Isolation to Innovation

This masterclass series aims to inspire artists from all walks of life to start rebuilding what has been lost – and transform isolation into innovation.

Over the past few months, the world has gone through immense changes in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. With lockdowns enforced on a local, national and international level, the loss of over half a million lives due to the pandemic has been followed closely by the loss of livelihoods for millions of people – most notably in the hospitality, tourism, cultural and creative industries.

We’re responding to this by staging the Isolation to Innovation Masterclass series on August 12th, 2020.

This will coincide with International Youth Day and tie in with UNESCO #ResiliArt movement.

Realising the current state of despair and confusion, this masterclass series aims to inspire artists from all walks of life to start rebuilding over what has been lost and therefore transform isolation into innovation.

We aim to achieve this by providing five one-hour masterclasses – each curated by a creative peer mentor in the following formats:

* 20-minute theoretical session. This will provide tangible knowledge that creatives can apply to their critical-thinking and development processes.

* 40-minute practical guided session. Inspiring workshops that will help creatives apply the acquired theory into practical, creative action.

This masterclass series will use art as a tool for expressing, communicating and documenting the experiences of emerging creatives during the global COVID-19 crisis, while equipping artists with hands-on ability to effectively plan for their future careers.

How do I sign up?

The Isolation to Innovation Masterclass series includes five workshops, each led by a different peer mentor. Find out more about each session and sign up by following the links.
(N.B. Times are shown in British Standard Time. For France +1 hour and for Kenya +2 hours.)


1. COURAGE with Iris Ordean

Time: 09.30-10.30
Iris will share insight guiding participants into reclaiming their self-confidence, trust and, ultimately, the courage to conquer the illusive mental demons that are detaining young minds from creativity and progress, together.
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2. ORGANISING with Taiwo Ogunyinka

Time: 11.00-12.00

In this session we will discuss how art and activism have been innovative in organising through times of disruption and change.


3. VISION with Steve Clarkson

Time: 12.00-13.00

Steve will discuss how creatives can stay positive, connected and innovative during lockdown, before demonstrating how to be inspired by everyday items in your home.

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4. INTELLIGENCE with Gakuru Mutana

Time: 13.00-14.00
Get ready to learn how to leverage industry insight, digital tools and local and international financing options as you reinvent your career around the next normal.



5. DEMONETISATION with Queen Hephzibah

Time: 14.00-15.00

Discover how to value presently available assets and ways to connect them to the needs within your professional networks, to help support your growth.



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