INTERVIEW: 80n20 Talks Art and Newcastle Art Drop

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.We had a chat to local artist 80n20, co-founder of the Newcastle Art Drop about moving into new styles and letting things evolve naturally.
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Tell us about 80n20? What’s been going on?
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Where do I start? I'm the guy that draws weird faces, and angry cats. I spend way too much of my time on Instagram and playing Nintendo.
I’ve been diving into more dark, emotional styles of art. I've been creating GIF's and exploring other digital mediums.
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Cool, so Newcastle Art Drop seems to be getting bigger all the time, tell us how it started?
 
It all began in February at the start of the year. A couple of friends and I had seen other artists doing art drops including Mike Watt and we were inspired to do it. Every time we did a drop more artists got involved and the reaction we had from the public was overwhelming. Within 3 months there were 40 artists getting involved.
  
How do you find people to be involved in the drops, do they approach you?
 
A good majority of people contact me through the Newcastle Art Drop's Instagram. Then other times I'm contacting local artists, asking if they would like to be involved.
 
 So the music drop you did was a great idea too! How did that come about?
 
I had local musicians/artists suggesting a Music Drop would be a great. After a few months it finally came together. 14 local musicians got involved and it was a success. I'd love to do more in the future.
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So what’s happening next? With Art Drop work and with 80n20?
 
I want to take my art in a new direction and experiment with more mediums and learn new ways to create.
I’d like to let the art drop evolve naturally and see where it goes. The biggest thing I’ve heard is that people want to do more events, and some other artists who do their own events have been contacting me saying "let’s make this bigger, let’s do something bigger"
 
Yeah, you’ve really created a little community around what you are doing, which is sick!
 
The reaction I've had from the art drop has been completely overwhelming. I can't thank everyone enough for getting involved and being so supportive. 
 It just goes to show how many creative people there are in Newcastle wanting to make a positive change in the community and share kindness and creativity.
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