Identity, Representation & Growing As An Artist With Luke Swinson

In this episode of The Maker’s Collective Podcast we bring you the next chat in our 44 Gaukel series – this one is with local Indigenous visual artist, Luke Swinson. We’re both huge fans of Luke and his work and it was incredibly special for us to get this opportunity, plus he’s a sweet and gentle soul, so talking with him was a true pleasure.  

Here’s a peek at some of the topics we covered:

  • Exploring, educating himself about, and embracing his identity as an Indigenous Artist
  • Learning on the job
  • Public art 
  • Representation 
  • The role of social media in art and how to balance growth and obsession with the platform and maintaining authenticity 
  • Is being an artist the same as being a business owner?
  • Learning to say no to opportunities
  • Levelling up through testing and experiences
  • Advice for young artists

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Thank you

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Audio brand and episodes produced & edited by François Goudreault of Hello Francy, sound and music productions.

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