How to rebel

Jess Scully talks about how creative people have changed politics and social progress. By using hilarious and inspiring case studies, Jess explains how lucky and empowering it is to be a creative individual. We have a unique voice, we can communicate powerfully, we can draw attention to things that matter. We, the creatives, can lead the way. Viva la Revolution!

About the speaker

Jess Scully is a curator, festival director and editor with a focus on the arts, creative industries, and engaging communities in the public realm.

Jess is the festival director of Vivid Ideas: an annual event bringing together local creative practitioners and businesses with global leaders, to discuss opportunities for the sector. Jess is also one of the curators of TEDxSydney, and the instigator of Kids Hack Day Sydney.

As a public art consultant, Jess is part of the successful team following the City of Sydney’s international architectural competition for Green Square Library and Plaza, and is currently a member of the Barangaroo Art and Culture Panel.  Jess is also artistic director of public art and cultural activations for AMP Capital at Circular Quay.

In the past, Jess served as a provocateur in the Situate: Art In Festivals program, policy advisor to the NSW Minister of the Arts, and directed the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA), a national mentorship and grant program for emerging artists, musicians, filmmakers and designers. She developed and edited Creative Cities East Asia for the British Council, a project to document innovative models for creative cities across the region. She began her career editing arts and culture magazines including Yen, Empty and SummerWinter after studying journalism and law. 

She maintains a connection to media production by presenting sohotrightnow, a weekly arts and culture radio show on 2SER. Jess Scully is passionate about using creativity to inspire social change. She is interested in sustainable urbanism, social innovation, human-centred design, co-operative development, media, policy, technology, and art. She is slightly obsessive about documentaries, street art, photography and fashion. She wants to curate projects that inspire curiosity, spark conversation and explore opportunities for the arts and creativity to deliver impact in communities.

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