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Open Q: CREATIVE Career READY Sessions

Event Description


PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled and will now happen as a standalone event in early 2024. Stay tuned!

Join us at the Q Building for a panel presentation designed to inspire you as your embark on your creative future! This session features some of the most innovative creative thinkers in Newcastle.


9:00am - Arrival, tea and coffee available. 


9:15am - Welcome from Host, Chromatic Festival Director Kristefan Minski

9:30am - Institute of Regional Futures

The Institute for Regional Futures is an interdisciplinary research and consultancy centre within the University of Newcastle. We deliver high-value advice, research, analysis, and innovation to support the socio-economic development of regional areas throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. We partner with government, industry and communities to provide the evidence and strategy they need to make informed decisions about their part in their region’s future.

10:00am - Big Picture Festival

Hear from the driving forces behind the Big Picture Fest (BPF), an artist-run independent 3 day street art festival and ongoing outdoor exhibition of large-scale public murals in Mulubinba/Newcastle city centre on the land of Awabakal and Worimi people. BPF has delivered over 20 incredible large-scale murals to Newcastle's CBD, creating a dynamic inner-city street art exhibition and walking trail that revitalises and brings colour to the changing landscape of the city. The festival has made a significant community impact, contributing to the ongoing growth and identity of Newcastle. The session will include the Festival Director Katerina Skoumbas and a University of Newcastle Alumni that worked on the 2022 BPF as part of a WIL program and is now part of the 2024 team.

10:30am - FASTLab (Future Arts, Science & Technology Lab)

The Future Arts, Science and Technology Lab is a creative playground that fosters academic excellence. With a proven track record of dozens of successful practice based research projects, we are committed to testing and refining new ideas and discoveries from a range of disciplines and external partners that lead to measurable forms of impact on society. Our focus is on levering the potential of human imagination e to drive social change and improve people’s lives.

Hear from a range of serial ‘labbers’ including Assoc Prof Jon Drummond on developing an AI powered musical instrument. Interact with PhD candidate Justin Dean’s creation exploring the ethics of facial recognition. Throw some shapes infront of City Pulse and make data physical again. Listen to the range of previous and upcoming opportunities for work integrated learning and the FASTlab approach to further study from its leaders and current researchers.


11:00am: Blue Heeler Film Festival

The Blue Heeler Film Festival is an annual event held in Muswellbrook NSW, that celebrates both amateur and professional filmmaking. The festival showcases a diverse range of short films. The festival is open to the general public and everyone interested in supporting local filmmaking. Hear from Director Stephen Wright about the success of the festival and the opportunities it offers rising film makers.


11:30am: GLAMx Lab

The GLAMX Living Histories Digitisation Lab is administered by the Special Collections section of the University Library. The facility came about through extensive collaboration between the University Library, the College of Human and Social Futures, the Wollotuka Institute and the Innovation Team as well as engagement with the wider community via the Hunter Living Histories Initiative.


Following this session, join us for lunch on the green at the Q Building and continue the conversation with these inspiring creative leaders.

Q Building, The University of Newcastle

16B Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle, NSW 2300

Friday, 3rd November

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Time and Date

Chromatic Festival and The University of Newcastle acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal Nation, Darkinjung Nation, Biripai Nation, Worimi Nation, Wonnarua Nation and Eora Nation. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.


Chromatic Festival and The University of Newcastle recognise that First Nations sovereignty was never ceded. This continent always was and always will be Aboriginal Land. 


We respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, and continuing relationship with the land, and recognise that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession.

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