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A free, inclusive platform to support, inspire & connect UK creatives



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The Creative Occupation was founded by Lorelle Skelton and launched in July 2021 as a response to stats around diversity and professional development in the creative industries. Since then, TCO has supported countless creatives through; facilitating mentoring relationships, advocating for a more diverse creative industries with increased representation of BAME creatives, building a personalised, online member hub and directory, sharing practical resources, insightful interviews, daily motivation and more. We've released an eBook, partnered with Shillington, Fuse and Salt and Sister Studio - hands up if you managed to grab one of our dreamy totes! - and been celebrated in the press (check out this Design by Women write up 🙏).


In October 2023 TCO became a social enterprise and removed all paywalls to allow even more creatives to access support and inspiration. Interested in working with TCO? Get in touch.

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“Pretend to be making something until you actually make something.”
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