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Updated: Jan 10

In anticipation of Acrylicize and Working Class Creative Database’s (WCCD) collaborative artist residency programme, we’re very excited to present the first iteration of the WCCD London Meetup.

Get the chance to meet and mix with fellow artists and creatives, hear words and insight from our panel of expert speakers, and preview the studio space on offer as part of the residency programme, hosted at Acrylicize’s East London home, The Art House.

If you’re a creative in London looking to grow your network, share your work, and get inspired, then this event is for you.

Plus, it’s totally free to attend and open to all.

You can reserve a free ticket for the event here

Meet the panel:

Moderated by Jo McLaughlin, Senior Curator at Acrylicize.

If you’d like to find out more about Acrylicize and WCCD’s collaborative artist residency programme, you can find out more and apply here. The deadline for the residency application closes on the 23rd of January.

Check out what we’re up to over on our socials:


Nicholas Stavri

Nicholas Stavri is a curator and producer, specialising in supporting emerging artists in researching, displaying and interpreting their work. As a creative consultant, he also advises on the practicalities of managing their studios and strategies for career development. Nicholas is the co-founder of Thorp Stavri, Advisory Group Member for Hypha Studios, a member of the Convelio Fine Art Advisory Board and the Gallery Climate Coalition’s shipping subcommittee.

Lolly Adams

Lolly Adams is a multidisciplinary artist currently studying at The Royal Academy Schools, she is a board member, curator and co-producer at The Other MA (TOMA) and she is a subject leader and teacher in a sixth form college. Lolly studied BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art (CSM, UAL) in 2008-11.

Seren Metcalfe

Seren Metcalfe is a Yorkshire-born Artist, Writer and Curator based in London. She graduated from her BA at the Slade school of Art in 2020 and the same year founded The Working Class Creatives Database providing a community and platform for working class creatives and tackling classism within creative industries.

James Burke

James Burke is a visual artist, creative director, musician and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Acrylicize; the multidisciplinary creative studio born out of his art degree, based in both London and New York. Acrylicize celebrates culture and identity within the built environment whilst supporting the arts at both a global and local scale. The guiding principle behind all of Burkes projects is a celebration of the Joy of Expression and in 2022 he Co-founded The Art House as the physical embodiment of this ideal.

Jo McLaughlin

Jo McLaughlin is a curator, art historian and podcaster based in London. Having trained at The University of Glasgow and Kingston University, London; her career began in regional auction houses before moving to Pangolin London where she curated their public programme. Jo’s curatorial practice looks at breaking down the traditional elitist nature of the art world; curating collections which are both beautiful and accessible. She is the host of the iTunes top 40 Jo’s Art History Podcast.

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