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Starting Something

A talk series bringing some of the most exciting and inspiring creatives together and discussing their journey starting something. Previous speakers include: Ryan Hughes, Nadine Monem, Matt Nation, Holly Willats, Sean Pearce and Tom Godfrey.

Holly Willats

Art Licks

Sean Pearce

Eastcheap studios

Tom Godfrey


Holly Willats is an independent curator & writer, and the Director of the arts organisation, Art Licks. Having founded Art Licks in 2010, she has since edited 22 issues of its magazine, directed five editions of its London festival (the Art Licks Weekend) and produced and curated various artist events, including those at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Institute of Contemporary Art. Last year, she carried out a curatorial residency at FLORA ars+natura in Bogotá, Colombia (funded by Arts Council England & the British Council). Holly has recently written articles for Art Monthly and ArtQuest on research in São Paulo, Brazil, and Lisbon, Portugal.

Sean Pearce is an artist based in Letchworth Garden City. Sean’s art practice varies from painting, sculpture and photography. He has recently obtained a space in the centre of town and has converted them into artist studios – Eastcheap studios. There are currently nine artists that occupy the space.
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Tom Godfrey opened his gallery TG in Nottingham in 2014 after several years operating as an artist; running project spaces; self-publishing; curating independent exhibitions and working for a range of galleries and art institutions. TGworks with artists across the globe on a range of solo & group exhibitions; screenings & events; art fairs and publications. It maintains a number of relationships with artists that manifest themselves in a longer term supportive capacity. Tom also works as the curator of the Bonington Gallery at Nottingham Trent University.

Ryan Hughes is an independent curator who has worked extensively across the West Midlands, particularly in Coventry and Warwickshire as well as having produced projects nationally and internationally. Additionally, Ryan is the Director of the Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, which launched in 2017.

Nadine Monem is a writer, editor, publisher and radio presenter. Nadine is also the founder of publisher Common Editions who ‘facilitate the production and wide distribution of art, to be as thin a membrane as possible between the aims of the artist and the hands of the public.’

Matt Nation started the Birmingham-based clothing brand Provide in 2012. ‘Provide creates products and art works inspired by the city of Birmingham. We work with a wide range of artists, designers and makers because we believe in giving independent creativity space to experiment. We take pride in unearthing talent and sharing it with new audiences.’