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I have been lucky enough to share my passion of art and creativity with some fantastic companies over the last 14 years. I love seeing people tapping back into that wonderful creativity that we all have and the wonderful energy that comes from being expressive, imaginative and creative. So I was delighted when we had the opportunity to run a creative session at this years Sydney Fringe Festival for members of the public.  Whilst not a team building session, many elements were the same as the creative team building programs we run. Everyone getting out of their comfort zone. Everyone really scared about how to start and what it will look like! The first few steps are always very, very tentative.  It’s as if the paper may ignite when the pen first hits it and makes a mark. Great things start to happen when everyone feels more comfortable. It was a sold out program and we had an absolute blast.   The venue was a great space. Always a fan of a great environment to drive creativity, Fringe HQ was buzzing with stimulus. It was great to have a room full of people ready to get out of their comfort zone and to do something creative. There was plenty of fun and energy in the room. Most importantly, everyone left with something that they were proud of! The Fringe Festival gave a nice review as well  There is a tipping point when you do anything new and out of our comfort zones. There is often a voice inside  you have to deal with, telling you a bunch of crap about how unsuccessful your are going to be. The inner voice/ego/doubt we have holds us back from doing so many things. This is especially true with anything creative. Once you suck it up and go for it, the inner voice starts to quieten down then disappear completely. That’s when great things happen. I love seeing everyone leave with something they were proud of and the great smile that comes from reconnecting with your creativity. All things start with a small step, even opening up your creative potential. So, what step are you going to take to reconnect with your creativity and...

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The Creative Process: What An Artist Can Teach Us I was at an art gallery this week doing some research for a program we are running. I absolutely love spending time in galleries. I find them so inspiring not only as an artist but also for the sheer amount of self-expression that you see. We were all created with the ability and need to express ourselves (but that is another post) I came across this explanation of the inspiration of a Jeffrey Smart painting Central Station II and I thought it really summed up the creative process well. His words about the background to the painting were: “In the morning, a friend took me for a tour around those strange parts – strange architecturally – in Sydney. We went to Glebe, Annandale….. then Balmain and the houses on the water there, and Leichardt finally. By this time my imagination was stirred to such an extent that when Michael Ramsden, who drove, stopped near Central Station to run off and buy a paper, I saw him and those hoardings in such a way that I thought I should like to have it forever…it was a moment of hallucinatory beauty”. The notes for the painting went on to say ‘Returning to the spot early the next morning, Smart made a number of sketches and drawings from which he developed the final painting when he returned to Italy’  Smart stirred his creativity that day. He stirred it mightily and then most importantly, he went and acted on it. How did he stir it? He really opened his eyes to all that was around him. He thought about the world around him in a different way. We could even say his thinking/actions was out of the box (or out of the studio). He provided his mind with a whole load of stimulus and freshness. He didn’t just look at one building. He looked at loads. He moved. He didn’t restrict his stimulus to a conversation, a text book or a meeting room. He moved and engaged with his environment. All of these things stirred his imagination. Importantly, he was open to it being stirred. He was open to being inspired. He was a sponge ready to soak it all up. He then did something about it. He could have so easily not gone back in the morning. He would have had to change his plans, miss appointments etc. but he went and did it and harnessed his creative drive at the moment. For me, it sums up the creative process really well. You have to allow your imagination to be stirred. You do...

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One of the joys of working at VisualFunk is the great people that I get to work with. People who don’t just talk about creativity but live it, breathe it, practice it and embrace it. One of these people is Liam Benson who is one of our creative team building facilitators. Liam does wonderful work with our clients to help them take off the creative handbreak and work with their team mates to not only learn more about their own wonderful creativity but what can be achieved when everyone is pooling their creative talents. His own creative practice enables a great understanding of how to help others fulfill their creative potential. Liam recently won the 2011 Hazelhurst Art Award for works on paper with his work “A Christian Country”. His work focuses on national as well as gender identity. I am a firm believer that to develop your creativity you have to behave creatively. Creating (verb) develops your creativity. The more you create (behave creatively) the more creative you become. It is a great upward cycle. The more you behave creatively, the more you stimulate your creativity. The great results, energy and balance that you get drives you to behave more creatively and keep on creating. You are living creatively and breathing creativity. Liam’s continuing work is a testament to living creatively and the benefits of regularly doing creativity. So, go on and do anything, something that drives and develops your creativity. Start living creatively. And congratulations to Liam for his great work. I have judged many art competitions and also been in many art competitions and winning them is hard work. When you do, it’s testament to something...

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Innovation and Contemporary Art: not that dissimilar There is a new contemporary art space that has just opened at the Art Gallery of NSW and has been put together by the donation of Friends of mine have visited and have come back with a few questions along the lines of “How do we understand contemporary art?” followed by “because I didn’t understand anything!” A great explanation of contemporary art is on the AGNSW website: Simply put, contemporary art is the art of our time. However, it can be difficult to define specifically as what it means to be ‘contemporary’ changes with each day – what is modern to us will be history to future generations.Contemporary art is a label, not a single movement. It can be seen as a myriad of new approaches to art that have developed since the 1960s. Contemporary artists take art beyond the traditional forms of drawing, painting and sculpture and embrace new mediums and technologies. My questions to my friends were: Did the show make you feel anything? Did it make you think differently? Did you get out of your comfort zone? Were you challenged at all? Did you do something you don’t normally do? The answer to all of the questions was yes so even if you didn’t understand anything,  the experience is a success. Regardless of what they were immediately able to comprehend, there were plenty of positive benefits. The big challenge companies face with innovation and the creativity that drives it is the ability to do something different to make it happen.  To be challenged, be out of your comfort zone, to think differently and do something that they wouldn’t normally do. Doing the same thing you have always done is easy but it rarely delivers results. Does that mean that companies have to visit art galleries to drive innovation? It certainly would be a great thing to do but the key is to do anything that will challenge,  get people out of their comfort zone and stir emotions. Innovation, like the new exhibition at the AGNSW is contemporary. Having the same meetings in the same boardroom just wont work.  Its about embracing new media and technologies. Its about embracing a myriad of new approaches. It is taking things beyond the traditional approach. Innovation is alive. And my best advice to look at contemporary art? (and you don’t want to read anything about it)  Look at it, if you like it – great! If you don’t like it – great as well!  Turn off the bossy LHS of your brain that needs to make immediate sense of everything and just enjoy...

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