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DIY: Create your own future in the arts

Tuesday 4 April 
@ 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St Redfern 2016

Are you young creative (16-25yrs) with a passion for the arts? Join this interactive discussion panel to learn how to DO IT YOURSELF in the arts industry!

How do we work together to build strong communities in the face of change? How do we remain resilient in challenging environments? How do we create when faced with high living costs, a competitive job market and limited funding opportunities? Our panel of DIY stars will share helpful advice on how to make your own opportunities in the arts and navigate the obstacles of a creative career with confidence!

Guest panelists include: 

Moderator: Natalie Wadwell
Natalie is a creative instigator and writer with an undeniable passion for the arts and cultural engagement. Growing up in Greater Western Sydney, she developed a strong interest in engaging communities through art whilst creating social impact. She is curious about social enterprises, cultural activation in public and disused spaces, post-suburbanisation and diversity in representation. Natalie is founder and director of Wadwell Initiatives, though which she develops community partnerships in the arts. 

Kelly Doley
Kelly Doley is an independent artist, curator and arts worker whose artistic practice encompasses individual and collaborative projects that take the form of performance, video, painting, publication and curatorial projects. She has been self-initiating artistic projects, exhibitions and festivals for over 9 years and is an active member of the Sydney artistic community. She has held positions as a Firstdraft Gallery Director and is the Co-Director of her own arts collaboration, Barbara Cleveland (formally Brown Council) that recently launched the 2016 Contemporary Commission for the Art Gallery of NSW.

Bastian Fox Phelan

Bastian Fox Phelan is gender fluid writer, zine maker and musician living in Sydney. Bastian has been making zines and contributing to DIY and emerging arts communities for 12 years. Their popular zines are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the National Library of Australia. Bastian's memoir writing has been published in The Lifted BrowTincture Journal and TRACE Magazine. Bastian is also a talented singer and has been performing and writing music as part of dream pop duo Moonsign. Bastian says: "I write stories about my personal experiences, exploring gender identity, self-understanding and finding meaning. My writing is honest, funny, tender and uplifting. I want to share the process of discovering who I am."

Peter Strong
Since the early 90's Peter has been a practicing screen printer, painter, mobile sound system designer and electronic music producer. He has put energy into collective projects that blend party and protest, working with activist crews like Vibe TribeReclaim The Streets and Ohms Not Bombs in the 90's, to the current uprising against Westconnex. From 2013-16 he produced the documentary film 'Do It Ourselves Culture' that draws a timeline with footage and interviews to create a snap shot of party meets protest. As a self-employed artist operating out of artists run initiative, Tortuga Studios, Peter has continued to co-create community arts events and continue to expand his wheelie bin sound system business called Sunny Bins

Rebecca Conroy
Rebecca Conroy is an interdisciplinary creature working across site, community engagement, and performative interventions through artist led activity. She has previously worked in the role of Festival Director (Gang Festival), Associate Director (Performance Space); Provocateur (Splendid Arts Lab) and has been the co-founder and co-director of two artist run spaces in Sydney, The Wedding Circle and Bill+George. Ongoing is a project involving radical archiving with a network of artist run libraries. She recently built a bike-book-machine and is currently devising plans for an alternative economy in the shape of A Very Beautiful Laundromat for 2017.

A FREE event for young people aged 16-25yrs. Bookings are ESSENTIAL as seats are limited:


Event starts
Tuesday 4 April, 2017
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Tuesday 4 April, 2017
107 Projects
Venue Address
107 Redfern St Redfern, NSW 2016

Sydney, Sydney

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