I like spray painting large street murals and portraits. I'm
also happy to do artistic commissions.
Think back to your 16-year-old self. Did you know what you wanted to
do with your life back then? Did you even have an inkling?
Not many people do. But there are always the exceptions. Some people
have more than just an inkling – not only do they have a vision for
their future, but they're also very talented in their respective areas.
Senior College is harbouring more than its fair share of these
creative prodigies. Since the College is a senior high school that
specialises in the creative industries and also shares a Campus with
TAFE NSW's Northern Sydney
Institute, the College's creative output could almost said to be a given.
Bradfield was the first senior high school of its kind to make it
possible for students to study for their HSC as well as a TAFE
Certificate while simultaneously being introduced to the creative
workforce through Work Studies and Industry Training. The College is
unique for another reason – the overwhelming sentiment the
overwhelming sentiment from students is that the teachers are "on
the same level", "aren't patronising" and are genuinely
interested in seeing students achieve their career and HSC goals.
Students who have come from a difficult background, that may have
struggled in the public school system in most cases, coming to
Bradfield turns things around for them. These kids are now pursuing
the vision for their collective future and acting on it. And they're
not even out of high school!
As part of the Vivid
festival, the students are showcasing some of their skills, arts
and crafts at the Creative Careers Day. We touched base with some of
them to pick their brains about what makes their creativity tick at
such a ripe age.
Kate came to Bradfield because she was looking for an environment
where she could freely express her own ideas in a form that best
suited her. "I hope to get a job in video game design and
development. Additionally, I'd like to continue my work as a freelance artist."
You can find Kate at the Vivid Creative Careers Day hosting a market
stall selling her cards, tie dyed tote bags and hand dyed apparel.
Sophie came to Bradfield because she was really struggling at her old
school with anxiety issues. "I learned about Bradfield through a
family friend and I thought I would give it a shot as a sort of last
resort." She said. "Bradfield is the best place I could have
ever gone for me and my creative interest."
At Vivid, Sophie will be selling small original prints and possibly
some t-shirts as well. She loves the idea of Bradfield holding the
arts and design market at Vivid and hosting the Creative Careers Day.
"It really opens up a whole new world for people like me who are
interested in a career in creative arts. A lot of people might not
even think to go to a talk like the ones that are being offered in
Bradfield and some people might not be able to afford to go to one.
You can find Sophie at the Vivid Creative Careers Day hosting a
market stall selling small original prints of bats and hopefully some T-shirts!
Caitlin came to Bradfield because of the promise of a mature
environment and a focus on creativity. "By the end of year 10, I
was feeling quite lost in myself," she said. "I knew I
wanted to express myself creatively but struggled to do so, and I felt
ill-equipped in terms of mentors."
At Bradfield she's been able to study almost entirely design and
visual arts subjects, discovering a newfound passion for design and
photography. "My teachers have fostered my creativity and worked
so hard to help me understand and express myself creatively," she
said. "It can be difficult at times, being a creative person, and
I feel as though a constant feeling of doubt in oneself and one's work
comes with the territory."
At the Art and Design market you can find Caitlin selling wooden
laser-cut jewellery. "I've worked really hard to design a range
of quirky and cute necklaces, earrings and brooches, and I'm very
excited about selling them."
You can find Caitlin at the Vivid Creative Careers Day hosting a
market stall selling wooden laser cut jewellery.
Vincent came to Bradfield because he simply didn't like his previous
school. He enjoys the range of artistic subjects at Bradfield. "I
want to be a better versio of myself in five years-time," he
said. "I like spray painting large street murals and portraits.
I'm also happy to do artistic commissions."
At the Art and Design market Vincent will be selling t-shirts and
small canvasses. He's also been busy putting his mark, literally, on
the Bradfield Campus. This is in the form of a large portrait of Sir
John Bradfield, the College's namesake, which will be displayed on a
wall of one of the Campus buildings.
You can find Vincent at the Vivid Creative Careers Day hosting a
market stall selling t-shirts and small canvasses.
Looking to launch your own creative career? Head down to the Vivid
Creative Careers Day, 4 June 9am – 6pm Bradfield Senior College,
213 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards NSW 2065