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July 3, 2018

MAKEit MADEit 2018: Series in Auslan

In its fourth year, MAKEit MADEit 2018 is a conference that will bring together artists, designers, and makers from a wide range of practices from fine arts to precise products, illustration to intricate designs. The goal of the conference has always been to share a diverse range of practices to not only entertain but also to educate.

Creative Talks series

Each year the audience has enjoyed many Australian speakers from six major cities and has welcomed others from the United States, France, South Korea and New Zealand. The conference is proud to share another incredible lineup of speakers as part of the Creative Talks series that is guaranteed to bring a great energy to their audience at MAKEit MADEit 2018.

When and where?

It’s all taking place on Saturday 21 July at the Newcastle Conservatorium.

Auslan interpreted!

This year, the Creative Talks series will be Auslan interpreted.

Can I book now for MAKEit MADEit?

Yes, if you would like to book for MAKEit MADEit 2018, please visit their website. For booking details for those requiring Auslan interpretation, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Meet the speakers

Michael Bell is a well-known Newcastle-based artist with a career spanning over 30 years. He has held 19 solo exhibitions in Sydney and Newcastle. Michael is represented in many collections including the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Newcastle Art Gallery and in numerous private collections.

Sha’an d’Anthes is a full-time illustrator, visual artist and published author who makes happy art. Her work spans a number of disciplines including drawing, painting, mixed media and digital artwork. Her career has seen her travel and sell work all over the world.

From an early age, Katie Brown was always intrigued with the arts. Her mission was to find a medium to excel at and this is where she found 1100-degree molten hot glass. There’s something about this medieval process that Katie couldn’t resist. It’s dangerous, rewarding, addictive and extremely difficult.

Lucas Grogan is an art school dropout – faux street artist (he doesn’t skate; he miraculously has a 4.9 on Uber) – who worked in public, commercial and auction galleries for years before beginning his full-time studio practice in 2011.

Hugh Altschwager established Inkster in 2013 after previously studying design and working in construction. Inkster’s lighting products are crafted using turned South Australian limestone and reclaimed Australian hardwood. All products are designed and handcrafted by Hugh at his farm workshop in Tantanoola, South Australia.

Magda Ksiezak is a Melbourne-based designer with an interest in folding paper to create colourful imagery and stop-motion animations. Magda has worked in the design industry as a freelancer, at well-know studios, and in most recent years, at a dedicated short form stop-motion animation studio.

MIMI (Emily Devers) is an Australian multidisciplinary visual artist who develops pertinent and timeless concepts through both her gallery work and public work. As well as a painter, she is Festival Director of Sea Walls Australia and facilitates public opportunities for artists with a dual focus on community engagement and global conversation.

How do I book?

You can visit the MAKEit MADEit 2018 website. If you require Auslan interpretation for the Creative Talks: when you book your tickets, type in the promotional code ‘Auslan.’ This will provide you seating with appropriate sightlines at a favourable price.


This page was first published on 3 July 2018.