Make Nice: An Un-con­fer­ence for Cre­ative Women

Learn from cre­ative minds in a sup­port­ive all-fe­male ‘un-con­fer­ence’. By Re­becca Russo

Time Out (Sydney) - - THINGS TO DO - àNSW Teach­ers

MAKE NICE IS an on­line plat­form that pro­vides prac­ti­cal ad­vice for work­ing in the cre­ative in­dus­tries. It was cre­ated by women, for women, and fos­ters an on­go­ing di­a­logue be­tween them. Back in June 2016, Make Nice was launched in Syd­ney with a three-day ‘un-con­fer­ence’ as part of Vivid Ideas. This year they’re at it again and promis­ing some­thing big­ger and bet­ter with an in­spir­ing line-up of women from across the cre­ative in­dus­tries and the world. Head­lined by LA’s Ann Friedman, jour­nal­ist and co-host of pod­cast Call Your Girl­friend, the fes­ti­val will also fea­ture talks from Ukrainian-born, Aus­tralian-based artist and tat­tooist Stanislava Pinchuk (Miso), il­lus­tra­tor and de­signer Becky Simp­son, and for­mer head of cre­ative at the Syd­ney Opera House and de­sign di­rec­tor at Stu­dio Round, Leah Procko.

Also on the line-up: ve­gan nail pol­ish brand Kester Black’s founder Anna Ross; dancer and ac­tivist Am­rita Hepi; Mono­gram cre­ative di­rec­tor Amy Nadaskay; and com­mis­sion­ing edi­tor and arts pro­gram­mer Lex Hirst. Make Nice’s for­mat is a little dif­fer­ent from your reg­u­lar con­fer­ence too – it’s par­tic­i­pant-led, mean­ing you get a say in the top­ics the pan­els tackle. You’ll get to spend the day along­side the speak­ers, not just in front of them. The pro­gram will in­clude panel dis­cus­sions, talks and prac­ti­cal work­shops cov­er­ing im­poster syn­drome, avoid­ing burnout, stay­ing sane with rou­tines and habits, and how to get busi­ness ideas off the ground. Guests can head along on Fri­day Septem­ber 22 for pre-drinks and their sig­na­ture “not-gross net­work­ing”, then fol­low it up for a full day un-con­fer­ence on Satur­day Septem­ber 23.

Ann Friedman

Jess Scully

Anna Ross

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