Towner Eastbourne and De La Warr Pavilion combine for creative online talks

Joe Hill, director, Towner EastbourneJoe Hill, director, Towner Eastbourne
Joe Hill, director, Towner Eastbourne
Towner Eastbourne and the De La Warr Pavilion have announced a season of free online conversations from leaders in the creative industries, with speakers including Assemble, Helen Cammock, Tai Shani and Michelle Ogundehin.

Talking Loud will see local, national and international designers, architects, artists, makers, cultural leaders and more reflecting on their experiences, ethos, philosophy and ways of working.

The sessions, which are part of the South East Creatives programme, aim to support those in the creative, cultural and digital sectors by giving them the opportunity to gain insights and inspiration to help take their own business or practice forward.

The first three hour-long talks are now open for bookings.

All the sessions are free and open to all.

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Talking Loud: Interiors, trends and style expert Michelle Ogundehin, Thursday February 11,

2pm. 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 broadcaster, writer, curator and critic Corinne Julius.

Talking Loud: Artists Helen Cammock and Tai Shani, Thursday, February 18, 2pm. In this reflective online talk for those in the creative industries, Helen Cammock and Tai Shani will discuss their experiences 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, February 25, 2pm. 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.

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Joe Hill, director, Towner Eastbourne, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with the 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, added: “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.”

Talking Loud is part of South East Creatives – a development and support programme for small and medium sized businesses in the creative, cultural or digital sectors across East Sussex, Kent and Essex funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Towner Eastbourne and the De La Warr Pavilion are local hubs for the programme, promoting and hosting events and activities and showcasing creative success stories. Talking Loud is also supported by Locate East Sussex.

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

Find out more about the South East Creatives programme at