CURVY is a 10-day platform for boundary-breaking creative women to connect, share and learn with each other.

If creativity is king, these queen bees make it buzz; unleashing their sweet dreams in full colour across industries of style and substance.

Each year we host a program of talks, workshops, awards and launches, and unveil the latest CURVY book and exhibition – presenting a female perspective of the future trends breaking boundaries across creative industries here at home and abroad.

And this year is a pretty big deal for us; 2016 marks number 10 in the CURVY event series.

So much of the vision and spectacle upon which creative industries turn is cultivated by women, whose passion for art, media, business, photography, fashion, community and breakthrough ideas is what drives their work, and inspires ours.

We see evidence of their innovation every day, but so rarely do these women clamour for the limelight that an opportunity to hear them speak with the insight and authority they have earned is a precious one.

By sharing their skills and knowledge they encourage other young women to unlock their own strengths, talents and capacity to influence change.

And although the names involved are a who’s who of women that are breaking boundaries, CURVY has a uniquely down to earth, community atmosphere that is highly inclusive. CURVY is a great opportunity to rub shoulders with like minded creative souls, make new contacts, as well as friends and colleagues.

Through CURVY we seek to continue our mission to inspire and celebrate the most progressive creative women in the world and are thrilled to have you part of it. Welcome.


The program


THE SCHOOL OF COOL – Presented by Volcom

Friday August 26

Day One presents the Volcom School of Cool; eight undeniably cool girls carving out undeniably cool creative careers. We ask them how they have achieved what so many seek, and what they have done to define their own distinct individuality in a global creative environment that is more interconnected than ever before.




Saturday August 27

Day Two presents the Future of Creative Content. We ask our panel of boundary breakers from design, photography, fashion, music, technology, commerce, print, digital and social media to “take a look around the creative content corner and tell us what’s happening next”.

For anyone looking to build, amplify or start a successful creative business or establish a rewarding creative career, you won’t want to miss day two.


Guest Speakers

CURVY presents a lineup of Australia’s brightest female creatives; their action-oriented tips, and special insights designed to help you propel your creative career or business to the next level. Featured talent joins the CURVY alumni, an international collective in its thousands. Around these, CURVY cultivates an inspired community – young, creative, professional women, upwardly mobile and future-focused. The new generation of outstanding female talent and vision.


Curvy exhibition 2016

CURVY features a highly anticipated exhibition of exciting female visual artists from Australia and around the world. It is a must for anyone passionate about art, illustration, photography and fashion that wants to be inspired by a new generation of outstanding female creative talent.

Now in its tenth year, the latest CURVY exhibition will launch on site at aMBUSH as part of the CURVY Creative Women’s Conference, and is co-curated by Eddie Zammit. On show at the exhibition is work by a range of new guard female artists – some of our favourite names in art, photography and design, including Nicole Reed, George Rose, Nadia Hernandez, Lauren Winzer, Jana Bartolo, Rachel Ponygold Urquhart, Kimberley Reynolds, Hayley O’Connor, Marian Machismo, an interplanetary video installation by Ainsley Hutchence and you haven’t seen Gemma O’Brien until you see what she is doing at CURVY.  Don’t miss it.


Staying In Sydney?

We’re very excited to announce The Old Clare Hotel as our official hotel partner for CURVY 2016. Our great speakers will be staying on-site at the former Carlton & United Brewery administration and former County Clare pub. Stretching across two iconic heritage-listed buildings, the 62-room boutique hotel has been constructed with obsessive attention to aesthetics and concern for retaining the interesting features of both buildings.

Are you visiting Sydney for the CURVY Creative Conference? CURVY ticket holders get 15% off rooms at The Old Clare Hotel, subject to room availability. For bookings call +61 8277 8277 or email And for dining during your stay, don’t miss Automata and Kensington Street Social.


Central Park
Print Media Group
Pixel Palace
Old Clare Hotel
The Borough
Two Birds Brewing
Blind Corner Wines
Donut Time