Grapefruit - An Online Talk Night on Overcoming Creative Blocks

21 Jan 2021

Regular hours

Thu, 21 Jan
19:30 – 21:00

Timezone: Europe/London

Cost of entry

£2 Ticket Fee: All profits made from purchased tickets will be donated to the MIND Charity.

The MIND Charity 'provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, through campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding'. You can find out more here:

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Hosted by: Modern Painters, New Decorators

Once purchased ticket, you will be sent Zoom link before event.

Named after Yoko Ono’s conceptual art book, Grapefruit brings together three 20 minute talks which discuss the topic “How Can We Overcome Creative Blocks During Adversity?”, alongside Q&A sessions.


Each talk will be led by different creative professionals, these are; G Sian, an arts advisor from UK New Artists; Modern Painters, New Decorators’ own Learning Coordinator Olivia Venning; and the founders of No Jobs In The Arts, Ryan Boultbee and Charlie Collins.

The talk night is available to all who want to get involved, and will be broadcast on Zoom so you can join from the comfort of your own home.


An artist advisor from UK New Artists

G Sian is a Leicester-based multidisciplinary creative practitioner, independent producer,
tutor and mentor. Mentoring artists through TMoA, his purpose is to exist for others; to
shine a light on their process and inherent values; to guide and support their artistic
growth. Most recently undertaking the position of City Ambassador for UK New Artists , G nourishes Leicester's arts ecology by engaging with students, artists, and audiences , nurturing the legacy outcomes to ensure the arts and cultural activity of the city become and are meaningfully sustainable.

Modern Painters, New Decorators’ Learning Coordinator

Having spent almost 8 years working with charities including; 20/20, Love4Life and The Y
(YMCA Leicester), Olivia Venning plays a key role in bringing together community, charity and art within Modern Painters, New Decorators . Her charity work at Love4Life involved supporting vulnerable teenage girls, building improved confidence and enabling them to make positive choices. Olivia currently splits her time between Modern Painters, New Decorators and her work with The Y Charity.

Founders of No Jobs in the Arts

Founded by local early-career artists and emerging curators Ryan Boultbee & Charlie Collins, No Jobs in the Arts is a project that supports emerging artists and creatives in the East Midlands. Creating opportunities that promote collaboration across the region by working with local emerging artists, creatives, and organisations, their work creates links between creatives to support the next generation of visual artists in the East Midlands.

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