Greta Zabulyte is a recent graduate from UoB, who has experience working for audio and film industries. After being awarded the first class degree, she continued working at the University and worked as a freelancer audio recordist and a camera operator. Now Greta is a multi-skilled content creative at a digital media agency and is looking forward to new challenges.

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Yvonne Gold made her name back in the eighties, when her work as the resident make-up artist for Vivienne Westwood’s first eight shows and collaborations with Helmut Newton, Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Piaggi catapulted her to renown – now, her comparatively recent arrival on Instagram is revealing the triptychs that inform her work. “My only criteria are that it has to do with makeup, beauty or the body," she explains, but her selections are far more diverse that that might sound, encompassing all sorts of (sometimes unnerving) images that always deserve a second look. Yvonne will outline how she uses social media as part of her practice to explore photographic image and the vocabulary of vision.

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Lesley Hilling’s wooden sculptures are recognisable for their organic elegance and architectural construction. Longlisted for an Aesthetica Art Prize this year, each work can take up to a year to complete using only recycled materials and found objects ranging from discarded dominos to pianos and even watches. Lesley has also made film and performance art as her architectural alter-ego Joseph Boshier. Lesley’s work is sold internationally, most recently at Art Basel, and she is represented by the Knight Webb Gallery in London.

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Darren Cullen’s artwork satirises topics ranging from the insidious nature of advertising, to the culpability of the Santa lie and armed forces recruitment propaganda. In 2014 Cullen opened a shop installation called 'Pocket Money Loans' in Finsbury Park at Atom Gallery. A payday loan shop for kids, which appeared to give children an advance on their pocket money at 5000% interest. In 2015 he took the work to Banksy's Dismaland opening the shop in a portacabin next to the children's play area. In 2015, alongside Veterans for Peace UK he released a series of films called Action Man: Battlefield Casualties, part of a campaign by Veterans for Peace UK to raise the British military age of recruitment from 16 to 18. screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-22-13-26

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Abi Spendlove's work is varied in both medium and subject matter. From detailed drawings and embroideries to 'drawings' made by melting balls of inky ice on paper. She explores themes of memory, communication and entropy- often connected with the natural landscape.

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Technical Director at Neutral Digital, his work focuses on creating experiences for VR, AR, 360º videos, in-flight entertainment and interactive exhibitions.
Panellist and presenter covering new technologies and delivering immersive experiences, including Clerkenwell Design Week, the British Association for Screen Entertainment and Shoreditch Rising Minds.
In his spare time Jerome likes to tinker with Processing, OpenFrameworks, Arduino, Makey Makey, Ototo and 3D print things.

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Minna Pöllänen (b.1980) is a Finnish visual artist living and working in London. Pöllänen’s practice moves between various media including textile, photography, sculpture and installation. Her work focuses on the politics of space, act of looking, and the economic and societal structures related to Western market society.

Pöllänen holds an MA with distinction (2011) in Fine Art Photography from London College of Communication. Her work has recently been shown in Queens Museum in New York (2016) , Galerie Projet Pangéee in Montreal (2016), Gallery  HIAP Augusta in Helsinki (2016) and Shonibare Guest Projects in London (2014). Pöllänen is the recipient of various residency fellowships including Triangle Arts Association in New York (2015), HIAP in Helsinki (2015-2016) and Skaftfell Center for Art in Iceland (2014).

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Katie Johnston is a multi-disciplinary illustrator based between London and Berlin. She has an MA in Visual communication from the Royal College of Art and takes a loose approach to the subject of illustration, often partaking in projects that challenge the traditional role of image maker. Her research centres around play, science, place and pattern. Alongside her editorial work she is co-founder of Play-o-logy, a company which creates interactive installations designed to teach scientific processes. She is also a member of illustration collective ‘Day Job Studio’ with whom she exhibits regularly. Through her work as an illustrator Katie been involved in numerous collaborative projects with clients such as Peter Gabriel, Sonos, and Whitstable Biennale. katierosejohnston.com play-o-logy.com day-job.org

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Wendy Mason is the National Director of AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges), which she set up 20 years ago, with support from Arts Council England and the Crafts Council.  It now has AA2A schemes in 20 universities and colleges providing around 75 artists’ placements across the country.  The schemes provide visual artists and designer-makers with the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realize a project, using workshop and supporting facilities in fine art and design departments.  Students benefit from working alongside practicing artists who act as valuable career role models.  They also give talks about their work and experiences of self-employment as well as technical demonstrations etc. This two hour presentation (+ Q&A) will show students what it looks and feels like to be self-employed and de-mystifies the processes involved in setting up.  It will bust the myth that it’s only an option for the most self-motivated graduates and demonstrates that there’s never been a better time to go self-employed The What, Why, How, When and Where of self-employment…

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Matthew White is one of the founders of the POLYGON Project. Poligon is a collaboration between Rodrigo Solorzano/N&R FOLDINGS and Matthew White which began when meeting at the Royal College of Art. The two work primarily with metal and novel approaches to modular design. They also had a very successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised 4 times their target.

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This is a talk that will cover student & graduate employability. Richard has in depth knowledge of what employers want and expect from a candidate and how to prepare and present yourself.

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Mike is a Creative Director at BBH, one of the world's most creatively awarded and respected advertising agencies.
His long career has been far from predictable, but it demonstrates how - with determination and a desire to explore diverse creative expressions - any of us can carve out extraordinary careers.

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This talk will be hosted by Kazim Rashid, a Creative Director and Brand Strategist working within the realms of music, fashion and lifestyle with brands such as Warp Records, Red Bull, Nike, Converse and Samsung to name a few. The session will be part discussion, part practical inviting everyone in attendance to participate in a live brief focusing on developing a branding, communication and content strategy for a creative product. For those interesting in marketing, advertising, pr, content creation and communication within music, fashion and publishing industries.

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Laura El-Tantawy is an award winning photographer and author of the book "In the Shadow of the Pyramids". She is a recipient of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016.

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Roger Allen established Nonsense Design in 2004to “research and promote sustainable design, creating sophisticated spaces build with ecologically friendly materials”. His scope of work is primarily with residential spaces. For more about Nonsense Design please visit: http://www.nonsensedesign.co.uk/

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Raksha Patel's practice investigates ideas of change and renewal through a variety of art-works. These include pseudo botanical paintings that bear anthromorphic qualities, to 35mm photographic slides that were buried in pit for a year. Other work exploits the chemicals found in super 8 film through hand processing in home made devices; whereas her recent work investigates ideas of identity and place through exploring decline of the textile trade in the Midlands. This new work (paintings and drawings) experiments with the sumptuous quality of silk fabric juxtaposed against red bricked landscapes and grey skies.

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AAugust is an upcoming brand created by Emelda Mbulo and Suwilanji Katuka, graduating from Fashion Design at the University of Bedfordshire in 2015. 
“The duo who showcased a unique collection for the brand at the recent fashion week in London prides itself with its unique twist on bespoke piecesAFWL [Africa Fashion Week London] is delighted to be able to support the AAugust design team by choosing them as our Young Designer of the Year 2015 and supporting them at a London Fashion Week's off schedule showcase. We are particularly proud of Emelda Mbulo and Suwilanji Katuka as they were volunteers at AFWL 2014 and were obviously inspired by our designers then. Working hard on their dreams and achieving the recognition they deserve." - http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/fashion-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=174291.
 

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All talks start at 2.00pm and are held in UoB School of Art & Design, Advertising Studio, unless specified.