A Year of Zealous Meetups

A Year of Zealous Meetups


6 meetups. 2 venues. 17 panellists. 300 attendees.

Thank you to the creatives and organisations who made such inspiring evenings possible. From the importance of creative collaboration to the future of exhibiting art, let’s look back at our 2017 Zealous Meetups and rediscover the lessons learned, the people met, and the collaborations forged.

See you in 2018!

Creative Collaborations

Nearly 100 of us gathered in Waterstones for drinks, laughs, story-sharing and a brilliant panel of collaborative creative professionals who cannot be stopped by funding, freak-outs, or other people’s parameters.

Our panel – one filmmaker, one choreographer, and one painter (all of whom collaborated on a short film after meeting at Zealous X) – imbued a determination and transparency in us all, confessing the importance of failure, their weirdest gigs, and why friend-making matters.

Diversity in Creativity

We celebrated an evening of cross-disciplinary connections, happy chatter, and a lesson in why creativity matters. Discussing life, liberty, and the pursuit of funding, we learned how to balance plans and research with the process of actually making art.

Overall, the event was fuelled by advocacy and a shared determination to make statements that improve the world around us (and, of course, beer. And breadsticks).

Diversity in Creativity

We celebrated an evening of cross-disciplinary connections, happy chatter, and a lesson in why creativity matters. Discussing life, liberty, and the pursuit of funding, we learned how to balance plans and research with the process of actually making art.

Overall, the event was fuelled by advocacy and a shared determination to make statements that improve the world around us (and, of course, beer. And breadsticks).

The Evolution of Interactive Art

We heard unique stories from Aphra Shemza (media artist), Maria Almena (multimedia artist, Kimatica Studio), and Tim Murray-Browne (creative coder and sound artist).

They discussed how to define interactive creative experiences. From tech-based installations and sustainability to neural-network-based learning systems and hallucinations to light therapy that achieves lucid dreams and altered consciousness, you’ll want to check this out.

The Value of Supporting Emerging Artists

The evening revolved around fantastic speakers from Crafty Fox, Border Crossings, Craft Potters Association and Mill Co. Project.

We learned a lot about the way people think artists think. We learned that makers spend only 20% of their time making things. We learned how to band together and ensure that London stays creative. And that’s not all…

The Value of Supporting Emerging Artists

The evening revolved around fantastic speakers from Crafty Fox, Border Crossings, Craft Potters Association and Mill Co. Project.

We learned a lot about the way people think artists think. We learned that makers spend only 20% of their time making things. We learned how to band together and ensure that London stays creative. And that’s not all…

A Curator's View

The lovely folk at Cass Art welcomed us into their Islington store with open arms for our latest Zealous Meetup! We all left feeling inspired and with a new-found energy to get out there and make our creative mark on the world.

Our panellists, Sally Shaw (Director, Firstsite) and Tina Ziegler (Director, Moniker Art Fair) offered a wealth of insights on their experiences as curators. With some hard work and lots of research, you don’t really need as many resources as you might think to get noticed. Money will follow energy, enthusiasm and great ideas.

The Future of Exhibiting Art

From synagogue basements and the Sea Life Aquarium to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, Philippine Nguyen (co-founder, Art Night) recounted stories of finding unconventional venues for the festival.

With over 150 studios across 8 spaces, arebyte has really grown in the last 6 months. Rebecca Edwards (curator, arebyte) shared her hopes for how they want to get a community going in an area that was previously lacking.

The Future of Exhibiting Art

From synagogue basements and the Sea Life Aquarium to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, Philippine Nguyen (co-founder, Art Night) recounted stories of finding unconventional venues for the festival.

With over 150 studios across 8 spaces, arebyte has really grown in the last 6 months. Rebecca Edwards (curator, arebyte) shared her hopes for how they want to get a community going in an area that was previously lacking.

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