Luton. Bedfordshire. UK.
Creative Director and co-founder of athinplace.co.uk / artist / social entrepreneur / lecturer / DOP / photographer / designer / curator / art/film director. My business cards say things such as Creative Director, Social Entrepreneur and Artist. But when you get down to it, I’m much more. I am not your average creative: I have set up and run businesses since the age of 16, including Ltd companies, charities and social enterprises. I have garnered awards such as the Future 100 from Ernst & Young and a regional award for Community Business Person of the Year. I have lived and worked in three countries and led: advertising campaigns, community projects, diverse and talented teams, film sets, an arts festival, book projects, alpine expeditions, a multi-national company and a coffee shop. I enjoy helping people realise their potential whilst implementing strategic plans towards ambitious goals. I love to collaborate, ideate, innovate and lead. I have over five years experience in Higher Education and regularly deliver workshops, lectures and seminars on a range of creative, social and business subjects at Universities, conferences, colleges and business events. Teaching has taught me the most - truly understand my own identity, develop areas of expertise, to communicate clearly and facilitate a hunger for innovation and life-long learning in an engaging way. My background as an artist while extensive isn’t traditional. I work with photography, montage, collage, video, installation and performance. My work is mainly preoccupied with trying to change the world positively through visual art. I have exhibited widely in both group and solo shows. Including; The Houses of Parliament, PhotoFusion, Departure Lounge, the Ismail Khayat gallery in Iraq and the LPA gallery. I have had art work shown in Berlin, New Dehli and I have work on permanent display in the UN head quarters in New York. In a nutshell, my passion for creativity is coupled with a love for forming and building great communities. If you ever want to talk about a project, collaborating or just fancy a coffee I’m a tweet away (@benhodson).