At Open Sessions, speakers share their career-defining moments and advice for getting started in a creative field. It is also an opportunity to make new connections and meet like-minded people.
In Open Session #7 we talked to artists about creating designs for music, including album covers and posters. Our panelists were artist Eva Bowan and Junior Art Director at It’s Nice That, William Knight. They explained how they got into what they do and talked about the different career pathways into artwork and design. Eva and William's presentation of selected pieces of their work was followed by drinks and an opportunity to ask questions.
Eva is a Polish-born UK based multidisciplinary artist working with Graphic Design, Photography, Sound, and Video.
Her interest lies in combining analogue and digital techniques, both in visual and sonic art, leading to exciting fusions of organic textures with digital elements and glitch. In her work, she explores the themes of escapism, abandonment, and spirituality in nature.
Her clients include: Sony Music Entertainment, BMG, Metal Blade Records, Tru Thoughts Records, Rise Records, Vice, DIY Magazine, Lovers & Lollypops, TripTik Management, Small Pond Recordings, SIREN, and Fujiya&Miyagi.
Will is a London-based Art Director and Designer. After graduating in Graphic Design from The University of Brighton Will worked as a freelance designer before joining It’s Nice That – a multi-media company which champions the most exciting and engaging work online, in-print (with their bi-annual magazine Printed Pages) and through their regular events programme. As well as his role at It’s Nice That, Will also continues to work as a freelance creative for a range of brands and musicians including working closely on the global visual campaign for Norwegian artist, Sigrid (recently named BBC Music’s Sound of 2018).
ABOUT Lighthouse Young Creatives (FKA Viral)
Formally Viral, now Lighthouse Young Creatives, is a project for 16-25 year olds who want to work in the creative and digital industries, but who don’t have the opportunities, facilities and connections they need. The project is for young people from diverse backgrounds, including those not in work or training.
Over six months the young people receive production training, business development, mentoring, showcasing opportunities and peer-to-peer support. The project focuses on a range of disciplines including music, film, photography and design.
Viral Open Sessions are presented by Lighthouse with support from Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and are part of the Viral programme.