Sydney 2019 – May 23-25
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May 23-25

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Welcome to Semi Permanent Sydney 2019

In 2019 we’ll be tackling the theme of truth: how to wield it, how to overcome those who seek to blur it, and if it’s even a necessary ingredient on the path to success. 

We’ve invited an extraordinary roster of voices within and between multiple disciplines of design to explore these notions. Some you will have heard of (CJ Hendry, Michel Gondry, The New York Times), and others we can’t wait to introduce you to (Anagrama, Erica Dorn, Beth O'Brien).

If you’re joining us for all three days you’ll be getting three distinct experiences as part of your ticket. And if you’re just joining for one or two, you’ll be getting focused lessons to enhance how you work for good. 

Certain ticket types do sell out early. 

Over the next few week’s we’ll be unveiling more speakers, experiences and opportunities. Stay tuned. 

See you all in May,

Team SP. 



Across two thought-provoking panels, at this year's Semi Permanent festival, Rare talents from around the world share how embracing their difference and staying true to themselves helped them reach their fullest creative potential.
For all ticket-holders
Future State Sydney

Future State

Seven of the world's sharpest companies convene for a day of thought leadership & smart discussion on the future of business
For all ticket-holders - Thu 23 May

Leading without a Title

In an age where information is fluid, business cards are futile and community becomes synonymous to family; we see the creative industry taking the lead in breaking down barriers that define roles by their titles. 
Presented in collaboration with Western Sydney University. For all ticket-holders.
More to be announced


Cj Hendry

Premium Experience: Cj Hendry Q&A

An intimate Q&A with Brisbane-born, New York City-based artist Cj Hendry discussing her current body of work, her process, entering the NYC art world, celebrity buyers and trading a few war stories along the way. To take place in the afternoon of Friday 24th May at Carriageworks.
For premium ticket-holders only - Friday 24 May

Premium Experience: Hands-on workshop with Wes Anderson's Designer Erica Dorn

Erica Dorn’s incredible eye for detail and rich aesthetic has seen her become a regular collaborator with filmmaker Wes Anderson. Step inside her world and hands-on creative process in this intimate workshop.
For premium ticket-holders only - Saturday 25 May

Premium Experience: Creating meaningful AR experiences with Sam Keene from Google

2019 is the year Google predicts augmented reality (AR) will start to go beyond the Pokemon Go-style gimmicks and start to really benefit your projects. In his workshop, Sam Keene, AR/VR Lead UX Engineer with Google, will share practical tips on how to weave AR and VR into your scope of work and use it to add value to clients.
For premium ticket-holders only - Thursday 23 May

In Conversation with Michael Kobori

Join Levi's Head of Sustainability Michael Kobori over lunch on Thursday 23rd May, for an intimate conversation on his long career driving sustainability at the iconic fashion label.
For premium ticket-holders only - Thursday 23rd May


In an outrageous act of mechanomorphisim, AKQA and Semi Permanent present their Neuromuscle experiment at Carriageworks - a game-playing AI designed to operate through the human body
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Rare - Masterclass

As part of the Semi Permanent festival, RARE brings its leadership masterclass for underrepresented creatives back to Sydney. Featuring world-leading academic minds, creative industry heavy-weights, and inspiring thought-leaders, the two-day experience will arm 80 minorities with the tools, insights and network they need to thrive today and lead tomorrow.
By application-only

Breakfast with two of the world's leading designers

Join Daniela Garza of Anagrama and Andy Sargent of SouthSouthWest over breakfast at QT Sydney to learn about the processes that built two of the most exciting and unique design studios in the world.

Isle of Dogs film-screening and Q&A with Erica Dorn

Join Erica Dorn, the lead-designer behind Isle of Dogs for a special Q&A and film screening of Wes Anderson's masterpiece at QT Sydney.
Side Event
More to be announced

Speakers and Artists

CJ Hendry Artist New York, United States
Tim Devine
Tim Devine Executive Creative Director AKQA Melbourne, Australia
Adrian Laurence Owner / Creative Director - FutureDeluxe London, United Kingdom
Alma Har'el
Alma Har'el Director and founder of Free The Bid Los Angeles, United States
Andy Sargent
Andy Sargent Co-Founder and Creative Director, South South West Melbourne, Australia
Carby Tuckwell
Carby Tuckwell Creative Director and Founder, Deus Ex Machina Sydney, Australia
Daniela Garza Co-Founder and Creative Director, Anagrama Mexico City, Mexico
David Carson
David Carson Graphic Designer and Art Director Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dr Daniel McAullay Mode Black Perth, Australia
Dr Sandra Eades Nyoongar physician, researcher and professor Melbourne, Australia
Emelda Davis President, Australian South Sea Islanders Sydney, Australia
Erica Dorn Graphic Designer and Illustrator London, United Kingdom
Ian Spalter
Ian Spalter Head of Design at Instagram San Francisco, United States
James Callahan Partner - FutureDeluxe London, United Kingdom
Jason Woodside New York, United States
Jonathan Price
Jonathan Price Co-Founder and Director of Strategy, South South West Melbourne, Australia
Katja Hartung
Katja Hartung Founder, Toben Sydney, Australia
Keala Kennelly
Keala Kennelly Professional Surfer Sydney, Australia
Mark Woollen
Mark Woollen Trailer Director Los Angeles, United States
Michael Gough Vice President of Design – Uber San Francisco, United States
Michael Kobori
Michael Kobori Vice-President, Sustainability Levi Strauss & Co. San Francisco, United States
Michael Leon
Michael Leon Global Creative Director, Sonos Los Angeles, United States
Michel Gondry
Michel Gondry Director Los Angeles, United States
Oliver Percovich
Oliver Percovich Founder of Skateistan Melbourne, Australia
Patrick Clair
Patrick Clair Titles Designer Los Angeles, United States
Professor Simon Barrie
Professor Simon Barrie Pro Vice-Chancellor – Learning Transformations / Western Sydney University Sydney, Australia
Raoul Marks
Raoul Marks Emmy-award winning, Bafta-nominated filmmaker/designer Melbourne, Australia
Rosie Mansfield Celebrity cook, nutritionist & author Sydney, Australia
Royce Akers
Royce Akers Creative Director - Vice Melbourne, Australia
Sam Keene AR / VR Lead UX Engineer at Google San Francisco, United States
Tara Mckenty
Tara Mckenty Creative Director – Google APAC Sydney, Australia
Tom Armstrong
Tom Armstrong VP, New York Times Singapore, Singapore
More to be announced


May 23
May 24
May 25


  • Entry to all main-stage talks and panel sessions
  • Access to all design showcases and installations
  • Several opportunities to network during the event
  • Entry to the official SP Launch Party
  • SP19 Book Special Edition
  • SP19 Insights Report (post-event)
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  • Premium Lounge / Speaker area - access all day with complimentary food and drink (breakfast, lunch, coffee & tea)
  • Priority access to the venue
  • SP Special gift
  • Reserved seats for all sessions
  • Entry to all talks and panel sessions
  • Access to all design showcases and installations
  • Access to private workshop sessions
  • Access to private Q&A sessions
  • Several opportunities to network during the event
  • Entry to the Launch Party
  • SP19 Book Special Edition
  • SP19 Insights Report (post-event)
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