Creatives function best with a constant stream of inspiration; this helps us come up with interesting new ideas. Networking is a big part of this, as it exposes us to people with different points of view that cause us to reevaluate things and, hopefully, spark a fresh approach to our own work. A different set of eyes could be the very thing that ultimately sets your concepts apart from the rest.
So with all of this in mind, Creative Mornings is a once-monthly event for like minds to gather, get their morning dose of coffee, listen to a thought-provoking and often challenging talk, get to know other people in the industry and leave recharged, full of fresh inspiration. This popular event happens all over the globe and was initially brought to South Africa in 2010 by visual merchandiser Catherine Henderson, who says, ‘There is a need to share and showcase [local] creatives. We often look at our own work and forget about mentors.’
Currently held in Cape Town and Johannesburg, Creative Mornings operates with a rotating roster of guest speakers who come to share their story in a candid, informal setting. Previous speakers include the likes of esteemed artist Frances Goodman, Mail & Guardian arts editor Milisuthando Bongela and all-round creative Heath Nash. The show kicks off at around 8.30am, where guests are invited to mingle over a cuppa and snacks. Talks are usually around 30 minutes long and start at 9.30am, and are followed by a Q&A session.
Creative Mornings is a wonderful opportunity for people of all levels to build their networks in a fun and welcoming environment – in any creative industry, the relationships we build are critical, and it’s encouraging to see an event such as this gain traction over time.
To get your dose of inspiration in Cape Town or Johannesburg, visit creativemornings.com for more details about upcoming speakers and events. Attendance is free of charge, but seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time.