Failure Lab: The Highs & Lows of the Creative Journey

Simone Sheridan was a proud be a Vivid 2016 Contributor with Australia’s first Failure:Lab event, curated for Vivid Ideas with a theme of ‘The Highs & Lows of the Creative Journey’, storytellers shared their experiences of their own creative career paths. Meet successful trouble makers, culture shakers and creative doers whom have taken creative risks and lived to share the story. This special event included a moment of silence for audience reflection between storytellers, with mix of special performances to lift the mood and recharge the audience before the next story. Don’t let the name fool you - while the stories may be about failure, the event was really about courage, determination, and the strength to get back up. Crush the stigma around failure. Embrace it, learn from it, build on it.




Marcus Westbury 

Marcus Westbury is the CEO of Contemporary Arts Precincts Ltd that is leading the development of the Collingwood Arts Precinct in Melbourne and the founder of the multi award winning Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia. Marcus has been a writer, media maker and festival director and is the author of Creating Cities (Niche Press, 2015) and has been the writer and presenter of the ABC TV series Bespoke and Not Quite Art.

Somaya Langley 

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Dr. Annetta Mallon

Annetta was awarded her PhD in Social Science in 2016, and she specialises in feminism, identity, personal stories, sociology and professional practice. She is currently employed as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer with Western Sydney University in the areas of Social Science, Sociology, and qualitative research methods. In addition to her academic pursuits and teaching, Annetta is also a freelance writer & editor, and is currently involved in developing works in both the academic and fiction arenas. Her previous career was as a practising counsellor, advisor, and psychotherapist for over twenty years working in Australia, Italy, and the USA in the fields of injury and trauma recovery, grief and loss, mental health, and personal growth and development.

Chloe Beevers 

Chloe has over 15 years experience as a creative strategist, collaboration broker, program producer and keynote presenter. As the founder of the consultancy firm Strategic Artistry, Chloe builds the capacity of governments, organisations, industries and communities to deliver creative outcomes. A sense of purpose to ‘connect creative communities’ has guided Chloe’s fulfilling career. She has worked in rural, regional and metropolitan communities, engaging in arts management & strategy development at local, state & national levels.


Adam Monaghan 

Intermittent breaks from nursing to work in office jobs (not his thing) as well as dabbling in photography. Never quite believed in himself as photographer. Landed a full time gig at a small agency in Balmain, NSW and went on to be ASICS Australia and Onitsuka Tiger’s only photographer for 3 years. Achieved more in those years as a photographer than he dreamed he would in a life time. Made redundant in 2013 and took another leap into video production. Taught himself to shoot, script, edit, produce and direct. Has grown the business into a six figure turnover enterprise in under three years.


Jeremy Staples

Jeremy Staples’ work is all about creating spaces for community engagement and providing a platform for people to be heard and share their skills. He enjoys questioning, documenting, reading, writing and travel. He’s passionate about inspiring people to think and helping them along their own journeys. Over the past five years, he has been researching the future of radical print media abroad and worked alongside with and met with everyone from Maximum Rock and Roll to Tokyo’s largest English print magazine.


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DA Carter 


Brent Francis Clarke 

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