MEET THE SPEAKER: Chaz Bonnar aka ChazB

How is it April already. With normal time constraints being obliterated by Covid-19 we find ourselves in a time most of us have never experienced before. While that’s awesome in some ways (goodbye daily commute) and not so great in others (hello life in isolation) our next event is a little later than usual.

Or maybe it’s right on time. That’s definitely what our next speaker Chaz Bonnar aka ChazB would venture for. Joining us for our first ever online CreativeMornings event, he’ll be taking on the mighty topic of ‘Identity’. In our usual speaker chat we get to know Chaz ahead of him joining us.

1. As a b-boy you must know some pretty cool moves. What inspires you to keep creating new moves?

Breaking is such a creative art form that the possibilities for experimenting with new movements are endless. The breakthroughs you have when putting together complex movements and the pursuit to try new ideas are what keeps me inspired to dance.

2. If you could describe Glasgow in one word what would it be? 


3. Tunnock Tea Cakes or Caramel Wafers? 

Caramel Wafers.

4. What is your proudest achievement in your career so far? 

Difficult to narrow it down to one defining moment, as I’ve had plenty of defining moments that gives my work purpose and meaning.

5. Which local legend (dead or alive) would you love to have over for breakfast?

Billy Connolly, definitely!

And that’s a wrap for now from us and Chaz. Get to know him better as he joins us on Friday 17th April.

Tickets will be online on Monday but for now get planning what you’ll be enjoying for breakfast. We’re looking at the ultimate brekkie scrabble and a good ol’ slice of cake.


As 2020 rockets on, how is it almost March already, we took a little time to invest in getting to know our next speaker a little better.

Rosemary Cunningham, a Glasgow based free-range illustrationist and professional enthusiast. You may know her from her iconic maps and products, as well as the 100 DAYS OF HERSTORY project she created. She’ll be talking about investing in her creative pursuits and what that has meant for her business. As she prepares to take to the stage we sat down for a quick fire round of ‘Meet the Speark’ chat.

1. 2020 is all about creatives achieving their goals. What are some of the creative goals you have set for yourself?

To learn to lead and stain glass. Yup. Not anything to do with illustration per se, but I’ve been meaning to do a workshop for actual years, to learn how to create shape and line in another medium and I think glass is the one. I also hope to complete the two or three projects I’ve said I will! There are two children’s books waiting to be illustrated so I really want to go back to pencil and inks and make those something special. 

2. There’s probably a lot of people wondering like are, but what does a typical day look like for you?

Becoming a parent was a real identity shift, so I definitely have to put that in there as one of my jobs! I’ve never had ‘typical’ days, but an ideal creative day now would probably be a compromise between parenting an energetic and hilarious 14 month old for part of the day and using the rest to create something - for myself or a client - that I can look at by the end of the day and think, “nice, time well spent.” Some sweet additions would be getting a few internet shop orders in (gotta pay them bills) and doing some productive admin. There’d be an obligatory 15 minutes on Instagram somewhere in there too. Some habits die hard. 

3. Tunnocks Tea Cakes or Caramel Wafers?

If you’re offering, I’ll have one and then the other. If you’re twisting my arm, caramel wafers have slightly better structural integrity in a coat pocket context. 4. If you could describe Glasgow in one word what would it be?

Gallus. (bold / cheeky) It feels a bit ‘on the nose’ but it was genuinely the first word that popped into my head. For me, it had to be a Scots word. I also think it covers the way most folk can be, the way the city looks, it captures a sense of humour. 

Join Rosemary at Spaces this coming Friday 28th February and grab your tickets while they’re hot.

Meet the Speaker: Alex Porter-Smith

Welcome to 2020 pals.

Our first CreativeMornings gathering of the year and new decade comes at a time when our creative oars may be feeling a little meh. With Brexit set for the last Friday of January we want to bring a little creative cheer to you all.

Which is why we’ve planned a bumper ‘Roots’ event with the awesome Alex Porter-Smith.

Alex is a co-founder and head of production at High Tide, which is a production co specialising in high end video content for online campaign creation and for events. Some of their clients include Tesco, Crabbie’s Ginger Beer and GDFS. Alex was also a member of the CreativeMornings Edinburgh team from 2017-2019 so she’s super chuffed to be joining us in Glasgow to kick-start her year.  

1. Do you have a creative New Year’s resolution?

To try and manage my time better - which I’m quickly realising needs a huge amount of work in itself! 

2. We wanna know a little bit about what you creative day looks like. What does a typical day as a founder look like for you?

Every day is different but an ideal day would be meeting new and existing clients and partners, coming up with ideas for projects, and sitting in on edits for completed shoots. 

3. Tunnocks Tea Cakes or Caramel Wafers?

Definitely Tunnocks Tea Cakes! Take the chocolate off the outside

4. If you could describe Glasgow in one word what would it be?


We like.

See you all tomorrow and if you can’t make it don’t worry as we’ll have a special treat for you in two weeks time.

Meet the Speaker: Veronique AA Lapeyre

We’re two months into our comeback and man it’s been good to be back. Our March event was a nice ease in but we’re ready to keep that momentum going.

As April’s theme of ‘Inclusive’ comes our way we’re super chuffed to welcome Veronique AA Lapeyre as our speaker.

Founder of Zanana Project, a new initiative to amplify and support Creatives of Colour in Scotland. She also has her own multidisciplinary creative practice that explores transculturalism and colour/pattern through drawing, photography, graphic design and other mediums. 

Ahead of our creative morning at CitizenM we sit down and fire five hot questions Veronique’s way.

1. What’s one thing that people wouldn’t guess about you?

My and my whole family, including my wee nephews are into bird watching. I’m pretty psyched there’s a couple of bull finches living in the close behind my flat.

2. When you think of the theme inclusive what’s one thing that jumps to mind?

Just get on with it already. We’ve spent years having the same circular conversations. Now we just need to crack on and do the valuable work.

3. We wanna know a little bit about what you creative day looks like and how do you flex those creative muscles outside work.

I think a good creative day starts with drinking too much coffee (just me?). Then head down, earphones blasting electro music and a great day working at Craft Scotland; where I’m usually working on two to three marketing projects split into decent sized chunks. My creative work here includes a variety of fun tasks like copywriting, graphic design, brainstorming and everything between.

4. Tunnocks Tea Cakes or Caramel Wafers?

Both mate, always!

5. If you could describe Glasgow in one word what would it be?


NIce, real nice.

Grab your tickets to hear from Veronique this Friday 26th April at CitizenM.

Meet the Speaker: Alan Mahon, Founder of Brewgooder

We’re back baby, baby! And what a comeback we’ve got lined up for you. We’ve missed all your lovely faces and we’re surfing into the March theme of ‘Water’ with a speaker whose take on beer combines some pretty good ethics with a desire to change the world one drop of beer at a time.

So strap into your seats as Alan Mahon of Brewgooder sits down in the CreativeMornings hot seat to take us on a ride of all things Brewgooder and Glasgow.

1. Tunnock Tea Cakes or Caramel Wafers

Wafers all the way… could tear through a pack in seconds.

2. What’s your first memory of water?

Quite a scary one… I was in Saint Stephen’s Green Park in Dublin with my Mum and I was feeding the ducks at the pond. My Batman toy feel in the water and I reached out to get it and plonked straight in. Luckily someone was on hand to pull me out… Mum had to get me a new set of clothes. Quite the event.

3. Where do you see Brewgooder in five years?

Hopefully having helped 1 million people get access to clean drinking water, and an internationally loved beer brand to boot.

4. If you could describe Glasgow in one word what would it be?


5. What did you want to be when you were 10? And what would 10 year old Alan think of Brewgooder?

I wanted to play to play for Arsenal. I am sure he would love it… probably wouldn’t be too up on the beer side of things.

Thanks for taking to the hot seat Alan and if this quick fire round has wet your appetite for the Brewgooder story make sure you save the morning of Friday 29th January for our comeback event.

Meet Our March ‘Courage’ Speaker

Ahead of our official hello to spring dance, yep that’s totally a thing, we catch up with our far out speaker for the month. Say hello to local Glasgow girl and all round creative superstar Lynsay Loves as we fire five quick questions her way.

1. What does the word courage mean to you? 

Having enough faith in yourself and your own abilities to live the life you were supposed to live.

 2. Heroes are often depicted as out of this world characters but how does every day life call for courage? 

Pushing ourselves out of that comfort zone and challenging the status quo calls for us to be courageous in our day-to-day. When we have ideas and put them out into the world to live and grow we need to be able to say “yes I can” - that takes courage, conviction and self-belief. 

 3. Any phobias? 

Walking over bridges with water under them - I can’t swim and I do a hilarious power walk if I have to go over the Squinty Bridge in Glasgow!

 4. It’s a toughie but Tunnocks Tea Cakes or Caramel Wafers?

 Tea Cakes - dark chocolate if possible and ALWAYS kept in the fridge :).

 5. If you could sum up Glasgow in one word what would it be? 


Thanks for the awesomeness Lynsay and we here there are a few shiny tickets left for this Friday’s CreativeMornings Glasgow event at The Art School. Grab ‘em while you can and see you there.

Death has inspired humanity since time immemorial, influencing ideologies and storytelling to our understanding of life and how we live it. To our ancient ancestors, the fear of death was a palpable and daily motivator. Although our world is infinitely safer than it was centuries ago, we are still driven by the fear of death and we expertly attribute it to even the smallest events: traffic, deadlines, a mistake, public speaking, your boss’s name on your caller ID on a Saturday. What we have done well as a species is leverage the fear of death to inspire achievements that seemed impossible, to create work that needed to be made, and to discover insights that help us live well.This month’s global exploration of Death was chosen by our Miami chapter and illustrated by 2016 Adobe Creative Resident Syd Weiler. Thank you to our global partners — Adobe, MailChimp,, and Shutterstock — for their support.

A wee drum roll please…

We are delighted to announce that as London Fashion Week kicks off we’ll be bringing the fashion party to Glasgow with our own little twist on contemporary fashion as we launch our collaboration with Oxfam Scotland. Designed to help spread the good word about recycling and sustainable futures we’ll be hosting a series of events, exhibitions and general goodness.

Kicking off in September, in celebration of our latest global theme ‘Compassion’, Glasgow based illustrator and artist Alice Dansey-Wright will be painting the windows of the Byres Road and Milngavie Oxfam stores before hosting an upcycling workshop in each shop on Thursday 24th. With denim becoming of the very essence of our daily lives she’ll also be offering discounted hand painting on denim items bought in both shops until 31st October 2017.

The baton will then be passed to award winning Scottish blogger Ruth MacGlip as she styles outfits direct from Oxfam Scotland stores and takes part in discussions on how ethical fashion can help as all show compassion.

The series of events will conclude with a week long exhibition with fashion & textiles students from the Glasgow School of Art and independent fashion brands to showcase some of the best design talent in Glasgow via the medium of repurposing old denim.

If you’d like to be involved drop us a line at and keep your eyes peeled for more additions over the next six weeks.

Compassion is a pause button that reminds us of a fundamental truth: we’re all stumbling and nobody has it figured out.

The best part about compassion is that it’s a learned trait—unlike your height or eye color—and the more we practice accepting others the sooner the easier it becomes to accept ourselves.

When this is at the forefront of our minds, we give people a chance to show up and be seen. When in doubt, the answer is compassion.

This month’s global exploration of Compassion is presented by Shutterstock. The theme was chosen by our Helsinki chapter and illustrated by Sami Viljanto.

Meet August's Speaker

It’s time to meet our August speaker Craig Black who will be taking on the theme of ‘Genius’, and of course we couldn’t wait to fire five quick questions his way ahead of his talk where his GRIST exhibition will be making another very welcome appearance.

1. What does ‘Genius’ mean to you?

To me, 'Genius’ is the ability to maximize every opportunity you have. It’s going over and above what is expected of you rather than accepting what is thought to be the norm. It’s about finding the best and most efficient ways to achieve things. It’s maximizing your resources and utilising your time to hone your craft. It’s about being creative with problem solving and finding outlets that can produce productivity. Successful creative people define goals for themselves. They are focused, passionate and persistent. They have a spirit of curiosity and a willingness to ask questions, test ideas, and try new things without the fear of failure.

2. If you could sum up Glasgow in one word what would it be?


3. What have you got in ze pipe for the rest of 2017?

I am involved in various exhibitions for the rest of this year creating typographic installations. I’ll be continuing to experiment with different mediums and build on the exciting partnership with Thirst Craft.

4. What piece of work really helped define your career so far?

This is a tough one to choose as several of my projects have created opportunities in a weird and exciting way. However, if I had to choose one, it would be my very first commission by Slick’s Barbershop, which consisted of branding work and typographic mural designs splashed across the whole shop.

5. Lastly, Tunnocks Tea Cakes or Caramel Wafers?

Tunnocks Tea Cake (but if there were any spare Caramel Wafers, I would take one of them too!!)

Catch Craig at our August CreativeMornings event at The Lighthouse (tickets live from Friday 18th August).