FailureLab Sydney: The Highs & Lows of the Creative Journey

Please visit my official website ( for details on the first Australian Failure:Lab that I will be hosting as a contributing event to Vivid Ideas on Saturday 28 May 2016.


FailureLab Sydney: The Highs & Lows of the Creative Journey


SAT FEB 20, 1-3pm

Laura Bannister (Editor in Chief of Museum Magazine)
Clare Holland (Managing Director of FBi Radio)
Dr. Natalya Hughes (Artist, Director of Photography & Situated Media, UTS)
Tahjee Moar (Artist and Independent Curator)
Jess Scully (Director of Vivid Ideas, curator of TEDxSydney and Junket, and instigator of Kids Hack Day Sydney)

Five women at different stages of their careers will be answering your questions about how they achieve great things in the arts, what tools have helped them, how they manage imposter syndrome, and the importance of collaboration and mentorship.


‘Women in the Arts’ is an ongoing dialogue addressing endemic issues of gender inequality and exclusionary practices in the arts landscape. The online jobs board (instigated through Facebook) was the inaugural response to a need for accessible communication surrounding women in professional practice. The Facebook group has connected women with opportunities in contract, gallery and government arts roles. Though the group began as a jobs board, it has demonstrated how women in the arts benefit from collaboration and solution-based discussion.


Urban Renewal, Exploration and Street Art Walking

So, things have been a little quiet on the Street Art Walking (SAW) homefront, as I have been working as Placemaking Coordinator for a project called Honeysuckle Alive.

Honeysuckle Alive aims involves a series of unique, temporary and permanent, projects that will activate and interact with public spaces in Honeysuckle, Newcastle. The program features elements of  art, creativity,  culture, music, leisure, functionality, fun and play. It has been quiet a contrast to working in other parts of ‘older’ Newcastle and a great experience in learning that even newly developed precinct have their own unique set of challenges.

SAW is still ticking over and has largely become a photographic documentation of all things street art, wherever I visit, featuring work in Sydney, Newcastle, New York and even my hometown, Mudgee.

This week I was asked a series of questions by Top Shelf Magazine on what inspired my interest in street art and where things may be going for SAW. Check out the article titled ‘Turning Around Decades of Decay’ here. Newcastle will always remain a source of inspiration for the work that is done here, as well a local organisation Renew Newcastle, which has made such an impact on the ground level here for our community.

For those that don’t know, I actually founded a gallery (ARThive) as part of my Honours studies at The University of Newcastle, through the Renew Newcastle program. It was the best hands-on experience I have had working in a DIY artist run initiative (ARI) and there is no way my career would have taken the path it has, without the support from this special organisation.

2013 will see some new directions for SAW and myself, after meeting with Brooklyn based Street Art Walk last year. After meeting with our US counterpart we have been ticking over was that we can offer a local guiding experience through Newcastle. Our scene here is far more spread out and there just is not as much graff or street art to show in a small walking tour. Yet, my interest in empty buildings and history could mean that our tours become a more urban exploration style tour, showcasing our eclectic mix of old and new.

I will be visiting Detroit this April and will be going on an urban exploration tour with DetroitUrbex so will surely gain some inspiration from this city and organisation.

Urban Renewal, Exploration and Street Art Walking

Creative Talks: Lecture series by Renew Newcastle


Renew Newcastle have announced the launch of Creative Talks, a monthly breakfast lecture series where local creatives from all fields can meet, greet and eat while hearing some sage advice from a person who has made their living from being creative.

It’s an opportunity for local creatives from all manner of backgrounds to connect, learn and be inspired by each other and a guest who will speak about the lessons they have learned growing their art into a commercial success. This will be followed by an audience Q&A and the opportunity to mingle with other local creatives.

Attendance is free and breakfast (coffee, tea, pastries and fruit) is provided.

The first Creative Talks will take place from 8.30am on Friday 7 September 2012 at the John Paynter Gallery at The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Hunter Street, Newcastle.

The first creative to present is Melbourne-dwelling Novocastrian fine artist Lucas Grogan whose experience has extended beyond exhibition work to include commissions for wall and window murals, sculpture, album and magazine cover art and fashion fabric design.

Registration and breakfast will begin from 8.30am with Lucas’ talk to commence at 9am. It’s possible for most attendees to be back at their workplace by 10am.

While Creative Talks is free to attend, registration is required.

Go to to register now.

Places are limited and filling up fast – Share with your friends so they don’t miss out!

Creative Talks is kindly hosted by The Lock-Up Cultural Centre.

Filming is generously sponsored by Enigma.

Breakfast is generously sponsored by The Newcastle Herald.

More on Renew Newcastle website

Creative Talks: Lecture series by Renew Newcastle