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Creative Careers Day
Thursday 4 December, 9am-4.30pm
Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School 
352 Commercial Road, London, E1 0LB

Creative Careers Day is a chance to meet artists, architects, designers and other award winning creative professionals to hear about the jobs they do and how they got to where they are today. Organised by Chisenhale Gallery and Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School, this is an exciting opportunity to find out about creative careers and get inspired.

This Creative Careers Day with Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School has been developed through our ongoing partnership with the school and is organised as a direct result of the feedback and enthusiasm of the teachers, artists and students we have been working with through Chisenhale’s Offsite and Education Programme. This event follows a successful pilot careers day held at the School in 2011 during A Sense of Place, our exchange programme for three secondary schools in Tower Hamlets.

Speakers include Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura, NTS Radio; Razia Begum, Project Assistant, Create; Louise Barnell, Producer, Create Jobs London; Duncan Brown, Co-Director, Outtakes Film Communications; Alessandro Ceccato, Exhibition Designer, Nimlok; Calle Enström, Designer, Wolff Olins; Martino Gamper, Designer; Vikki Jessop, Museum and Gallery Technician; Asif Khan, Architect; Leslie Kulesh, Artist; Chrissie MacDonald and Andrew Rae, Ilustrators, Peepshow Collective; Jon Nash, Software Developer; Harold Offeh, Artist; and Alice Rawsthorn, Design Critic and Author.

Reiss Umunna from Chisenhale Gallery's Propeller group will introduce and screen their new online interactive film, titled Propeller and the Pale Fox, which explores their responses to Camille Henrot’s exhibition The Pale Fox at Chisenhale Gallery. The film was created in collaboration with Outtakes Film Communications, using DAz interactive technology. Click here for more information and to view the film.

Propeller is Chisenhale Gallery’s programme for young people who have an interest in art, enjoy learning about creative career opportunities, vocational workshops, networking and making new friends.

Speaker biographies

Asif Khan, Architect
Asif Khan (born in South London; lives and works in East London) studied architecture at The Bartlett School, University College London, where he won the Donaldson medal. Asif’s London-based architecture office (established 2007) works across the fields of architecture, urban design and industrial design. Asif has been awarded the Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Innovation (2014) and Designer of the Future (2011) by Design Miami. The studio has recently completed projects for the Light in Winter Festival 2014, Melbourne and Parhelia for Swarovski at Design Miami. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, Asif created Coca-Cola’s Beatbox pavilion in the Olympic Park. In 2010 Asif was the first architect to be chosen for the Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum London.

Vikki Jessop, Museum Assistant, British Museum and Gallery Technician, Photographers’ Gallery
Vikki Jessop (born in Stourbridge; lives and works in London) currently works in the Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum, and as a Gallery Technician at The Photographers’ Gallery. After finishing her A-Levels, Vikki’s career in the arts began by volunteering in galleries and museums across Birmingham and Liverpool, she then undertook an apprenticeship at Ikon, Birmingham. Following this she moved to London to work at Whitechapel Gallery on Rachel Whiteread’s site-specific commission for the building. Following this year-long role, Vikki worked at the V&A in their Technical Services team and at Whitechapel Gallery as Duty Manager in their Operations Department. Within a year of being at the V&A, Vikki started freelancing as a technician across other art galleries, and through this broad range of experience she became Head Technician for Disobedient Objects, which opened at the V&A earlier this year.

Alessandro Ceccato, Exhibition Designer, Nimlok
Alessandro Ceccato (born in Asolo, Italy; lives and works in London) is an Exhibition Designer at Nimlok, a global solutions provider for the exhibition stand and display industry. He uses a wide range of computer software including Vectorworks 2013 and Artlantis Studio. Alessandro studied as a Mechanical Technician in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy and  gained an ABC Diploma in Interior design from London College of Communication in 2010.

Martino Gamper, Designer
Martino Gamper (born in Merano, Italy; lives and works in London) started as an apprentice with a furniture maker in Merano and went on to study sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna under Michelangelo Pistoletto, followed by an MA at the Royal College of Art, London, where he studied under Ron Arad. Working across design and art venues, Martino engages in a variety of projects, from exhibition design, interior design, one-off commissions and the design of mass-produced products for the cutting edge of the international furniture industry. He has presented his works and projects internationally, selected exhibitions and commissions include: Design is a State of Mind, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London; Period Room, Palais De Tokyo, Paris (both 2014); Tu casa, mi casa, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2013); Bench Years, London Design Festival commission, V&A Museum, London (2012); 100 chairs in 100 Days, 5 Cromwell Place, London (2007). Martino was the recipient of the Moroso Award for Contemporary Art in 2011, and the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year, Furniture Award in 2008.

Alice Rawsthorn, Design Critic and Author
Alice Rawsthorn (born in Manchester; lives and works in London) writes about design in the International New York Times, which simultaneously publishes her columns worldwide. She is also a columnist for frieze magazine, and the author of the critically acclaimed book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, which explores design’s influence on our lives: past, present and future. Alice is a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and the contemporary dance group Michael Clark Company, as well as chair of trustees at the Chisenhale Gallery in London. She was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to design and the arts.

Harold Offeh, Artist
Harold Offeh (born in Accra, Ghana; lives in Cambridge, works in London and Leeds) is an artist that works in a range of media including performance, video and photography. Harold often employs humour in order to question aspects of everyday culture. He studied at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, London. He has exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally. He is a senior lecturer in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University. Recent projects include: Transporter, Art On The Underground Commission, London, UK and The Shadows Took Shape, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, USA (both 2013-14). He is currently working on Radiocity, a season of participatory radio, sound art, performance and broadcast at Tate Britain, with Marion Harrison and Tate’s Early Years and Family Team.

Calle Enström, Designer, Wolff Olins
Calle Enström (born in Stockholm, Sweden; lives and works in London) is a Designer working at the brand agency Wolff Olins. Enström studied Interactive Art Directing at Hyper Island, Stockholm in 2014. Before that he worked with Happy Forsoman & Bodenfors as a Design Director. He has seven years of experience in the design industry.

Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura, NTS Radio
Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura (born in Freetown, Sierra Leone; lives in London) is the UK & EU Production Coordinator at NTS, an independent online radio station based in Dalston. She studied English Literature and Language at the University of Leeds, MA Postcolonial Literature at Stockholm University, Sweden and studied Scandinavian film and television history at the Swedish Film Institute. She has written for online magazines including Truants and Dazed Digital. Tabitha initially managed NTS’s editorial presence before moving on to nationwide and European programming and broadcasting projects. She has also worked at underground music institutions Plastic People and the Hydra, and recently co-ordinated a weekend-long multi-venue music festival across Dalston in aid of Oxfam.

Leslie Kulesh, Artist
Leslie Kulesh (born in Lake Forest, IL USA; lives and works in London) is an artist who produces performance and sculpture. She is currently an Open School East 2014-15 Associate. Her most recent project T.A.G. (Temporary Autonomous Girl) is a capsule collection of garments that protect the wearer from electromagnetic frequencies. Recently, Leslie presented her work at The Conch: A Forum for Critical Discussion at South London Gallery in October 2014. She had a solo show, Oh My Goddess, at French Riviera in 2012.

Chrissie Macdonald & Andrew Rae, Illustrators, Peepshow Collective Andrew Rae (born in Bath; lives and works in London) is an illustrator who has worked with clients including Nobrow, Laurence King Publishing, The New York Times, The Guardian, TED Med, Le Monde, TIME magazine and Byron Burger. Chrissie Macdonald (born in Surrey; lives and works in London) creates three-dimensional illustrations which are photographed for use in editorial, design, publishing and advertising commissions. Clients include the V&A, Orange, The New York Times Magazine, Creative Review, Newsweek, The Guardian and Somerset House. Chrissie also regularly exhibits her 3D pieces as part of her personal art practice. Andrew and Chrissie are co-founders of the multi-disciplinary group Peepshow Collective and collaborate with the other members on exhibition, installation and animation projects.

Razia Begum, Project Assistant, Create
Razia Begum (born in Birmingham; lives and works in London) studied BA (Hons) Photography at Blackpool & The Fylde college, part of Lancaster University. She received a Heritage Lottery Fund traineeship in the Education department at Whitechapel Gallery during 2012, before working at Chisenhale Gallery and the Roundhouse. She is currently Projects Assistant at Create London.

Jon Nash, Software Developer 
Jon Nash (born in Bath; lives and works Los Angeles, California) is the founder of Mainstream, a technology company developing social video applications. Prior to this he founded Slight, a proximity messaging service. Jon spoke at the 2012 Digital Life Design conference in Munich and chaired a panel during the 2012 Marrakech Biennial. His work has been covered in Wired, The Verge, TechCrunch, 032c, The Financial Times and iD Magazine. Jon studied photography at London College of Communication.
Twitter: @jonjnash

Duncan Brown, Outtakes Film Communications Ltd
Duncan Brown (born in Ely, Cambridgeshire; lives and works in London) co-founded Outtakes, a producer and distributor of training films, in 1994. Outtakes have created films for clients including The Bank of England, Transport for London, John Lewis, Tesco and BT. Outtakes has undertaken creative collaborations with Propeller youth forum at Chisenhale Gallery, the RSC and the National Trust. Brown started his career in magazine publishing and went on to be the publisher of New Scientist. He studied History at Sheffield University 1977-80.

Reiss Akuwudike Umunna, Propeller member
Reiss Akuwudike Umunna (born in London; lives and works in London) is a Creative Media Production student and one of the founding members of Propeller, Chisenhale Gallery’s young people’s group. He was a student at Bishop Challoner School. Earlier this year he appeared in a short film by ANP Media called Jesters Luck as Jackson. In 2010 he was an assistant to the Director, Shane Davey, on the set of Bring Me The Horizon’s Anthem. He writes lyrics and uses spoken word as a form of expression.

Lou Barnell, Producer, Create Jobs
Lou Barnell is a Producer at Create Jobs and is also a Singer, Producer and Performer. Create Jobs provides new routes into the arts and creative industries for young people living in Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. They provide opportunities in the form of work placements, mentoring, apprenticeships and paid internships with companies such as Whitechapel Gallery, Margaret_ and Urban Development. Create Jobs also delivers the Creativity Fashion: Works programme.

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