Zealous X Creative Industry Talks - “Grow”

Jan 11 2016 10:30 - 17:00

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA London


The UK's creative industries are world leaders. Explore our national achievements, challenges and future plans to guarantee creativity can flourish in an increasingly competitive market.

By purchasing a ticket you are directly supporting creators. 51% of the price of your ticket goes directly to the 100+ creatives showcased during the festival.

Speakers are being confirmed as you read, check http://x.zealous.co/speakers for breaking news on those sharing their insights at Zealous X.


Day Schedule

10:55 - The Road to Empowerment - Panel

How does the UK best support its creative class? We shine a light on the work being done to sustain and elevate our sector, and unlock wealth for ourselves and our economy.

Host: John Kampfner (CEO, Creative Industries Federation), Panellists: Sir Peter Bazalgette (Chair, Arts Council England), Caroline Norbury (MBE CEO, Creative England), Paul Owens (CEO, BOP)

12:10 - Funding Creative Growth - Panel

Funding is the life blood of creativity. With less of it available in the public domain, how can we structure ourselves better to access it, get more "bang for our buck" and push towards a self-sustaining creative economy.

Host: Susan Jones (Director, Padwick and Jones), Panellists: Dr. Martin Smith (Special adviser to the CEO, Ingenious), David Fisher (Investment Director, Edge), Sarah Thirtle (Head of Business Lending Programmes, Creative United)

14:00 - Urban Canvas - Keynote

Empty spaces are a perfect canvas for the imagination and key to regenerating our high streets. Discover a project which has challenged our views of our environment and created value where once there was none.

Speaker: Richard DeDominici (Artist)

14:35 - 15:30 - Making Space - Panel

The spaces we inhabit impact our creativity. Can we build the perfect eco-systems to create and what do they depend on? From co-working to city planning we explore the way creativity can be amplified through the places we inhabit.

Host: Nick Ewbank (
Founder, Nick Ewbank Associates), Panellists: Ksenia Zemtsova (Partnerships & Strategy, Unlimited Productions), Rebecca Ross (Design Course Leader, Central Saint Martins), Kirsten Dunne (Sr. Cultural Strategy Officer, Greater London Authority)

15:40 - 16:10 - Future of Creativity - Fireside Chat

We are currently in talks with a speaker to share their successes, the challenges they have faced and their vision of the future. Check http://x.zealous.co/speakers for breaking news on confirmed speakers. In the meantime get a good deal on a ticket now.

Speaker: Tristan Sharps (Artistic Director, dream:think:speak)


For more inspiring talks part of our 10 days programme:

Grow (11th of January)
Join industry leaders in discussing the creative economy, empowerment for arts, funding and making space for creating in our cities. More info

Evolve (12th of January)
Discover what future technologies can do to access new audiences in completely novel ways and challenge the creativity of tomorrow. More info

Engage (13th of January)
Explore novel ways of story telling, be inspired by projects that challenge current narratives and push the boundaries of your relationship with your audience. More info

Challenge (14th of January)
Discuss how creativity challenges the norm, tells richer stories, unlocks our cities and allows for alternative ways of making money. More info

Learn (15th of January)
Empower yourself to learn through alternative methods, create opportunity through collaboration and unlock creative opportunities across industries. More info


“Grow” is part of the Zealous X festival; unleashing creativity over 10 days at Rich Mix. Come and experience creativity like never before, discuss the industry alongside leaders, learn new skills, listen to great music, discover inspiring performances, all that's now missing is you.

Zealous X is brought to you by Zealous, an online platform matching creative talent with jobs, projects, festivals and more. Find out more

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