We started with 80 students in 2015
Untitled: Creative Futures Conference.
This conference is designed for Senior Secondary School & Tertiary Visual Art and Creative Media students. It is an opportunity for them to access, discover and engage with successful artists who are working within the wider creative industry. It is our aim to inspire students to consider their own creative futures and what pathway they might take to achieve their creative career goals.
The concept behind the name Untitled is that just as a new artwork is untitled or a blank digital document is untitled before it evolves, so too are our students. They don’t know what they don’t know, and they are indeed blank canvas’s ready to evolve into something special as they develop their individual skills and talents.
"As a seasoned creative educator it has pained me over the years to hear comments such as “Creative subjects are dead end subjects” or “there are no serious career opportunities through art”. We know that so much of our modern day 'visually centred society' relies on good visual communication and design.
The fact is, there is a huge creative industry with many pathways for our young people, and so, I created a conference that gives students an opportunity to have access to successful creatives who are making a living out of their skills and talents and in many cases making a valuable contribution to society and their local communities also."
We are excited about Untitled: Creative Futures Conference for its uniqueness; there is currently no other conference of its kind in New Zealand that is specifically designed for students to explore their creative career pathways.
Each Untitled: Creative Futures Conference is based around a theme that relates to working in the creative industry and echoed in the classroom. 2021's theme is:
The Thinking Behind The Artwork.
It will be interesting to hear how our speakers work between these two quite different approaches to their work.
"Because education is a doing word"