Hi, I am a Melbourne-based researcher with interests in industrial relations and peer economy platforms. Currently, I am focusing my efforts on developing a national advocacy body for fair internships and work placements in Australia.
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Bogong ELECTRIC Festival, Bogong Village, November 1 - December 1 2013
For the past few months, I worked as Communications Officer for a bi-annual festival hosted by Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, an arts initiative located in the Victorian Alps. This year, the festival was themed with reference to production and presentation of electricity.
17 local and international artists were invited to partake in site visits to the historic Kiewa Valley Hydroelectric Scheme and the natural surrounds of the alpine region. Their responses varied from evocative field recordings to spectacles of light bulb performance and curious sound mirror sculptures.
National Young Writer's Festival, Newcastle, October 2-6 2013
The National Young Writer's Festival takes place every year in Newcastle as part of the This is Not Art festival series. This year, I have been fortunate to be part of the core team as the festival's marketing coordinator. Together we put together an event involving over 100 artists from across the nation, who were involved in various fields of writing.
The festival events involved panel discussions, workshops, readings, zine fairs, sleepovers and many more. I have been thoroughly humbled by the experience and I am really looking forward to attending the next NYWF as a festival patron.
Gerard Herbst Poster Collection, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, August-November 2013
The Gerard Herbst Poster Collection contains over two thousand posters, representing a selection of international design from the past four decades. From August to November, I will be handling, cataloguing and verifying the copyright of works belonging to the Gerard Herbst Poster Collection using the Ke EMu database.
PechaKucha Vol. 21, Melbourne, August 2013
On August 4, I presented to a group of Melbourne creatives at PechaKucha Vol. 21, in response to their theme "Sorry we're late!". Using the long overdue conversation of youth unemployment or underemployment in the creative industries as a starting point, I gave an overview of intern Magazine and other related worldwide movements. My presentation attracted immediate feedback from a Councillor at the Australian Institute of Architects, who was in the audience. Peter Malatt was adamant that this concern had been on the agenda at their board meetings and has been publicly expressed at the Victorian Architecture Awards this year.
intern Magazine Kickstarter campaign, Manchester, UK, July 2013
My recent forays into investigating industrial relations issues surrounding internship in the arts has led me to a publication named intern, based in Manchester. After some discussions with the editor-in-chief, Alec Dudson, I was welcomed on board to help steer the publication in Melbourne and find opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Metaverse Makeovers (LIVE) at The Portals presented by ISEA2013, Sydney, June 2013
Over the winter break, I interned with transnational arts collective Metaverse Makeovers in producing Metaverse Makeovers (LIVE), a series of virtual manicures simultaneously taking place in nail bars in Darwin and Sydney. Augmented Reality visuals, triggered by the nails, were broadcast as live streams to urban public screens in both cities. The event was part of the International Symposium of Electronic Arts 2013 and has been covered by realtime, Artery and Artshub. Metaverse Makeovers is a fascinating collective to work with. I would strongly recommend checking out their past events:
Hanami Chakai, National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, September 2012
On Sunday 23rd of September, the annual Hanami Day was held in the Cherry Tree grove at the National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda. Hanami, flower viewing, is a tradition common in Spring time in Japan. Family and friends spend their afternoons in the park, having a picnic and the occasional karaoke en plein air. This year, the tea ceremony aspect was jointly hosted by Urasenke & Ueda Ryu Schools of Tea.
The National Rhododendron Gardens are home to the largest Cherry Tree grove in the Southern Hemisphere and were planted with the support of the Australia Japan Society of Victoria who organise the event in conjunction with Parks Victoria. The event was attended by Vice-Consul Koichi Kuzusaki and Mr D'Arcy Butler who attended as a representative of the Consulate-General.
T2 VIP Event, Chapel St Store, Melbourne, July 2012
T2 held a special tea gathering for their VIP guests in anticipation for the launch of their Matcha green tea range. It was an absolute pleasure for Ueda Soko to be sharing their tradition of Samurai Tea among a group of tea-lovers!
HEADSPACE 2 - City Parade, Signal, Melbourne, November 2010
Winning Entry. First year design project at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.
This paper surveys intern advocacy groups across eight developed countries with a focus on the organisational structures, the different strategies developed by the organisations, their relationships with other forms of organised labour, and their comparative successes - legal, political and cultural. The paper also addresses the issues faced by interns as a growing group of vulnerable young workers, along with the barriers and difficulties the organisations face in their work.
This submission draws together several sets of empirical data and research to provide statistical support to the anecdotal evidence that unpaid internships are now widespread in Australia. In particular, the submission delves into recent findings of the 2015 Annual Internship Survey conducted by Interns Australia which reveals that almost 90% of interns receive no pay or below minimum wage, costing them an average of $6000.
In light of the recent landmark ruling in the Federal Circuit Court, this piece looks at how internships can be considered as part of a broader youth employment policy framework in response to the increasingly recognition of internships as a grey area of employment practice.
Building on the work of Clara Jordan-Baird, I argue that a clear definition of the term ‘intern’ will help recognise and account for the unique workplace conditions of these undocumented young workers.