Ciara Phelan

Ciara Phelan

Co-Founder & Creative DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
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Ciara Phelan

Ciara Phelan

Co-Founder & Creative DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Ciara is the Co-founder & Creative Director of artist agency Grand Matter. With a focus on meaningful creativity, Grand Matter represents a roster of distinctive illustrators and makers chosen for their grand ideas & creative curiosity.
Projects credited in
  • Future Makers
    Future MakersFuture Makers is Grand Matter's yearly professional development programme for artists at the beginning of their careers looking to take the next step. Born in response to the desperate lack of diversity in the creative industries, Future Makers is solely open to those belonging to typically underrepresented groups, and offers up to three-illustration based artists the opportunity to join our roster for one year, along with our professional support and guidance. Throughout the year successful ap
  • Lush - Oxford Street Window Display
    Lush - Oxford Street Window DisplayA collaboration with Owen Gildersleeve and YCN to create a moving window display for Lush's flagship Oxford Street store in London. The project was based around illustrations by Charlotte Day, that we developed into three-dimensional electronic, mechanical and structural display elements.
  • Airbnb x Grand Matters - Boundary Breakers
    Airbnb x Grand Matters - Boundary BreakersOn the 28th November 2018 Grand Matters launched &wherefore, and held their first panel discussion evening as part of an editorial collection ‘Boundless’. I was kindly invited to host this amazing event! The aim of the event was to discuss diversity in the creative industry and present an esteemed panel of speakers, all of whom are proactively breaking down boundaries to inclusion in the industry through the work that they do. The event was presented in partnership with Airbnb, who provided
  • Throw Ho Ho!
    Throw Ho Ho!We've been spreading some much needed festive warmth with a special collection of woven throws, uniquely designed by our artists. 100% of profits will go to support Accumulate – the Art School for the Homeless. Collaborating with our roster of artists and illustrators, each bringing their own individual style and voice to their design making for a broad and varied collection of throws. They're sold through our newly launched Grand Originals online store, with all profits being donated to Accumu
  • Grand Matter x Everpress: #Pride Collection
    Grand Matter x Everpress: #Pride CollectionTo mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we partnered with artist t-shirt printing platform Everpress to launch a curated collection of 26 t-shirts designed by a select group of creatives, celebrating all things Pride.
  • Balance For Better
    Balance For BetterTo commemorate International Women’s Day 2019, we partnered with online print store RoomFifty to invite a select group of artists to respond to this year's theme of ‘Balance for Better’ and create an artwork celebrating gender equality.
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Work history
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    Grand Matter logo
    Co Founder & Creative DirectorGrand Matter
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    YCN logo
    YCN logo
    Creative ProducerYCN
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
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Skills
  • Illustration
Education
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    Graphic Design BA (Hons)The University of Brighton
     - Brighton, United Kingdom