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Returns for another year of creative talks | 13 Jul

Five years in support of the arts, cultural diversity, and creative mental health in Newcastle.
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MAKE IT - MADE IT has come a long way since its debut in a run-down warehouse in Newcastle West. Five years on, and it's seen close to 60 artists, makers, designers and practitioners in relative fields share knowledge, advice and skills to a growing audience in Newcastle.
Founder, Director and Curator Brett Piva (MAKE IT - MADE IT, Onwards Studio and Pocket Design) has been sharing with Newcastle an abundance of new ways to work in creative industries. This includes protecting your work, looking after your creative mental health and saying no to projects whose morals or ethical footprint may cause harm to creative and cultural environments.
Each year Brett invites a diverse range of artists, makers and designers to lend advice on their practice and how they navigate the difficulties in their creative business, embracing cultural diversity and gender equality with speakers and guests coming from as far away as America, South Korea, France, New Zealand and five different states across Australia.
MAKE IT - MADE IT  X  Headspace
Giving back to our community, in particular local youth mental health group Headspace, has been a major focus of the festival in previous years and continues to be in 2019 with Brett saying,


“We do the best we can to give as much back to our community. For the past 3 years we’ve supported Headspace Newcastle in sharing an art and nature walk with two speakers and a selection of high school teens. We donate art supplies and sketch books to help them let go of their worries, look at nature and draw anything they wish with guidance from myself and the two visiting speakers. Each teen, starting as shy individuals then growing into expressive and generous people in the space of an afternoon. The results are incredibly rewarding.”

MAKE IT - MADE IT  X  The University of Newcastle
Since its humble beginnings MAKE IT - MADE IT has become a much loved and highly anticipated event with previous years selling out. Now, in partnership with The University of Newcastle, the event has scaled up to the much grander theatre seated venue at The Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.


Chatting with Brett he said, “MAKE IT - MADE IT has created friendships through an inspired community, collaboration and the love of creative process. There’s so many more great things that have grown from information shared at this event. We’ll be sharing these great outcomes on the day.”
MAKE IT - MADE IT  X  2019
In 2019 the event will once again embrace cultural diversity and gender equality with its selection of speakers, performers and special guests. Awards, accredited training, or academic status is not focused on, instead Brett preferences experience, quality of product, dedication to their industry and most of all, willingness to share with our growing community.
With the impressive line up looking like this; Artist Louisa Magrics, Installation Artist, Director and Designer James Dive, Designer and Decorative Artist Will Lynes, Artist and Muralist Claire Foxton, Artist, Designer and Fabricator Jono Everett, Illustrator and Tattoo Artist Eddy Lou, Industrial Designer and Artist Gunjan Aylawadi and Artist Blak Douglas.
Each year MAKE IT - MADE IT Conference delivers new ways for the audience to meet their peers and guest speakers through side events and cultural gatherings. This year will host the very first collaboration with Onwards Studio which will soon be a regular event throughout the year.
MAKE IT - MADE IT  X  Onwards
In addition to the conference Onwards Studio will share creative talks, workshops and panel discussions to assist our local arts community all year round. This first side event will focus on protecting your work and charging what you’re worth. Many artists and local creatives have no experience in this and tend to undervalue themselves and charge far less than they should be expected to. Featuring past speakers, and local creatives, this panel discussion is not to be missed.


MAKE IT - MADE IT  X  The Lock-Up
Once the main event is over, the night is going to continue with live music, drinks and good times amongst an incredible exhibition curated by Courtney Novak. The exhibition will still be open for the after party and allows creatives to get involved, create new industry friendships and gather at an event that will keep you talking for years to come.
If you’re a local creative, looking to build relationships in your industry and wanting to learn so much more about where you can take your craft, DON’T MISS THIS EVENT!!!
The incredibly inspiring artists that visit our city to share their experiences and advice, is worth putting towards your creative career.
After attending MAKE IT - MADE IT, you’ll find new ways to achieve your goals and gain a whole stack of new ones.
Newcastle Conservatorium, Auckland St
Newcastle 2300
Tickets Here
From $79
Saturday 13th July
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
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