2022 Creative Networks Programme launches with award winning Illustrator- Chris Riddell

07 January 2022

Looking ahead into 2022, we’re keen to share with you some of the exciting events shaping up over the course of the year through our industry leading Creative Networks professional events programme.

While we have been challenged through the pandemic to get imaginative in the hybrid delivery of our Creative Networks events, there continues to be many successful industry speakers and guests lined up to inspire you whether online or in person at some stage, and they are still free of charge to all.

The talks from high profile speakers across the creative industries, are designed to entertain, challenge and inspire, and this year we are focusing our attention on our partners, collaborators and people contributing great things to the arts, creative industries and the city of Leeds, along with our alumni, students and staff.

Our first guest speaker will be award winning illustrator, writer and political cartoonist – Chris Riddell OBE.

Chris Riddell, OBE, is the creator of an extraordinary range of books which have won many illustration awards including the UNESCO Prize, the Greenaway Medal (on three occasions) and the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration. A poetry enthusiast, he has both curated and illustrated a number of poetry collections of his own as well as illustrating poetry and lyrics by a wide range of poets and musicians. Chris is also a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in the Observer, the Literary Review and the New Statesman.

Image: Chris Riddell Author Photo- Colour, Macmillan Children's Books Photo Credit.

The event will be streamed online on Thursday 3 February at 5:30pm. Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

We will be in contact prior to the event with the Zoom URL required to access the event. Please note our Creative Networks are aimed at audiences of 18 years old and over only.

Previous speakers at Creative Networks have included; Jimmy Choo OBE, designer, Kevin Cummins, rock photographer, Ian Livingstone CBE, fantasy author and entrepreneur, Clio Barnard, writer and film director, Adam Buxton, actor/comedian, Deborah Dyer OBE known as Skin, British singer, songwriter and electronic music DJ , much acclaimed for her work with popular rock band, Skunk Anansie, and now our University Chancellor. And more recently, Russell T Davies OBE, screenwriter and TV producer, most notably for Queer as Folk, Doctor Who and the recent hit TV Show It’s a Sin.

In addition to Chris Riddell OBE, we are also thrilled to announce upcoming talks from Imogen Heap, British singer, musician, songwriter and record producer, most famed for her work in band ‘Frou Frou’ and BBC former arts Editor Will Gompertz, also previous director at the Tate Gallery, where he was responsible for the award-winning Tate Online.

The series of talks are scheduled for the first quarter of the year, along with several others with more details, dates and times announced in due course. Watch this space!