Thomas Heatherwick and Rankin lead stellar line-up of artistic powerhouses at Cannes Lions

11 April 2019 – Looking to the world of art and design for inspiration, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has today announced some of the biggest names in contemporary art and design that will take to the stage at the Festival this June. The panels will address the intersection of art, culture and brands and will feature a line-up of artistic powerhouses, including world-famous British designer Thomas Heatherwick and renowned photographer Rankin along with a selection of some of the brightest young directors and photographers in the industry.

The sessions will provide a fresh lens on how artists create a deep emotional connection with society and how art sparks important conversation.

Thomas Heatherwick is the founder of Heatherwick Studio which brings together the practices of design, architecture and urban planning. His prolific work spans the globe with recent projects including the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron, New York’s Vessel and Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley and London (in collaboration with BIG). He will be joined on the Cannes Lions stage with Richard Edelman, President and CEO of global communications firm Edelman.

Discussing the Visual Diet initiative, world renowned photographer Rankin and Women of the World Founder, Jude Kelly CBE join Head of Visual Content at M&C Saatchi, Mimi Gray andMatt Cooper, Founder & Owner of Little Black Book. The panel will build upon the debate around visual diet and mental health, and the responsibility of the creative communications industry to improve upon it. The group will explore the power and influence images have on society, reviewing the elements of authenticity and perfection while acknowledging the drastic increase in consumption of content across multiple platforms.

Taking a GenZ perspective on shifting the representation of gender identities from traditional norms to a more non-conformist approach Adolescent Content will bring content creators to discuss how to reach younger audiences authentically. Photographers Myles Loftin andLaurence Philomene join Director Shea Vaughan-Gabor and Creative Director Ramaa Mosleyto share how they create and produce work that drives change and innovation and addresses toxic gender representation.

Hear global speakers from agencies, brands and the wider creative community tell their stories and share their ideas at Cannes Lions from 17 – 21 June 2019. The full Festival programme is now live www.canneslions.com/attend/planner and includes sessions exploring themes around brand purpose, consumer experience, trust, storytelling and the value of creativity.

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