The Workshop Experience

Tokyo Workshop
February 2015
Make work.
Start again.
Make more work.
(repeat until)

Artists, designers, architects, musicians, photographers, writers, coders, gamers, film makers, sculptors, choreographers, product makers, inventors, thinkers, explorers – just some of the people who will attend the Esin workshops.

Some may have a yearning to make a living from their creative talents, others may already be doing so and wondering what to do next – or be questioning why they are doing it at all. All of them will have a personal reason for being there and a strong desire to gain something important from the interaction.

  • Open to all who have the courage to take part. No-one fails and no-one gets a certificate.
  • A process of processes and investigations.
  • Open and inclusive. Work takes place within a safe, nurturing environment where mistakes are expected and discoveries are optional, but frequent.
  • Time is spent making work, meeting deadlines and being exposed to evaluation, advice, ideas and encouragement, then moving on and making something else.

The workshop comprises a series of projects set for the participants who have to interpret often challenging and wide-ranging briefs, and produce work in many different formats/media, which they then deliver to strict deadlines. Work is presented and discussed with creative leaders who take examples from existing work to illustrate ideas, open new doors and instigate new ways of thinking.

As the workshops progress, project work is reviewed and discussed both in a group format and individually. Quite often, the next set project will be informed by the results of a previous one. The work may be presented in the form of a temporary exhibition, or published online or in other media. Expect hard work, long hours and rewards in direct proportion to your investment of energy.

“Expect to be made to think and asked to produce work both as a group and individually. Expect to teach as well as learn. Expect to be challenged, excited and stimulated.”