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Open Q: Open Labs | Open minds | Open Future

Event Description


Open Q is a series of panels, talks, workshops and demonstrations embracing the Universities Living Lab culture. Students and researchers facilitate sessions that promote the importance of creative and critical thinking to address the big issues of our time. This year, there will be a concentration on the emerging challenges and possibilities concerning automation and non-human creation. These programs are free and open to the public in the University of Newcastle’s Q building.

Full program coming soon....

Q Building, The University of Newcastle

16B Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle, NSW 2300

Various Times November 1-5th

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In a world characterised by automated content, rampant fake news and a flood of media consumption, the role of the journalist as truth curator and guardian of public information has never been more vital. However, as robots and machines continue to demonstrate their increasing intelligence, autonomously generating images and text from mere prompts, a haunting question arises: Can journalism endure without the human touch?


Nicole Schild (Central Coast & Dandenong Ranges) works with academic, musician and installation artist Louisa Magrics (Newcastle) in this project. Nicole will explore the new possibilities for choreographic methodology enabled by a ground-up interweaving of dance with soft sculpture/crochet design. 


The Board Game Jam is a rapid-fire creative experience where you and a group of friends and fellow students come together to design and create a board game. The game you design will be centred around themes of reflection, transition, and action.

Across a few hours of creative play, you will be using your brains, hands, and creativity to craft a board game prototype using pens, paper, and cardboard. 

board game jam

Want to get started on your creative career but don’t know where to begin? Come listen to some incredible speakers who have been in your shoes and carved out their creative careers in spectacular fashion.


The BiFrost Creative, alongside the University of Newcastle and the Roost Creative, invites you to a panel event and mixer exploring the first steps you can take towards your creative dream

Carving out your career


More OpenQ events added soon...

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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