The Value of Supporting Emerging Talent

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For the next installation in our Meetup Series, we’ll be joined by Founder of Crafty Fox Market Sinead Koehler, Business Manager of the Craft Potters Association Toby Brundin, Artistic Director at Border Crossings Michael Walling, and Founder of Green Rooms Hotel Nick Hartwright. We’ll look at the value of recognising emerging creatives, and different approaches used to source and nurture local, budding artists.

I had a wonderful time. It was lovely meeting so many creatives and learning about new ventures. Haffeera Cader – Artist

Sinead Koehler started Crafty Fox Market in 2010. The Markets take place seasonally across London and beyond, showcasing a curated selection of contemporary crafted sellers. With a background in event management and a side-line in handmade jewellery, Sinead wanted to shake up the traditional craft fair and provide opportunities for independent makers. The ethos of Crafty Fox is to support and promote designer-makers by connecting them with customers. They also host regular events and run shopping directory website, Shopping With Soul.

Toby Brundin is Business Manager at the Craft Potters Association, formed in 1958 to increase public awareness of contemporary studio pottery. The CPA launched Ceramic Review Magazine and in 2010, they opened the Contemporary Ceramic Centre with a dedicated gallery space for a changing programme of the very best artist potters and ceramic artists. A member of the International Academy of Ceramics, the CPA has over 300 selected, fellow and honorary members across the UK and Ireland.

The community you are creating is making all of us stronger, through collaborations and supporting each other with our different strengths. Adeline Rozario – Artist

Michael Walling founded Border Crossings in 1995. They create intercultural theatre which tackles difficult issues and challenges prejudices by providing engagement and education opportunities to marginalised communities. Michael has directed the bulk of Border Crossings’ productions. He also directed the English National Opera’s workshop productions of Wagner’s Ring (Coliseum, Barbican). He was Associate Director to Peter Sellars on Nixon in China and to Phyllida Lloyd on The Handmaid’s Tale.

Nick Hartwright is one of London’s leading social entrepreneurs. As a place-maker, he is involved in a number of exciting regeneration projects, working with major property developers and playing a key role in transforming vacant buildings into vibrant workspace and commerical centres. Nick is the founder of the UK’s first arts hotel, Green Rooms and is co-founder of The Mill Co Project, a social enterprise that provides work and project spaces at competitive rates for artists and small creative companies.

I am so glad I was a part of such a beautiful evening! It was really lovely and I met interesting people. Antonios Noxis – Illustrator

We encourage interaction between all attendees so the Meetup is a great opportunity to meet fellow artists from all disciplines.

Some free drinks and light refreshments will also be available


Nick Hartwright is one of London’s leading social entrepreneurs

Sinead Koehler started Crafty Fox Market in 2010

Toby Brundin is Business Manager at the Craft Potters Association

Michael Walling founded Border Crossings in 1995


Thu, 13 Jul 2017
17:30 - 20:30


Waterstones, 19-21 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 1BJ,

Waterstones, 19-21 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 1BJ



Guy Armitage

CEO, Zealous

Founder and CEO of Zealous; a London-based startup matching creative talent with opportunities.

Guy has been published in Forbes and Metro, where he has advocated the importance of creativity in the UK economy. As well as speaking at TEDx, CreativeXPO and various UK universities, Guy also hosts panel talks covering key subjects such as the value of creativity, IP and copyright, attitudes to the digital landscape, PR and Marketing, Women in creativity and branding for artists.

In his spare time Guy takes stills photography (more notably for film/travel), won the Tate Modern Hackathon in partnership with Ai WeiWei, has written and directed a short film entitled Tech Support, and has featured (for 6 seconds) in a horror film Guy is a self-taught UI designer, an avid GWT/GAE and Java developer, as well as a supporter of the importance of creativity and code in schools.

Prior to Zealous, Guy co-founded Bright Creations, an IT Contracting Company in Cairo in 2006 after having fed his passion for finance by heading the quarterly FTSE reviews and streamlining processes for his team at the London Stock Exchange.

Guy has a first in MSc in Artificial Intelligence from Kings College London.

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