Working for Free in the Creative Industries

Proudly Supported by  Metro Arts & bRUNSWICK Mechanics Institute 



We are extremely excited to announce our first mous magazine INFORM discussion panel of 2018. Each month we will host a panel where industry professionals will answer questions and provide insight into their field.

This year, our panel discussions will take place in both Brisbane and Melbourne each month. They will explore the same topic but with different panellists in each state, giving more of you the chance to participate in person. 

Once again, our Brisbane panel discussions will be supported by our continuing partnership with the fantastic people at Metro Arts. This year, we are also very excited to announce a new partnership with Brunswick Mechanics Institute, which will be the home of our Melbourne panel discussions.


This Month’s Panel 

Navigating the world of internships, residencies, freelancing, collaborations and creative business can be a very daunting task, particularly when it comes to the issue of being paid for your creative labour. This month our panel will feature creative industries professionals who will provide insight into the dilemma of when, how long and why (or why not) to work for free in the creative industries. 


Tickets & Details 


When: Thursday 26th April 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


When: Thursday 26th April 2018
Time: Doors open 7pm for a 7.15pm start
Where: Metro Arts, Lumen Room :2/109 Edward St, Brisbane City
Buy tickets to our Brisbane panel here:  EVENTBRITE


Melbourne Panellists

Joining our Melbourne panel will be freelance writer Dani Leever, illustrator and artist Yan Yan Candy NG and founder of Lousy INK Oli Ruskidd. 



Dani has been a freelance writer for five years and has been published in SBS Sexuality, Archer Magazine, JUNKEE,, Broadsheet and more. They write about pop culture, feminism, issues in the LGBTIQA community and mental health. Dani has put more hours then they'd like to admit into unpaid work in the writing and media industries. They interned at VICE, wrote for several start up magazines and currently do a lot of volunteering. They're passionate about the value of unpaid training or volunteering, but also acknowledge the fine balance between offering education/experience and exploitation.




Oli Ruskidd

Lousy Ink was founded by Melbourne artists, Oli Ruskidd and Mike Eleven, when they both shared a house back in 2017. Oli's uncle, a chemist at a local plastics recycling factory, came to the two with over 80,000L of recycled inkjet printer ink that had been sitting there without a purpose. The two saw an opportunity to transform a potential chemical waste into an artist medium. On the one hand, the two wanted to help the environment through upcycling but also saw it as a chance to provide the market with an affordable and versatile product. 

With very little knowledge about how to run a business, both Oli and Mike decided to focus on the art side of the brand, putting their time, energy and money (whatever little they had) into creating opportunities in which they could champion their creative community. 

Since its inception, Lousy has hosted an enormous debut group show featuring over 160 artworks using the ink, sponsored multiple events and locked in a myriad of Australian stockists. With art, innovation and community at the core of the brand's ethos, Lousy hopes to save the planet, even if it's one bottle of ink at a time.



Candy NG

Candy Ng is a freelance illustrator with a background in graphic design. Her illustrations have been exhibited across shows in Australia, New York and Berlin. Candy’s clients have included Samsung, Lane Crawford, Nutcase Helmets, Open House Melbourne and Melbourne Water. Her work has been described as whimsical and simply finding the joy in little things. When not at work, she explores the world with her sketch book and sometimes on her bike. 





Brisbane Panellists

Bernard Raffaut

Bernard Raffaut is a collaborative marketer, community advocate, and Account Director at AusGarage (digital content creators for the automotive industry). He is known for insightfully connecting the dots for people and their businesses, always looking for opportunities to collaborate to create a great outcome. He’s all about building and nurturing thriving communities, which is why he organises and volunteers for community events.

View more about Bernard here:

Savannah van der Niet

Savannah van der Niet (Savvy Creative) is a photographer and graphic designer in Brisbane, Australia. Her work, shot predominantly on 35mm film, displays a certain awareness of the subjects she photographs, and celebrates the simplicity of life and human connection. 

Her client list is a versatile mix of publications and companies such as Broadsheet, i-D Magazine, Frankie Magazine, Tedx, Disney, and Acclaim Magazine. With a specific focus to the music industry, Savannah has worked directly for Jagjaguwar, Splendour in the Grass, BigSound, Paradise and Laneway, and directly for artists such as Chet Faker and Client Liaison.

View Savannah's work here:

Brodie Popple

Brodie Popple is the co-producer of Brisbane based publication and events company GRAIN. Now in his third year of working in the music industry, he's finally finding clarity through his work and network he's built. Now managing bands like First Beige, Jouk Mistrow and The PB's, Brodie is hoping to continue to grow his brands whilst also earning an honest living.

View more about Brodie and GRAIN here:

Brigid Langford  

Brigid books and curates events at Brisbane's "Hottest" live music venue, The Zoo. Through her work, she focuses on supporting local, underrepresented talent in a dynamic and vibrant live music scene. She has contributed her marketing and PR efforts towards Jungle Love Music and Arts Festival, Yonder Festival, Brisbane Street Art Festival and continues to work closely with creatives in the industry. Brigid views the arts as a fundamental platform for expression, community development and believes it has the ability to enact positive social change. With this philosophy, she is committed to building a thriving, supportive and equitable arts culture in Brisbane.