Sex work & Creative Practice 

Proudly Supported by  Metro Arts & bRUNSWICK Mechanics Institute 

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This month our Melbourne panel is all about sex work and creativity. Our panellists will be people who have previously, or are currently, working in the sex industry and are also engaged in some form of professional creative practice be it graphic design, writing or film making. This panel will take and in-depth look at the good, the bad and the ugly of both sex work and creative practice and how those two industries can become intertwined for practitioners. Through this honest conversation with we hope to get to the core of the relationship between sex work and creative practice by focusing on real experiences. 

Joining our panel will be author Leigh Hopkinson, film maker Jane Ayers and graphic designer, artist Harley Barnes-Roos and escort and artist Difficult Debby. You can read more about our panellists and their practice below! 

A special thanks goes to Exotic Cancer who is  another talented sex worker and creative practitioner who designed the image for this event.  

Limited early bird tickets are on sale now, so head to Eventbrite to book your ticket! 

Tickets & Details 


When: Thursday 21st June 2018
Time: Doors open 7pm for a 7.15pm start
Where: Mechanic’s Institute Brunswick: 280 Sydney Road Brunswick
Buy Tickets to our Melbourne panel at EVENTBRITE

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Leigh Hopkinson
Leigh Hopkinson is a writer, editor, yoga teacher and former stripper. She’s written about her experiences working as a stripper for the Guardian, Daily Life, Huffington Post and RED. In 2016, Hachette published her memoir, Two Decades Naked. A member of stripper peer support and advocacy group Salome’s Circle, Leigh is passionate about redressing the stigma and discrimination faced by sex workers. She’s currently working on a collection of short stories and a novel.




 Photo by Rachael Anger

Photo by Rachael Anger

Harley Barnes-Roos
Harley Barnes-Roos is a Townsville-born and very recently Melbourne-based embroidery artist, collage artist, graphic designer and stripper who made the solo move to Brisbane at 17 to study design. Out of a slow growing curiosity, and after reading Jenna Jameson’s ‘Make Love Like A Porn Star’, Harley decided to see what the adult industry was like. Before coming "out" as a dancer she secretly balanced a part-time design job along with dancing three to four nights a week for around seven months along with running Brisbane Collage Club and Harley & Händen, and being involved with the growing Brisbane art scene, which brought its challenges. Since becoming a dancer in June 2016, Harley has danced at Eye Candy, Love & Rockets and Honey B’s clubs in Brisbane, as well as Pumps in Brooklyn, NY.

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Jane Ayers

Jane Ayers is a Melbourne-based writer, filmmaker, and stripper. She is currently completing her Master in Screenwriting and is using her filmmaking skills to help de-stigmatise the sex industry and challenge the taboo of sex. Previously, Jane has written about the (mis)representation of mental illness in films based on her own battles with mental illness, and is currently writing a feature film intending to merge pornography with narrative cinema.

As a stripper, she has been featured in Penthouse Black Label, Penthouse's Little Black Book as one of Australia's notable showgirls.



Difficult Debby

Difficult Debbie has been in and out of the sex industryfor over 15 years. In her 20s she worked in brothels in Perth under the containment policy and in her 30s she worked as a private escort. She has also been a member of the intergenerational sex worker art collective Debby Doesn’t Do It For Free for past 15 years and has worked as an Arts Facilitator for RhED. She was also integral in the creation of early porn films in Perth.