Equal parts inspiration and insight, Semi-Permanent puts people from a range of creative industries on a platform to tell the tales behind the act of creation, its commercial context and the things that keep the process going. In its 11th year, Semi-Permanent is still bringing interesting stories about the creative industry to town and unites creative people in cities the world over. These are our picks for the Sydney event this weekend:[fold]

Andrew Quilty
This Sydney-based photojournalist has had photos appear in TIME, Le Monde, The New York Times and a whole litany of established publications. His photos are distillations of entire events, capturing a mood or moment of from daily life in a form that, by necessity, cannot be moderated. Expect this talk to be an exploration of photojournalism as a genre that engenders evocation and revelation.

March Studio
Architecture and interior design shape our immediate urban environments and while they may dictate the shape of daily life, they also blend pragmatism and imagination. The merging of these two sensibilities is apparent in this collaboration between Rodney Eggleston and Anne-Laure Cavigneaux, students of architecture and visual communication respectively. In just six years, March Studio have amassed a portfolio bursting with projects that reach right across Australia and internationally, including Zurich, New York, Paris and Singapore. For anyone interested in interiors, styling and the atmosphere of built spaces, this is a must.

Sandra Dieckmann
A freelance illustrator based in London, Dieckmann’s work is dreamy, vivid and highly textured. She references folk tales and wildlife, while alluding to malevolence beneath both. With a portfolio of work that is vast and full of signature details and depth, the insight into the way Dieckmann works is sure to be a delight.

Oracle Fox
The nom de plume of Mandy Shadforth, a style blogger based in Queensland, Oracle Fox operates at the intersection of style blogging and visual artistry. With beginnings in sign-writing Shadforth’s blog now documents her personal style, captures inspiring editorials and forecasts trends. Drop in to hear how a love of all things visual has segued into a career founded on digital and social media.

This is a must purely because Stab describes themselves as: “a bunch of narcissistic and morally corrupt humans, but goddamn it, if we ain’t the most obsessive collective y’ever did see…” Unbridled chutzpah can be just as intriguing as a long and illustrious career. However it’s also a great insight the intersection between surf culture, publishing and their broadening audiences.

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After Party at GOODGOD
Head to Liverpool Street around 8.30pm to catch up with speakers and other Semi-Permanent attendees to let loose and send off the event with a bang.

May 24 and 25, from 10.15am

Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
Bayside Auditorium
Darling Harbour