live’n’loud: Ad­ven­tures in the arts

Students are urged to get cre­ative and em­brace chal­lenges of in­dus­try, writes Rose Sadleir

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M ATTHEW Haynes is on a mis­sion to open minds and in­spire cre­ative schol­ars.

The Sun­shine Coast graphic de­signer, who launched the Ana­logue/Dig­i­tal Cre­ative Con­fer­ence in 2010, says he wants to see cre­ative students em­brace cre­ative think­ing.

Haynes be­lieves Queens­land univer­sity students are be­ing left in the dark. He says they are not sat­u­rated by the thoughts and views of cre­ative mas­ter­minds and do not have an un­der­stand­ing of job prospects in their fu­ture in­dus­try.

The A/D con­fer­ence, which ar­rives on the Gold Coast this week­end, will see a range of speak­ers in­clud­ing famed artist An­thony Lis­ter and in­sight­ful cre­ative di­rec­tor Christo­pher Doyle share their observations and per­cep­tions of the cre­ative in­dus­try.

Haynes says he en­cour­ages those who at­tend to dream and not to rely on any­one else to achieve their dreams.

‘‘Out of the thou­sands of peo­ple who are study­ing some­thing cre­ative, only 10 will get good jobs,’’ he says.

‘‘We don’t dumb it down. Those 10 peo­ple ei­ther know peo­ple or are su­per tal­ented. I give them hard facts. As soon as I tell them I know how to get those jobs they lis­ten pretty quickly.’’

Haynes says most peo­ple who at­tend A/D leave feel­ing in­spired – and or over­whelmed.

‘‘If they have three weeks left of uni, they will be wor­ried think­ing they are nowhere near the level they need to be,’’ he says.

‘‘Those who are in their sec­ond year of uni will come out feel­ing cre­ative, froth­ing to pick up a side project.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple’s pas­sions re­side in a side project.’’

A/D’s speak­ers – from cre­ative di­rec­tors and pho­tog­ra­phers to fash­ion de­sign­ers, artists and graphic de­sign­ers – of­fer a gold­mine of in­for­ma­tion.

‘‘Christo­pher Doyle is charis­matic, in­sight­ful and very smart. His work is out­stand­ing,’’ Haynes says.

‘‘He’ll have the au­di­ence eat­ing out of his palm. He’s the most in­spi­ra­tional per­son which is why he’s speak­ing last.

‘‘An­thony Lis­ter is one of the most high-pro­file artists – he’s sold a mil­lion in art al­ready and he’s 30.’’

Else­where Bar, in Surfers Paradise, will host an event af­ter-party to­mor­row from 8pm with live spray­paint­ing by Lis­ter, Beast­man and Num­skull and a DJ set by UK duo Punks Jump Up.

An­thony Lis­ter is one of the guest speak­ers/artists at this year’s Ana­logue/ Dig­i­tal Cre­ative Con­fer­ence, at Robina Town Cen­tre to­mor­row.

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