Once a month a bunch of people, curious to hear about the creativity in the city that surrounds them, gather together at 8:30am for CreativeMornings. Yes, it might sound a bit early but picture it: you roll out of bed and into a lovely gallery or cafe, where you're greeted by a bunch of people eager to share or listen to creative stories, all perked up by coffee, and usually a pastry or two. There can't be a much more inspiring way to start the day.
The CreativeMornings event series began in New York in 2008, coming to Sheffield in 2016 thanks to brand strategist and designer Penny Lee. Since then Penny and her team have hosted talks from speakers covering everything from anxiety to the importance of inclusion – you can watch videos of previous talks from the CreativeMornings in the online archives. And if you're keen to delve even deeper into the people behind some of the most popular talks, pick up the local CreativeMornings book and visit the website Mornings People. The book is on sale at La Biblioteka.
After three and a half great years, Penny is stepping down following the last event for 2019 to focus on her business, with local independent designer Leanne Mallinshaw set to take over the Sheffield chapter in the new year. We spoke to Leanne ahead of November's event at Weston Park Museum to find out more about what makes CreativeMornings worth skipping the snooze button and getting out of bed for.
How would you describe CreativeMornings for anyone who hasn’t been?
A free short talk with breakfast on the last Friday morning of the month. Simple.
Originating in New York in 2008, out of a desire to create an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community, there are now 170 chapters across 65 countries attracting over 20,000 attendees a month.
CreativeMornings was brought to Sheffield over three years ago by Penny Lee aka The Brand Directoress. It has since created a platform for creators, enterprisers and doers to share their stories. Our speakers are varied, crossing a range of industries and specialisms, making CreativeMornings/Sheffield different from many creative events. They have ranged from the Lord Mayor, to bread makers, to designers, to cocktail makers and of course Claire from Our Favourites Places!
Penny has built up a successful event with many loyal and regular attendees. I’ll be taking over the reins of CreativeMornings/Sheffield from Penny in January 2020 and hope to continue to build on her success. No pressure…