YOU KNOW HOW IN SCHOOL THERE IS ALWAYS THAT ONE COOL TEACHER? MR SO-AND-SO THE MUSIC TEACHER THAT PLAYED IN THE BAND ON THE WEEKEND? CARL IS ONE OF THOSE GUYS. THIS MAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR (AMONG OTHER THINGS) THE HIT THE BRICKS FESTIVAL, WHICH LITERALLY PAINTED THE TOWN RED LAST YEAR (WELL THE PAINTING WAS LITERAL, MAYBE NOT THE RED PART) AND HE'S STYLISH TO BOOT!
By Kian West
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself Carl?
Heavy question right there, so I’ll take the easy way out – I’m a 35 year old graphic designer / illustrator working with my partner Lara in our Newcastle studio Zookraft. I enjoy reading about ancient civilizations and riding with no helmet.
2. Can you explain what Look Hear and Hit The Bricks is all about?
Look Hear is a creative festival that aims to promote, inspire and facilitate the contemporary creative industries – being art, design, illustration, typography, fashion, multimedia, street art and so on. The festival is comprised of talks from leaders in their field, workshops, an annual exhibition (Look See) and recently, Hit The Bricks – which involves top-notch artists beautifying the city with their artworks. The entire festival aims to involve and engage the public to help strengthen the individuals and the communities understanding and skills, whilst having a great time. The Look See Exhibition is music themed this year and we’re taking submissions from the public, so sharpen those pencils!
3. Where will this all be happening?
Most of the LH happenings (talks, workshops and the exhibition) will be taking place at The Lock-Up Gallery in Hunter Street, Newcastle. HTB will be mostly across the Newcastle CBD with a few extra locations in Mayfield and Lambton. A map will be available in specific locations across town and on the LH website (soon).
4. What got you into all this?
Essentially fate and promises. Additionally, LH was developed to create the opportunity to create a valuable resource for emerging artists and designers to learn from and to participate in. Not to mention the benefit of not having to travel to another city to have a cracking time.
5. Are you of the perspective that there is heaps of stuff like this happening in Newcastle or that it is a stale old city that needs refreshing?
There isn’t an abundance of things like LH in Newcastle, but that’s also the reason for its existence. There is, however, a strong and positive sentiment visible in the Newcastle community, and effectively this leads to people taking chances with new, creative initiatives – some of which are really unique to Newcastle, and this is crucial to building a city’s identity. For the casual user, there are a lot of cool things happening here, but sometimes you’ve got to dig a little to find them.
6. Anything else people should know about you?
That’s for people shouting the next round to find out ;)