An informal Autumn get-together for creatives in Belfast. Featuring 2 local creatives sharing their creative journeys and talking about perfectionism and their creative work. They will each share their creative journeys and talk about how they deal with perfectionism and explore the role of perfectionism within their creative practice and how they have learnt to move past perfectionism to bring their creative ideas to life.
SPEAKER 1 - Benji Connell
Benji is an architecturally trained freelance illustrator and artist, with over 7 years of industry experience. Benji set up Concrete Clouds in summer 2019, having spent a number of years in architectural practice in London, scribbling and sketching, before deciding to set up his own illustration studio to focus on his passion and continue to scribble and sketch. Concrete Clouds had long ago been the name of Benji’s failed band; as attempts to become a rockstar didn’t quite pan out, the name was up for grabs and appropriately felt right for an architectural illustration studio.
Benji graduated with a Diploma in Architecture from the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, where he was nominated for the Bram Stoker Medal acknowledging the most imaginative work across the art school. In the years since, Benji became a Member of the Society of Architectural Illustration, the world’s oldest and most prestigious architectural illustration organisation.
Benji is an avid traveller and urban sketcher and was a 2018 recipient of the John Kinross Scholarship from The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, commissioned to draw and produce artwork inspired by an extended stay in Florence. He has exhibited work internationally, from Edinburgh to Sao Paulo. His work has also featured in a number of publications for the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, in addition to Perspective magazine and The Big Conversation.