Beers and Ideas Round 1 Recap

The first ever round of Beers and Ideas went of with a resoundingly positive BANG! at Super Kawaii Studio Wednesday night (Oct.18). Around 70 people showed up and brought with them an open mind and an overwhelmingly supportive vibe which resulted in a stellar night! 

 A happy crowd, mid beers, pre ideas

A happy crowd, mid beers, pre ideas

As the first few people trickled through the doors, there was an air of excitement, trepidation, nervousness and even a touch of confusion as to what the night was all about. In no time, Beers and Ideas founder Sinéad Murphy and place making guru Andrew Hammond had given everyone a thorough insight into what we're hoping to achieve. They both set the tone for what would be a funny, happy and ultimately positive beginning to a concept we hope will continue to flourish.

 All eyes on founder Sinead Murphy as the night gets under way

All eyes on founder Sinead Murphy as the night gets under way

We had four ideas submitted and all of them received the full attention and fantastic support from the crowd. Ideas were pitched, questions were put forward, more ideas were added to ideas, constructive concerns were raised and addressed and by the end of the evening, we had a winner!!

 Place making guru Andrew Hammond dropping some knowledge

Place making guru Andrew Hammond dropping some knowledge

Local artist, Jimmi Buscombe came through with the most votes for his idea of a huge mural on Ozone Lane depicting a flock of yellow tailed black cockatoos in flight. If you've seen Jimmi's smaller paintings then you're probably as excited as us to see the finished piece!! 

 Round One winner Jimmi Buscombe

Round One winner Jimmi Buscombe

While there can only be one winner in a "competition", the most positive aspect of the evening was the support for all the ideas. Truly, everyone involved came out a winner. Gareth Colliton was vying to paint on the same wall as Jimmi and it looks like they might join forces to give it the extra element of glow in the dark paint. Megan Nicholson's outdoor exhibition boxes caught the attention of a local business which has offered to help out and Karen Thompson's idea for a Parklet drew a lot of attention due to it's unique concept. We're working with Karen and WCC to hopefully fund this in the near future.

All in all, the evening was a brilliant gathering of locals and visitors which gave us a fantastic amount of momentum and an insight into how we can continue to improve and sustain Beers and Ideas into the future. 

Our sincerest thanks to everyone involved and those who came along, especially the legends who presented ideas! 

We can't wait for Round Two which is happening on Wednesday, December 6 at 6pm!!

Cheers!!!

Sinead Murphy