New Speakers – Clara Gaggero Westaway, Helen Andrews & Iain Tait, Ewen Spencer

Kick over the statues by Ewen Spencer © Ewen Spencer, from the series 'Kick over the statues', a Fabrica and Photoworks co-commission for Brighton Photo Biennial, 2016.

At the time of writing, we have only 3 Early Bird tickets left for The Story 2017. After announcing these three new speakers, we expect them to go straight away, so if you want the last Early Bird tickets, get them now from Eventbrite. Don’t worry if you miss out – Standard tickets will be available, and they’re only £5 more than the Early Birds. And to help you decide to join us on 17th Feb, here’s three more great speakers:

Clara Gaggero Westaway is the Co-founder & Creative Director of Special ProjectsClara is an intrepid designer, inventor and creative director committed to enriching the lives of people through hopeful product innovation. Whether this means helping the elderly to engage with technology, reimagining the playground, or devising systems that help us focus on the present, Clara’s concepts bring empathy, optimism and clarity to where society needs it.

The daughter of a mechanical engineer and a fashion boutique owner, she studied industrial design in Italy before setting up her own fashion label in Berlin, only to get back into design engineering a few years later, this time in London. Her design method is defined by integrating seemingly disparate realms and elements: art and engineering, purpose and aestheticism, the physical and the digital.

When she’s not working at Special Projects, Clara is a design-thinking speaker and visiting senior lecturer at the Royal College of Art, at Queen Mary University of London and a faculty member of Oxford University Said Business School OSLP.

Helen Andrews is the Deputy MD and Iain Tait is the ECD at W+K London. Weiden + Kennedy are 35 years old in 2017, and are still independent. We’ve long been fans of their work and culture, and in particular the experiment started by Andrews & Tait earlier this year to change the culture of the workplace at W+K. Advertising is notorious for expecting teams to work late nights and weekends, so in March this year Andrews & Tait started an experiment to change the culture at W+K London. They now have no meetings before 10 or after 4pm, and have a ban on sending or reading work emails after 7pm.

Almost a year after the experiment started, we’ve asked Helen and Iain to come and talk about the impact it’s had on their work and culture, and what W+K have learnt from 35 years of independence.

Ewen Spencer began shooting for visually driven style magazines, such as Sleazenation and The Face, with an emphasis on youth culture. His project Teenagers was shortlisted for the 2014 Discovery Award at Rencontres D’Arles and his four-part documentary film series Street, Sound and Style written directed and narrated by Ewen, was broadcast on Channel4 in 2015, posing questions later explored in a 2016 series, Oh My Mosch, considering British menswear’s obsession with flamboyant Italian menswear designers.

Cover artwork created by Ewen for bands such as The Streets and The White Stripes has led to significant advertising commissions and campaigns. Ewen’s new imprint, See W, created in partnership with Olivia Gideon Thomson, publishes photobooks, focusing on youth and subculture research, photography and writing.