In August 2018 250 people from 30 countries gathered on London’s Southbank for an international sign painting conference, London Letterheads. In the year before this I led the team responsible for organising the event which was delivered for a budget of £50,000 due to everyone’s voluntary efforts. An additional £10,000 was raised for a local charity.
- Leading the organising team and delegating responsibility for key aspects of the event.
- Liaising with the (dry hire) venue and third party contractors to build up the required temporary infrastructure.
- Recruiting volunteers to support the event delivery, including 20 talks, demonstrations and workshops.
- Co-ordinating over 1,000 public visits to the event.
I walked into an alien environment barely knowing anyone there and by the end, I really felt like I belonged, which for someone who tends to be a bit shy like me, is amazing. I have no idea how you organised such a huge and seamless event with so much action going on but still such a real relaxed and open vibe, it was like nothing I’ve ever been to and 10 times bigger and more impressive than I was expecting!Millie Ratcliff