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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 1, 2020

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Ratu Lewis

Iconic Australian artist and musician Reg Mombassa is among the creative talents selected to discuss their life’s work and inspiration at the Semi-Permanent creative conference occurring on 5 August at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The Mental As Anything star’s unique artistic style earned him pop-culture fame via Mambo t-shirt prints, while his works hang in the nation’s most prestigious art galleries. It is a rare opportunity to hear Mombassa share anecdotes and insights from a career that has entered its fourth decade.

“I’m very much looking forward to talking at Semi-Permanent,” said Mombassa. “The idea of standing up and delivering a lecture for an hour would be a fairly disturbing prospect but to talk about the images and show them to people, I really enjoy doing that.”

“The best gigs for musicians are playing at festivals because they are well organised and promoted and you get an audience that is interested in what you are doing and I see this graphic conference as being a similar kind of thing to a music festival.”

Now in its ninth year, the Sydney-born Semi-Permanent design festival has been exported to five countries, welcomed 150,000 attendees and hosted 190 gifted speakers from the fields of design, art, photography, digital creation, company and creative directors, product and fashion design, amongst others.

During the Brisbane event that occurs on 5 August will be several side shows displaying artwork from hand selected artists.

“Semi-Permanent is a forum that welcomes all people with a mind open to creative ideas,” said organiser, Andrew Johnstone.

The Brisbane event is a one day event with each speaker delivering a 45 minute-long presentation on the ideas and application behind their work, plus an opportunity for guests to pose questions. The Brisbane event’s website has all information about speakers, event details and ticketing information.



Iconic Australian artist and musician well known for being one of the leading artists of the Mambo fashion label and guitarist in Mental As Anything.


New Zealand born, Australian based, Kelly Thompson has become a highly sort afterillustrator with work in major publications throughout the world.


Winner of Australia’s most prestigious art prize, The Archibald prize, in 2010, Sam Leach has become one of Australia’s top artists exhibiting work both locally and internationally.


Founded by Morten Rowley and Daniel Bavell, Supervixen have put themselves on the map as one of Australia’s most creative studios, producing motion graphics, typography and branding.


Webuyyourkids are Sonny Day & Biddy Maroney from Newtown in Sydney. They are exhibiting artists as well as commercial illustrators operating as a small multidisciplinary design studio.


Toby Dixon is a photographer who primarily shoots environmental portraiture and conceptual still-life as personal projects as well as major advertising campaigns.


T-World’s Eddie Zammit is recognised worldwide as an expert T-shirt connoisseur. The logical alchemy of Eddie’s talents is T-world, the world’s only  T-shirt journal. It is now distributed in over 30 countries including Japan, the UK, USA and Canada.



Date: 5 August 2011

Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank, Brisbane