THE COMPANY

ArtsPeople connects people with art from Australia and Japan. We work across artforms, from contemporary visual art and design, to music and storytelling, to create meaningful experiences for audiences.

‘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.

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 each 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.



Jaclyn Fenech / Producer

Jaclyn is a Sydney-based Producer and emerging Creative Programmer. Focusing on creative learning and arts for young people she is a natural fit in the ArtsPeople team. As a young person herself, she is eager to expand the range of engagement opportunities for audiences from 2 to 25 years of age.

Jaclyn is an arts all-rounder, having worked for a range of multidisciplinary art organizations including Museum of Applied Arts & Science, Sydney Festival, Arts Fairs Australia, Sculpture by the Sea and Performance Space. She holds a Bachelor of Art Theory with Distinction and is currently undertaking a Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art & Design.



Karilyn Brown / Advisor

Arts consultant Karilyn Brown is one of Australia’s most respected arts leaders and internationally sought-after advisors. She is currently a Member of the NIDA Academic Board and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance Board.

Former CEO of Performing Lines, Karilyn has supported hundreds of independent visual and performing artists and producers throughout her career. Previous positions include General Manager, International Federation of Arts Councils & Culture Agencies; Deputy Director, Visual Arts & Crafts Board & Executive Director, Arts Development, Australia Council for the Arts; Project Director Australia’s Venice Biennale participation; and Project Director Australian Indigenous Art Commission, Musee du quai Branly, Paris. ArtsPeople’s Kathryn Hunyor first worked with Karilyn when she was Program Manager, Olympic & Paralympic Arts Festivals 1997-2000.



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