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Creative practice can be a powerful tool for change, but how do artists relate to economies and money, and is digital improving the picture? Andy Warhol stated that ‘good business is the best art’. Do we agree and embrace this idea? In this turbulent global moment, it’s time for a fresh and constructive look at art’s role in economies.

Join our experts from the worlds of economics, finance and the digital and creative industries, for an evening of inspirational and provocative talks, demos and discussion around these themes.


Leigh Caldwell, Economist at The Irrational Agency
Aden Davies, digital banking expert at 11:FS
Katie Day, Artistic Director of The Other Way Works
Aimee Harrison, founder of Line Cut Supply
Tamar Millen, Digital & Cultural Partnerships at the Sheffield City Council
James Wallbank, founder of Makers on The Edge


The Roco Creative Co-op, 342 Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2HW


£8 / £5 concessions


Leigh Caldwell
Leigh Caldwell is a behavioural economist and co-founder of The Irrational Agency, a market research firm investigating the consumer’s unconscious mind. His book The Psychology of Price explores how successful pricing strategies build on the mind’s workings. Leigh researches cognitive economics, i.e. how people value and trade the intangible concepts inside our heads.

Katie Day
Katie Day is Artistic Director of The Other Way Works, developing work where theatre meets new technologies with the aim of creating magical, immersive experiences. Katie is a 2017 BOM (Birmingham Open Media) Fellow and a Resident of Watershed Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio, and was the winner of the Hello Culture Award in 2014.

Aden Davies
Aden works at 11:FS to make digital banking, not just digitised banking. He is fascinated by how banking and large organisations can be opened up to make them more transparent, collaborative and better. Formerly attempted similar work at HSBC. Aden got a grade C at GCSE Art in 1992.

Aimee Harrison
Aimee Harrison is the founder of Line Cut Supply, a clothing label specialising in high quality, versatile and minimal workwear for women. Her background is in the digital world, working at AKQA in London and Portland with clients including sports giant Nike. She currently works part time in Sheffield as a digital producer.

Tamar Millen
Having recently managed Sheffield’s Year of MakingTamar is currently working on developing Creative and Cultural Partnerships for SCC. Previous job incarnations have included playing with digital media labs, art radio, digital archives, fundraising and conflict resolution.

James Wallbank
With his wife Lisa, James runs Makers, a high street shop selling crafts, craft workshops and making services. With a background in art, design and research, James is interested in the creative and enterprise potential of crafts and digital manufacture, and wonders whether making really can regenerate communities and re-localise employment.


We want to make sure your ideas are heard whether you can make it or not! Get involved by posting questions, thoughts and conversation starters ahead of time on FacebookTwitter or email

Find out about the first Site Session here.

Image: A Ramble round the Globe … With … illustrations [including a portrait], etc Author: DEWAR, Thomas Robert – Baron Dewar

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