This time of year a lot of newly graduated artists and designers are looking for places to showcase their work and network with like minded creative people and business contacts. As a recent graduate myself I was delighted to hear that someone had organised a great opportunity for designers and artists like myself to exhibit their work and get a chance to make friends with other people who are also just starting out.
Creative Meadows is the brain child of Jack Lennie, a product designer and Steven Jones, a graphic designer who toyed with the idea during a conversation over lunch and then decided to take it upon themselves to organise a pop-up gallery where recent graduates from creative disciplines around Edinburgh could gather and show off their work in a non academic environment. As they put it themselves, ‘Our ambition for Creative Meadows is for it to be a one stop shop for everything artistic and design orientated, we hope to be able to get as many people in work or working for them selves as possible, and above all have fun doing so.’
On one of the hottest days of the summer so far they hosted their pop-up exhibition at the Old Ambulance Depot, a popular creative event venue just off of Edinburgh’s colourful Leith Walk. Featuring some superb creative talent from many different disciplines, the Creative Meadows team came away with a great turnout and a lot of positive feedback.
Showcasing the work of people like Duncan Peace who did a spray painting on one of the walls and made hand designed aubergines – yes you read that right, as well as product designer Luke Tarry whose sports injury prevention and treatment product brought on interest from a crowd of people.
In the future Creative Meadows are hoping to organise a pop-up shop displaying products, hand-made wares and beautiful prints and cards as well as expanding to include even more members.
We wish them all the best and hope that Creative Meadows continue to be successful in their events for the future. Perhaps the events will eventually have a presence in Scotland on par with that of D&AD New Blood, or New Designers down in London.
For updates on the ongoings of the Creative Meadows team check out their facebook page and keep an eye out for the website which is coming very soon!