Diversity and inclusion are crucial to the vitality of creative industries yet progress in the sector remains tepid. The sector has often been found to...

Canva on Diversity in the Creative Industries

Location:

The Great Hall, Level 5, Tower Building
2007 NSW
Australia

Venue:
Vivid Ideas Exchange - UTS, The Great Hall
Price:
Free event - registration required
Canva on Diversity in the Creative Industries
Canva on Diversity in the Creative Industries

Featuring

Cat van de Werff

Cat van der Werff

Cat is the Executive Creative Director at Canva, on a mission to empower the world to design, and do the most good it can along the way. After joining Canva in 2018 as its first brand designer, Cat has grown the in-house creative team to 40+ talented creatives across brand, campaigns and production. Focussed on building a global brand, leading inspired creative teams, and designing systems for scale. She believes the power of design can transform lives.
 

Kris Andrew Small

Kris Andrew Small

Based in Sydney, Kris Andrew Small’s work is a joyful explosion of colour, typography, pattern, and collage. He often takes societal issues and channels them through loud and abstract visuals. This idiosyncratic merging of techniques and themes has seen Kris collaborate with clients including Nike, Apple, Dazed, Die Zeit, Adidas Originals, It’s Nice That, Channel 4, WeTransfer, Reebok and more. He’s also exhibited internationally at institutions like the V&A in Dundee and MAD in The Louvre, Paris.

Sumita Maharaj

Sumita Maharaj

Sumita is a Design Director with over a decade of experience in broadcast, advertising, and design. For Sumita, brands are living, breathing entities. Her approach to design stems from a belief that we live in a dynamic, motion-first world. Passionate about creating considered and meaningful design, Sumita has helped create holistic brand experiences for Sydney Festival, Sky, Big W, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Action Aid - Arise Fund, and Mistranslations.
 

Marley Morgan

Marley Morgan

Marley Morgan was raised on Country on the Wiradjuri and Yuwaalaraay nations of western New South Wales and is currently based on Gumbaynggirr Country, Coffs Harbour. Marley’s photography highlights the beauty of First Nations Aboriginal families with a heavy focus on Aboriginal women, motherhood and culture. The strength and resilience of her people to continue and revive cultural practices that were once prohibited serves as inspiration in Marley’s work, which aims to document and showcase the beauty of her people.

Access and Inclusion

  • Companion Card Acceptance - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.
  • Hearing Loop - A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.
  • Wheelchair Accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

Event Details

Diversity and inclusion are crucial to the vitality of creative industries yet progress in the sector remains tepid. The sector has often been found to be lacking when it comes to the support, protection and celebration of the diversity of its own members. 

For the first half of the session, join Canva’s executive creative director Cat van der Werff and panelists, Kris Andrew Small, Sumita Maharaj, Marley Morgan and moderator Andrew Johnstone, as they discuss current dynamics and how the industry can better support, promote and celebrate diversity and inclusion.

During the second half of the session, the audience will break off into smaller groups for Q&A and to discuss the topic with panelists and select industry mentors organised by the team at Never Not Creative. This will be a great opportunity to tell your story and learn from the experiences of others.

We’re excited to hear from the panelists and the audience discuss how the creative industries can work to improve diversity and inclusion.

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Access and Inclusion

  • Companion Card Acceptance - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.
  • Hearing Loop - A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.
  • Wheelchair Accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

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