TRENDING NOW: TAFE looks to future-proof creativity in 2020 and beyond

The ever-evolving landscape of creativity will be the focus of a series of events running at TAFE NSW Newcastle’s Tighes Hill Campus next week.

The campus will play host to members of the house band who provide the tunes on the hit TV show The Voice and run a day of workshops, info sessions and live performances from local and interstate industry professionals.

Also, in somewhat of a coup, the campus has also secured Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ziggy Marley, Beyonce, Jay Z) who will be on hand to participate in a Q&A public event on-site and take the students through their paces in a special mastering class on Friday.

“We are about to launch our training products for 2020 which need to be aligned with employment so I’m making a link between these guests who are career creative professionals and what we do here,” head teacher of music and performing arts Teresa Conicella told Newcastle Live.

“It really is about showcasing our products, their intrinsic ties to technology, the importance of creative practice, and how it’s all linked to the business of creativity.

“The house musicians from The Voice demonstrate one place you can take your skills, then you’ve got Andrew who has established himself as a leading producer/engineer and the wisdom these guests will impart will be invaluable in understanding how the creative sector has changed, grown and validated its place in our consumer-driven society.”

Renowned producer/engineer Andrew Scheps

The day of workshops, which will take place on Wednesday 13 November, will feature a range of local and interstate industry professionals across a range of disciplines including producer/musician Huw Jones, voice coach Marty Worrall, Sydney-based technical specialists Tegan Sadler and Sam Smith and singer/songwriter Marissa Sarocca.

“We want to provide the next generation of local creatives, be they musicians, producers, actors, storytellers, directors, singers, dancers or podcasters with the training that will future-proof them for employment in both the creative and non-creative sectors. What most students don’t realise is that as creative practitioners they have the skills to enhance the productivity of any workplace.” Teresa said.

The Trending Now: #creativity2020+ workshops will run at TAFE NSW Newcastle Tighes Hill Campus on Wednesday 13 November from 9.30am to 4:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. To register or for further info email:                                            

The Andrew Scheps speaking event is on at TAFE NSW Newcastle from 7pm on Wednesday 13 November. The event is free, but spots are limited. Head here to register. Andrew will also host a full-day mixing seminar on Saturday 16 November. Get your tickets here.

Written by Newcastle Live

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