Perspectives is about the sharing of ideas to inspire ourselves and our creative peers.



Darlinghurst Theatre Company

Eternity Playhouse
39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney


Monday, December
6:00PM – 8:00PM

Doors open 6:00PM for 6:30PM start



Durbach Block Jaggers Architects

Camilla Block graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) in 1991, and joined Neil Durbach in practice in 1992. In 1998, the office of Durbach Block Architects was established. Camilla has been a design principal in all of the major projects of Durbach Block Jaggers, including Tamarama House, UTS Thomas Street Science Building, Roslyn Street Kings Cross, the Brickpit Ring, Homebush Bay North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, House Holman, House Spry, Commonwealth Place, Canberra and Sydney Amenities Buildings Homebush Bay. Durbach Block Jaggers has received a number of awards for residential, commercial and institutional work, including the Robin Boyd AIA National Award for Residential Architecture and AIA Wilkinson NSW Award for Residential Architecture three times.  Camilla Block has taught, lectured, exhibited, judged awards and been published both nationally and internationally. In 2014, Camilla received an Honorary Appointment as Adjunct Professor from UTS: University of Technology, Faculty Design Architecture and Building.



For 25 years, Michele Aboud has evolved and refined her photography resulting in an extensive and remarkable portfolio of work. Completely conversant with the rigorous pictorial demands of advertising, beauty and fashion, she built her commercial career in Australia and SE Asia with assignments for international airlines, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Her editorial work has been featured in every publication of note, including Vogue, Interview, Harpers Bazaar, Rolling Stone Oyster and Noise.

Her commercial achievements are balanced by a robust and beautiful personal practice in portraiture and recently in motion picture. Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Baz Lurhmann and Catherine McNeal have sat for her. Michele’s portraiture has been awarded the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London (2014) and the National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra (2017). Her work has featured in over 22 international exhibitions in Sydney, Toronto, London and New York. Her work is a rare and accomplished statement of emotional power in perfect balance with deep insight and confidence.


Lighting Designer

Sian James – Holland is an Australian based lighting designer whom, over many years, has created work for a variety of high profile companies and projects such as Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, Circus Oz, Malthouse Theatre Company, The Banff Centre (Canada) and Australia’s contribution to the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale THE POOL in collaboration with Aileen Sage Architects. Sian’s education includes Lighting for Performance (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) and Architectural Science (University of Sydney). In 2010 she became a resident artist at The Banff Centre in Canada by a generous donation of The Lazlo Funtec Scholarship where she continued to develop her artistic practice in the exploration of coloured light, its impact on human connection and its relationship with our surrounds. Sian’s lighting designs regularly appear in festivals throughout UK, Europe, Asia and North America and continues to mentor design students at NIDA.


Perspectives is a speaker event series aiming to enable conversations amongst creative industry peers by drawing together people, posing themes and most importantly, inviting the women involved in our creative industries to share their perspectives.

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