EVENT 30/3: Sydney - The Self-Expression Assembly

The Self Expression Assembly is here to ignite a spark in you.

To inspire you to think brighter and bigger.

To remind you of what makes you happy.

To excite you with creativity.

And to simply bring you more joy.

You will hear from a lively gathering of 5 speakers each telling their personal story of creativity, self expression, and doing what they love. What does it mean to them? What challenges have they overcome to keep it lit? What impact does it have on their overall well being and life experience?


  • Shannon Dooley, founder of Retrosweat Aerobics

  • Andy Wright, founder of Never Not Creative

  • Kris Deminick, Life Coach at This Electrified Life

  • BJ, queer performer, writer and director

  • Melissa Katherine, creative portrait photographer

  • Louise Claire Gates, phD fellow in Yoga + Mental Health

If you've been feeling smothered by the stress of all-work-no-play, unfulfilled by what you're currently doing, or you never have enough time to stoke the creative fire within you, then this event will get you lit.

Ticket price also includes a gift bag and time for Q&A with the speakers.

USE CODE NEVERNOTCREATIVE or ANDY at checkout for a discount

Let's #getyoursparkback.

Date And Time

Sat., 30 March 2019

10:00 am – 2:30 pm AEDT


Alexandria Town Hall

73 Garden Street

Alexandria, NSW 2015



Shannon is a NIDA acting graduate, choreographer, singer, 1980s expert and certified fitness instructor who believes that fitness must be fun and fabulous. Retrosweat combines her love of iconic and timeless pop music, vintage fashion, her passion for mental and physical wellness and mission to make dance and movement easy and accessible to Every body. Shannon loves using Retrosweat as a vehicle to take participants on a theatrical and joyous time travelling journey through which they can forget their 21st century troubles, lose their inhibitions and find their inner child.


Andy has been working in the creative industry for many years and most recently founded a creative community and support organisation, designed to ensure that the world is Never Not Creative. From running the local offices of global agencies like Interbrand and R/GA, he was also one of the original co-founders of For The People in Sydney. Andy has run successful and award-winning projects for GOMA, Australia Post, Telstra and Streamtime where he now spends his time driving the growth and innovation of project management software in the creative industry as Streamtime’s Managing Director.


Bj is a London based Australian queer performer, writer and director. He wrote and directed the play Torn Apart (dissolution) (2014) which saw 3 London seasons and was acclaimed by critics and audience alike. Bj co-reated and directed feminist piece Things That Do Not C(O)UNT (2017) and is currently touring the 5 star queer piece Flawed____like a b_y which looks at homophobia and toxic masculinity in Australia. Other recent work includes Performing in Jonny Woo's UN-ROYAL Variety, Trojan Horse/Rainbow Flag (film) and touring the controversial Rules Of Inflation to Amsterdam, Edinburgh & Prague Fringe. 


Melissa Katherine is a Sydney based creative portrait photographer who utilises fantasy and boldness to empower her subjects and followers alike. She has an impeccable eye for detail and a penchant for vintage goodness. Specialising in highly stylised creative portraits, drawing influence from mid-century glamour, high fashion, avant garde and fine art. Deeply passionate about self love, style, selfies and of course, photo shoots, Melissa believes that these can all aid us and enrich our daily lives. By encouraging people to go bold and dramatic in their portraits, she nurtures and advocates creative risk taking with the hope that it trickles into everyday life in equal measures. By adding colour and/or boldness to your life you not only start viewing the world differently, but there’s the added bonus of boosted confidence enabling you to take bigger risks.


Kris is an ex-advertising producer turned Certified and Award Nominated Life Coach, workshop facilitator, workplace wellness advocate, writer, meditation guide, and yin yoga instructor. Through her own experience of corporate burnout and an eating disorder, Kris rediscovered her playful creative side who put living joyfully above striving for perfection. She coaches bored and burnt out dreamers, rebels and creatives who want their spark back. Kris helps clients and workplaces find confidence, courage and conviction in their own creativity and to no longer live a life of #allworknoplay.


Louise Gates is a Yoga teacher, Laughter Yoga advocate and phD fellow exploring the impact of yoga in mental health. Through yoga and life coaching she helps those recovering from a mental health crisis to take back ownership of their lives, establish mental wellbeing, and achieve things they've only imagined. Get ready for some laughter like no other, and leave your ego at the door, Louise will have you playfully present whilst compassionately seen and heard with a deep interest in your mental wellbeing.

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