Business 101 Seminar

Business 101 Seminar

Business 101 Seminar

Come along to this free seminar where you’ll hear from small business pioneers who have expanded their ideas into leading local businesses, including Alex Elliott-Howery and husband James Grant of Cornersmith and our own Emilya Colliver! 

Emilya Colliver, founder and director of both Culture Scouts and Art Pharmacy, will discuss what it’s like to start a creative business and keep it going. Emilya wanted to make art affordable and accessible for everyone, as well as support Australian artists, so she created the online art gallery Art Pharmacy. She also set up Culture Scouts – a series of walking tours where visitors can experience Sydney as locals do. By incorporating various cultural hubs, art, food, drinks and conversations, Culture Scouts has created a truly authentic and unique experience for visitors.

Find out more here! 

When: Wednesday 2 November 2016 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Where: Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney

Beams Suntory: #DistilledDifferentlyAU Awards Night

Beams Suntory: #DistilledDifferentlyAU Awards Night

Beams Suntory: #DistilledDifferentlyAU Awards Night

Twelve finalist bar teams where chosen and paired with an up and coming Australian photographer, scouted by Art Pharmacy Consulting. These photographers created a body of work that captures the personality and essence of each team.

On the #DistilledDifferently Award Night these finalist teams’ images and cocktails where displayed at QT Hotel Sydney, where consumers and media alike where invited to taste the differently distilled concoctions while voting for the winning image!  

Congratulations to Eau De Vue for taking out the #DistilledDifferentlyAU Competition and winning a trip to Glasgow for the whole bar crew! 

Public Art Unveiling: Broadway Shopping Centre Sydney

Public Art Unveiling: Broadway Shopping Centre Sydney

Art Pharmacy Consulting, in collaboration with Mirvac and Perron Group, have put together a 'Public Art' initiative for Broadway Sydney. Five artists are involved with the project: graphic artist Kate Banazi, furniture designer Vincent Buret, textile artist Victoria Garcia, industrial designer Adam Goodrum, and artist and illustrator Mulga. Their artworks will be permanently displayed at Broadway Sydney, bringing the latest in contemporary art to the public.

 I sat down with two of the artists, Kate Banazi and Vincent Buret, to discuss their artwork and art practice.

Kate Banazi is a Sydney-based graphic designer, specialising in screen printing. Her work is bold and lively with a great sense of energy and '60s-style experimentation. Taking geometric shapes and patterns and applying them to perspex, Kate's work is layered and complex.

Each panel that makes up her 4 metre high ‘Public Art’ piece was individually screen-printed by hand. Kate worked with a team of three assistants, a process which was natural, fluid and, as she says, ‘surprisingly rhythmic. It felt quite synchronised with everyone working together.’

One aspect that surprised her about completing such a large project was the collaborative nature of it and how willing people were to assist her throughout the nine month project. As Kate said, ‘I've been surprised with how helpful people have been. I just ask them, 'can you help me? I haven't done this before' and they help me!’

The physical size and scale of the project was out of her comfort zone. ‘Doing something this scale made me realise how much bigger it was than anything I'd done before,’ she said.=

Vincent Buret, meanwhile, is a Sydney-based designer who predominantly works in the realm of furniture design. His work is sleek and minimalist, with a repeated use of copper and experiments with light.

Vincent's piece for Broadway Sydney combines elements of his previous work. ‘I applied what I do as a furniture designer to this arts project,’ he said. ‘I used what I know for designing for one person and I've applied it to designing for the public.’ 

Vincent frequently uses strong geometric shapes and forms within his work and the triangles within this piece were inspired by another piece he had been working on previously.

The copper and Tasmanian oak used within his panel were combined for their being, respectively, reflective and non-reflective. ‘I hope the two will play with the lights in the space,’ he said. 

Working frequently across lighting and furniture design, as well as sculptural pieces, participating in the Broadway Sydney ‘Public Art’ project has been good for his art practice, he commented. It encouraged him to experiment and mix different elements of his furniture into a cohesive piece. As he said, ‘I’ve tried to mix all of my furniture into one.’

That, perhaps, is the beauty of a project like this. It simultaneously brings the latest in contemporary art to a broad public audience, while also enabling the artists to develop and consolidate their practice, experimenting and solidifying ideas, forms, and techniques. 

See it for yourself, head to Broadway Sydney from the 18th August!

Knit The Campus: Optus Yarn Bombing

Knit The Campus: Optus Yarn Bombing

Words Emma Saunders

On a cold afternoon in July, an enthusiastic group of Optus staff gathered in a room filled with mountains of yarn in a rainbow of colours to participate in the Art Pharmacy Consultancy collaboration with Optus – an ambitious project to yarn-bomb the Optus Macquarie Park campus.

Yarn bombing, for those who don’t know, is the process of decorating a space, whether it be a street, a city, or a campus with yarn, especially through knitting and crochet. Poles are usually the first to be wrapped up and decorated in vibrant colours and patterns. Trees are often the next to be yarn-bombed and soon they, too, are adorned with colour – pom-poms hanging from branches, tassels swaying in the wind.

The aim of this collaboration between Art Pharmacy and Optus is to enhance the sense of community between Optus employees. To bring people together from across the business that wouldn’t normally meet in the course of the work day, creating a sense of community with broader benefits to the individuals and organisations. This sense of community, as workshop leader Jane Balke Andersen noted, is a large part of the arts and crafts community where individuals help each other on various projects, strengthening their skill set and learning new skills along the way.

By participating in an activity outside of their usual work environment it has also strengthened personal and professional relationships within the organisation. At the first session the conversation varied between the work-related and the strictly functional – such as asking which crochet pattern was best for a novice (the flower) and what colours would be best for a pom-pom (a patriotic yellow and green).

The experience also helps to bring creativity to a corporate environment. As Jane celebrated, ‘It’s great that these employees have the opportunity to play and create and that’s great. Not many companies walk it as they talk it.’

Over the course of a month, four workshops and a weekend installation of the project will take place. The plan is to cover the Optus ‘campus’ at Macquarie Park in yarn, 5 kilograms of yarn to be precise. Pillars will be yarn bombed, pom-pom walls will be created, and trees will host an abundance of tassels, pom-poms, and crocheted mandalas.

The campus will be a lively riot of colour, just in time to celebrate the vibrancy of the Rio Olympics celebrations.

You can follow the process and learn more by following #knitthecampus.

Playing With Perspectives Opening: Art Pharmacy Consulting X Deloitte

Last night we opened the doors to Playing With Perspectives: New views from emerging artists! It was a great night in which we welcomed over 120 people from the Australian art scene and beyond to view the exhibition.

Playing with Perspectives featured 19 artists and over 70 pieces of work.It is a show that celebrates the unique and exceptionally talented work of emerging artists. These artists range from local, national and even international artists whose work vary from painting and sculpture to video and site specific installation.

During the night, Dennis Krallis, the MD of Deloitte gave a wonderful speech acknowledging the diversity of the show as how Playing with Perspectives echoed the philosophies of Deloitte. Emilya Colliver, founder of Art Pharmacy and Art Pharmacy Consulting, also gave a speech in which she detailed the amazing talents on display and her thanks to the Deloitte team and the artists in helping facilitate the show.

Learn more about the project here