What can we learn by spending a day with some of our brightest established young creatives and entrepreneurs? TEDxUAL 2018 gives UAL students the opportunity to find out, as it brings a dozen of these diverse talents together on Saturday 28 April: a day dedicated to the value of different perspectives.
The Museum of London plays host to this inspiring ideas exchange recognising how different perspectives complement rather than clash – fuelling innovation, creating change and helping us to understand our world. Tickets for this hotly-anticipated show sold out in just three weeks, so who are the talents who will be sharing their world views on April 28?
This year’s event presents twelve diverse speakers who perform across a range of fields including art and design, fashion, engineering, media, medicine, business development and retail. From licensing art through cryptocurrency, encouraging engineering and creative thinkers to create sustainability solutions, and opening up participatory debate on identity, sexual harassment and mental health, they represent contemporary perspectives and a collaborative mood that generates a greater collective power.
The TEDxUAL 2018 speakers
One of the first artists to use the blockchain financial product, fine artist and Central Saint Martins, UAL alumnus Gordon Berger will encourage others to see the potential in this technology as a way for the international artist community to sell their work – and then be able to track it throughout their lifetimes.
Product Design Engineering student at the University of Glasgow as well as serial entrepreneur, published researcher and sustainable development activist, Anubhav Wadhwa will talk about the environment and our options – calling on artists to make it their priority to develop creative responses to address the planet’s need for sustainable design.
Large-scale advertising campaigns creative producer Chris Vlassis will bring his experience telling stories for some of the largest global brands to see what it can tell us about content and creation in terms of our selfs and brands.
A London College of Communications UAL graduate and internationally exhibited photographer and visual artist Juno Calypso is highly regarded for the way in which she uses her art to explore ideas of perspective. A recipient of the British Journal of Photography International Award, and Foam Museums 2016 Talent award, her work has been featured in Vogue Italia, TIME, The Guardian, Paper, i-D, Dazed & Confused, The Sunday Times, The Independent and VICE.
Talking about the impact of sport on matters of mental health and gender – Kelly Macbeth Mackay – a creative writing graduate, advertising student at London College of Communication and the co-founder of Halftime London, a sport platform built by women of sport, for women of sport.
Founder of Cheer Up Luv, Eliza Hatch will take us inside her photojournalism series founded in 2017 to share women’s stories of sexual harassment, which has had a sensational response from women around the world and is part of a movement bringing public and media attention to women’s experiences.
Renowned fashion stylist Rebekah Roy is called one of the top 100 “most original and influential people in the UK creative and media industries” by Time Out and indeed it is her vision that that dresses the capital’s much-celebrated catwalks at London Fashion Week, as well as styling the capital’s most fashionable gigs. This much-admired name will talk about grief – how it has changed her and how it influences her work.
Kemah Bob is a stand-up comedian, improviser, drag king, presenter and producer whose work centres on black cultural identity, mental health, sexuality and gender. She hosts a radio show called UNSTABLE and performs at Edinburgh Fringe this month. Her philosophy? ‘Use what you got to get what you want’ – Kemah will share her approach built on her personal story of acceptance, growth and change.
Dara Vakili will discuss the experience and transformation of perspective from a medical researcher and medic’s point of view. The final year Applied Medical Science student at UCL has carried out various medical research projects and currently doing his BSc project on human genomics.
How does storytelling shape perception? This question will be explored by television script consultant, screenwriter and lecturer Funke Oyebanjo, who has written for Channel 4 and is also a PhD student researching the new world of the web series.
Policeman turned body language expert Darren Stanton is regarded as one of the UK’s leading authority on body language, detecting lies and influencing and predicting human behaviour. Darren will examine the human behaviour that is lying and a world where people don’t always mean what they say.
From England via Barbados, meet award-winning entrepreneurs and founders of luxury chocolatier and lifestyle brand Saint Aymes, Michela and Lois Wilson. The sisters’ telling of the story behind their successful business and pioneering products is equally a personal story of their ups and downs.
Tickets to attend this event are no longer available, but you can keep up with the day at #TEDxUAL2018 and recordings of the talks and activity will be available online soon after the event.