THE COMPANY

ArtsPeople creates experiences for people to engage with art.

‘Arts Company’ meets ‘Arts Consultancy’, we create our own arts productions for a range of Festivals and Museums, and also collaborate with clients to help them develop and deliver theirs.

As curators, we work with artists to bring art down off the walls and stages, and into your world. Art and creativity have such a huge capacity to enrich our lives, and connect us – to ourselves, to each other, and to our world.

ArtsPeople works to create a society where arts and culture are embedded in everyday life.

Visit Our Work to see highlights of our participatory projects: Jurassic Plastic for Sydney Festival, Tanabata for the Powerhouse Museum and WOW Festival, and Art Ninjas for Lendlease.

All of these projects are customised to our clients’ needs and available for tour in Australia and internationally.

As cross-cultural consultants, we bridge your connection to Japan – one of the world’s most stimulating, challenging and rewarding markets. A sophisticated culture with a long history and strong traditions, working with Japan can be an art form in its own right.

ArtsPeople works on behalf of major Australian organisations: Australian Chamber Orchestra, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Sydney Opera House, to build a presence in the market, manage relationships and develop new arts initiatives. Director Kathryn Hunyor leads specialist art tours to Japan and is regularly invited to give public talks on Japanese art and design.

From participatory art events and exhibitions, to talks, workshops and everything in-between, we create dynamic experiences to enrich and inspire. Responding to the needs of your project we assemble the best creative talents from Australia and Japan.

We’re … curators, producers, speakers, consultants, strategists, programmers, connectors….We’re arts people.

OUR STORY

ArtsPeople was founded to play a role in the new (art) world order – where people’s expectations for how they connect with art and design are growing exponentially. With a deep connection to Japan, we explore how art can enrich our everyday lives.

“I started ArtsPeople because I wanted to work directly with artists and arts companies to make things happen – to create my own projects, or to help them realise theirs. Most important for me is feeling the direct response of the audience – to see them connect with the artist and with each other – to share that moment with their colleagues, friends or children, their Mum and Dad, or their Grandparents.

Every time I think how fantastic it is to witness their smiles or tears, and hear their stories. I want to give them a beautiful memory together, a transformative experience that lodges itself somewhere in their soul.

In this fast-paced and distracted time we live in, I believe our community needs more moments of coming together that are meaningful, beautiful, thought-provoking, emotional, irrational, honest, idealistic, dystopian, utopian, funny, serious, confusing, overwhelming, energising, empowering and exciting. Although maybe not all at the same time …”

– Kathryn Hunyor, ArtsPeople Director and Founder

THE PEOPLE

Kathryn Hunyor / Director & Founder

Kathryn is a Japanese-speaking Creative Director & Producer, Consultant and Speaker. She collaborates directly with artists and presenters to create contemporary art projects between Sydney & Tokyo, and beyond. She also works as a consultant with some of Australia’s major arts companies including the Australian Chamber Orchestra & Sydney Opera House.

Former Head of Creative Programs at the Australian Design Centre, Kathryn led the ADC’s artistic program, devising and commissioning key curatorial, learning & audience engagement projects. Previously Cultural Officer at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Kathryn managed the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s cultural diplomacy efforts in Japan. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies & Masters in Japanese Literature from the University of Sydney.



Narelle Lewis / Senior Producer

Narelle is a Senior Producer with broad experience across programming, touring and new work development. She works as Creative Producer at the Australian Museum developing public programs and engagement initiatives, while also consulting to independent artists and small arts companies. Her expertise extends across governance, project management, and artistic and market development. She also serves as Chair of FORM Dance Projects in Western Sydney.

Previously a Producer at Performing Lines, Narelle collaborated with a wide range of organisations including Sydney Opera House, Sydney & Darwin Festivals, QPAC, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Arts House & Performance Space. Prior to this Narelle ran Ransom Productions theatre company in Northern Ireland.



Our Team

ArtsPeople’s team is made up of talented artists, curators, producers, designers, writers, photographers and videographers. As a small independent company, we like to support freelance and independent creatives from across Australia and Japan. With an extensive network spanning all artforms, we always manage to find the perfect collaborator for every project.





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