Arts entreupreuner alumni return to speak at Global Entrepreneurship Week

Three arts students are among speakers at Starting up, a free event taking place at the University next week to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Danielle Reynolds graduated from Fashion with Business Studies in 2016. She now runs DVR Equestrian Sport, an innovative equestrian-wear brand. Her debut and award-winning collection incorporates fluorescent material with reflective detailing to encourage equestrians – particularly those that avoid wearing hi-vis – to be more visible when out riding. In 2017, Danielle was successful in raising £10,600 via Kickstarter for a rewards-based crowdfunding campaign for her debut collection.

Emma Johnson studied M(des) 3D Design and Craft at the University of Brighton, graduating in 2016. Since then she has focused on establishing her own creative business designing and making handmade ceramics in her Brighton-based studio, specifically focusing on slipcasting in porcelain. Emma Johnson Ceramics‘ functional homewares are often based around architecture, incorporating precise, angular forms and a degree of buildability into the pieces. In early 2017 Emma was selected to take part in Hothouse; an intensive development programme for emerging makers run by the Crafts Council. Emma is currently creating and developing work from her shared studio in Phoenix Brighton.

Sarah Gillings formed U CAN Spray CIO as the UK’s first dedicated spray-painting charity. Through unique spray-painting workshops and public artwork projects, Sarah inspires and engages disengaged people from all backgrounds into free cultural and therapeutic experiences through spray-painting. Beneficiaries are anyone who is disengaged from society for reasons beyond their control. U CAN Spray interact with the general public through festivals and events in order to make an immersive art experience, where paying customers help support others less fortunate than themselves. Sarah is a multi award-winning inclusive arts practioner who graduated from an MA Inclusive Arts Practice in 2015. Her charity was recently recognised by Prime Minister Theresa May with a Points of Light award.

This free celebration takes place on Wednesday 14 November at Cockcroft Hall, Moulsecoomb (5.30pm–8.00pm). Book now.

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