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THE COMPANY

ArtsPeople creates experiences for people to engage with art.

Taking inspiration from Japan, we work to create a society where arts and culture are embedded in everyday life.

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

 

As Curators, we work with Japanese and Australian artists to bring art down off the walls and stages, and into your world. Together we create immersive, meaningful arts experiences.

 

As Cross-cultural Consultants, we bridge your connection to Japan – one of the world’s most stimulating, challenging and rewarding markets.

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.

THE 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. 

“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 Founder

THE PEOPLE

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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.

Rina Bernabei

Curator

Rina is a designer, academic and curator with 30 years’ design experience. She has worked in studios in Sydney and Milan and collaborated with architects on custom projects. 

 

In 2002 she co-founded interior product design company bernabeifreeman with Kelly Freeman. Their acclaimed products have won numerous awards and feature in journals and exhibitions both locally and internationally, including as part of the permanent collection at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. 

 

Rina is also an academic with the Faculty of the Built Environment UNSW, where she teaches and publishes research in the field of emotional design.

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Luke Suivi

Digital Producer

Luke is a digital media producer and content creator, currently undertaking a Bachelor of Digital Media at Macleay College.

He manages website content, social media and digital marketing. Luke assists creators in OBS (Open Broadcast System), content creation and analytics.

In 2018 he published the first episode of his ongoing ‘In Summary’ series on YouTube, garnering a significant viewership.

Luke spends most of his spare time live-streaming and publishing his analysis of film and anime.

Our Team

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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.