Talks and Workshops

In Conversation with: Tanya Compas

Interview for the Sour Lemons Zine

Online, Zoom

24 Nov 2020

Lizzie Reid talks with Tanya Compas about the importance of trust and conversation in creating genuine connection and impact in the lives of young people.

Interview extract:

Tanya explains, the responsibility of the creative and cultural sector is to ensure they are supporting the right people to deliver the work and for the right reasons. Reflecting on her journey in the influencer and charity sector, Tanya passionately describes the importance of not allowing the power dynamics between grassroots organisations and big brands or funders to overshadow the impact you set out to create. Reminding us that they rely on our community connections to reach new audiences. 
With the safety of young people always at the forefront, Tanya very poignantly describes the power of working collectively with those already doing the work on the ground. Emphasising the responsibility we all have to recognise when to pass the mic, the cheque and the resources."

In Conversation with: Willkay

Interview for the Sour Lemons Zine

Online, Zoom

19 Nov 2020

Lizzie Reid talks with Willkay about the magic of finding your intuition, the importance of research, and the role of your mentality in carving a successful career.

Interview extract:

"Reflecting on moments of success and darkness, he says “I remember from a certain point just thinking, nothing is going to get in my way.” Using this mentality as motivation, intuition as a guiding light, his knowledge of himself and the industry, Willkay has since worked with the likes of Microsoft, Stormzy, BBC, Adidas, Giggs and Converse to name a few.


Recommending we should all learn how to question and talk to ourselves, Willkay explains “it sounds crazy, but especially now a days with everything going on, you need to talk to yourself first to make decisions before you reach out to the world for it to make decisions for you.”

Self-Reflection toolkit to deal with distraction

With Ellen Donnelly, founder of The Ask

Online, Zoom

27 Oct 2020

"If looked at in the right way, distractions can reveal secret keys and actually contribute to your mission, rather than ‘distract’. Join us on to find out how you can satisfy those interests and urges without succumbing to instant gratification. A positive session looking at psychology as a means to understanding why we get distracted and how we can deal with the distractions in alignment with our current journeys."

Aligning your practice

Xhibit Professional Development Day

Arts Student Union, UAL

Holborn, London - May 2020

Online, Zoom - July 2020

"Exploring the importance of self-reflection and self-knowledge to growing your practice, utilising this approach to think through your WHY to produce genuine work. Discussing the journey from student to early-freelancer and my wall of trophies celebrating each time I get closer to the dream."

How can we go beyond our current approach to health and safety to ensure every worker has the access to thrive holistically during COVID-19 and long-term?

Rebuilding the Arts with inclusivity and equitability

Sour Lemons

Online, Zoom

8 June 2020

Co-delivered with Leo Woods and Aimee Gayle, we designed a workshop rooted in powerful questions and self-reflection. Looking at the psychological safety of their personal experiences in the workplace and their current workspaces, we pulled out the importance of building trust to open dialogue and have difficult conversations in order to create change.


Reminding participants from the Tate, Sadlers Wells, Southbank Centre and National Theatre, of the necessity of a diverse workforce from the top down. The positive impact this has on the quality of ideas, the economy, audiences, the wellbeing, and health and safety of all employees.

Financial support of freelancers, COVID-19

What's Next and DCMS

Online, Zoom

8 April 2020

Invited by Lizzie Crump (founder of What's Next) and Sade Brown (founder of Sour Lemons), to speak at the first What's Next? meeting via zoom.

  • Discussing Art Council England's strategy to sustain the sector during and beyond Covid-19 with DCMS, I shared my experiences and a poetic statement as a freelance artist who falls through the cracks of government support.

  • I asked for simplicity whilst we endured this time of panic but most importantly "to know that there is more than just a boat to shore, but an army of support awaiting our arrival."

  • I described how at risk we we are of losing the most forward-thinking creative projects and change-makers of our time.

  • Reminding them, that even though so very few of us would be selected for ACE or government grants, "it is in our blood as freelancers to continue striving to provide and aiming to thrive".

Confidence can be Learned

A Grounded Podcast
12 Dec 2019

Hosted by founder and musician Alichè

Listen here | Spotify | Apple | Google 

"ITS ELECTION DAY, so while you get yourself down to the polling station and make your vote count listen in to Alichè being joined by artist Lizzie Reid. They talk identities and fears as a young creative woman... Whilst gossiping about why Boris Johnson is a racist d**k and why they're over clubbing."

Learning your value and pricing

Creative Start-Up Day

Arts Student Union, UAL

Holborn, London
Oct 2019

Talking to around 40 studying and recently graduated artists about pricing had to be relatable and personable. Balancing practical guides to calculate figures with the importance of becoming familiar with your perception of self, the value of yourself as an individual and using your desired quality of life as a measuring tool.

Art School and Creativity

Surviving Art Podcast

18 Oct 2019

Hosted by founder and artist Matej Tomažin

Listen here | Spotify | Apple | Google 

"To kick it all off, today’s run-and-gun podcast (meaning, please excuse the London traffic in the background, it’s inevitable), is with Lizzie Reid from Lizzie’s Lines.

We talked about art school and why going to art school might not be the best option (at least not in places, where education isn’t free (I’m still amazed that people come out of college with debt almost as large as the GDP of a small country). And we also explored her views on the possibilities curatives have in London at this very moment, how a longer hiatus can actually be good for you and much, much more."

Follow your Rhythm

Advice from Emerging Artists

Made in Arts London

TM Lighting Gallery, Kings Cross, London

12 Oct 2019

Covering my key learnings with the new and current Made in Arts London artists after a year of developing my practice and working with MiAL. Emphasising the inspiration and opportunity that comes with visualising your work in new contexts, the accessibility to problem solve and self-teach from a list of free online platforms, and always recognising the validity of your current position and experience.

Artist Talk

Affordable Art fair

Hampstead Heath, London
12 May 2019

A panel discussion with four Made in Arts London artists, led by Andrew Marsh (Course Leader at Central Saint Martins), sharing the process, meaning and motivations behind our work and practice.

Love Yourself workshop

Yoga and Food Valentines Day event 

Arts Student Union, UAL

With co-founder of Prgrm2ed Perception, Ella Barnard

Chelsea UAL

14 Feb 2019

A creative workshop themed around showing self-appreciation through collage, letter writing to our past, present and future selves, and colouring in with around 35 participants.

The Power of Choice

Artist talk as Prgrm2ed Perception

Illustration BA, London College of Communication, UAL

With co-founder Ella Barnard

23 Nov 2018

Talk framed around our key learnings since founding an exhibition platform (2015) to showcase the talent and voices of emerging artists and musicians in response to current socio-political issues. Through the lens of choice, we discussed the importance of identifying obligations vs needs and wants and the difficulty but necessity of saying no. Dealing with pressure through the understanding of how you work, and leaving space for mental wellbeing. Getting ok with failure, leaning on your network and recognising that confidence is learnt.



Prgrm2ed Perception:

Supporting over 36 creatives across five exhibitions, we curated conversations using film, painting, digital artwork, collage, photography, textiles, costume design, essay writing, sculpture, print making and more.

- Gentrification around the time of the overtaking of Brixton (2016)

- Political power during the EU referendum

- Genderalisation to reignite conversation of gender roles, stigmas and freedom

- Modern Day Dreaming commenting on escaping the everyday monotonous routine

- And female empowerment, highlighting women from across the globe who have done incredible things for our society.

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