Nicer Tuesdays

Nicer Tuesdays was a hugely successful monthly event held at London’s Oval Space bringing together 4 speakers from the creative world to give a ten-minute talk on a recent project. Past participants included Studio Lowrie, Superimpose, Patrick Savile and Decor Punk favourite, photographer Dougie Wallace.

Unfortunately COVID-19 put a stop to this, until now. Next week (28th April) sees the return of Nicer Tuesdays in a fresh online guise. Joining them for this web-based event, to kick-off a new chapter for Nicer Tuesdays will be: Jean Jullien, Richard Turley, Liz Johnson Artur and Ruohan Wang:

Jean Jullien

French illustrator Jean Jullien needs little introduction. His portfolio at-large is full of iconic works, all executed in his signature hand-drawn style. Whether done digitally, on canvas or as 3D objects, Jean’s imagery is whimsical and often poetic. During his Nicer Tuesdays Online talk, Jean will be telling us more about his illustrious career and how he creates his playful works.

Richard Turley

Originally from the UK but now based in New York, Richard Turley is one of the most recognisable names in the graphic design world. Many will know him as Wieden+Kennedy New York’s executive creative director, as MTV’s previous creative director, the person who revamped Bloomberg Business Week or perhaps as the person who relaunched Interview magazine and launched Civilization (a “newspaper-cum-support-group” for New York City).

It’s the latter which will form the basis of Richard’s Nicer Tuesdays talk and he will be taking us through a project he and fellow Civilization founder Lucas Mascatello have been running during isolation. For the small sum of $3, they have been sending New Yorkers personalised letters as a distraction from quarantine and in homage to pop artist Ray Johnson.

Liz Johnson Artur

Based in London, Liz Johnson Artur is a photographer who, over the past few decades, has captured the multiplicity of everyday life in Africa, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. Her images – which are often street-style but also exist in a fashion context have appeared on the pages of multiple magazines, in an eponymous book and several international exhibitions – form a photographic representation of people of African decent.

At Nicer Tuesdays, Liz will be talking us through the process for producing work she currency has showing in the Barbican, as part of its Masculinities: Liberation through Photography exhibition.

Ruohan Wang

Last but by no means least is Ruohan Wang, an illustrator based in Berlin. A graduate of Berlin University of the Arts, she’s kept us hooked over the years with her chaotic, colourful drawings, animations, and public art installations, all of which culminated in a project at the end of last year in which Ruohan collaborated with Fisk-founder Bijan Berahimi for the Dropbox: Call for Collaboration project. The result was a T-shirt encouraging us to interact with nature which can be spotted several times during any given week in the It’s Nice That studio.

Not limited by scale or media, Ruohan’s works are notable for their diversity and have appeared everywhere from Shanghai to Jerusalem. At Nicer Tuesdays, Ruohan will be giving some insight into her multi-disciplinary practice, her distinctive characters and the existential philosophical inspirations behind her portfolio.

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