10 Jul 2017
I am interested in the intersection between the arts and business through strategic partnerships, marketing and building audiences which is reflected in my various roles in both the visual and performing arts.
Wintec’s city campus in Hamilton will once again be lit with creativity in August as the 19th annual Spark Festival opens. Organised by Wintec's School of Media Arts, the festival brings a collection of thought leaders and creatives in the music, media, arts and design industries to students and public alike, providing opportunities for attendees to hear from - and meet - the specialists and innovators in their respective industries. Speakers share cutting edge trends, insights about the industry and provide encouragement for students in the arts sector. It is a dynamic week of learning and networking.
#SPARK17 will feature New Zealand's own type designer Kris Sowersby, whose fonts feature in the brand identity of the festival this year. Other highlights include a conversation between Rhana Devenport and the artist simply known as Nell, singer/songwriter Hollie Smith, Kristine Crabb of clothing label Miss Crabb, design agency Makebardo, critic/writer Anthony Byrt, and a live podcast by On the Rag.
Spark Festival runs a programme of small-group workshops alongside the main presentations, in which attendees work closely with the practitioners to learn practical skills and receive feedback about personal projects and ideas – all at no cost to the attendee.
This year’s workshops include a practical exploration into fashion design with Kristine Crabb and a chatbot prototyping session with Jason Little and Johanna Roca from For the People (Sydney).
The programme runs from 14-17 August with presentations and panel discussions happening at Wintec’s Gallagher Hub and workshops in assigned rooms around the city campus. Exhibitions, events and an after party will all take place in various city locations – see a copy of the Spark Festival programme or visit spark.net.nz for more information, location details and a map.
Attendance is free but please register for a ticket on Eventbrite. Places in workshops are limited so make sure you register on the Spark Festival website if there are any sessions you have your eye on!