Vanessa Varghese at The Design Conference Brisbane
May 11, 9:00am - 10:30am AEST. Hosted at Brisbane Powerhouse
part of a series on Commitment
The Design Conference is a event designed to support a growing, thriving and sustainable creative industry in Brisbane, Australia.
Analogue Digital is a hybrid creative agency that connects experts from the fields of applied arts, commercial design and computer science with leading brands, advertising agencies and industry innovators.
Brisbane Powerhouse is an arts and cultural hub located in a former power station in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm, Queensland, Australia. The venue offers an array of performing arts, visual arts, festivals, and free community events.
Tanya Krikke, owner of Indie Treats, makes glorious cookies, granola and vegan meringues from her home base of Wandering Cooks. Every Sunday morning Tanya offers a vegan menu that includes her own freshly baked bread and additions of animal-full accompaniments like home-cured ham and eggs. Tanya’s also grown her own passion for bowl food and offers all sorts as part of a casual vegan offering on Thursday nights at Wandering Cooks.
A small team of professionals dedicated to bringing you the best specialty coffee and the best service you can find. We keep your cafe full and your coffee machine running.
The team at the Flip Creative Agency Brisbane are a small bunch of talented individuals who are passionate about visual arts and all things digital. They keep things simple, elegant and streamlined. This allows us to attack jobs of all sizes while still bringing their own unique style to everything they touch.
Never Not Creative is a community of creatives who want to make our industry a better place. We hope to support, inspire and come together to create the ideas, tools and solutions that improve the wellbeing of everyone in the industry and promote the value of creativity in the world.
I am Jimmy, an illustrator based in Brisbane, Australia. I specialise in digital illustration, graphic recording and illustrated documentaries, and I am constantly delving into the dark recesses of my imagination to conceive new worlds, characters and concepts for my clients. From banks to charities, zoos to healthcare, I’ve worked with some pretty amazing people and companies in locations around the world. Whether you’re a start-up looking to visualise your business, or an international bigwig in need of a business illustrator, I communicate your ideas in a unique way that engages a broad audience, keeping your company or organisation’s story front-of-mind. When I’m not out chasing sea monsters or trekking through unknown wilderness battling barbarians, I enjoy a fine whiskey with a good record playing nearby.
The Design Conference is a world class design, art and business event featuring a curated selection of talks, breakouts, exhibitions and epic parties disguised at networking events. We’re lucky enough to be hosting our May event at The Design Conference in 2018, for a third year in a row at The Brisbane Powerhouse.
We’re welcoming Vanessa Varghese to The Design Conference stage.
Training across New York, Paris, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Brazil and regional Australia, Vanessa is particularly fascinated with street dance and the way it is born outside of the dance studio context, often by an oppressed people in reaction to political and socio-economic turmoil. in 2016 Vanessa founded Groove Therapy, aimed at making dance accessible to all walks of life. The program has brought dance to at-risk youth, Indigenous communities, dementia sufferers, refugee girls and the every-day person, using the political and healing foundations that these street dance styles are built upon and mindfully appropriating it in new communities to help spark global conversation and cultural understanding.
Upon founding Groove Therapy, Vanessa has been named an ambassador for the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, been nominated for the NSW Young Achiever of the Year, been named a Young Social Pioneer 2017 by the Foundation for Young Australians, has been named one of Westpac’s ‘Unstoppable Millennials’ and was one of the six 2016/17 artists to be placed in the City of Sydney Creative Live/Work Space residencies.
Since launching in 2016, Groove Therapy has gone on to feature in documentaries, facilitate workshops, choreograph for and sign exclusively to the likes of Adidas, TedX Sydney, MTV, Vice, Frankie Magazine, Oyster Magazine and commercials for Samsung, ASOS and Mercedes Benz Fashion week.
Groove Therapy is a dance class series and events/talent agency that makes street dance accessible to all walks of life, championing diversity and correct representations of street dance in a pop-culture driven society where hip hop is all too often misrepresented. The Groove Therapy dance classes walk away from the typical dance studio domain to rebuild the street dance context, with classes held in warehouse and community spaces with no mirrors and dim lights to push the ‘safe-space, no-judgement’ vibe. With classes selling out across Melbourne and Sydney, the crew have now launched the across Brisbane and Byron Bay. Groove Therapy also holds community projects to bring street dance to marginalised communities with programs launched for dementia patients, at-risk youth and new-migrants struggling to transition into Australia.