Discover new directions in the creative industries, and immerse yourself creatively in an expert-led masterclass.You'll walk away with a better...

Creative Careers 2018


St Leonards 2065

Bradfield Senior College
Creative Careers 2018


Petrina Hicks

Petrina Hicks


Petrina Hicks uses the seductive and glossy language of commercial photography to create artworks that probe at the false promise of perfection, exploring photography’s ability to both create and corrupt the process of seduction and consumption. Her work often explores female identity — making reference to mythology and art history and drawing associations between these elements and contemporary image culture. Of further interest is the symbiotic relationship between animal and human reflected in her work.

Petrina Hicks has exhibited widely through solo and group shows in Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, USA, UK, Japan, China, Mexico, and Brazil. Hicks’ work was recently selected to be shown at; Volta NY 2015, 17th International Videobrasil, Brazil, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China and Art Platform, Los Angeles. Her work belongs to various national and international collections including National Gallery of Australia, AGNSW, Queensland Art Gallery, Tweed River City Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Hicks has been awarded various notable prizes and residencies including; 2014 Bowness Photography Prize, Josephine Ulrick Photography Award for Portraiture, 2008 ABN Emerging Artist Award, La Cite, Paris Residency, Art Gallery of NSW and 8-month Fellowship, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany.

Paul Bianco

Paul Bianco

Musician & Music Producer

After beginning his career as a 14-year-old drummer in country Victoria, Paul eventually moved to Melbourne and attended an audio engineering school studying under James Guthrie who co-produced and engineered Pink Floyd's The Wall. He has since ran recording studios in Melbourne and Sydney, performed across Australia in his own band playing shows at Falls Festival, BDO and every venue in between to thousands of people. He's shared stages with the likes of the Avalanches, Suicidal Tendencies, Run DMC and more. He's remixed songs for Snoop Dog, Friendly, Magic Dirt and Underground lovers.

He has worked on MTV and channel [v] mixing hundreds of local and international acts including Foo Fighters, Xibit, Cypress Hill, QOTSA, R.E.M. Kelly Rollands, Tame Impala and Wolfmother and toured Australia with festivals such as, Laneway and Future Music with bands like Dune Rats, Rudimental and Hilltop Hoods. He's stage managed TV for Sydney’s part in Live Earth and video shoots for Christina Aguilera. He's worked as house technician for Sydney's Metro and Enmore Theatre, with bands, Sticky Fingers, Ben Harper and Angus and Julia Stone to name a few.

He has toured across USA and Europe as an engineer and tour managed with bands like The Griswolds, The Goons of Doom and Hiatus Kaiyote. He also owns his own record label and manages two bands. He's now 46 and his parents still ask him when he's going to get a real job, his answer? "Not anytime soon."

Christina McLean

Christina Mclean

Artist & Owner of Trade the Mark

Christina Mclean is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sydney. Working with both textiles and ceramics, Christina applies marks and pattern to create works that blur the line between art and functional ware. With a background in ceramics, fashion and textiles, Christina began studying ceramics in 1988 and established Chowk Ceramics for 12 years before applying her love for mark making to textiles.

From 2006 onwards Christina has been designing prints for many sort after Australian fashion brands. Her latest venture TRADE the MARK, sees Christina going back to her roots as a maker, crafting work to last the test of time with a contemporary twist. Christina hand makes all of her work in her studio in the Inner West.

Laura McWhinnie

Laura McWhinnie

Founder of This Island Life

As the founder of This Island Life, Laura has built an authentic brand identity and loyal following through original and unique content. She is not only regarded as an expert on all things summer, she is also a respected advertising creative with more than 12 years' agency experience. Since starting her career as a copywriter in 2005, she has worked for top Sydney agencies including Clemenger, McCann Sydney and Host.

When she’s not chasing the summer, Laura can be found sharing her expertise at speaking events and writing opinion pieces for leading industry publications. Laura currently works for M&C Saatchi Australia as a senior social content writer and is a guest lecturer at General Assembly in Sydney.


Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair Accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

Event Details

Discover new directions in the creative industries, and immerse yourself creatively in an expert-led masterclass.

You'll walk away with a better understanding of the creative landscape, how this translates into existing and emerging jobs and you can take advantage of the many creative opportunities out there.

In the afternoon it's your turn to explore your creativity in one of four masterclasses in photography, music production, textiles or social media. For beginners or advanced, everyone's welcome. 

8:30 – 9.00      Registration

9:00 – 9:15      Welcome and introduction to Creative Learning

9:15 – 10:15    Exhibition viewing with student discussion

Tour the New Creatives: Hidden in Plain View exhibit - a new approach to senior school education and see how young creatives can develop real industry experience and portfolios so that they have a head start and a much clearer idea of where to head once they finish school. The exhibition is an example of the ways that emerging creative talent can be fostered at schools using project-based learning, and how linking with industry and community helps students make better study and career choices for the future.

10:15 – 10:40  Morning tea

10:45 – 12:00  Creative Careers panel hosted by Kristi Street - Creative Entrepreneur

Tim Chappel, Petrina Hicks, Chris McLean and Laura McWhinnie will talk about emerging careers in the creative industries and what key skills are needed to forge a career in the creative world.

12:00 – 12:45  Lunch

12:45 – 2:45    Two-hour creative masterclass

Choose from:

Fashion Design with Tim Chappel - Create a 'Priscilla' inspired headdress with Academy Award Winning Costume Designer Tim

Social Media with Laura McWhinnie - Learn about social media for personal branding and marketing

Photography with Petrina Hicks -  Learn lighting and studio techniques

Music Production with Paul Bianco - Learn about the music industry and record and mix

Textiles and Reactive Dyes with Chris McLean - Learn how to become an entrepreneur with your art

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Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair Accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.