Glug Auckland, NZ 16.10.14

Glug Auckland - ‘Done is better than said’.

16 October 2014.


Inspirational talks from

Mike Van De Elzen (Celebrity Chef)

Nathan James Cooper (TBWA Digital Director)

Casey Eden ( Entrepreneur)

Live Music provided by BOTAB



Glug is all about filling up the creative well. Our showcase event is held in London but there are now 8 other events around the world including Auckland.

Based around a series of talks and informal networking dubbed “Notworking”, Glug has become one of the most exciting, credible and well-attended creative events around the globe.

“Glug showcases inspirational creative people and practices from art and architecture, fashion, food, digital and design. It’s about taking some time to immerse yourself in something creative and different over a beer or two.“

Leo Burnett said, “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, is still the secret of great creative people”.

“Great danger lies in simply marinating your brain in advertising conversations day after day – it will only weaken your own creative spark. “ adds Nash.

— Glug host Dave Nash


So there it is, get yourself along! New Gluggers are always welcome to come along and see what it’s all about.

RSVP at:

Come and join us and get Notworking™


1885, 27 Galway Street, Britomart.

$10 on the door gets you a free beer, wine or bubbles.



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Glug Beijing #2

Hi Gluggers!

Last month saw the second Glug Beijing event! We met in a beautiful courtyard space in the heart of the Beijing, amongst some of the city’s oldest buildings, where the art and music scene is centred.

As our first event held wholly in Mandarin, it was a little bit of an experiment to see who would come, what topics our speakers would choose, and so on. The experiment definitely a success.

Our speakers did us proud and delivered 4 great talks about their different work and experiences.
Lee Valmassy, a director and producer with six years worth of experience here in China spoke on art vs. business in the entertainment industry.

Founder of Ividea Studio, Peter Fei gave us a brief introduction on how to create motion graphics.

Di Shen of Beijing-based production house, Treehouse Productions, gave us a look into the process of how to create a low-budget music video without sacrificing the quality and creative thinking. He has created music videos for several Chinese celebrities over the past few years.

Siok Siok Tan, originally from Singapore but a resident of Beijing for the last several years spoke on treading that thin line of creating art whilst maintaining a business. Siok is CEO and founder of Kinetic ONE, a company mainly involved in feature and documentary filmmaking.

Café Zarah provided such a versatile and beautiful space. Our speakers were presenting outside on a (rare) beautiful Beijing evening. Gluggers could have a seat with the speaker in the courtyard, hang out on the balcony upstairs, or grab a drink and meet someone new at the bar.

Daisy Bao’s kinect-based, interactive installation created a lot of excitement. Tracking users movement to some create stunning animations, proved a cue for some insane dance-moves!

It was great to see the creative community of Beijing come together and connect and we’re really looking forward to the next event in the Autumn.

Cheers to Notworking™ in Beijing.











Glug Edinburgh – ‘The Futurists’ – 9.10.14

Date: Thursday 9th October 2014
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: CodeBase, Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street, EH3 9DR
Ticket Price: Full Paying Members (free) / Non-members or free members (£10)

Ticket includes pizza and beer. Whooohoo!


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By bringing together creatives & techies for an evening of inspiration and informal networking, Glug is based around a series of talks by practitioners & entrepreneurs from different creative disciplines. This October we look into and at the ‘future’ through the different creatives eyes of Gillian Easson, Mark Daniels, Katy West and Geoffrey Baines.

We are joined by four amazing guest speakers:


Mark Daniels [New Media Scotland]

Mark Daniels is a curator interested in smart spaces and responsive environments. He trained as an architect at Kingston University before completing the MA Art as Environment at Manchester Metropolitan University. He was the inaugural Director at Northern Architecture where he curated a diverse range of subjects including love hotels, sitooteries and science fiction cinema. As International Co-ordinator he was responsible for the look and feel of the 2004 Liverpool Biennial. An increasing interest in new media led him to Folly in Lancaster, and now New Media Scotland in 2008. He was Creative Director the Inspace laboratory at the University of Edinburgh from 2009 to 2014. He is Chair of the Alt-w Fund which supports artists & technologists in Scotland to make new work. He is based in Edinburgh and loves a little set jetting. 


Gillian Easson [Creative Producer & Founder Creative Dundee]

Gillian is interested in areas where people, design and digital tools collide to create new opportunities. She co-founded Creative Dundee to connect and amplify creative talent in her home city and also led We Dundee, a crowd-sourcing platform which enabled almost 4k citizens to feed their ideas in to develop the future of the city. Although it appears that she has a bit of a bias towards the city, she does in fact like the rest of Scotland and the world too. Gillian was previously development manager at Nesta for 7 years, managing their creative enterprise projects across the UK and internationally, working with hundreds of innovative creatives – which she blames, in a good way, for making the jump to self-employment last year.


Katy West [Designer & Curator]

Katy West, originally from Dublin, studied ceramics at The Glasgow School of Art (1999) and the Royal College of Art (2007). She has developed parallel careers as a designer and curator, linked by her interest in objects – their history, meaning, function and application. Her studio practice has most recently involved working with Panel on Scotland Can Make It!  She exhibits regularly, most recently in SCMI! at the South Block, Glasgow (2014) and the Awards Exhibition for the 2013 British Ceramics Biennial. Recent Curatorial Projects include India Street, at Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh. From 2011-’13 Katy worked as Creative Programmer at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture.. Her work has been included in a number of publications including Contemporary Ceramics by E.Cooper, Thames & Hudson (2009), Independent Design Guide, Thames & Hudson (2009) by L. Houseley and many periodicals including Elle Deco, Crafts Magazine and Wallpaper.


Geoffrey Baines [Dream Whisperer]

Geoffrey Baines is a dream-whisperer.  Dream-whispering is a way of future-orientated mentoring he’s been shaping for several years, helping people move towards the future through exploring their talents and passions and more.  He is a reader, blogger, and is trying out cartooning at

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Glug Birmingham ‘Midland Masters’ [Promo]

We’ve cheekily mixed together footage from a bunch of existing talks, events and exhibitions by our speakers to give you a little preview ahead of our Glug Birmingham ‘Midland Masters’ launch event next week!

Massive thanks to Created in Birmingham member Finlay Bell for working his magic and putting it together for us.

Film credits: Studio Output & FOUND | Hero of Switzerland | Waste Studio | PROVIDE | Alex Fowkes | Brothers of the Stripe | BLAB Talks | London Illustration Fair | Pick Me Up

Full details on our event can be found here.



£7.50 per event / £20 for a ‘Glug Pass’ (limited availability)


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Glug Birmingham brings together the finest creative talent from the Midlands and beyond for an evening of inspiring talks, live art and playful activities, curated by Inkygoodness & Created in Birmingham.

Live Art, Creative Talks (Alex Fowkes, Studio Output, WASTE Studio, PROVIDE, Well Made Studio, FRUKT & Hero of Switzerland), Outdoor BBQ, Pop-Up Art Market & Free Drink on Arrival.

Glug Birmingham: 1 week to go!


Glug Birmingham ‘Midland Masters #1

With just over a week to go until our Glug Birmingham launch, there’s a buzz in the air as the excitement builds ahead of the big event on August 21st! The official countdown has begun.

A feast of visual eye-candy, our ‘Midland Masters’ launch line-up includes creative talks by Alex Fowkes, Studio Output, WASTE Studio, PROVIDE, Well Made Studio, Hero of Switzerland & FRUKT, Live Art by Brothers of the Stripe, an Outdoor BBQ and Pop-Up Art Market featuring local illustrators, photographers and image-makers! Glug Birmingham ‘Midland Masters’ is a celebration of all things creative, as Inkygoodness and Created in Birmingham bring together the best talent in the region at Fazeley Studios – for one night only!



Thurs 21st Aug, 6.00pm – 11.30pm



£7.50 per event / £20 for a ‘Glug Pass’ (limited availability)


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We’ve got more on our inspirational Glug speakers coming soon. For now, here’s a look at what else is in store for Midland gluggers…


Live Art: Brothers of the Stripe

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Brothers of the Stripe (B.O.T.S.) will be drawing live on the night

Brothers of the Stripe are a collective of illustrators and image makers from across the UK who work on a mixture of art, graphic design, and illustration project. Joining us for Glug Birmingham will be B.O.T.S members Mr the Beef and Kris Jones.


Pop-Up Market: Local illustrators & image-makers


We’ve got 10 local sellers setting up shop for the evening, offering a diverse selection of art prints, handmade books, original artworks, clothing and illustrated products.
Our Glug Birmingham sellers:

Sam PierpointHand Painted shoes & Art Prints

Codswallop CollectivePrints & Accessories

PROVIDE – Clothing & Accessories

Working ClaspHandmade Jewellery

Brothers of the StripeOriginal Art & Prints

Bethany Thompson – Illustrated Prints & Accessories

Mike StimpsonToy Photographer

Hero of SwitzerlandPrints


Live Screen Printing by Waste Studio

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Fancy owning your very own Waste Studio tee? Norm Hayes of Waste Studio will be screen printing live after his talk!


Creative Talks 



Yes we might have mentioned this once or twice! We’ve got seven inspiring speakers lined up ready to share their stories and creative process, discussing the challenges they face in their working lives – whether it be running a busy design studio, striking out on their own, freelancing or a mix of the three.

Entertaining, witty, insightful and refreshingly honest, our speakers tell it like it is.

Read our earlier post to find out more about our speakers.


Risograph Programme


We’d like to thank London printers Hato Press for doing a fantastic job on our Glug Birmingham ‘Midland Masters‘ programmes which landed last week!

Everything you need to know is detailed on the programme – from speaker talks to our pop-up market, BBQ menu and a map to help you get there! Not only that, but our programmes fold out to reveal an exclusive  ‘Midland Masters’ inspired poster designed by Glug speaker Alex Fowkes. Awesome stuff.

A special shout out to Kerry Leslie for designing all our Midland Masters marketing & promo materials – she’s done a brilliant job!

Grab programmes & beermats at local bars, cafes, galleries and independent retailers in and around Birmingham over the next few days, including: The Custard Factory, PROVIDE, Yumm Cafe, Spotlight Bar, IKON gallery, Six/Eight cafe and many more!

For all the latest Glug Birmingham news, follow @inkygoodness and @createdinbrum on twitter. #GlugBrum.

Download a pdf of our event programme here.



£7.50 per event / £20 for a ‘Glug Pass’ (limited availability)


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Glug Beijing #2. 30.7.14


We cordially invite you to attend the second Glug in Beijing.

Glug is a gathering of designers and creative professionals. Three months ago Glug first came to Beijing, and we’re back after the success of the first event. Now we invite you to join us at Cafe Zarah, register now and here’s some photos of the first event.

Time: 30 July 2014, Wednesday, 7-10PM
Location: Cafe Zarah, 42 Gulou E St, Dongcheng.

This Event is in Chinese.
50 RMB Ticket includes 2 Drinks.


Peter Fei – Founder, Ividea Studio
Siok Siok Tan – Filmmaker, Kinetic ONE
Di Shen - Director
Lee Valmassy - ​​Director