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25 FEB


To welcome the start of longer days of the year, Pecha Kucha Night Dundee Vol 14 is here! Coming back to the Bonar Hall on Thursday 25th February 2016.

PKNs run in over 800 cities all over the world, a quick-fire way of hearing from people across the city and beyond.

At Pecha Kucha Night Dundee we have 12 diverse individuals who speak about whatever they like, and it’s a speedy format – presenters have 20 images and 20 secs per image – so just under 7 mins, which means you hear a lot of interesting, thought-provoking and often inspiring stuff.

Our regular ‘spread the word’ feature on the night also gives anyone the chance to grab the mic and shout out the events and opportunities they have coming up.

A huge thanks to Lara Scouller for the great PKN illustration, Lara’s driving passions are drawing and nature, which are well reflected in this piece! Find out more about her work, here.

Speakers include (with more to follow)…

Jack Wrigley is an artist, photographer and theatre maker. He is a co-founder of Glasgow based arts collective 85A, with who he has built a mechanical orchestra, a submarine cinema and a giant people crusher. Jack was director of photography for Judd Brucke’s silent industrial horror film CHERNOZEM. This has recently been screened as part of the Montreal Underground Film Festival and L’Étrange Festival in Paris. Jack was part of the award winning design team for Untitled Project’s – Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner and has worked with this company on The Salon Project, Cain’s Book and The Eye, which he co-directed and designed. Currently Jack works at a roller disco and is making a a book of writing and photography titled Touching Fingertips to Cracked Lips (and No No). He is part of the design team for Scottish Dance Theatre’s new work Velvet Petal.

Michaela Millar is Business Development Officer at Scott & Fyfe, an employee owned technical textile company which embraced a design led strategy shortly before its 150th birthday. Graduating from the DJCAD Textile Design course in 2012 she began working with the company after interning there using tools more commonly found in design than business. @michaela_millar and @ScottandFyfe

Mary Jane Baxter is a writer, maker and milliner with a love of travel. She is the author of two books, ‘Chic on a Shoestring’ and ‘The Modern Girl’s Guide to Hatmaking’ and is working on a third title, ‘Vintage Vacation’, inspired by a recent trip around Europe in her upcycled Mobile Makery van. Previously a BBC foreign correspondent Mary Jane is currently splitting her time between London and Montrose in Angus. maryjanemakes.comand mobilemakerytour.blogspot.com and @maryjanebaxter

David Lyons is lecturer of media design at Abertay University and PhD researcher at Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art and Design investigates theories and practices of visual perception, exploring the idea that artwork can be intentionally created to be experienced differently dependent on one’s visual abilities. He does this through prints, motion graphics, projections and colour vision deficiency (CVD) simulation software. mrdavidlyons.tumblr.com

Lorraine Wilson. Formerly a crack writer of horoscopes, amusing quizzes, and probing interviews with pop stars for Jackie magazine, Lorraine has somehow managed to feed herself and several small dogs by committing words to paper for the past 30 years. A former editor of Animals and You and The Scots Magazine, her first book was Take It To The Bridge, charting the history of Dundee rock and pop. Her second book, Facing Forwards, charts a three-month solo journey around Europe over the summer of 2015. @LorraineEWilson and @FacingForwards

Grant Richmond is a self employed web developer who occasionally likes to do mildly interesting things. Over the last couple of years his main side project has been starting and running Dundee MakerSpace but is now moving onto pastures new. You can find his ramblings at grant.codes or @terminalpixel.

Dawn Walton is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and author of ‘The Caveman Rules of Survival’. She has a passion for challenging long held beliefs about mental health issues. Dawn believes everyone is screwed up, and if we could all just accept it then it would make it a lot easier to help people get over their problems. She has offices in Dundee, Aberdeen and does 50% of her business on Facetime and Skype, so is able to help people all over the world. So there is no hiding! Find her on @Thinkitchangeit, online at thinkitchangeit.com, on YouTube, Facebook and she’s pretty sure there are a few pigeons flying around with her contact details on them too.

Andrew Wasylyk is the alias of Scottish writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Mitchell. A member of alternative rock band Idlewild since 2014, he has released six albums with ongoing indie pop group The Hazey Janes along with the acclaimed debut of psych duo Art of the Memory Palace. previous tours supporting Wilco, and as a session player with Electric Soft Parade and School of Language – Andrew is currently touring his first solo record ‘Soroky’. facebook.com/a.wasylyk and @A_Wasylyk

Julija Danilova is a Textile artist and Garment constructor. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Julija moved to Scotland in 2007, where she decided to gain an education in Textiles. She graduated in BA Design and Creativity from RGU/ Dundee And Angus College in Dundee in 2014.

Jordan Butler is Managing Director of Togs for Tots to Teens CIC, a Social Enterprise founded in response to the level of poverty in the City of Dundee. As well as providing a clothing and equipment bank for essential aid for struggling families; As an arts educator, Jordan aims to counteract blame culture through creative thinking and their ethos of ‘Creating Kindness’. Togs are striving to ensure that every child has what they need to thrive through the distribution of goods, experiences and by challenging attitudes. facebook.com/togsfortotsdundee

Siôn Parkinson is an artist, singer and producer. His performances often see him appearing in costume to invoke the voice of an animal, variously a burning elephant, a stuffed walrus, a lovelorn worm, and most recently a seal who talks and vomits. His work as a producer for Cape Farewell’s ‘Sea Change’ project took him to the Isle of Mull where he was Creative Director of Exhibitions for Comar, a role that in turn inspired his return to Dundee, the city in which he was born. He is producer of the inaugural Dundee Design Festival 2016. @sionparkinson

Almighty Foods is Dundee’s premier nutrient dense food company, sourcing only the highest quality organic ingredients from all over the world. They are the first company in Dundee to manufacture chocolate and nut butters from the bean/nut itself… truly evolutionary. Founded and run by Molly and Josh, who are spreading awareness of ethically natured organic eating and living, like wildfire. Their mission is simple, clean air, clean water, clean food, ethics and a whole lot of love. Join them and hear about there journey/vision and get involved in “nourishing your temple”! almightyfoods.co.uk


Featured Presentation


Euan Gray

Huts are no longer nostalgic relics of the past. Euan Gray shows us how huts are not only important as a shelter from the harshness of mother nature, but how they've become fully-functional contemporary works of archtecture. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 5, 2013.


Game Making Across the Spectrum

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 28, 2012

Danny Parker has been making his own games since childhood. In this presentation he walks us through his video gaming journey, encouraging us to make more games ourselves. 

"Presentation of the Day" on September 4, 2013.


Designing Cakes

@ VOL 5 ON FEB 26, 2013

Mhairi Wild talks about design, and more specifically, the craft of making cakes. She looks at some of her recipes and processes, and the importance of balance between flavors, the consistency of the cake and icing, and the design elements of the cake’s decoration.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 23, 2013.


What I Learned from Doctor Who

@ VOL 5 ON FEB 26, 2013

Jonathan Baldwin talks about growing up in the 1970s, and the important role Doctor Who played in his life. He relates some of the lessons he learned, and how the Doctor aided his imagination and creativity, and led him to become the man he is today.

 "Presentation of the Day" on May 27, 2013.

Dundee as City of Culture

@ VOL 5 ON FEB 26, 2013

Bryan Beattie, the director of Creative Services Scotland, talks about the city of Dundee, and the process of creating the proposal for Dundee’s bid to become the UK City of Culture 2017. He looks at how to reveal the most and the best of the creativity and culture in Dundee.



@ VOL 4 ON NOV 06, 2012

Mhairi Towler is founder and creative director of the animation production company, Vivomotion, based in Dundee. The company offers a service of bespoke animations for scientific communication. Mhairi integrates a background in science with animation skills in order to use visual and 3D methodologies to communicate science to a wider audience.

In her presentation, Mhairi explains how she has combined her passion for science and animation together into her business, Vivomotion.


Who Runs the Arts in Scotland?

@ VOL 4 ON NOV 06, 2012

Clive Gillman works as Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts and has a background in making art using different kinds of technology. In his presentation, Clive has a thought provoking chat about who runs the arts in Scotland.


Literary Dundee

@ VOL 4 ON NOV 06, 2012

Anna Day is the Director of Literary Dundee, and she is publishing manager of Dundee University Press and co-founded Playroom Press with her husband, Chris Collins. Chris is a book designer. The first Playroom Press book, Dundee 123, is a counting book for cool kids using Dundee's landmarks.

In their presentation, Anna and Chris chat about their love of all things lit and their new book, Dundee 123.




About the City's Organizers

  • Lyall Bruce

    Designer, Illustrator, Member of Fleet Collective, Director of Creative Dundee, organiser of events and occasional writer of things.

  • Gillian Easson

    Interested in the conditions required for people and their places to thrive, I co-founded Creative Dundee with Lyall Bruce and brought Pecha Kucha Nights to my home city, to amplify and connect our amazing creative talent.

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