From Now On are creative strategists and cultural programmers
We’re all about finding new ways to connect people in (and with) a changing world
New formats and programmes
We’ve curated activities and exhibitions, convened talks and edited publications, instigated networks and trained the trainers. We’ve worked within leading cultural institutes and commercial brands, at trade shows and palaces. It’s the same skill – to get people to view their world afresh and, often, plot a new course.
If you’d like to talk about a programme or exhibition that’s powerful enough to set change in motion, give us a call.
New propositions and models
We’ve built strategies for buildings and neighbourhoods, we’ve reconceived institutes and proposed speculative new models in fragile sectors. We once spent a year crafting plans for new models of urban communities. Our self-initiated research creates a firm foundation for the alternative futures we propose.
Get in touch if your project or organisation could do with some fresh thinking based on meaningful research.
Facilitating creativity and change
From one off workshops or seminars, to deep involvement in organisational change, we’ve worked with teams big and small to help them find inspiration and motivation, plot their futures and develop the clarity and skills to get them there. With us at your side, your people will be as enthusiastic for change as you are.
Change can be inspirational. Talk to us about a future that everyone will embrace.
We work internationally from our London base
Our team is supported by expert partners and collaborators, nationally and internationally. We have an active programme of research, supported by strong links to universities and research institutes. We track developments across audiences, creative and cultural sectors, innovation and education in order to inform, and sometimes drive, our client work.
Dee leads on Strategy. She is an experienced and skilled creative strategist and consultant, with a reputation for making sense of and finding direction within the most complex of challenges. Her unusual combination of a rational sensibility with complete commitment to creative excellence have equipped her well in past work with Tate, Science Museum and the National Trust.
Daniel leads on Creative Direction. He is an internationally recognised curator, consultant and educator with an enquiring mind and an entrepreneurial streak. His wayward curiosity and relentless pursuit of ideas account for his unlikely level of output, including founding curator of the Aram Gallery, creative director of the international multi-site Maker Library Network and his professorial role at Kingston University.
Carol joined us in 2016 to support studio administration and management. With a background in media, and more recently heritage, when we heard she was moving from senior office based roles to supporting businesses ‘virtually’ we jumped at the opportunity. Carol can be reached on [email protected]
Inés collaborates with us on experimental communication projects. An experienced communication designer she is now also in the midst of a practice led Phd student in social design at the University of Lisbon. But somehow thankfully finds the time to pitch in on special projects with us at From Now On.
Koby collaborates on all of our visual work, from illustrations and infographics to exhibition graphics. His work as a speculative designer, tutor and researcher means he is hugely overqualified for this work, and we benefit from his critical thinking and communications nous.
A regular and valued collaborator, Nat has brought her hands on experience as Director of Machines Room maker space and expertise in Circular Economy to benefit our work with Central Research Labs and Maker Library Network.
Our in-house learning lab, concerned broadly with engaging and equipping young people in a changing world, now stands on its own 2 feet, but continues to provide rich insight and experience to inform all our projects.
From Now On alumni
We’ve been lucky to host fantastic, talented and skilled team members over the years, some early in their careers and others already consummate professionals. Now working with some of the foremost creative and cultural organisations in the world, they have contributed to our knowledge and methods. Among these former colleagues are Justine Boussard, Moira Lascelles, Tom Wilson, Johanna Agerman Ross, Devorah Moritz, Alon Meron, Putri Trisulo, Kendall Robbins, Emily Ballard, Grace Bremner, Silvia Carletti, Sophia Germani and Stuart Bannocks.
We’re small, connected and specialised
Design and making
We’re closely connected to the discipline and practice of design, especially as it expands from designing things to solving big problems. We’re interested in changing models of innovation, and the use of design methods and approaches to drive creativity in other sectors. We’re also interested in how making and manufacturing are being harnessed in new ways to improve our world. In tracking these broad issues we inform and guide our client work and ensure we’re equipped with the tools to negotiate the emerging realities of our world.
Central Research Laboratory (concept and creative direction); Maker Library Network (concept and creative direction); FixEd and Fixperts learning programme (concept and delivery); Tingbjerg Library project (concept and creative direction); research networks involving Kingston University, Royal College of Art and KADK Copenhagen among others
Museums and cultural sector
If we have a home ground, then there’s a big museum in the middle of it. We’ve worked closely with, in and for the Tate, Science Museum, V&A Museum, National Trust and Design Museum, and had joyful brief encounters with many notable international institutions, from the Western Balkans to Mexico City. We’re very familiar with the opportunities, challenges and limitations of the ‘memory institution’, and have been involved with auditing, revisiting, challenging and supporting these powerful places. And we bring the best of museums culture with us as we look at stories and spaces outside this sector.
Education, learning and development
We’ve always dealt with learning to some degree through our creative programmes, training as we’ve helped organisations develop the skills to make change, and now we’re increasingly involved in education-with-a-capital-E through our self-initiated learning programme, Fixperts, which is active in schools across the UK as well as universities internationally. Through it all we’ve become firmly wedded to the idea of creativity as a tool and as a resource that should be nurtured and used by all.
WHAT WE DO
We’ve curated exhibitions, delivered activity programmes and publications, and shaped the purpose and identity of the organisations and institutions that house them.
Facing uncertain futures, we’ve been speculating about cities and high streets, museums and shops, communities, work and education.
We’ve designed workshops and facilitated conversations, enabling big, complex and/or diverse groups of people articulate and shape their ideas
We create tools, formats and programmes, that motivate and inspire learners to unlock their potential and shift their horizons