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Your January 2022 Guide

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Kick off your January with the best in events across creative, digital and tech industries!

We’ve rounded up all the latest in networking, career development, short courses across the creative industries to help you level up. Whether you’re looking for some remote-upskilling or a network event to help connect you with industry professionals, we’ve got them all.


A beginner’s guide to digital photography with David Levene

8th January, 14:00 - 17:00 – Online

Whether you’re hoping a new camera lands in your stocking this year, or you’ve decided 2022 is the year you try something new, this masterclass is a perfect beginner’s guide to dazzling photography.

Award-winning Guardian photographer David will begin by introducing you to the manual settings of a digital SLR camera, you will then explore how to make use of light, exposure, and depth of field. You’ll learn how to capture motion in your images, the importance of selecting the right lens, and what you need to know about aperture and shutter speed.


Lunch and Learn: How to create a highly effective landing page

11th January, 12:00 - 12:30 – Online

Are you a marketer in the making? In this free 30 minute business.connected Lunch and Learn workshop, digital expert Emma Goode will offer key insights into how you can create a highly effective landing page to help convert visitors to your site into leads.


Kickstart Your Career in Design

11th January, 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Online

BrainStation's 'Kickstart Your Career in Design' series is focused on exploring what it takes to start your career as a UX designer, UI designer, or Product Designer. This hour-long event is led by an industry leader in design, who will guide you through the fundamentals of design, industry trends and case studies that illuminate how the world's most successful companies are leveraging design to create exceptional experiences.


Let's get clear on your socials: Social Media Masterclass 

11th January, 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Online

Join Underpinned to learn all about how you can up your game on social media to nurture engaging, purpose-led content that leads to big conversion results with social media expert Jess Bruno. You'll learn how to identify your niche, what 'content pillars' are and how to use them to create a winning content strategy.


Find Your Career Goals – Workshop

12th January, 09:00 - 10:00 - Online

Join Google for a 60-minute session to explore what matters to you in your job. Try different exercises inspired by the Ikagi technique to help you identify what you enjoy doing, what you are good at, and what other people value.

In this session, you can expect to learn about
 the ingredients to feeling fulfilled at work,
ways to identify what matters to you in your job and how to set goals and routes to becoming more fulfilled.


How to find a mentor (& maintain the relationship!) 

12th January, 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Online

No matter your level, getting feedback and words of wisdom from a mentor is always a good shout – often providing invaluable insights, advice and contacts. Come join The Dots’ founder Pip as she shares her top tips on finding mentors, including using The Dots to get in front of some of the best in the business!


Art Unlocked: Exploring the work of Black Outdoor Art 

12th January, 5:30pm - 6:00pm - Online

Art Unlocked is a new online event series by Art UK in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. Each week, different museum and gallery curators and directors from across the UK will deliver a 30-minute talk on selected works from their collection.

For their latest talk, join Art UK and Greg Bunbury, Curator of Black Outdoor Art, for an exciting exploration of some notable works from the collection of artwork created by the Black British creative community, from artists and designers, to illustrators, around themes of racism, equality, empowerment, and our lived experience here in the UK.


Creative Industry Talks: Pocko Agency & Paul Bower 

13th January, 10:30am - 12:00pm – Online

In conversation with Pocko Agent & Creative Producer Paige Collins, join for an in-depth industry talk on the story of Pocko and how their agency operate. We will also be joined by illustrator Paul Bower from the Pocko roster who will discuss a recent project with Pocko, alongisde sharing his own illustration journey!

Pocko is a creative content and talent agency with over 20 years of experience, specialising in producing content and providing services for the art, culture and communication fields. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to find out more about how illustration agencies work and understand more about production and the ins and outs of the client-agency-illustrator relationship.


Kickstart Your Career in Product with Michael Ayoola, Director of Product Management at The New York Times

13th January, 5:00pm - 6:00pm – Online

BrainStation's 'Kickstart Your Career in Product' series is focused on exploring what it takes to start your career as a Product Manager or Product Owner. This time, they are bringing an hour-long event is led by an industry leader in product, who will guide you through the fundamentals of product management, industry trends and case studies on how the world's most successful companies develop game-changing products.


TPG Portfolio Reviews 

18th January, 10:00am - 6:00pm – Online

From emerging through to established photographers, get your work reviewed for helpful and constructive feedback. These 20-minute, one-to-one sessions take place online and are an opportunity to share practice and receive feedback on a specific project or on your photography work more generally with The Photographer Gallery Staff.


You Coach You x Squiggly Careers Live: How to coach yourself workshop

19th January, 7:30pm - 8:45pm - Online

Join You Coach You for this unique live event with bestselling authors Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis from the UK’s no.1 careers podcast, Squiggly Careers.

In this interactive event, the UK's leading career experts Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper will help you to increase your self-awareness and take action with your development. Drawing on the themes of their latest book You Coach You, they will share the knowledge and know how you need to become your own best career coach, whether you’re trying to get unstuck, solve a difficult dilemma or discover a new direction.


Pep Talk: AR artist at Meta, Viv Galinari

19th January, 1:00pm - 1:45pm – Online

Creative Lives in Progress back for our first Pep Talk of 2022, with AR artist at Meta, Viv Galinari, at 1 pm on Instagram Live! Tune in as Viv talks about the journey from business graduate to AR artist, making a career change and working in tech. After graduating in 2004, Viv starting out in the marketing and membership management team at D&AD. But it was while getting her BSc in Business and Innovation at Birkbeck University – and after years of believing that coding was a skill suited only for men – that Viv decided that it was time to learn the skill for herself.

So with little resources and unable to do a costly bootcamp, she taught herself code. It paid off when Viv landed a role as has a software developer, creating custom web apps for the BBC, while continuing to experiment in the world of social AR.

A great believer in the potential of self-teaching, Viv will be ready to answer all your questions later this month, so set a reminder for 1pm on January 19th, and join us as she talks about working in AR and making a career change.


GoodBadMadness: A Festival Of New Creative Talent 

23rd January, 10:00am - 9:00pm, The Clapham Grand

A festival of new, creative talent: what GOODBADMADNESS is all about!

The entertainment industry is a difficult beast to conquer at the best of times. But during and post-pandemic, it's a whole other game. Creative grads across the country have missed out on their showcasing opportunities, which usually connect them with established industry professionals. GOODBADMADNESS is here to provide opportunity, inspiration, and resources to help the young creative generation.

You can expect: Panels, Performances, Mentoring 1-1 sessions, Talks, Stalls/Pop-ups and more!


It’s Nice That Presents: Nicer Tuesdays Creative Event 

25th January, 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Online

Kicking off 2022 with a bang, It’s Nice That is bringing back its elusive and exciting creative events with January’s Nicer Tuesdays taking place online. Wherever you are in the world, tune into the first creative talk of the year from 6 pm GMT where you’ll hear from renowned graphic designer Alex Hunting as well as London-based illustrator Naomi Anderson-Subryan.

Gaining insight into two very different but equally brilliant creative practices, we’ll first hear from Naomi who will deliver a ten-minute talk on her crafty illustration practice. She’ll tell us about her inspirations and processes, sharing insights from her humorous works which span joyful ceramic characters, collages and editorial illustrations. Next, we’ll hear from Alex Hunting, the founding designer of Alex Hunting Studio, who will discuss the ins and outs of Kinfolk’s redesign as well as a new offshoot for children, Kindling, in a 25-minute Q&A with our editor-in-chief Matt Alagiah.


Advertising Association - Renew 2022: Meeting advertising's challenges 

27th January, 8:30am - 1:30pm - Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, London

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries MP will make her debut speech to the industry as it navigates another year of policy challenges and post-pandemic recovery.

Each association’s President – Alessandra Bellini (Advertising Association), Julian Douglas (IPA), and Peter Duffy (ISBA) – will be speaking at the conference alongside a stellar line-up of leaders from across the advertising and political landscape. With a guest list consisting of the combined members and wider networks of the three organisations, RENEW offers a unique opportunity to meet senior representatives across the breadth of the advertising ecosystem.