Art and tech doors open for Next Gen

South Western Times - - News - Emily Ace

Prac­tis­ing and as­pir­ing cre­ative en­trepreneurs will re­ceive a leg up into fu­ture ca­reer and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties at the in­au­gu­ral Art and Tech Fest in Col­lie on Novem­ber 10.

The event, which will launch Global En­tre­pre­neur Week, was the re­sult of con­sul­ta­tion with emerg­ing com­mu­nity lead­ers through the Oper­a­tion Next Gen Col­lie pro­gram, ac­cord­ing to project man­ager Kerry An­der­son.

“They are very ex­cited about the fu­ture and they see arts and tech, in con­junc­tion with en­trepreneur­ship, as a way of get­ting young peo­ple ex­cited about new ca­reer and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“This is what the young peo­ple of Col­lie have asked for . . . and the com­mu­nity of Col­lie has made it hap­pen be­cause we value them — they are a big part of our fu­ture.”

Ms An­der­son said it would of­fer young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to talk with pro­fes­sion­als from a range of cre­ative in­dus­tries.

“We are chal­leng­ing all these artists com­ing to Col­lie to think to the fu­ture — what do they see as the emerg­ing streams and op­por­tu­ni­ties?” she said.

“It is not just a Col­lie event, it’s for young peo­ple in the re­gion to re­ally ex­plore what in­ter­ests them and find out how they can make a vi­able ca­reer or busi­ness out of it.”

The full pro­gram of ac­tiv­i­ties will cover vis­ual arts, film­mak­ing and mu­sic dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing a num­ber of think tanks, and will fin­ish with a free com­mu­nity con­cert and video art pro­jec­tion, all in the cen­tre of Col­lie.

“The ex­cit­ing part, and we can’t un­der­es­ti­mate this, is Franken­sound bring­ing video imag­ing to Col­lie,” she said.

“He has lit up build­ings like the State Li­brary in Perth and now he is go­ing to light up the Goods Shed in Col­lie.”

Bud­ding film­mak­ers can head along to the Short Film Pro­duc­tion Work­shop, while Bun­bury-based artist An­drew Frazer will host the Art and Busi­ness Work­shop.

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