live’n’loud: Adventures in the arts
Students are urged to get creative and embrace challenges of industry, writes Rose Sadleir
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.