Adam Dunn has been a huge creative influence on everything we do since joining our team in 2011. We hit him up with 6 questions for this month’s staff Q&A so that you can get to know a little more about what makes him tick…
What work do you do for Hidden Door?
I would boil it down to creative facilitation, this is usually in the form of either Graffiti Art or Film Making activities. I have a longstanding passion for both of these art forms so I can’t think of a better way to do a day’s work.
Why do you enjoy working with Hidden Door?
I get a real kick out of meeting people who tell me “I haven’t got a creative bone in my body”, and all it takes is for them to relax and be open to that spark, that flash or fragment of an idea that leads them down a rabbit hole. Then half an hour later they are whole heartedly involved in creating something of their own. I love to remind them what they told me and see their reaction. We are ALL intrinsically creative. Some of us are just more experienced in engaging that part of us.
The whole team at Hidden Door are constantly engaged with this ‘creative brain’ so I often find inspiration in their ideas. This creativity is combined with meticulous planning and practical thinking as well, so I always feel confident arriving in new environments with new challenges. I know I can just focus on the fun stuff, Empowering people to express themselves!
What are some of your inspirations artistically?
I love visual artists like James Jean, Mode 2, Sofles. Film makers like the Coen Brothers and Romain Gavras. However, I think good music is probably my biggest inspiration, and there’s good music in all genres.
Biggest achievement to date?
I was asked to paint live for the Parramatta Opening Party of Sydney Festival last year that was a big honor and plenty of fun painting beside a ship full of percussionists blowing flames into the air. I’m also very proud to have worked as a editor/field producer for a community arts tv program for the last couple of years.
Tell us something random about yourself that most people don’t know!?
Most people are surprised to learn that I’ve been making hip hop music for quite a while and still perform live in Sydney and interstate
Banished to a desert island – what 3 items would you take with you?
A pencil, A thick pad, and a big yacht. (I probably wouldn’t use the yacht until my paper ran out!)