will be an exciting moment in our joint 2021 programme. It will be a way for those in the Creative Industries to hear about resilience, opportunity and insight from some of the leaders in the field.”

Stewart Drew, CEO and Director of the De La Warr Pavilion said “Our Creative Industries play a crucial role in growth and employment and now, more than ever, it’s important we do all we can to support them. Talking Loud offers an opportunity for creatives to gain thoughtful and personal insights from industry leaders and hopefully come away from the sessions with ideas that can be applied to their own business or practice.”

Further talks will be announced shortly which will run across the spring.

South East Creatives (SECCADS) is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2014 to 2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs
Find out more about the South East Creatives programme here:

De La Warr Pavilion
The De La Warr Pavilion is a centre for arts and culture in an iconic modernist building by the sea. With artists and audiences at its heart, it produces an innovative and integrated cultural programme that reflects the world we live in. It opened in 1935 as a progressive democratic space for community, culture and the arts and continues to be as relevant now as it was 85 years ago.  Est. 1935 Modern Ever Since.

About Towner Eastbourne
Collecting and exhibiting contemporary art for almost 100 years, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, sits where the coast and the South Downs meet. Led by Director Joe Hill since 2018, Towner presents exhibitions of national and international importance for audiences in Eastbourne, the UK and beyond, showcasing the most exciting and creative developments in modern and and collaborates with individuals, communities and organisations to deliver an inclusive, connected and accessible public programme of live events, film and learning. Towner’s collection of almost 5000 works is best known for its modern British art – including the largest and most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious (1903- 1942) – and a growing collection of international contemporary art.


Image: Fraser Muggeridge Studios.




Posted by sally on Wednesday 27 January 2021