Creative industry events to mark on your 2018 calendar

Welcome to 2018! The Shorthose team are back in the office, feeling refreshed and buzzing with ideas to really kick off this year.

We’ve often spoken about where we get our inspiration from, Instagram, Twitter and our Inspired Designers series is full of unusual campaigns and trends which have imaginations running wild but you can only get so much from sitting behind a screen! Attending events whether they’re industry creative events, art exhibitions or local networking evenings are hugely important to us. It’s a chance to get out of the office and learn and develop our creativity from new and like-minded people.

A new year is all about trying something new, so how about attending some of these creative events in 2018?

Creative industry events in Norfolk

Norfolk & Norwich Festival

11 – 27 May 2018

The Norfolk & Norwich Festival is a 17-day art extravaganza held right here in the fine city of Norwich. With public spaces transformed into a circus, performance spaces and art installations there’s plenty going on to get the creative juices flowing. To create successful ideas and campaigns for our clients it’s always important for us to think outside the box and experience new things that aren’t necessarily related to our field of work.

Norwich University of the Arts – End of Year Show

June/July 2018

Who better to inspire us than the next generation of designers, illustrators and animators? The NUA Degree Show is held every summer and offers the opportunity for the public to see the work of 600 new graduates and explore the work of some extremely talented upcoming artists. With the NUA alumni including Turner Prize nominees it is no surprise that a host of gifted creatives offer up some real thought provoking pieces of work that the Shorthose Team look forward to viewing every year. The best bit is, if you fall in love with a piece, the students work is available to buy through the exhibition shop!

Creative industry events in London

Reasons to / London

March 8

Reasons to is an award-winning conference ‘with a festival vibe’ which is being held in London in 2018. What sets this conference apart is that it has a diverse range of speakers from designers and creatives to coders and film makers. Taking place in the British Library the laid-back event was founded by John Davey who chooses speakers not on their hierarchy in the industry but simply because they inspire him. It certainly works for us and there’s no better Reason to go!

D&AD Festival / London

24 – 26 April

One of the biggest events in the design and advertising industry calendar, the D&AD Festival is attended by the crème de la crème of the creative industry. Attracting professionals from around the globe it is a three-day spectacular with talks from Piera Luisa Gelardi, co-founder of award-winning lifestyle digital media company, Refinery29 and creative directors from a host of well-known and respected advertising and branding agencies all passing on their industry wisdom alongside examples of excellent work.

New Designers / London

Part 1 27 – 30 June 2018 / Part 2 04 – 07 July 2018

New Designers is a huge exhibition showcasing the next generation of designers at the Business Design Centre in London which brings together over 3000 of the most promising graduate talents from the UK’s leading design courses. Championing all creative disciplines from illustration, fashion, animation, gaming, interiors and many more it’s a mecca for discovering new ideas. If you’re in the business of searching for new creative talent then New Designers home to the stars of the future “It provokes fresh thinking and kick-starts careers, providing a pipeline of young talent into one of the UK’s leading sectors.”

Creative industry events around the UK

Great Exhibition of The North

22 June – 09 September

If you think that it’s only London playing host to a series of cultural events in 2018, think again. Head North for what is being billed as the biggest even in England this year. Details are beginning to emerge of what will be a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performance as part of a government-sponsored 80-day programme of events taking place in Newcastle and Gateshead. See art by Hepworth, Lowry and Hockney, Stephenson’s Rocket, Helen Sharman’s space suit and a spectacular 80-metre river sculpture!

The Big Draw / UK

Holding different events around the UK throughout 2018 The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival. It’s an international celebration of drawing bringing people together under the banner ‘drawing is a universal language’, the arts education charity behind the event believes everyone can draw and it has the power to change lives and unite people of any age, background, race or religion around the globe! The 2018 festival theme will be announced in February and from then you can register your very own Big Draw event or see what activities will be going on in a city near you.


Sophie Polak.

PR Account Manager