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Portfolio Night hailed a great success by CDs and Freelancers

Published on Monday, 15th April 2013
Creative Directors from agencies such as McCann Erickson, Bray Leino, True Digital, Activation Digital, SAINTNICKS and Nationwide thrilled at the quality of work they saw at Portfolio Night

Last week saw the gathering of 16 of Bristol's top Creative Directors and 16 of Bristol Media's Freelancers for another Portfolio Review Night at Boca Bar, Paintworks.  The freelancers arrived with arms full of flyers, artwork, books, plus laptops, portfolios and iPads ready to show their work which ranged from Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Digital Design, Advertising Re-touching, Video Production and animation.

Each of the Creative Directors from agencies such as McCann Erickson, Element 78, Bray Leino, SAINTNICKS, Nationwide, True Digital and Spicerack (to name but a few) moved from one freelancer to another throughout the evening in a series of one to one reviews.  They were all astouned by the quality of the work they saw, and definitely gasping for a beer after three hours of talking!

"I found the portfolio night to be a real eye opener. It was great to see such a wide variety of talented freelancers on show, from those new to the industry to some who had considerable experience. I was surprised and even wowed by what I saw and came away with a fist full of new contacts, ideas and enthusiasm - where else can you get that on a Tuesday night in Bristol?" Steve Garratt, MD The Giggle Group

"This was my first portfolio night and I was not sure what to expect. What I got was an informal, yet focussed evening getting to see some of the real talent we are lucky enough to have in our city. Not all of it was appropriate to my needs but I will certainly be progressing potential relationships with a number of the participants. And the Boca Bar was the perfect environment to combine an enjoyable evening with real business benefit".   David Tye, Creative Agency Head, Nationwide Building Society

I just wanted to say a quick thank you for organising the portfolio evening yesterday. It was well organised and a really beneficial evening with some great creative directors all in once place to meet and chat with. Pete Marshall, Freelance Designer/Art Director

"The Bristol Media Portfolio Night I went to recently was engaging, exciting and definitely time well-spent. It was a a timely reminder of the breadth of talent and passion we have right on our doorstep and it was quickly apparent where we could augment our offering with many of the people I met. I can't wait for the next one." Julian Burrett, Creative Director McCann Erickson

"Last night's Portfolio Evening was superb and big thanks to all the lovely Creative Directors. Every city needs Bristol Media" Joanna Usherwood, Freelance Illustrator

"It was Spicerack's first attendance to Portfolio Night and it was very well organised. And so were the freelancers! We saw a lot of work which was presented well and very thought through for what we needed to see and hear in 8 mins... Would recommend that this is done more often and thank Bristol Media for organising this event".  Zia Namooya, Managing Director Spicerack

Just wanted to say thanks again for organising the Portfolio Review event. It was a great opportunity, really appreciated. Sam Twiddy, Advertising Re-toucher

Look out for details of our next Portfolio Review Night later this year!