The Roost Creative Scholarship is one of the initiatives I’m most proud of spearheading this year! We’re giving one emerging creative the opportunity to benefit from 12 months in an inspired shared co-working space, mentoring, funds towards their pursuits and an showcase at the end of it all to launch them into the professional community.
I am in a unique position to leverage communities and networks to make creative ideas happen. It’s not an easy job but it is an exciting one. There are a lot of unknowns as well as constant change. I do my best to arm myself with the best people and tools around because let me tell you – it’s not a one gal gig. Another thing I try and do as often as possible is get out of town to see what other cities do and how they harness their creativity. Cue REMIX Academy event on the Sunshine Coast.
I have three iconic and highly visible events happening in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie over the next four months. Sporting, Cultural and Social Cause. They will each attract audiences numbering 20,000+ who are exceptionally engaged and fit specific demographics.
An 8ft high mural depicting the face behind the urban renewal of inner city Newcastle has been unveiled on Market Square, in the heart of Hunter Street Mall. Pakistani artist Shehzar Abro and creative collective The Roost are behind the initiative that pays tribute to the founder of Renew Newcastle, Marcus Westbury. The artwork adorns the face of a heritage building that is home to The Roost and newly opened Newcastle Transport office.
Beaumont St Carnivale will be held on Sunday 12 March 2017 from 10am to 5pm along Beaumont Street between Tudor and Donald Streets with an additional entertainment zone in the Gallipoli Legion Club laneway featuring big bands, swing and jazz performances.
A beautiful and powerful reminder of living in the moment and treating our lives with a sense of playfulness. We don’t listen to music to seek the end of a song, just like we don’t dance to arrive at a certain point in the room – we simply dance to enjoy dancing.
The man who inspired so many of Newcastle’s creative projects and has helped drive Newcastle’s living culture, Marcus Westbury, is someone I’ve always looked up to. A self-confessed “serial starter of new things”, Marcus is responsible for two of the projects that have helped me find my feet within my niche: This is Not Art Festival (TiNA) and Renew Newcastle. I identify with his career as he what he does is so integral to the arts scene but in itself “Not Quite Art” (also, fittingly, the title of a three-part ABC series written and hosted by Westbury in ’07 & ’08).
REMIX Global Summits tackle the big ideas shaping the future of the arts, the creative economy and creative cities. Designed as a forum where creative leaders from different sectors can exchange insights, ideas and work together towards common goals, the Asia Pacific chapter, held in Sydney in June of this year, delivered on its promise. Speakers for 2015 included Twitter, Virgin, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Etsy, Yahoo!7, MCA, Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian, Intel, Australian Museum, The Guardian, Google, ACMI, Foxtel, Westfield and Blippar, however the audience members were just as inspiring.
#TDKTuesdays are a fortnightly design meet-up over beers in cities around the country, creating a laid back environment for design students and grads to meet other like-minded creatives. Newcastle chapter host Sean Bell invited me to present at speech at The Roost, sharing my experiences in the creative industries. Here’s a transcript of my speech from the night.
Writer and fellow Rooster Alexandra Morris wrote a lovely article about me, sharing secrets about my drama days, obsession with food and journey to self-employment. Here’s a squiz at the intro, but you can read the full interview here.