In Conversation : Creative Women 2019

Enjoy a full day of talks and a delicious lunch.

Creative Women is a day for exploring. Hear from women who have chosen to live a creative life. Together we unpack what it means to be creative and express ideas, thoughts and emotions, whether it’s through weaving, designing, sculpting or performing. Learn about the vision, discipline and pleasures that come from exploring and expressing our inner selves.

We delve into our own creativity. We review our approach, our process, our goals. The mysteries of the life of an artist come alive as our guest speakers talk about their working lives, their achievements, and what they have learned over the course of their careers.

Please note there is an error in the North Sydney Arts & Culture guide listing for this event. Cost of the event is $90 as advertised on this website not $80 as published in the Guide.

Guest Speaker: Jo Neville

In conversation with Tracy Lines. Jo Neville is a paper artist and the artist-in-residence at Q Station, the former quarantine station in Manly. Jo’s creative practice is inspired by the site’s history and abundance of native flora and fauna, a welcome contrast to her years based in Darlinghurst where she ran her bespoke stationery wonderland and studio. Her work ranges from large-scale installations to small bouquets of paper flowers and involves all forms of paper, from newspaper to old books, sheet music and wallpaper. Jo has created paper installation for clients such as Tiffany and Co, Domayne and Vogue and custom art works for private clients.

Guest Speaker: Silvana Azzi Heras

In conversation with Alexandra Gordon. As the founder of boutique design studio House of Heras, Silvana Azzi Heras has channelled more than 20-years experience in theatre and film designs into a range of lush, opulent home textiles, including rugs in collaboration with Designer Rugs, cushions and napery. Before launching the business last year, Silvana had spent 17 years as head designer for Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin’s design and production company Bazmark Inq, working on their films, theatre and commercial projects, as well as on Martin’s homewares collaborations with companies such as Mokum Textiles, Anthropologie and Tiffany and Co. Photo credit: @douglaskirklandstudio

Guest Speaker: Kim Pearce & Kath Davis

In conversation with Di Jenkins. Driven by a need to change the world of fashion from within, Kim Pearce and Kath Davis founded The Possibility Project, a social enterprise that involves championing slow clothing, using new and recycled Indian fabrics to make clothes and lovely things, such as pouches made from military tent canvas and silk knotted beads, and working with communities to create meaningful projects and better outcomes for the people involved and the planet. Kim is a former teacher (economics) and Kath worked as a fashion stylist and milliner. They met on the school run and see possibility all around them.

Guest Speaker: Imogen Kelly

As a burlesque artist and performer, hundreds and thousands of people have seen Imogen Kelly undress. She keeps a tally of audience numbers and plans to retire when she reaches one million views. In a remarkable career, Kelly has written, directed, produced, performed and toured her own one-woman shows Herstory and The Undressing Room (and others), performed with the cabaret/variety show La Clique and La Soiree, and been crowned World Queen of Burlesque at the Burlesque Hall of Fame, Las Vegas. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance from COFA and diplomas in Circus Arts, film making and directing. ​

Guest Speaker: Harrie Fasher

In conversation with Anna Bateman. Sculptor Harrie Fasher works out of a large farm shed in the NSW country town of Oberon. Or, depending on the work, the foundry in Australian National University, Canberra. Her works of bronze and steel are large and forceful and in the past few years have garnered both praise and awards. Sydney art critic John McDonald cites her 2017 Sculpture by The Sea entry, The Last Charge, a group of eight horses in full battle charge and one dead horse made to commemorate the last charge of the Light Horse at the Battle of Beersheba on October 31, 1917, as Fasher’s ‘I have arrived’ moment. “With one extraordinary work, Fasher staked a claim to be seen as a major Australian sculptor,” he wrote.

Guest Speaker: Sally Scales

Sally Scales in conversation with Shannon O’Meara. Sally is a Pitjantjatjara woman from Pipalyatjara in the far west of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in remote South Australia. Sally is the daughter of Josephine Mick, a cultural leader and senior artist from Ninuku Arts and the late Ushma Scales, one of the founders of Maruku Arts and the APY cultural archive Ara Irititja. Sally was a Project Officer with Tjanpi Desert Weavers from 2008 - 2010 and worked in the education sector from 2014-2018 on the remote schools strategy. Sally has worked with the APY Art Centre Collective since 2013 in Cultural Liaison, Elder Support and Spokesperson roles. In addition to working with the Collective, Sally is a Director of the APY Council, undertakes consultancy work for the Art Gallery of South Australia and the South Australian Government and is a member of the Uluru Statement education committee, having been involved in the Referendum Council's Constitution regional dialogues and national convention in 2017. On top of all of these commitments, Sally is foster mum to 3 year old Walter. 

MC: Renee Brack

With 20+ years of experience in all aspects of screen and media industries, Renee is a driven writer / director with a flair for creative visualization, superb people skills for streamlining communication and a passion for eclectic, engaging stories. Renee’s YouTube channel has racked up more than 1.2 million views because of her unique approach to interviews with a particular skill in crafting questions that invite character- revealing responses. Taught to write by her father when 3 years old, Renee found that living and working as a writer in Australia was best served with non-gender-specific pseudonyms as it meant she could write a wide variety of material without being typecast. Some of her most well known writing does not have her name on it. And that’s the way she likes it! Renee is a frequent judge and juror for stage and screen festivals, a passionate foodie and gets around on an electric scooter.

Caterer: Lina Mbirkou

Our lunch in 2019 will be presented by Lina Mbirkou. Lina uses fresh organic ingredients to create beautiful and delicious feasts - a unique sensory experience with a fusion of flora and food. Always paving the way for innovation and re-invention, Lina will be offering unique Moroccan flavours at Creative Women 2019.