Talking Loud is a series of free online talks aimed at people currently working in the creative industries in the South East and presented by both the De La Warr Pavilion and Towner Eastbourne. The idea of the talks is to give creative businesses an opportunity to gain insight and inspiration from industry leaders. 

In these sessions, local, national and international artists, designers, architects, and makers reflect on their experiences, ethos and ways of working, offering creatives insight and inspiration to help take their own business or practice forward.

The initiative is part of South East Creatives, a development and support programme for the creative, cultural and digital sectors in East Sussex, Kent and Essex funded by the European Regional Development Fund for which The De La Warr Pavilion and Towner Eastbourne are local hubs. Talking Loud is also supported by Locate East Sussex.


Topics will include maintaining an artistic practice during the pandemic and making the most of opportunities across creative disciplines, plus wellbeing and resilience for creative businesses in the current climate.

The first talk on 11th February will be renowned interiorsand style writer and TV presenter Michelle Ogundehin. She will discuss her career and practice with writer, curator and critic Corinne Julius and will give an insight into her philosophy on the link between our homes and our wellbeing.

Helen Cammock and Tai Shani – joint winners of the Turner Prize in 2019 with Oscar Murillo and Laurence Abu Hamdan – will be in conversation on 25th February, discussing their experiences as visual artists, including developing and maintaining their practice in the current climate and activating collaborations with, and supporting, peer networks.

Helen Cammock works across film, photography, print, text and performance. Central to her practice is the voice: the uncovering of marginalised voices within history, the question of who speaks on
behalf of whom and on what terms. Tai Shani works in a multidisciplinary practice: performance, film, photography and installation, and she uses experimental narrative texts to explore forgotten histories and stories.

On Thursday 25th February, there will be an online lecture and Q&A with Giles Smith,  founding member of Assemble, a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Giles will give an insight into the origins, ethos and evolution of Assemble, including their ongoing Sugarhouse Studios Project, which provides affordable creative workspace in Bermondsey. Giles will give his perspective on the impact of the pandemic. and how businesses can adapt and build resilience for the future.

Access the talks by going to the gallery Events, or What’s on,

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