Over the last year, it's become clearer than ever that the creative industries are in need of radical change. That's why Dazed and Converse are launching the Open To Change partnership to support, empower, and platform the next generation.
With a focus on creating visibility for underrepresented communities, Open To Change will deliver tangible opportunities for the changemakers of tomorrow and look at what's next for the Creative Industry.
From the Dazed 100 to a Mentorship series with A-COLD-WALL* founder Samuel Ross, as well as educational resources, paid creative commissions, a series of events and more - everyone’s invited to get involved.
Samuel Ross' inaugural Open To Change mentorship session, the second of four sessions spanning a year-long programme, centres around how to expand reach and success within creative businesses.
Ross is joined by Matthew Sleep, Design Director of Footwear at Converse who has partnered with Ross on his ongoing collaboration with the footwear brand. With the All Star team, they offer critical analysis within a show-and-tell format as well as problem-solving, development tips and more.
The Converse All Stars deliver a manifesto for change in creative spaces
At the final Open to Change mentorship session, the All Stars reflected on Samuel Ross’s Manifesto for Change, laying out the impact they want to make through their work
Making a difference through creativity with Samuel Ross & All Stars
The Converse All Stars joined Samuel Ross, Yi Ng, and filmmaker Bafic at Dazed for the last instalment in the Open to Change series, this time IRL
Samuel Ross on how to problem-solve and progress your creative business
In the second session of Dazed and Converse’s Open To Change initiative, the A-Cold-Wall* founder shares tips for how to expand the reach and success of your work
How to turn your creativity into a business, according to Samuel Ross
As part of the Open To Change initiative in partnership with Converse, young designers, artists, creatives, and filmmakers are mentored to make their creative ideas a sustainable business reality – watch the first session here
Meet 8 Converse All Stars being mentored by Samuel Ross
As part of the 2021 Open to Change initiative, young designers, artists, filmmakers, creators, and creatives are being taken under the wing of the A-Cold-Wall* founder
Open Calls is the next chapter in Open To Change, 2021’s landmark partnership between Dazed and Converse to support, empower, and platform the next generation of creatives.
With the dual aims of spotlighting the work of undiscovered creatives, as well as taking genuine tangible action for worthy causes, Open Calls opens the floor to the audience with an invitation to join the conversation through creative expression.
Check out the winning artists from Arlo Parks’ art therapy project
Three artists will have their work showcased across the UK with Parks’ mammoth mental health-championing project, as part of Dazed and Converse’s Open To Change programme
Here’s how to get involved in Arlo’s Art Therapy
The musician is launching an Open Call to anyone who finds catharsis through creativity
This year’s Dazed 100 is a celebration of change, and the nex-gen names leading that change in their communities and creative fields. Running as part of Dazed and Convere’s Open to Change initiative, each entrant on this year’s line up was asked, “How will you shape the future?”. The winner of this year’s Dazed 100 will see their idea come to life through mentoring and a $30,000 grant, funded by Converse. The public voting has now closed! Keep an eye out for the winner, who Dazed and Converse will announce in July, after selecting out of the 10 finalists. In the meantime, look back at this year's list below.
Meet the 2021 winner of the Dazed100
Dazed and Converse announce the winner of the Open to Change fund
6 vital artists expanding the perception of South Africa's art scene
Bubblegum Club’s Lindi Mngxitama highlights the emerging artists reimagining the creative expression of a restless nation, from Lunga Ntila’s collage work to textile and tapestry artist Talia Ramkilawan
Sam Visser traces the story behind 6 of his essential makeup looks
The Dior and Hadid-approved makeup artist shares his creative inspirations, from Blade Runner and architecture to old Hollywood glamour
8 essential skate videos from the 90s and beyond with Glue Skateboards
The queer NYC skate collective’s top video picks featuring Flip Skateboards, Jay Strickland, and Jacob Rosenburg
cktrl’s ultimate beginner’s guide to jazz music
The London musician and producer’s ultimate jazz picks featuring Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, and Eric Dolphy
An introduction to Palestinian women’s cinema by Habibi Collective
Featuring Mona Hatoum’s Measures of Distance, Emily Jacir’s Letter To A Friend, and Jumana Manna’s Wild Relatives
6 creatives imagine the post-pandemic worlds they wish to see
From the Guts Gallery resisting art world elitism, to the filmmaking of Julianknxx which champions grassroots stories from Sierra Leone, some of 2021’s Dazed 100ers highlight how creativity will move the world forward