“Sydney is very proud of being of being home to 37% of the creative economy, we’re very proud to be home of 64% of the start up and tech economy. We can’t have creative production and not have creative expression.
If you want to be a global connected city, if you want to be a power player in the knowledge economy you’ve got to understand that it also involves freedom, artistic expression, it involves inclusion, it involves more than tolerance it involves real genuine acceptance of diversity. And thats what the nightlife encourages in all of us.”
-AFTER THE LOCKOUTS DOCUMENTARY
Jess was the founding director of Vivid Ideas, Australia’s largest creative industries event, and has curated creative sector events including Junket, TEDxSydney and Curating Participation. As a knowledge exchange strategist, Jess is a founding contributor to the Sydney Culture Network, launching in late 2017. She is an advocate for the knowledge economy, creative and cultural sector, and encouraging participation in politics, creativity and enlivening our public realm.
As a public art curator, her projects included Green Square Library and Plaza. She has served as an arts policy advisor and strategist, directed the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards and the Creative Cities East Asia project, and began her career as editor of a number of creative industry publications including Yen, Empty and Hotpress. Jess is passionate about cities and city-making, and in 2016 was elected as a Councillor for the City of Sydney. She works closely with Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore.