Richard Wilson is one of the country’s most renowned sculptors. He is internally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space, which draw heavily for their inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction.
Richard has exhibited widely both in this country and internationally for over 30 years and has made major museum exhibitions and public works in countries around the world. He has also represented the UK in the Sydney, Sao Paulo, Venice Biennials and Yokohama Triennial. He has been nominated for the Turner Prize twice, and was awarded the prestigious DAAD residency in Berlin in 1992. One of a select group of artists who were invited to create a major public work for London’s Millennium Dome, he was the only British artist to participate in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2000.
Richard’s projects have generated universal critical acclaim. His seminal installation 20:50, a sea of reflective sump oil, which is permanently installed in the Saatchi Collection, was described by one art critic as ‘one of the masterpieces of the modern age’
In 2006 Richard was elected a member of the Royal Academy. His recent work, entitled ‘Turning the Place Over’ was his contribution to Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture. He was recently awarded a major sculpture commission for the New Terminal 2 at Heathrow launching in 2014.
Tali received her Ph.D in psychology and neuroscience from New York University and has a B.A in economics and psychology. She is a faculty member of the Department of Cognitive, Perceptual, and Brain Sciences at University College London and a Wellcome Trust Fellow. Her scholarly research focuses on how emotion, motivation and social factors influence our expectations, decisions and memories. Her papers on the neuroscience of optimism, emotional memories and cognitive dissonance have been published in top scientific journals including Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience and Psychological Science. This work has been the subject of features in Newsweek, Forbes, The Boston Globe, Time, The Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, The Washington Post, the BBC and others. Tali is the author of The Optimism Bias and co-editor of The Neuroscience of Preference and Choice. She has also written essays for the popular press which have been published in The New York Times and Time. She received awards and honours for her scientific work including grants and fellowships from the Wellcome Trust and British Academy.
After completing his PhD, David worked for 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. During this time he also served as an athletics coach and manager of one of the UK’s largest athletics clubs, leading them to three successive UK finals. Upon leaving the pharmaceutical industry, David co-founded the international relief charity Spirit Aid Foundation and served as a director for 2 years.
Now a bestselling author of 6 books published by Hay House and writes a regular blog for the Huffington Post.
cocknBullkid is Anita Blay, a 25 year-old Londoner who found herself performing on Jools Holland before she had even secured a record deal.
Her interest in music was cultivated as a teenager, and she began songwriting with rapper Plan B when she was 16.
Last spring she released her album Adulthood which includes contributions from Peter Moren of Peter, Bjorn & John, Joseph Mount from Metronomy and also reflects her Ghanaian roots. Since the album release, she's toured with Duran Duran, Janelle Monae and Patrick Wolf.
GILES ANDREAE AKA EDWARD MONKTON
Giving our Children the Gift of Happiness
Giles Andreae is the artist and writer behind The Interesting Thoughts of Edward Monkton, one of the country's most distinctive and successful ranges of greetings cards, books and merchandise. Titles include The Pig of Happiness, A Lovely Love Story and Zen Dog.
He began his artistic career 25 years ago as the creator of the stickman poet, Purple Ronnie, for which he still oversees the creative development.
Giles has also written many bestselling and award-winning picture books under his own name, including Giraffes Can't Dance, The Chimpanzees of Happytown and 13 short fables under the umbrella brand “World of Happy”, which was animated and broadcast as a series by the BBC in 2010.
Giles has developed a way of teaching the fundamental principles of happiness through a very simple and entertaining formula. Using funny and charming stories, Giles enlightens youngsters and adults alike with his insights into how we can all lead more joyful, fulfilled and productive lives.
Steve Wheen is the Australian-born, London-based creative talent behind The Pothole Gardener. The project, which began in as a simple way for Steve tobeautify his east London neighbourhood, quickly attracted a loyal following and international media attention from the likes of Oprah and the The Sun who labelled Steve as the ‘Banksy of guerrilla gardening’.
When Steve’s not busy planning or planting his pothole gardens, you’ll find him directing and producing films for the likes of Google, MTV and Publicis. Steve has also completed a Masters Degree in Design Studies at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins University.
David is the host of Brighton's long-running conversation night, the Catalyst Club, where everyday folk are each given 15 minutes to share their singular passions with a live audience.
David has toured two one-man shows on the themes of utopia and moustaches and has won Best Comedy, Outstanding Theatre and a Sony Award for his work on stage on radio.
It is worth noting that Dr Bramwell is a medical man by rumour only; approach with extreme caution, particularly if he offers to whip out your tonsils in exchange for a packet of biscuits.
Eri Tsutsumi is a communication designer and researcher exploring the meaning of happiness. As part of her research, Eri creates spontaneous interventions in public spaces which have given opportunities for people to connect and experience small enjoyments in their everyday life. Before moving to the UK, she earned her BA in Cultural Anthropology at State University of New York at Stony Brook and worked as a creative member of a global communication design agency in Japan for 6 years. Eri is currently pursuing an MA in Innovation Management at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Her research aims to find an evaluation method for the effectiveness of experiential outcomes of social design.
Previous to the Rainmaker Foundation, Hollie spent six years at IBM, where she was UK external relations manager for global technology services as well as managing communications for IBM's research and development and innovation within the UK.
Last year Hollie took a three-month sabbatical to volunteer in Thailand and visit China again, and upon returning she decided she wanted to make a difference.
Hollie joined forces with Mike Dickson, co-founder of the charity WhizzKidz, to create the Rainmaker Foundation, which launched this year.
The Rainmaker Foundation aims to inspire generosity by connecting philanthropists with change-makers. The charity will support a community of over 150 philanthropists, NGOs, charities and individuals all committed to making a positive difference in the world.
Ivo is a director and producer of documentary and social projects. In 2008, he directed the critically acclaimed documentary film Us Now, an exploration of participatory culture. The film was broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK, translated into 28 languages and watched by millions online. He has presented his work to governments world-wide including the French National Assembly, The Hague, the European Union, The Houses of Parliament (UK) and Washington DC. He presented to the House of Lords Information Committee in 2009 and spoke at the World Congress on Information Technology in 2010. His 2010 film Playmakers premiered at Sheffield documentary festival. As creative Creative Director of thinkpublic, a social design agency, he produced projects increasing participation in the public sector. Ivo founded Good Gym, a social enterprise that tackles isolation and loneliness amongst older people. The project, which won first prize at Social Innovation Camp in 2009, has been cited by leading thinkers as an example of innovation and is now operating across East London. Ivo is a trustee of the charity Art Against Knives.
Áine O' Dwyer is a musician currently based in London. As a young girl, she lived in the quiet Irish countryside where the hours were long. As consequence, she grew up with a love of losing herself in the world of sound and atmosphere making.
Áine has been a long standing member of United Bible studies, an Irish free folk improv collective and enjoys playing with several other groups locally and around the world. Her most recent solo project is a series of pipe organ improvisations in an Islington church whilst being cleaned by a group of church cleaners. These meditations are compiled in her limited edition cassette album entitled "Music For Church Cleaners" which was released on the Dublin based tape label Fort Evil Fruit this February 2012.
Born to At the age of eleven years old I began to perform professionally in public, since then I has racked up hundreds of performances in all sorts of environments and settings on various instruments and collaborated with all many kinds of artists.
I attained a BTEC Diploma in Popular Music and then later followed this up by attending Leeds University to attain a BTEC Higher Diploma in Stringed Musical Instrument Technology.
I studied Traditional African Percussion in Africa and regularly I enjoy to travel the world promoting my love this art...
I support myself as an independent musician and thank each and every individual for the time they spend listening to my works :)
The London Bulgarian Choir
The London Bulgarian Choir is a vibrant, sociable and open-hearted group of singers embracing all nationalities, ages and abilities.
The Choir was founded in 2000 by Dessislava Stefanova (Dessi), a former singer with the legendary Philip Koutev National Ensemble in Sofia, and thanks to her patience and dedication this group of largely non-Bulgarian singers has become a performing tour de force, winning hearts and minds from the Yorkshire Dales to Bulgaria's mountain villages.
From its early days as a handful of singers, the Choir has grown into a 40-strong ensemble bringing its repertoire of traditional Bulgarian songs to concert halls, churches, nightclubs, galleries, festivals, embassies, village squares and even a barge on the River Thames.
In 2006, the Choir won BBC Radio 3 Open Choir of the Year, becoming the first choir to be awarded this title. In 2007 they were the subject of a BBC Radio 4 documentary – Joan Armatrading's Favourite Choirs.