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Shot of a beautiful young woman sitting in a workshopCREATIVE PROS : ENTREPRENEURS IN THE ARTS

Thursday 19 November, 6.30pm – 9.00pm
@ 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern


CREATIVE PROS: Entrepreneurs in the ARTS is an interactive forum for young people held as part of Global Entrepreneurs Week 2015. Entrepreneurs in the ARTS is an interactive seminar with networking & discussion time, designed to assist you to take control of your creative future. Entrepreneurs in the ARTS features a panel of professional speakers, on hand to provide a realistic view of the arts industry, give you tips on how to network and advice on how to make a career in your chosen creative field. This free event is aimed at providing answers to all of those burning questions you have about careers in the arts – how do artists make money? How do I manage my art as business? How do I be a part of the art economy?

We have assembled a panel of creative entrepreneurs on hand to present, discuss & network with you. We invite you to be a part of the discussion – get involved & find out how these industry professionals made the industry work for them!

Jessie Murray is multi-disciplinary, award-winning visual artist, spoken word performer & the brainchild behind Sydney’s Art Party. If you are familiar with Art Party, you will know it as one of Sydney’s most eclectic & innovative creative events. Art Party started as a back yard event & has now grown into an international movement, with events happening across Australia & the world. In addition to coordinating this hugely successful event which has become a staple in the Sydney entertainment calendar, Jessie heads up her own art production company, herartworks. Founded in 2005, this intimate company began through sign-writing, corporate commissions and murals with companies such as the Solotel Corporation, Red Bull, Falcona, Smirnoff and the Exchange Hotel. herartworks have created bespoke pieces for weddings, performance evenings, festivals (Psyfari, Dragon Dreaming, Subsonic), inner-city bars and clubs. Jessie will talk about her creative journey with Art Party, herartworks & her own personal art practice, exhibitions & events which recently culminated in a solo exhibition at Create or Die Studios in Marrickville.

12144689_10152953546751116_5080461610913860001_nCHRISTINA BOUZIOS (AKA. BOU)
Bou is the (often self-referential) brand, business and mad incantation of designer, Christina Bouzios. For the last six years, Bouzios has designed, made, exhibited and sold small collections of clothing and textiles around Sydney’s artisan galleries and markets. Evolving from experimentation rooted in one-off clothing design that received a very grateful buzz from local artists, designers, peers and media throughout Sydney, Christina presented collections and installations on various runways, events & community projects. bou now nurtures its very ideals on a broad range of disciplines – including textile design, visual arts and ceramics. 2015 marked the official launch of her bou brand – her bold design aesthetic sees delicate ceramic pieces sit astride classically cut linen and cotton garments and graphic bedding. “The beauty of working with prints and textiles is that they can be appropriated across almost anything,” Bouzios continues. “I have worked a lot in visual merchandising and art direction as well as design, so carrying a textile and branding concept across from textiles to fashion and homewares is really exciting.”

Natalie Wadwell has an undeniable enthusiasm for the arts and cultural engagement. Her initiatives and writings are focused on the dynamics between art and alternative spaces in Western Sydney. Notably, she was a guest speaker at TedxYouth@Sydney in 2014, where she shared her experiences developing Stepping Up: A HSC major work showcase for students in the Macarthur region. In 2014, she was recognised by the NSW Centre for Volunteering as the Macarthur/SSW Student Volunteer of the Year Award and Overall Volunteer of the Year for Macarthur/SSW for her efforts coordinating Stepping Up. She was also a finalist for a Zest Award in Youth Leadership. Natalie has been a guest speaker at various events including Creative Pros: Speed Networking, Little Orange: Artists with a disability forum and The Future of Queen Street, Campbelltown. In 2015, she contributed articles for the UNSW: Art and Design student publication Framework and the South West Voice. In 2015 Natalie completed her honours thesis with UNSW: Art and Design titled ‘Creative Activation Projects in West and South West Sydney.’


Mirrah is a Musician, Radio Host, Poet, Rapper & Vocalist, with a strong message of self-empowerment, positivity, and unity through loving oneself authentically. With a natural talent vested in music and performance at an early age, Mirrah set her sights on London at the age of 19 years old as a dancer. In the years 2000 – 2005, Mirrah based herself in Los Angeles featuring in multiple music video clips for some of Hip Hop and R&B music’s multi-award winning artists. In 2005, Mirrah was a finalist for the reality TV show “R U The Girl?” which aired on American television network UPN to recruit a new member for the R&B group, TLC. As an international independent rap/singing artist, she has paved a positive path for herself in the music industry in LA, U.S and now Australia, as part of the Sydney hip-hop outfit L-FRESH THE LION. Mirrah is also a proud Universal Zulu Nation Council member of Sydney, Chapter 61 (UZN 61) and a supportive artist ambassador for a great movement for young people aiming to involve their passion in music.


CREATIVE PROS is proudly supported by our lovely friends @ 107 Projects.
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