The Big Issue, Annemarie and Justin Photo Peter Holcroft

Fun run and fundraiser for The Big Issue

Fourteen kilometres on the 14th of August is a proposition that many at The Big Issue in Sydney are coming to terms with. Many vendors and WSE (Women’s Social Enterprise) workers who have recently been profiled in the SSH will be participating in this year’s City 2 Surf as they raise money for The Big Issue.

Hamilton, currently in placement at NNC, makes his vow    Photo: Bec Lewis

Vowing to make a difference

NEWTOWN: As part of Neighbourhood Centre Week in May community members were invited to express their love for Newtown by making a vow to keep the suburb vibrant, open, weird and safe. Newtown’s open culture is seen to be under threat from influences such as lack of affordable housing, WestConnex and the flow-on effects of the lock-out laws.

Winter ills

Trailwalker Sydney 2015     Photo: Martin Wurt/Oxfam Australia

Walk through rugged bushland for Oxfam

August will be extra busy for Oxfam in Sydney, with two new retail shops opening and another Trailwalker about to kick off. The two new Oxfam Shop stores will open in the city and Bondi and the 18th Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney will take place on August 19-21.

Melissa Carey in her Alexandria studio   Photo: Simon Ward Images

Creative ties – Artist Profile: Melissa Carey

Artist Melissa Carey has long loved drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. As a 12 year old she had her first jewellery stall. An art school graduate in hometown Perth, she worked for a while in the corporate sector but soon realised the office environment was not a healthy space for her. Three years ago she moved to Sydney where she has established her own creative business. From her share-space studio in Alexandria, Melissa conducts workshops in candle-making, printing and macrame. She enjoys festival work and volunteer work within the arts scene, as well as commissions large and small. Next month she hopes to complete an art residency in Berlin.

Jasmin Sheppard Photo: Tiffany Parker

‘Macq’ – a passion for the past

Meeting dancer and choreographer Jasmin Sheppard, whom I remember vividly as the courageous but tragic Patygarang in the Bangarra performance of the same name, she seems weightless as if she might float away unless anchored to the foyer armchair.

If I had a hammer …

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