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Jamie McLaren

Founder, CEO

Personal Brief

Jamie McLaren is Run-Riot’s Founder and Creative Director. McLaren oversees the day-to-day Editorial and Business along with its ongoing Development.

Prior to founding Run-Riot McLaren had worked in the arts as an event producer, marketeer, and in PR at some of London’s most unique venues as well as Europe’s most established arts centres, and pioneering international festivals. He has also been a dancer, DJ, and managed a nightclub.

He has been involved with the Almeida Theatre, BBC, Barbican (BITE), Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Company In Space (Australia), KARAS (Saburo Teshigawara), Southbank Centre, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Hoxton Hall, London International Festival of Theatre, Random Dance (Wayne McGregor), Vice Gallery, among others.

McLaren studied Graphic Design, followed by Contemporary Dance & Choreography. He has lived in Valencia, Melbourne and London.

Artists on your radar, shout them out!

Rob Flowers for his eccentric illustrations.
Deborah Turbeville for her elegantly sophisticated photography.
Tim Minchin for his satirical cabaret.
M.I.A. for her music.
You, Me, Bum Bum Train for their theatrical imagination.

Which is your number one location - and what's it best for?

Drawers Gallery – for their unconventional curating, inspired by Kenny Everet.

'Getting creative', what's it all about?

Risky business and naked flames. Ambiguous innuendos can provoke creative situations. As can direct action.

Your Life, Right Now - what's the soundtrack?

Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)

Rossini - La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie): Overture

The Staple Singers - Slippery People

Nina Simone - Feeling Good

Underworld - Rez (remastered)

What is your idea of a jolly good time?

Engaging. Enjoying the company of terribly creative people. Being chased by the right thing. Pursuing hedonistic pleasure and being on the constant brink of actually achieving it. Hanging out with utterly irresponsible people. Spending quality time with wise sages. Carnal pleasures.

What happened the last time you were a complete disgrace?

One has never, ever been a complete disgrace.

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