We Can Create

New Zealand’s biggest art and creative industries showcase.

If you work anywhere in the creative industry, We Can Create is for you.

Curated by communications agency The Church, We Can Create features both up-and-coming talent and seasoned professionals over two days of seminars surrounded by satellite events and exhibitions.

It's an annual celebration of all things art and design - graphics, fashion, animation, illustration, motion graphics, typography, sound design, live audio-visual art, interactive and experiential marketing, fine art, music, product design and more.

We Can Create announces two new speakers for New Zealand’s biggest art and creative industries showcase.

Design and communications agency The Church yesterday announced Chris Graham and Rafaël Rozendaal will take the stand at We Can Create, a symposium for creative industry professionals at

Auckland’s Aotea Centre 26-27 August 2011.

New Zealander Chris Graham is best known as the Director of Sione’s Wedding and his talents extend to making feature films, tv commercials and music videos.  He is joined by visual web artist Rafaël Rozendaal from Brazil.   The festival organisers also announced the withdrawal of both Taika Waititi and Usman Haque.

“It’s with heavy hearts that we announce Taika Waititi has to pull out of WCC this year due to production delays on his new MTV sitcom. We struggled in vain to work around his revised schedule but were unable to get flights back in time for the event.  Of equal disappointment is Usman Haque being forced to cancel his appearance due to medical reasons. Everyone at WCC would like to thank both Taika and Usman for their support this year and wish Usman a speedy recovery,” says The Church’s Creative Director, Jon Raymen.

The line-up of 11 speakers who will be sharing their passion, perspectives and practices at We Can Create include Kris Sowersby, the kiwi typographer who won a Certificate of Excellence from the Type Designers Club in New York; Karin Fong from Imaginary Forces, named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People; KesselsKramer, the leftfield Amsterdam advertising and publishing agency behind campaigns for Nike, Parool and Levi’s; Frank Kozik, credited with single handedly reviving the “lost” art of the concert poster; Morag Myerscough, Britain’s multiple award-winning, integrated graphic design powerhouse; Eric Rodenbeck from Stamen Design, whose mission is to extend the boundaries of online media and live information visualisation, and London-based The Rumpus Room, whose innovation and creativity has seen them combine real world, interactive and social platforms for Coca Cola, Xbox and MAC.

For more information on We Can Create visit http://wecancreate.co.nz where you can join the mailing list to keep up-to-date with the festival’s progress.

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  • Wice says
    Sounds like something for me! Thanks Chelsey, always good to know what happening on the NZ creative scene.

    Ow! Just looked at the website. It's a bit pricey at $320 general, $190 Student and $495 VIP pass - plus you will need to take Friday off and Saturday - and if you're not from Auckland, travel/accommodation costs.
  • KH says
    I like the sound of this one too. Too pricey for me as well though. Time for another Chelsey competition?? :)
  • StillMe says
    That is awesome! I might have to think about that. As a (creative) student it's only $100ish a day, totally do able!!
  • Anna says
    Wow does look great!! but i dont like i can do $100ish a day =P
  • KH says
    Just spotted this competition on the Rip It Up website to win a pass to this.

  • Anna says
    oh nice!!!
  • Wice says
    Thank so much for sharing this competition. That sounds very worthwhile having a go to win. I work in the creative industry and would love a bit of refreshing inspiration to motivate . I think it is pretty tough times for a lot of us out here right now. Many creatives are struggling to survive and the price of the tickets makes it an extravagance to attend. Guess I will have to join rip it up!
  • KH says
    As there are a few creative people here I though surely there must be other places giving away passes as well. So thanks to google here are a few more.



    http://grooveguide.co.nz/blog/2011/08/shit-worth-winning (through twitter)
  • flowery3 says
    So many ways the lovely chelsey community is sharing helpful things with one another, its just great! Hope to hear that one of us, or even several of us, win - then we can meet up there!
  • flowery3 says
    I can see Wice winning the stop press comp - as aall you have to do is "post a weird/entertaining Google search phrase in the comments, for example, how fast is Barack Obama over 40 metres, why is my dog doing that or pretty much anything along these lines."
    Wice always finds us interesting and unusual things to enjoy, so I just know she will come it with something snazzy for this competition!

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