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?

Vibes.


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?

wet-but-beaut

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? 

 Heart.

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, WordPress.com, 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 glasgow@creativemornings.com 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?

Vibrant.

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). 

A huge thank you to everyone who made it down to our July event at Glasgow Women’s Library and the pics are all up for your viewing pleasure over on our Flickr.

Meet July’s Speaker

Heading up the ‘In Her Shoes’ project at Glasgow Women’s Library, Rachel Thain-Gray is a woman out to fight for equal rights for women in culture, creativity and society. A mission that resonates with all who value equal and fair access for all, we took some time out to fire five quick questions Rachel’s way ahead of what’s sure to be a pretty awesome talk this month.

1. What does equality mean to you?
Everything!! It’s my raison d'être because it’s the right thing to fight for - now more than ever!

2. What have you got in ze pipeline for 2017?
During 2017 we’ll be further developing and delivering our innovative ‘Equality in Progress’ training programme for cultural organisations. It builds on GWL’s feminist activist approach and we’ll be developing qualitative evidence that positions women with protected characteristics as experts and problem solvers by supporting them to critically analyse cultural access.

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

4. What value can creativity or the creative process add to equality?
A creative feminist approach challenges the ‘passive, paternalistic benevolence’ of the cultural offer to communities and the hierarchy of knowledge and expertise. This places women at the centre of interventions to positively influence the usefulness and relevance of museum in their lives.

5. Lastly Tunnocks Teacakes or Caramel Wafers?
Caramel Wafers! Lovely, chocolaty, chewy! Yum.

Set your reminders and join us on Friday 28th July as Rachel shares a culturally rich talk on equality.

Proudly Presenting Equality & Adobe

We imagine a world where we’re seen and heard, respected and valued, not for our appearance and privilege, but for our work and character. A world where anyone, anywhere, has equal access to opportunities and resources to become the person they dream about. The formula for equality is a work in progress, and this work is not done from the few with power but rather through the power of community.

Equality is harmony. Harmony isn’t achieved through one instrument; it’s a collaboration, a symphony of sounds that adds richness and texture to the bigger picture. The pursuit of equality is a long-term game, an unraveling of outdated processes that no longer serves the future we imagine or deserve.

This month’s global exploration of Equality is chosen by our Johannesburg chapter, illustrated by Katt Phatlane, and presented by… Adobe! Yes, you read that correctly.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re partnering with Adobe to stretch our collective mission in connecting and empowering creative communities around the world.  

With Adobe’s indispensable tools and decades of experience in enabling creatives to bring their ideas to life, along with CreativeMornings’ unwavering commitment to unite and inspire cities with face-to-face connections, we’re honored to be partnering with another company that is eager to champion the future of creativity and add fuel to the engine of generosity. Read more about it!

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