Australia’s first investment fund exclusively focussed on creative entrepreneurs is now OPEN. QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) launched its $1.2 million investment fund in Brisbane on 30 July 2013. The Creative Enterprise Fund will invest up to $150,000 capital to creative businesses to help them reach their commercial potential. Applications are open for both the Creative Enterprise Pre-Seed Fund – which provides early stage capital of between $10,000 and $25,000 – and the Creative Investment Early Stage Investment Fund, which will invest between $25,000 and $150,000 in businesses with high-growth potential. A committee of some of Australia’s most seasoned executives will assess investment opportunities against criteria intended to test potential commercial viability. Chaired by former IBM and Microsoft executive John Hummelstad, the committee will also draw on the expertise of industry leaders including the VP of Sales for Apple in the United States, Stephanie Carullo, and former wotif.com General Manager and CFO, Sam Friend. CEA aims to grow creative businesses through creativity, investment and enterprise to accelerate businesses to go global. CEA works with companies at different stages of their development and provides essential business skills and pragmatic action-oriented mentoring focused on company growth and investment. In just under ten years, CEA has ...


Get your design taste buds ready, and watch Tastemaker now. Find out what and who gave America’s design industry a tempting taste of Queensland’s hottest design. Tastemaker is a unique international showcasing trade opportunity for Queensland designers and is the creation of Quench, Queensland’s award-winning design collective. Tastemaker was a signature trade event produced by Quench in tandem with this year’s Dwell on Design; one of the largest design fares in the USA and the same event that, last year, Quench won Best in Show, beating more than 270 exhibitors including global brands such as Miele and Emeco and ‘country’ stands including design-gurus Switzerland. Find out more about Tastemaker here. Images courtesy of Quench and Tastemaker.


Home to a dynamic collective of creative businesses, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) is inviting you to celebrate Small Business Week 2013 and the development of a collaborative shared work space at CEA. CEA believe many who work independently are discovering alienation lurking behind the home-office fantasy, and are turning to a new generation of co-working organisations who can provide a hive to be happy and productive. An office should be designed for the interactive, serendipitous manner in which creative professionals work today. Creative practitioners, freelancers, artists and small business working in the creative and digital industries are welcome to join. With this is mind, on Wednesday 31 July at 5.30-7.30pm, CEA are hosting a Creative Collective celebration and lively discussion about plans to open a co-share space at CEA. RSVP to info@creativeenterprise.qut.com.au Also, keep in mind that the nation-leading CEA event, Creative3, is fast approaching (12-13 September 2013). The event will deliver unparralled personal and professional development, it will bring together creative entrepreneurs and enterprises and present the unique RiverPitch. Image courtesy of CEA


“Using creativity and design-based thinking to solve complex problems is a distinctive Australian strength that can help to meet the emerging challenges of this century.” Commonwealth of Australia The Knowledge Economy Market Development Mapping Study (the study) has just launched. The study showcases and evidences the innovative creative learning-based initiatives across the state, the educators, designers and Government as national leaders. The study was lead by the Queensland University of Technology (Natalie Wright, Rebekah Davis, and Professor Sam Bucolo) and developed in consultation with key industry figures, government, education institutions and leaders, and demonstrates the role and value of design and creative-thinking to drive growth and innovation across the state. For Queensland to position itself as a knowledge economy as part of the Asia Pacific community it is vital to ensure delivery of quality creative learning professionals to support future industry, to be able to drive new markets, and nurture discerning design consumers; ‘consumers’ that recognise the value of design from product to productivity. The study, and the stimulus, investigation and dialogue that it has generated, is featured on Design Minds, the internatioanlly-recognised design learning resources for Queensland educators and students produced by the State Library’s Asia Pacific Design Library. The study also featured ...


The International Academy for Design and Health presents its leading global forum, the 9th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition, in Queensland on 10-14 July 2013. The Congress supports continuous dialogue between design and health practitioners, researchers and in the field, delivering (in partnership with Governments and leading professional bodies) academic institutions, health providers and industry sponsors from around the world. The Congress and Exhibition provides an opportunity for participants to engage with the world’s foremost interdisciplinary network of thinkers in the field of design and health including architects, psychologists, physicians, nurses, health planners, environmental designers, health administrators, policy makers and other researchers, practitioners and key decision makers and influencers. The 9th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 10-14 July 2013. You can find out all about it here.  


Following its success at Brisbane Indesign last year, Design A Cup is back. No need for computer aided design software, simply devise a concept, start sketching, send it in and, if it’s successful, watch it being made before your eyes. The chosen design will be made throughout the day at this year’s Sydney Indesign. The winning cup will be: original; functional; designed for rotational moulding; no bigger that 100 x 100 x 100mm; and inspirational. Design A Cup is supported by Queensland and Victoria-based Palamont: art in manufacturing; a company dedicated to creative partnerships including working with Queensland design leaders such as Christina Waterson – founder of tracepattern – and Queensland Smart Design Fellow Alexander Lotersztain. Entires close on 10 July 2013 at 5pm EST. Enter now!


Hot news from Queensland University of Technology; applications are now open to the 2014 Digital Associates Program (DAP). DAP provides independent creative practitioners, collectives and curators with opportunities to present quality and innovative new media and digital work. The program provides subsidised access to a unique exhibition space with infrastructure designed to facilitate the display of creative digital and new media practice. Successful applicants are provided with the unique opportunity to connect and collaborate in a nationally recognised creative hub, including Research and Development sessions with expert technical and curatorial staff. Two exhibition packages allow the program to adapt to specific exhibition needs and practices. Following the release of Arts Queensland’s Arts and Cultural Investment Framework 2013-14, DAP coincides with Australia Council for the Arts and Artslink Queensland’s funding initiative rounds, with the intention to assist successful applicants with supporting documentation for grant applications. Application deadline: Friday 12 July 2013 Applicants notified by Thursday 1 August 2013 DAP guidelines provide details for applicants on exhibition costs and options, space specifications and program conditions. For enquiries or more information contact Rachael Parsons on (07) 3138 3453.


Jason Bird, Queensland design leader, practitioner, founder of Luxxbox and objx – and founding member of Queensland design collective QUENCH – is the author of HIGHTIDE: Queensland Design Now, a publication from Uro, recently released and ready to order. Hightide recognises the past decade where Queensland has emerged as a leader of design innovation and captures the output of the state as a vibrant centre of contemporary design Hightide considers how Queensland’s qualities of place have informed the development of its unique design culture. Hightide features furniture, object and industrial design with insights from the designers into their inspirations and obsessions, as well as critical contributions from the likes of Paul McGillick, editor-in-chief of InDesign and Habitus magazines, and Robert Forster, of iconic Australian rock group the Go-Betweens. Uro is showcasing the first books at Designex in Melbourne this weekend and Quench will launch Hightide at Dwell on Design in the US in June. A Queensland launch will be in July in conjunction with supporter Stylecraft. Gallery artisan is shaping the Hightide exhibition in October. Teaser video showing all pages within the book can be found here. Images and video, courtesy of Bjorn Rust.


Surya Graf, a founding member of Quench Queensland design collective and Principal of Surya Graf Studio, releases new work from his studio and product development space. After an extensive research and development process, the Graf Studio releases its refined Crease chair. Crease has been developed with more efficient manufacturing techniques and is locally produced from a recycled PET plastic material. The chair is about to be launched in a range of new colour ways and custom print options. You can go see – and try out – the first prototypes off the machine at the Gallery artisan Made Here Now exhibition. Also, as part of Monument magazine ‘Create a Date’ project, Surya Garf Studio was invited to collaborate with Shawn Godwin of Base Architecture to develop a wine rack concept. Using 3D printing processes to test the bracket component of the design, X Rack is now available to view. Quench Queensland design collective, was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at Dwell on Design, one of America’s largest design-focussed trade and exhibition events. For further details on Surya Graf Studio, please contact surya@suryagraf.com Images courtesy of Surya Graf Studio.


Gallery artisan in Brisbane’s Fortitute Valley has transformed its Brunswick Street shopfront window into a functional design studio during its current Made Here Now exhibition. Made Here Now is an exhibition and immersive, behind the scenes design experience. Designers Benjamin Breitenstein, Forrest Gillham and Julian Munro have moved in and are getting down to business, creating a communal workspace and pop-up exhibition, where all of the pieces  made – including furniture, product design, lighting, print and textile design – are available for purchase. Breitenstein said, “A major goal of the exhibition is to educate the wider community, not just designers, about the value, diversity and appreciation of design, as well as giving students a view into the world of practicing designers. We invite – in fact we encourage – the general public, students and professionals to come in and engage with design on any level.” Gallery artisan curator Simone Jones said, “At artisan we like to actively seek out and support the next generation of designers.  Made Here Now will be firmly positioned at the forefront of the production process, and by breaking down the traditional exhibition format we are also inviting the community to engage with the processes and practitioners behind ...

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