Upcoming Events

3:00 pm15:00

Creativity In Education: Engaging Creative Students In The Senior High School Years

Start the long weekend with an inspiring forum on how to inject new ways of thinking into your teaching and stay afterwards to watch Sydney light up from the MCA.


Innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity are now words that dominate the education, business and political arenas, but how do we teach creativity and innovation in an environment dominated by strict curriculum guidelines that focus on 'teaching for results'? 


The keynote address by Dr James Arvanitakis, Dean Graduate Research School, Western Sydney University, will discuss the innovative and creativity imperative, and outline how educators can take advantage of curriculum guidelines to promote these graduate attributes, rather than be impeded by them. 


The panel will provide insight into real world needs for graduates and educators, present current innovative work and tackle the issue of how we can work with and change current practice to produce strong creative thinkers.


Our panel: 


John Goh has instilled inspiration, a new way of working in primary schools. His innovative staff are part of the Social Ventures Australia Powerhouse Schools Program. Together, they have a passion for the use of technology in learning and student engagement. 


Nicole Velik is an expert on creative thinking. Hear how Nicole's work with clients such as the UN, has transformed the way corporations work.  You’ll walk away with practical techniques to use in the classroom.


Brett Rolfe divides his time between the advertising world and a fantastic social project, SchoolHouse, which promotes more progressive approaches to education.


Michael Stoddart leads the Digital Media business strategy for Adobe in Asia Pacific, supporting the technology transition to take advantage of tablet, mobile and creative engagements.


Joachim Cohen is a passionate educator, excited by the potential the 21st century connected landscape presents to grow, harness and develop the skills of learners as creators and innovators.


Bridgette Van Leuven began her arts career at the Australian Theatre for Young People where she discovered the important role arts education and creativity plays in a young person’s development. She is currently the Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning at Sydney Opera House and is passionate about making the ‘House’ accessible onsite, offsite and online.  


Meredith Melville-Jones is the Director of Bradfield Senior College – a senior high school which specialises in the Creative Industries. She is passionate about working with senior school students to nurture and develop creative skills in conjunction with their academic studies.


This event is presented by Bradfield Senior College.

6:30 pm18:30

A Night of Disruptive Ideas

Join us at the Cellblock Theatre for an unforgettable evening of food, wine and ideas around the theme…


During drinks and an elegant two course dinner, you will hear three thought-provoking conversations between an eclectic selection of brilliant minds.

They will be discussing: 

  • The Creative Mind
  • The Future of Creativity



  • Professor Charlie Teo: Neurosurgeon and Founder of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
  • Tara McKenty: Creative Director at Google
  • Fenella Kernebone: Radio and TV Host
  • Dr Angus Hervey & Tane Hunter: Co-founders of Future Crunch
  • Dr Ben Ferris: Founder and Artistic Director of the Sydney Film School
  • Dr Tim Rayner: Philosopher and Author
  • Ninotschka Titchkosky: Principal and Studio Director at BVN Architecture
  • Dr Alex Klat-Smith: Partner at PwC’s The Difference
  • Jerry Speiser: Drummer of Men at Work and Buckminster Fuller Curator


It will be an immersive experience, so be prepared for a spectacular evening full of…


Our artist in residence, Laura Jade Hindes, will be showcasing her installation, ‘Brainlight’, which connects the fields of art, lighting design, neuroscience and brain-computer interface technology through an interactive sculpture that illuminates in response to changing brain activity and thus allows guest to visualise brainwaves in real-time. 

Furthermore, our historic sandstone venue at the National Art School will be lit inside and out to amplify its structure and the atmosphere inside. 


Grammy Award-winning drummer Jerry Speiser will perform a surprising and electrifying piece to kick off the evening. And Fenella Kernebone, who hosts The Sound Lab on Triple J, will curate a selection of unknown masterpieces. 



  • Drinks in the courtyard of the National Art School on arrival
  • A sit down two course dinner in the Cell Block Theatre
  • The opportunity to witness a series of intimate discussions
  • An unforgettable evening full of music, colour and inspiration
VIP tables of 10 in prime position (with the option of inviting a speaker and their partner to your table) are $3500*. This includes: corporate logo loop at the event, logo display on the table and recognition by the MC. 
Individual tickets are $220* per person.
Organised by CURE BRAIN CANCER FOUDATIONAll net proceeds from this event will go to fund innovative research into new treatments for brain cancer. 

* Booking and transaction fees may apply.




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