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Amy Prcevich is an artist and administrator interested in art as a vehicle for community engagement. She first realised the social potential of art many moons ago as an intern at Fairfield City Museum and galley and has since worked in the education department at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, as Program Manager at artist development organisation OVADA, Oxford, United Kingdom and as Exhibition Coordinator for Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and Cottesloe. Graduating from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Creative Arts Administration (International Studies), Amy has a particular interest in artist run initiatives and was one of the founding volunteers of At The Vanishing Point Contemporary Art, Newtown, Sydney. Most recently she managed the Contempo program of events at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and in this role developed the Art Bus program - a monthly bus tour which visited artists, initiatives and creative spaces throughout Sydney.
With some 48 years experience as a journalist, many of them specialising in the arts and entertainment, Andrew is a seasoned interviewer, feature writer and news reporter, having contributing regularly to The Australian, The Bulletin, Cinema Papers, Sydney Morning Herald and the Qantas inflight magazine among many others. He has managed his own publishing company (one of whose titles was Encore Magazine), and still enjoys writing on a daily basis. Andrew presents a movie course for Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education. From 1985 to 2004, he was Australian Bureau Chief for the London-based international film industry publications, Screen International and latterly Moving Pictures. In his other capacity, Andrew is the creator/interviewer of Front Up, the prime time program on SBS (1991 – 2004) in which he meets people at random in the streets of Australia and has a conversation about their life experiences.
Carla has worked in marketing and communications with both non-profits and in the commercial sector. This experience has been in Australia and the U.S, including work at Merrill Lynch (N.Y.) Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she led the communications for a large capital campaign, and Yosemite Conservancy. Locally she has worked with Sydney Festival, University of Western Sydney and Cure Brain Cancer. Carla enjoys the challenge of working with clients during ambitious periods of growth and change, including mergers or major fundraising campaigns, and has led the communications for organisations in areas such as audience development, re-branding campaigns, events, website relaunches and public relations. Carla is inspired by results and success, whether it be part of a team that built a new music school or launched a campaign that funded the restoration wilderness areas.
Col Henry has been recognized as an innovator, with a style developed over 40 years of dedication to sculptural practice. He is concerned with the energy of form in relation to the space in which it interacts, remaining true to the materials, whilst reflecting the natural environment. He has conducted sculpture classes over 20 years from his studio in Wyong Creek. He is involved in helping community groups and many local schools, volunteering to achieve excellence in art. Recent commissions include Sunshine, Melbourne, Wagga Wagga Airport, FKP corporate Wooloomooloo, Gosford Shire Council, James Cook University and Kogarah Council. He is Director of Sculpture on the Greens, held annually in Wyong, NSW. Col Henry is hosted in many collections, nationally and overseas, in public and private collections.
Henshaw has extensive experience as a patent attorney and specialises in a range of engineering-related sectors, including clean technologies, mechanical and engineering sciences, medical devices, mining and physics. He has been successfully representing local and international clients for over 20 years, advising on IP strategy and crafting patent protection for businesses ranging from start-ups through to multinational corporations. Damon is actively involved in a number of start-up ventures and is a member of Sydney Angels, a group that invests in innovative early-stage companies with high growth potential. Damon is also an active member of AIPPI, an international intellectual property organisation that reviews and investigates international hot topics in IP.Damon works from the Sydney and Newcastle offices as well as being Lead Partner for Davies Collison Cave's Parramatta office.
Fiona is a visual artist working primarily with installation, video and sound. As part of her practice she is a member of a collaborative project Blood on Silk, This collaboration arose from an accidental intersection when she was developing an installation in the School of Physics, University of Sydney, Australia in 2010. Dr. Peter Domachuk's research project is the study of silk implantable microchips allowing real time measurement of the properties of blood while that blood is still circulating within the body. These silk microchips are refined, transparent and dissolvable therefore disposable, a biophotonic chip. Dr. Lee-Anne Hall, a creative writer and museum studies expert is the third member of the collaboration. Fiona was curator of Death I, II and III from 2009-12 at Parramatta Artists Studios.
Frank is an Owner, Director and Master Business Coach with Business Clarity who has personally coached 74 business owners across 36 different industries over the last 9 years. He has worked with business owners, and their teams, to help them overcome the various challenges that face business, especially in the areas of making more money, motivating the team whist still having a great lifestyle. Frank has an Accounting and Economics degree from the University of New England and is a Certified Practicing Accountant. He also has post graduate qualifications from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Frank’s speciality is in assisting clients to fully understand and control the financial aspects of their business – using the accounting systems to drive strategies for optimising profits and cash flow. Frank is committed to his chosen career of business coaching. He was a previous board member of the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce.
Gabiann is the current lecturer in Screen Business for AFTRS and previously worked with NEIS Australia, Jobfind Networks, SAE Institute, UTS and JMC Creative Academy as a lecturer and mentor across multiple creative practices. As a seasoned, award winning writer in almost every medium; including stage, screen, broadcast and multimedia Gabiann understands the challenges of trying to establish oneself in a creative industry. She has won international awards for her children’s books and television scripts and in 2000 established one of Sydney’s original independent writer’s development agencies – Telltales Script and Story Development, through which she has helped mentor and develop over 200 independent writers and projects towards production or publication. She has successfully worked with writers, students, creative producers, publishers and new content developers on all manner of projects and believes the most important role of a mentor is to understand and help guide the long term and short term vision of her mentorees.
Gregory is a design innovator who creates fresh and exciting outcomes to challenging briefs. He has extensive experience working with cultural, government and corporate entities in different roles. Gregory has worked with The Biennale of Sydney and The Art Gallery of NSW, to develop distinctive visual identities and promotional campaigns with applications across all collateral. He is an interpretation planner and designer for various significant sites such as La Perouse, Bare Island. Kamay Botany Bay National Park and Yanga National Park. Gregory has worked on various projects with Hay Council and Shear Outback Museum, involving interpretation planning and design across its six main historic sites and museums. Previously, designed the Powerhouse Museum’s exhibition The 80s Are Back and was part of the design team engaged to revitalise the Museum. Gregory is a lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Armanious produces installations, sculptural forms, paintings and drawings. He was born Egypt and migrated to Australia with his family at age 6. He holds Bachelor of Arts from the City Art Institute, Sydney. He has exhibited at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Busan Biennale, Korea; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; and Artspace Sydney. Armanious' work is included in national and international collections; as well as numerous private collections in Europe, USA and Australia. He is represented by Foxy Production (New York), Raucci/Santamaria Gallery (Naples), Roslyn Oxley 9 (Australia), and Michael Lett Gallery (NZ).
High Tea with Mrs Woo is the collective memory and design collaboration of three sisters. They make garments and objects that are charming, thoughtful and everlasting. The sisters translate nostalgia and romantic escape into contemporary wearable inventions. Since launching their label in 2004, they have exhibited in Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Midtown (Tokyo), Blickfang (Zurich), Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), Object Gallery (Sydney) at Shanghai Fashion Week (China) and Australian Fashion Week (Sydney and Melbourne); featured in various local and international media including SBS TV, ABC ASIA and Times Magazine; and are well supported by the Australian art, craft and design network.
Jamie has an extensive background in the creative industries across magazine publishing, advertising, the arts and graphic design. He is passionate about the importance of delivering creative and business excellence in order to implement, promote and deliver sustainable and innovative creative ideas to market. With over fifteen years experience on projects and events across the commercial, not-for-profit and public sectors his areas of interest are in business administration and strategic planning, branding and design development, fundraising, business writing and marketing for the arts and creative start-ups. Jamie has worked both in Australia and in the UK and is currently working in local government at The City of Sydney. He also sits on the board for a community theatre and arts space, holds an honors degree in Art Theory from UNSW, College of Fine Arts and is currently completing a Masters of Management at UTS.
Justin has been actively involved in theatre, film and music industries for over fifteen years. He has produced, performed and managed numerous theatre and dance productions and been involved in the planning and production of major festivals, such as Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi. In his background of film production, programming and production, he has worked for the Brisbane International Film Festival, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the Sydney Film Festival, Antenna International Documentary Film Festival. He produced the award-winning ‘Not a Willing Participant’, which screened on ABC. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media Multiplatform Producing from Metroscreen. Justin has produced several music video clips, short films and short documentaries. He is the current Exhibition Manager for Sculpture at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains and is working on several long form documentaries.
Kate Hurst is Hurst & Co's principal consultant with over a decade's worth of valuable business experience working within creative industries. Working through a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach, her consulting services include business coaching, operations optimisation, strategic planning, marketing & digital strategy specifically tailored for creative industries. She has worked with a number of high profile individuals, fashion labels, SME's, non-profit organisations and government institutions such as Romance Was Born, Poppy Lissiman, Sportsgirl and Movember. Hurst was formally trained at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW), and her experiences have inspired a deep commitment to promoting strategic planning and financial sustainability within the creative industries. Her experience in an appointment to the NSW Government's Creative Industries Taskforce.
Kinski and Bourke are an innovative design, part of Design Federation – an independent platform for Australia’s creative community, featuring an eclectic team with backgrounds ranging from traditional design and media to advertising, copywriting and fashion. Bourke is a graduate from UWS with a BA in Design Studies. He is interested in all approaches to design – from web and graphics to interior and furniture design. Kinski studied at the University of Sydney and has produced a range of garments through label Sweat-Shop Productions.
Kirstie has been involved in the Australian film and television industries for over 20 years working for a number of high profile industry professionals during this time. She worked in postproduction as a colour grader over many years before branching out into production and establishing her own production facility in Western Sydney in 1998. While working in film postproduction she found herself advising filmmakers and students on technical aspects of their films and grew to realise that she had a passion for advising and mentoring them. Her work moved into community based projects while working for Information and Cultural Exchange in 2008 where she first embraced our local creative industries. Kirstie became a qualified vocational educator 6 years ago and is currently teaching production and writing subjects across TAFE institutes and primary/secondary schools based education. She believes that there are many untold stories in our region that must find a voice and is keen help make them happen.
Larry is currently manager of the Charles Hewitt Gallery, Darlinghurst with over 50 artists represented, managing 30 exhibitions per year. Previously, he was Manager of Australian Galleries, Sydney, representing significant contemporary artists including Jeffrey Smart, Bill Robinson and Garry Shead. Educated at the Central School of Art in London, he commenced his career as Partner with Danny Lane, London, a sculpture and contemporary design business. With over twenty-five years experience since then, he has worked across in depth across many areas of the art world, including advice on purchases in the art market, leading an artist-designed glass service, as a gallery owner, within conservation and restoration, and with Di Emme, with an international focus in corporate art.
Lesley is a young creative entrepreneur of Striped Designs - dedicated to the art of creative problem solving. She works across freelance Illustration as well as web, multimedia and graphic design, and has also worked in logo design, illustration, character design and toy design. Her children’s books include My Dad is a Superhero and My Mum is a Superhero, published by Chirpy Bird, other titles published with Pearson Education, Roar (imprint of Lion Forge Comics) and NBC. Previous clients include Kraft, SLR productions (visual development on an animated series), Wombat Books and Business Coaching Systems. She has completed various short courses with Pixar and Australian Radio and television school and holds a Bachelor of Digital Media and received an honourary award from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. She is represented by Lateral Learning and Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Carr spent 20 years building two IT businesses (Allette Systems and Weborganic), occupying the roles of company director as well as senior project manager. As a company director, his main role was the on-time and on-budget delivery of projects to clients with a focus on information management. One of Marcus' recent projects was designing the Electoral Commission website. He now operates a consulting company, with current projects including project management for an overseas airline and the development of an animated series to the point of pitching to venture capitalists.
Rex Irwin was born in India in 1941, attending The Nautical College, Pangbourne, England, afterwards entering wine trade. He arrived in Sydney in 1962, initially as a wine merchant for Douglas Lamb. He entered the art world as an assistant in the Barry Stern Gallery, Paddington, returning to London from 1963-67. It was during these years in London in the swinging sixties that Rex's interest in opera, theatre and art really blossomed. Returning to Australia in 1967, he recommenced employment with Barry Stern and Clune Galleries, Macquarie Street. The closure of the Clune Galleries in 1974 brought about the onset of an early menopause, so the next year was spent in the Greek Islands. Rex returned Australia, and in 1976 he established Rex Irwin Art Dealer in Queen Street, Woollahra. In 1996, still living in the same terraced house he bought in 1969, and still in business in Queen Street, Rex Irwin became a fully-fledged, card-carrying, Australian citizen. In 2012, Rex Irwin Art Dealer formed a partnership with Tim Olsen Art Gallery. Olsen Irwin Gallery is now located at 63 Jersey Road, Paddington, and they are both prospering.
Stuart is a freelance creative consultant and multidisciplinary designer. He has previously held design and teaching positions at SSO Media/Sydney Star Observer, That! Agency and Metro Screen. During this time he has collected a variety of skills and professional connections to oversee all aspects of the creative process, from client to art director. He is a graphic designer, a practising artist, photographer and illustrator. His style is refined and polished but elements when appropriate are contemporary and sharp. He studied at the Design Centre Enmore and graduated as Student of the Year, and also won the NSW TAFE Medal.
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