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Newcastle & Beyond 2011

Professional development series

about Newcastle & Beyond 2011

Newcastle & Beyond: Taking your creative enterprise to the world is a series of free professional development forums aimed at supporting Newcastle’s creative entrepreneurs.

Join us for just one, or all three sessions, which will involve a presentation, Q+A, discussion, and networking opportunities.

Dates: Wednesdays 25 May, 22 June and 20 July 2011.

Time: 5.30-7.30pm

Tickets: FREE but you must register using our online form. CLICK HERE to register.

Presented by Renew Newcastle with support from City of Newcastle and the NSW Government through Department of Industry & Investment and ArtsNSW.


waistcoatdusty_HIGHTEAWITHMRSWOO_RENEWNEWCASTLE_WEB High Tea With Mrs Woo will take us behind the scenes of growing a boutique enterprise. They will discuss why they have chosen to stay and use Newcastle as their homebase; the pros and cons of being based in a regional area and turning that to an advantage; how they source, build and maintain business relationships and connections from where we live; how they manage to grow and sustain a slow organic enterprise; and who they ask for help and support. CLICK HERE to register.

HIGHTEAWITHMRSWOO_BIOPIC_WEB_RENEWNEWCASTLE Presented by Rowena, Angela and Juliana Foong. High Tea With Mrs Woo is the collective memory and design collaboration of three sisters. They make garments and objects that are charming, thoughtful and everlasting. Inspired by travel, cinema and landscape, the sisters’ translate nostalgia and romantic escape into contemporary wearable inventions. Fascinated with weaving memory into clothing, they explore the ability of fashion to unfold a great yarn.

Since launching their label in 2004, High Tea With Mrs Woo has exhibited in galleries such as Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Midtown (Tokyo), Blickfang (Zurich), Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), Object Gallery (Sydney) and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery (Booragul); on the runways of Shanghai Fashion Week (China) and Australian Fashion Week (Sydney and Melbourne); featured in various local and international media including SBS TV, ABC ASIA and Times Magazine; and are well supported by the Australian art, craft and design network.

High Tea with Mrs Woo is made in Australia. The sister’s unique stores in Newcastle, Sydney and on the web are home to their beautifully crafted garments, as well as handmade wares and thoughtful paper goods.

New 26.05.11 Thank you to High Tea with Mrs Woo for making available a list of industry and grants which have helped them along the way, as well as excellent art and design markets across Australia. Download the High Tea with Mrs Woo Reference Sheet (PDF 11kb). You can prvide feedback on the event by completing this quick survey.


LOSTATEMINOR_CONVERSANTMEDIA_ZAC_ZAVOS_RENEWNEWCASTLE The digital economy means large printing presses or large infrastructure isn’t required to run a successful business. But there are new barriers to entry for online (and offline) businesses. How do you find and grow an online audience for your product or service? How do businesses make money online? What are the best tools to use and what do you want to avoid?

This session shares practical techniques to growing an online presence for your business – including revenue models, smart ways to grow your audience, techniques for monetising, and tools and services to use. CLICK HERE to register.

ZACZAVOS_BIOPIC_RENEWNEWCASTLE_WEB Presented by Zac Zavos who runs Conversant Media, an online publishing company that produces Australian culture website Lost At E Minor and the sports opinion website, The Roar. Combined the Conversant Media sites attract 500,000 people and receive over 20,000 comments and 500 article submissions monthly. In late 2010, Network Ten became a minority investor in The Roar.

Prior to forming Conversant Media in 2007, Zac spent nine years in e-business consulting with a number of firms including IBM, Deloitte and ThoughtWorks. Zac has BA (Psych) and Master of Commerce, both from the University of NSW. Zac is a judge of the annual AIMIA awards and in 2009 and 2010 was named one of Sydney’s 100 Creative Catalysts by Vivid Sydney. Conversant Media is run out of Newcastle.

New 24.06.11 Thank you to Zac from Conversant Media for making available a list of online resources which he uses to run his businesses. Many are open source and free. Download the Conversant Media resource sheet. (PDF 1.2MB). You can provide feedback on the event by completing this quick survey.


ARTHIVE_GUSCROWLEY_THRIVE_RENEWNEWCASTLE_MARCUSWESBURY This session covers the basics of getting your work out through local, national, and international networks. Finding audiences, building connections with your peers, and finding a market with people that are interested in what you do from around the world. An introduction to and a pointer towards how you can effectively promote and present yourself to the wider world. CLICK HERE to register.

MarcusWESTBURY_RENEWNEWCASTLE_WEB Presented by Marcus Westbury, a broadcaster, writer, media maker and festival director who has been responsible for some of Australia’s more innovative, unconventional and successful cultural projects and events.

Marcus has a good track record in building audiences for Newcastle based projects and events, such as This Is Not Art and Renew Newcastle. He has also worked across a range of media as a writer, producer, director and presenter covering fields as diverse as culture, art, media, urban planning, sport and politics.

New 26.07.11 You can provide feedback on the event by completing this quick survey.