OCC: Hello Future

The first global archive of sketchbooks, filled by the newest and most talented graduate artists and designers.

A two-day festival to celebrate the launch of the Hello Future! Talents’ Archive Sketchbook Project.

The Archive

In partnership with the OCC, Double Decker initiated the world’s first cultural centre-hosted sketchbook archive. Double Decker worked with art and design schools all over the world to find the 200 most compelling artists to take part in the project. Visitors to the exhibition enjoyed a treasure trove of contemporary visual expression, as from fine art to fashion design, the participants were free to fill their curator customised sketchbook in their own idiosyncratic style.


The expanding archive, owned and hosted by OCC, is an international platform for emerging talents and an opportunity for young artists to share their work with a wider audience. It is an ongoing exhibition that acts as a significant source of inspiration for every visitor of the Cultural Centre.

  • The first archive of sketchbooks ever to be initiated by a cultural centre
  • 1100 portfolios reviewed
  • 200 artists selected
  • Participants from 30 countries
Participating Schools

London College of Communication (UK), Wimbledon College of Arts (UK), Camberwell School of Art (UK), Kingston University (UK), Royal College of Art (UK), London College of Fashion (UK), Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design (UK), University of Edinburgh (UK), University of Salford (UK), Nottingham Trent University (UK), Liverpool School of Art and Design (UK), Glasgow School of Art (UK), University of Brighton (UK), Sheffield Institute of Arts (UK), University of Portsmouth (UK), Norwich University of the Arts (UK), Gachon University (Korea), Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux University (France), School of Visual Arts in New York (USA), Parsons The New School for Design (USA), Rhode Island School of Design (USA), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (USA), Savannah College of Art and Design (USA), Yale University School of Art (USA), University of Cape Town (USA), Fashion Institute of Technology (USA), Moore College of Art & Design (USA), Art Center College of Design (USA), Ringling School of Art and Design (USA), School of Visual Arts (SVA) (USA), Maryland Institute College of Art (USA), MOME (Hungary), Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Sweden), University of the Arts (Finland), ÉCAL (Switzerland), Vakalo School of Art and Design (Athens), Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Sweden), Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Norway), Australian National University (Australia), Emily Carr University (Canada), The FH Aachen – Aachen University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Akademie der Bildenden Kunste Nurnberg (Germany), University of Nicolai Copernicus (Poland), Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arti Milano (NABA) Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo (Italy), Ballyfermot College of Further Education (Ireland), Mersin University (Turkey).



Double Decker devised the festival to create excitement around the launch of the Archive Sketchbook Project. We curated a stimulating variety of workshops and activities designed to appeal to all audiences. Whether you were a student or new professional getting career advice; someone trying screen-printing, animation, paper sculpture, furniture up-cycling or life drawing for the first time; or just wanting to find out where art is going by leafing through the sketchbooks, the festival ensured that every visitor left more excited about art and design.


Nicola Schwartz

Career advice


Nicola Schwartz, Founder and Creative Director of artist agency and publication house POCKO, based in London, Milan and, Los Angeles, offered design students one-to-one portfolio reviews and careers advice.


The Future is Yet To Be Printed


The making of personalised screen-printed accessories. Double Decker invited TIND to lead an educational future-themed screen-printing session for all ages. Participants took away tote bags and posters they had screen-printed themselves following a live demonstration of the process.

Costas Theoharis, Stefanos Andreadis, Laios Papazoglou

Illustrated Objects


Three illustrators of renown, Costas Theoharis, Stefanos Andreadis and Laios Papazoglou, showed how to reinvent a plain piece of furniture in a fun and inspirational demonstration of creative up cycling. Three lucky visitors won the re-imagined pieces in a prize draw.

Babis Alexiadis

The Future is Here


Babis Alexiadis challenged participants of all ages to make a film in a day through learning and applying traditional animation techniques (with a twist involving a record player and marker pens).

Marietta Kallona

Paper Projects!


Combining origami and illustration, kids created their own 3D paper toys.

Marigo Kassi

Drawing from life


Participants of all ages and levels of experience were invited to join art professor Marigo Kassi in a life drawing class for the 21st century, with props, music and the far-from-standard poses by dancer Angeliki Tsoupra inspiring some post-modern mark-making.


Location: Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

Date: March 2015

Curation and Photography: Double Decker

Reading Room Design: Spacelab Architects

Organisation: OCC Communication, Marketing Department & Afroditi Panagiotakou

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