Professionals and students from the creative industries will descend on the University of Huddersfield this week for the latest Wilson’s Republic event, with the theme of Habit.

The event, which is the eleventh Wilson’s Republic gathering, will feature talks from two creatives with local connections. Both will present their work through their interpretation of creative habits.

WR#11 is hosted by the School of Arts and Humanities, in Create Lab, within the Barbara Hepworth Building at the University of Huddersfield on Thursday March 14 from 6pm.

Huddersfield-born Carly Gledhill is a children’s book author/illustrator, print designer and educator whose work has appeared in books for publishers including Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Andersen Press.

Her work is inspired by a love of colour, 90s kids’ TV, slapstick humour and mid-century design.

Dave Young is an artist/maker and self-styled ‘janitor of the ridiculous.’ Dave makes work for events, festivals, parades and carnivals.

His most recent work involved creating a family of giant sheep for the HERD festival which could be seen across Kirklees last year.

Event attendees will be able to get up close to one of the sheep, currently situated in the atrium of the Barbara Hepworth building.

Wilson’s Republic co-founder Aidan Nolan said: “We are delighted that Carly and Dave are speaking, they are both successful creatives with inspiring stories.

“Our region has an abundance of creative talent that often goes unseen – many people just don’t get a chance to see or hear about it.

“Wilson’s Republic is a way for fellow creatives to hear different views about running a creative business.”

The event signals the end of the current Wilson’s Republic Creative Bubbles programme. The latest cohort saw 40 creative practitioners sharing knowledge on how they run their businesses. Creative Bubbles is supported by Kirklees Council’s Creative Development Team, Kirklees Year of Music 2023 and the Gainshare Fund.

On the success of the project, co-founder Darren Evans said: “So far the Creative Bubbles has supported over 140 local creatives in sharing knowledge and making connections, all with the aim of strengthening the creative sector in Kirklees. We’re now making exciting plans for the development of the Bubbles.”

Wilson’s Republic is a Community Interest Company formed in 2015 with a purpose to ensure the creative industries are better connected.

Its events attract professionals and students from all corners of the creative sector across Kirklees.

Tickets for WR#11 are still available through Eventbrite HERE and the event is open to anyone with an interest in running a creative business.