Tickets on sale for The Story 2014, and first speakers announced!

Its our 5th Birthday! Blimey, that went quickly.

The Story is returning to The Conway Hall, London, on Friday, February 21st, 2014 for its fifth year of inspiring talks and interesting stuff. Last year we had Molly Crabapple talking about illustration as journalism, Alex Balfour on running the online Olympics, Ben Bocquelet on the Amazing World of Gumball and Edwin Collins on how he recovered his ability to play music after his stroke, among many other amazing talks.

This year we’re lining up an equally inspiring set of speakers, and we’ll be announcing them over the next few months as they are confirmed. But first, here’s how you can get tickets:

Tickets are now on general sale via our Eventbrite site, so go get yours quick before they all go! We tried something different with ticket sales this year – as a thank you to everyone who subscribes to our weekly newsletter, we put early bird ticket sales up two days ago just for newsletter readers. This meant there wasn’t such a crazy panic in the first few minutes of ticket sales, which we know has been frustrating in the past. We’re also putting the Standard and Last Minute tickets on sale as soon as the preceding ticket types sell out. Hopefully this will make it easier for you all to get tickets.

So – now for the first three speakers:

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard met at Goldsmtihs and have worked collaboratively as visual artists since the mid-nineties. They initially became known for their recreations of highly-charged cultural moments which pioneered the use of re-enactment within contemporary art. Their work is collected by museums and institutions worldwide, including the Tate Gallery and the Government Art Collection. Their ongoing collaboration with the musician and author Nick Cave has led to their first feature film, 20,000 Days on Earth, due for cinema release with Film4 and the BFI in 2014.

Kyle Bean is an artist, designer and illustrator with a passion for craft and conceptual thinking. His work is usually characterised by a whimsical and meticulous reappropriation of everyday materials and handcrafted techniques. Since graduating from the university of Brighton in 2009, Kyle has created imagery for a range of international editorial clients such as Wired, Wallpaper* and The New York Times and has designed installations for fashion brands including Selfridges, Liberty and Hermes. With his personal work, Kyle regularly enjoys straddling the boundaries between illustration, sculpture and more traditional model making and has gone on to exhibit at The ADC gallery in New York and Colette in Paris.

Barnaby Smyth is a foley artist and editor who has worked on many leading TV and film productions, including We Need To Talk About Kevin, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Downton Abbey and Attack The Block. He recently performed live foley sound effects for Matthew Herbert’s play The Hush at The National Theatre’s pop-up venue The Shed. It was an incredible performance, and we’re really looking forward to hearing Barnaby talk about the art of foley effects, show some examples from the films and TV projects he’s worked on, and perform some live foley effects on stage.

We’re hugely excited and pleased to have such great speakers on board for The Story 2014, and we’ve got more incredible speakers to announce over the next few months. In the meantime – buy your ticket now!