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Covid19: Here are some links to information that may help you during this time

Funding for Creatives

Check out these QLD Govt. grants to drive new creative work, employ artists and arts workers and and support the industry through the activation of local venues and creative spaces, and unique outdoor experiences.  Let us know if we can help with your application!

$22.5 million Arts and Culture Recovery Package

 

Coping with stress related to covid-19

https://headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-19/

 

Access to FREE phone data:

Mobile phone and data providers will be providing free data to their users until the end of April. We encourage you to check with your phone provider if they will be doing that. Some of those companies are: Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Check link below to find out more:

https://www.finder.com.au/coronavirus-bonus-data-offers

 

Red Cross Night Café

Red Cross Night Cafe will be closed indefinitely until further notice. We will update this info as soon as its it is reopened.

  1. Night Café Online Facebook page – this is the face of Night Café and a place where we can share what we are all about and our amazing community connection to support young people on their journeys. https://www.facebook.com/pg/NightCafeOnline

 

  1. Night Café Online Facebook private group is intended to be much like the physical Night Café space. This group aims to provide a safe space for young people to have effective pathways to gain knowledge and skills, access resources and services, and improve social connection and participation. Here is the link for the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NightCafeOnline

 

Brisbane Youth Service (BYS)

Brisbane Youth Service (BYS) supports young people and young families aged 12-25yrs.

The service operates Mon – Fri 9-5 pm. If you need help call BYS on 3620 2400.

 

Emergency Relief

If you find yourself needing emergency relief (food or other essential items), the following links/places con provide support to you or provide you information about where to go:

https://askizzy.org.au/

https://www.oneplace.org.au/

 

What to do at home during social distancing?

There’s lots of groups and activities that can be done through social media platforms. Some of those are:

  • Hold competitions with your friends (cooking, mind games such trivia, dancing, drawing, etc.)
  • Watch movies/shows together
  • Start a book club
  • Take an online class together (yoga, meditation, art)
  • Try making these recipes that are healthy, cheap and easy to make

Chickpea Curry Fridge-dive pasta Fried rice Tuna patties

Social distancing may feel really daunting, and you may not be sure about how else to connect with your friends, but giving a try at some of the options above will be a very good opportunity to remain in contact with others while keeping safe and healthy!

 

Check out these free online workshops from Generation You to help develop your career

http://generationyou.com.au/inspire

 

Try this Hip Hop Dance Class with Mariah

KisVis

We grabbed five minutes with a couple of the founders from KisVis – Keeping it Simple at Visible Ink – to talk creative, hanging out, and how their new project is just all of their favourite things bundled into one chill evening.

We’ve known you both for a while now, having worked with Visible Ink on Youth Week 2017 including the Launch on King George Square and The Pod on Brunswick Street Mall, but how did you actually find out about us?

Wanita: I heard about Visible Ink while at school and wanted to check out the space.

Skyler: I thought it was a great youth space with awesome resources I had to use.

And currently? What are you doing here at Visible Ink?

Skyler: KisVis – A once a month event for young people 15-25 years to collaborate and relax on a Friday.

Wanita: We’re hoping to bring together creative types from all forms of art and all walks of life.

Skyler: Yeah, I just wanted to get a bunch of young creatives together.

Wanita: And I’m always working on personal art and film projects. Also there’s Youth Week 2018 planning.

So what do you two love about all of these projects, why are you so passionate about the arts?

Wanita: I love learning new skills and sharing what I know with other people doing artsy, creative things.

Skyler: I’m an Artist that works on projects here and there. I love it because visual art is a whole other language, it embodies everything in life from culture to your personal self.

Hanging out in their down time, Wanita and Skyler can’t help but become a “jack of all trades” when it comes to creative projects.

Wanita: Artsy stuff are my hobbies, writing and all forms of creative media.

Skyler: I’ve done a short film, painting, drums but mostly sleeping because hell yeah!

Wanita: There’s also skating, thrift shopping, coffee drinking…

One last question, how would you suggest young people get involved in this opportunity or opportunities like this?

Wanita: Come a long to Visible Ink and check out the space. There are so many chances and people here for you to connect with, just coming in and checking it out.

Come along to the next KisVis – check the Facebook page for upcoming events.

facebook.com/keepitsimpleatvis/

@wanitaconnorscribbles
@skyler_can_draw

Musicians Unmuted: The Voice of the Brisbane Music Scene

What is the Musicians Unmuted Project?

Musicians Unmuted is a new podcast run by Anna Kho, Maya Luski and Daniel Kassulke. The podcast aims to bring together musicians and other professions within the Brisbane music scene to discuss various topics and issues in careers and the industry. It creates awareness and acknowledges the various events and matters in our local industry, as well as promoting the beauty of the community and its music today.

Why did you decide to create this series of Podcasts?

The idea of the project originated from every day discussions with the community in the Brisbane music scene, which sparked curiosity in the connection between each individual’s everyday lives. In a multicultural country influenced by diverse backgrounds and artistic preferences, each story shares a different perspective through experiences, opinions, advice, and life lessons. These stories inspired the beginning of an exciting podcast project, and has become a success since the release of the first episode on SoundCloud in February, 2017.

What types of themes and topics do you discuss?

Each podcast episode focuses on a particular theme, idea or genre that features a group of contributing musicians or other professions from the Brisbane music scene. The special guests are invited to discuss various topics and issues covering personal projects, performances, past experiences, influences, inspirations, musicianship, research, industry and business, musician health and many more. In addition, the start of each episode features a different Brisbane venue that caters to this community, and promotes the creativity and beauty of the arts.

How has Visible Ink supported Musicians Unmuted?

Visible Ink is a perfect example of the various exceptional venues in Brisbane. It is a versatile space and platform for many young artists and creative minds to rehearse, produce, record and promote personal projects. Recently, it has become a flexible recording space for Musicians Unmuted, through the ongoing support of co-ordinator, Drew Stephens, and his team at Visible Ink.

Who do you recommend should listen to your podcasts and where can they find them online?

Musicians Unmuted aims to cater to a wide range of audience members, and as a non-for-profit project it is free to all through SoundCloud or podcast apps. Listeners can also keep updated with the episodes and ongoing events occurring in the local community through the Facebook page @MusiciansUnmuted, and share the project on social media with #MusiciansUnmuted.

Follow Musicians Unmuted on:
SoundCloud New podcast every month
Facebook @MusiciansUnmuted #MusiciansUmuted

Sober Bob

Sober Bob – sometimes known as Anne – is a young Brisbane creative, dabbling in various forms of design and independent media circulation. She runs her own design business, built off the back of a history of freelancing in IT.

Maeve Baker

An animator, illustrator and human girl, Maeve spends her time creating and communicating visually. She loves getting her hands dirty experimenting with new mediums and collaborating with others. http://maevebkr.com/ 

Hot Chicks with Big Brains

Hot Chicks with Big Brains started out late 2014 as a rather niche, online-only interview series and is now a bi-annual print publication that is moving to quarterly in 2018. The publication primarily facilitates and publishes conversations with, about, and between women that focus on work. It also includes a Featured Artist as well as photo-essays, art work and body-positive photo-shoots. http://hotchickswithbigbrains.com/

One Woman Project

The One Woman Project is a youth-lead, registered non-for-profit organisation focused upon education about and advocacy promoting gender equality. https://www.onewomanproject.org/

Brisbane Feminist Festival

Visible Ink tenants and all-round inspiring crew of advocates at the One Woman Project are excited to be bringing back to Brisbane another instalment of the Brisbane Feminist Festival.

Last July, the One Woman Project (OWP) hosted Brisbane’s Finest Feminists conference which sold out two months prior to the conference date. Participant enjoyed seminars and panel discussions on The Future of Feminism in Australia, Men in Feminism and Eco-Feminism, to mention a few. The focus for all of the feminist work the OWP does is inclusive intersectional feminism – to represent diversity of gender, class, race and ability in all discussions.

Given the success of past conference, the OWP are confident that this festival will be even bigger, better, more engaging and thought provoking. This festival aims to put Brisbane on the map as the progressive feminist capital of the Southern Hemisphere. It’s going to feature cutting edge artists, politicians, advocates and activists with controversial ideas to challenge participants.

The Brisbane Feminist Festival is a unique opportunity to engage with an amazing line up of guests, covering a diverse range of backgrounds and topics. The full program has been announced over at the One Woman Project website, where you can also find out more about the incredible work that this youth-led organisation has been conducting.

Bring your voice to the discussion!

 Maeve Baker

Maeve Baker is an animator/illustrator. Maeve talked to Visible Ink about her involvement in the space, background and inspirations.

I have always been a draw-er and loved cartoons. During my final year of high school, I made an animated film out of paper which got a bit of attention and won a Creative Generations competition. My art teacher at the time suggested that I study animation, which I didn’t even know was possible, but which seemed to make so much sense to me. 2 years after school I began my Bachelor of Animation at the Queensland College of Art.

I first learn about Visible Ink when I needed to print and bind a 4-page comic for an exhibition in November 2016. A friend at uni said they did free printing and so a few of us went there to print our comics, not expecting very much other than printing. That afternoon I met the staff, who showed me around the art area and explained all of the facilities available at VisInk. I was back the following week to paint.

I have 3 comics underway which I pushed aside during the uni semester, which I hope to finish off and distribute to comic shops in Brisbane. I have also got a couple of short animation projects to complete for the Brisbane Feminist festival organised by the One Woman Project. I’m hoping to finish several large scale paintings and then have an exhibition before the end of the year.

I love being able to create a small world with characters and environments that aren’t real. I like the fact that looking at someone’s animation and drawings is like looking at someone’s dreams in that every aspect of the work is a piece of the artist. Even just a single piece of paper can contain so much information about a person and I love being able to share that. Often you communicate things through art that you can’t speak with words.
Also I think that animation is just magical- moving drawings, whhaaat?!

I have always drawn been interested in cartoons and comics, even when it felt inappropriate to still be watching ABCKids as a teenager. My parents always encouraged my artwork, providing me with paper, pens, pencils and paint to ensure that I kept up the hobby. The more I drew, the more I got associated as a draw-er and the more people would come to me to ask for designs or to collaborate on projects. As I met more and more people with an interest in art and animation, I realised that it is actually a thing and that if you work hard enough you can draw for a living. This is now my project, to try and establish myself as an artist so that I can create animation, drawings and paintings 100% of the time. I’ve not found anything else that has brought me as much joy as creating art, so I’m just going to run with it for now and try to make it work.

What I create for money are specific to the brief given by the person commissioning me, the things I make in my spare time have the potential to be completely limitless, abstract and weird. I still struggle with this, but it’s really fun.
I also like swimming, yoga and reading, but mostly I just lie around, hanging out with my friends and watching 30Rock.

I wish I had pushed myself more in my earlier years when I decided to pursue art. I would draw maybe once a week and usually only as a necessity, for a uni project and never for my own pleasure. I wish I had nerded out on art more and created more because 1 it feels great and 2 it allows you to learn and progresses so quickly. It’s such a simple thing, but it can be so easy to let yourself off the hook and so hard to force yourself, but it’s necessary. Going to galleries or researching an artist whose work you really love is just as good. Look at and make as much art as you can and soon you won’t have to force yourself, it’ll be second nature.

I think the more people you meet and talk to about art, the richer your experience will be. There are so many little exhibitions, workshops and events happening all the time, you just have to know about them. I am definitely a more introverted person, but it has usually always paid off when I’ve put myself out there and gone along to art events happening in Brisbane. You meet inspiring people and see inspiring things and remember why you do it in the first place, it’s great.

maevebkr.com
instagram: @mastyp