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Make It, made It, own it

22 June 2018 | Posted in: News

Local and nationwide industry leader panelists from last year’s Make It Made It conference | Photography: Mitch Lee | Graphic Design: Nadia Hernandez

Newcastle’s very own art, design, and makers conference Make It Made It enters its fourth-year next month and the bar has been set higher than ever before. Finding an impressive new home in the Newcastle Conservatorium, the event will witness Australian and international speakers take to the stage for a day of inspiring talks and social gatherings.

The change of venue feels right for the event that only four years ago comprised of a circle of forty or so chairs with what conference founder Brett Piva described as a “poor but working condition” projector. What Brett might have lacked then in terms of high-end facilities wasn’t reflected in the line-up of engaging speakers, whose shared stories would ignite the beginning of something truly incredible to come.

Four years on from its humble beginnings, what will the event look like in 2018? We can give you a few teasers of what’s to come, but you’ll have to grab your tickets – before they sell out early like last year – to really take part in the creative talks, exhibitions, events, gatherings and good yarns.

Rise Up Sessions for creatives:

Thanks to the University of Newcastle’s support through the sharing of the new venue, artists and attendees will not only have a grander space to experience the conference but will also gain access to a new series of Rise Up session rooms during the breaks. These sessions will be led by creative industry professionals to help creatives rise up and protect their intellectual property, stand up for their creative rights and take care of their creative mental health.

Share a meal, rub some shoulders:

This year’s event will enable more opportunities for ticket holders to meet their favourite presenters through exclusive social gatherings. For the very first time, an opening VIP dinner and drinks will be shared the night before the conference to welcome the guest artists from past and present conferences. On the Saturday, the conference will then go into the night for an exclusive after party and closing exhibition with live music and many from the conference attending.

As always, Brett has brought the party that celebrates local and international industry excellence to our very own creative hub of a city.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of it this year.