Vivid Ideas 2018 - New Creatives: 'Hidden in Plain View' Exhibition

DATE: Thursday 7 June 2018 10 am -6 pm


This year for Vivid Ideas, Bradfield students are staging The New Creatives - 'Hidden in Plain View', a multi-modal interactive exhibition that will reveal Sydney’s hidden stories and secrets. Secrets have long been buried. Stories that have never been shared. This event will unravel the hidden mysteries that are in our everyday plain view.

Students have applied for project roles and will create works  in film, photography, social media, art and design, performance in dance, music and drama and community storytelling. Based on the book Hidden in Plain View by Paul Irish, The New Creatives will uncover new creative talent from school students, not just from Bradfield but across Sydney, as part of an innovative approach to senior secondary education.

Nurturing young creative minds is at the top of the agenda of educators, yet inspiring and guiding students within the rigid academic structure of the HSC can be challenging. With so much focus on exams and scores, many of our young creatives are becoming disillusioned with traditional education. With a real world client and an intriguing theme of discovery, the New Creatives event provides opportunities for students to connect with Sydney’s people, history and land.

The event is the culmination of a 17 week project. Various activities will be staged throughout the day:


- An exhibition of hidden stories through documentary, short film, dance, drama, zines and literature connecting young people with community, history, science and creativity.

- A zine fair where students from partner schools will be part of a large exchange of self-published works

- An artisan market where art and design students will sell paintings, illustrations, fashion, homewares and more


- Community visits to the inter-generational Secrets project with aged care residents and students presenting their stories


Teachmeet and panel discussion: Educating the New Creatives. A Teachmeet professional development for teachers to share experiences and examples of best practice in teaching young creative students. This will begin with a panel discussion about project based learning with students, teachers and industry professionals followed by short presentations from educators across Sydney.

Linking to community and industry

Our event links young people with the community and aspires to generate empathy and confidence. Students will build relationships with aged-care residents, with the land, with industry professionals and with their own future. It’s a bold example of schools working with external agencies and industry to meet new demands.

The audience experience

We want you to experience a newfound connection and relationship with the Sydney community, the land, and most importantly, yourself through the eyes of emerging creative talent. Our students will be encouraged to engage in new relationships as well as develop new essential skills for their future. It’s all about bringing to the surface what we don’t acknowledge or see.

This is where the theme Hidden in Plain View is significant. Sydney’s history, secrets, mysteries, culture are all hidden within this city, its land, and its people.

Find more information on the Vivid 2018 website here

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