Dominic tells This Is It his favourite ways to find inspiration in the Capital City whilst looking for work. We’d love to hear what inspires you in your area or any tips you might have to rejuvenate those long days trawling through job applications. Drop us an email to have your say.
Take it from an expert, being unemployed is excruciatingly boring. If you’re not willing to just settle for a part time job in your local supermarket you may end up with a lot of free time. This may not be an entirely bad thing, London is one of the best cities to kill time in while digging up some much needed inspiration and information to keep you motivated.
Where to start searching for inspiration? There is no one answer, but there are plenty of options to stimulate your creative brain. One of the best spaces especially for photographers is The Photographers’ Gallery on Ramillies Street. It opened in 1971 and was the first independent gallery in Britain devoted entirely to photography. They host a wide range of events including talks with artists. They also offer careers advice for aspiring photographers and is home to a café and bookshop.
The museum also has workshops and courses for those interested in fashion including short courses teaching a variety of different skills.
The Fashion and Textiles museum is often overlooked in my opinion most likely because of its location in Bermondsey. It is currently playing host to the first exhibition ever on the work of Thea Porter, fashion and interior designer. The retrospective running until May 3rd covers the designer’s early life and entire career. The museum also has workshops and courses for those interested in fashion including short courses teaching a variety of different skills. It’s easy to find it is a big colourful building on Bermondsey Street you really can’t miss it.
A short walk away from the Fashion and Textiles Museum is the Design Museum. The space shows off all things design related including graphic and digital design. Currently on display at the museum is ‘Designs of the Year 2015’ showcasing what the world’s most intelligent designers have been up to for the past year. If you’re interested in what’s going to be shaping the world in the future this exhibition is a must.
Finding inspiration doesn’t always need to be about attending exhibitions or events sometimes simply going for a walk can be an eye opening experience. Personally a stroll along the Southbank has to be one of the best experiences you can have in London. I recommend starting at the London Eye and making your way down to the Tate Modern. You will be able to take in all of London’s amazing architecture along this route from St Pauls Cathedral to the super modern Shard. If you do feel like another exhibition, the Tate is always a winner. If not there is an espresso bar on level 3 in case you want sit down and start your world changing piece of literature.
Try to view your time away from work as an opportunity to experience and learn more.
Another choice is Brick Lane market on the weekends. A mixture of market traders, hipsters, street food and vintage clothing is the best way to describe this market. It’s no secret that over the last few years East London has become home to artists, designers and the fashion crowd, so throwing around a bit of small talk in the local coffee shops could spark a few interesting conversations.
To be honest going without study or work is always going to be a hard thing to stomach and by no means am I trying to make it sound great. This doesn’t mean you’re supposed to sit at home with your fingers crossed waiting for that one email. Try to view your time away from work as an opportunity to experience and learn more until you land the dream job that took forever to email you back.
Dominic is a nineteen year old writer from London with an interest in arts and culture in particular film and photography. Having left school at sixteen he worked part-time in retail before deciding to pursue a career in the creative sector. He prides himself on being honest and informative in his writing.