Creative Careers Panel

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Past Event

This event was on Thurs 28 Oct, 6.30pm


Get involved in this online panel discussion exploring different career paths in the arts. Hear from guests including artist and Muslim Sisterhood co-founder Sara Gulamali, Director and Founder of Guts Gallery, Ellie Pennick, interdisciplinary artist Sian Fan and Illustrator Rosie Chomet who discuss their practices and approaches to navigating the arts industry.

There will be a chance for audience members to pose their own questions during the event.

Part of our Creative Careers Week, this event will take place on Zoom and is open to young people aged 15 – 24. It is free but booking is required.

Please read our Participation Guidelines before booking and direct any questions to Amelia Oakley, Curator: Youth Programmes, on

About Ellie Pennick

Director and Founder of Guts Gallery, Ellie Pennick is one of the youngest gallerists navigating the art world today. As a working-class, queer Northerner with no art background, Pennick’s footing in the art world came through her frustrations at the politics of the arts education system, and lack of opportunities available.

After receiving a place at a renowned institution in London, but unable to accept her place due to her financial status, Pennick began to question the wider, social austerity within the arts. Pennick launched Guts to generate a fair art-business model “worth far more importance to me than a piece of paper with a Masters grade on it”, and to champion emerging artists, helping artists to demand respect – and ownership – they deserve.

About Rosie Chomet

Rosie Chomet is an illustrator and graphic designer from London. She studied at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, gaining a First Class degree in Illustration and Visual Media. She now works as a Digital Designer at Oxford University Press, and has also worked on numerous freelance projects, for clients ranging from GAIL’s Bakery to Penguin Random House, and, more recently, Jammie Dodgers and The Body Shop.

About Sian Fan 

Sian Fan is an interdisciplinary artist currently in residence at the V&A Museum. She has exhibited internationally with venues including Tate Modern, British Council, and the ICA, as well as producing work with Channel4, the BBC and Facebook. Her work combines movement, the body and technology to explore human experience in the digital age.

About Sara Gulamali

Sara Gulamali is an artist, creative consultant, and co-founder of collective Muslim Sisterhood.