nightlife and creative sector advisory panel - emilya colliver

"This new advisory panel brings together passionate and experienced industry professionals to help us navigate the challenges and opportunities facing our night-time economy at this most critical time." - LORD MAYOR OF SYDNEY, CLOVER MOORE

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Art Pharmacy director, Emilya Colliver will be talking alongside creative women to celebrate International Women's Day! If you want to learn more about the challenges and insights women face in the industry, come along to North Sydney Community Centre 10 March.

"An inspirational and fun day of talks wrestling with the idea of creativity. Once again we delve into what makes creative women tick. Designers, crafters, visual artists, poets and musicians explore their creative process: where to find inspiration, committing to a work practice, discovering the art of collaboration and building an audience or community. Each of the talks cover the speakers’ work and practice.

A celebration of International Women’s Day, held annually in March, we will also look at issues that confront female artists, challenges and obstacles to overcome, and insights into pursuing a creative life.

Each of the guest speakers will be ‘in conversation’ with an equally impressive interviewer, ranging from fellow artists to journalists...."

Also featuring: Amala Groom, Sara Saleh, Amanda Brown, Lindy Morrison, Bron Mandile, Cathleen Derksema, Sara Mansour, Michele Morcos, Pepa Martin & Karen Davis, Nicole Monks & Emma Blomfield 

More information at https://www.northsydneycentre.com.au/

In Conversation: Creative Women Credit: North Sydney Community Centre

Emilya to be a panel speaker for Global Cities After Dark

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On 28 November 2017, Emilya will be offering her wisdom on ‘Creating Opportunities for Talent and Expansion’ as part of Global Cities After Dark, a partnership of Mirik Milan, Night Mayor of Amsterdam and Electronic Music Conference Sydney. She is speaking about having an open, experimental approach to emerging artists and the importance of collaborating with businesses and the community to create a culturally rich environment within your city, she will share some of her insights based on her experiences.

An exclusive forum on for only one day, the expert panel will be focussing on night time culture from a global perspective. An incredible opportunity for growth, learning and sharing knowledge, by bringing some of the most intelligent and experienced people together and talking in an open environment, the possibility to explore ideas to improve our cities and towns will be created.

The event will hold sessions covering subjects surrounding urban planning, music and art, gastronomy, public health and safety, policy and legislation and mobility and transport with thoughtful and innovative approaches we can increase the richness, diversity and safety of our night-time culture.

More information globalcitiesafterdark.com/

Emilya to be a judge for the Rise Art Prize

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Art Pharmacy is thrilled to announce that we will be offering our artistic eye as a local judge for the Rise Art Prize! Rise Art is an online curation of artworks from talented artists all over the world, which are available for purchase and rental in a range of styles and values.

There are nearly 1500 applicants to Rise Art Prize so far from the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the Americas and Asia. The works selected will be exhibited in London for a final round of judging. In addition, there will also be awards for a UK Artist of the Year and a Young UK Artist of the Year (under 18).

The incredible prizes include:

  • The chance to exhibit your work in Central London
  • Mentorship from key judges and experts
  • Partner prizes and commissions
  • The opportunity to start selling with Rise Art
  • The Global Artist of the Year winner will also receive £10,000 cash

The winner will be announced in February 2018. We can’t wait to see some of the entries from Australia!

For more info visit: riseartprize.com

Emilya Interviewed on Sky News

Founder and Director Emilya Colliver was interviewed on Sky News to talk about how to start an art collection on a budget.

John Klein Finalist In Doug Moran Prize

Art Pharmacy artist John Klein is a semi finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize for his portrait of actress Maggie Denice. Well done John!


Art Pharmacy Founder Emilya Colliver Featured in New Book by Mirvac

Our very own founder, Emilya Colliver, has been featured in a book published by Mirvac on Urban Style - Inspiration for Urban Sydney Living - with a guide to starting an art collection. A must-read!

Valentina Schulte is a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Award

Art Pharmacy artist Valentina Schulte has been nominated as a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Award in the emerging category with her work 'Aqua Silva'.

Well done Val, and good luck! We definitely think you should win!


SYDNEY, July 24, 2017 - Sally Bevan, Founder of Milray Park, today announced that Emilya Colliver has joined Milray Park Magazine as a contributing editor.

Colliver is the Founder of Art Pharmacy, an online gallery that aims to make art accessible to everyone. The online gallery sells art by both emerging and established Australian-based artists.

Colliver will be an ambassador for the Milray Park brand where she will consult on story ideas, provide insight on trends and design themes, and write for the magazine.

Read more here

Kristine Ballard Featured In Art Edit Magazine

One of Art Pharmacy's artists, Kristine Ballard, has been featured in issue 13 of Art Edit magazine with her beautiful paintings, which you can view and purchase here. Very well deserved Kristine!

Brendan Fitzpatrick Featured in National Geographic

One of Art Pharmacy's artists, Brendan Fitzpatrick, had his x-ray robots featured in National Geographic. You can buy prints of all Brendan's works, including the robots and other toys here.

City of Sydney - Business e-news Article with Emilya Colliver
'Evolve A Traditional Business Model'

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City of Sydney Business 101 Seminar

Small business owners will discuss their innovative business models and share how they became leaders in their field.

When: Wednesday 2nd November
What: Going against the grain - new business concepts
Where: Barnet Long Room, Level 1, Customs House, 31 Alfred Street Circular Quay
(FREE) Must book ahead

Ray White Magazine Features Emilya Colliver and Art Pharmacy!

Real Living Chooses Art Pharmacy Artist MCE For A Feature

Shaping creativity at Green Square

From its gritty days of wool washing yards, tanneries and flour mills, the industrial heart of Sydney’s south is transforming into a new, culturally vibrant neighbourhood.

Emerging creative communities are drawn to Green Square's location, affordability, unique industrial spaces, and growing number of local residents and visitors. In the coming years striking urban design, public art, along with a range of fantastic creative and cultural facilities will continue to shape the exciting urban renewal of Green Square.

But what gives a rapidly developing place its character? What role to creative practitioners have to play in making it an interesting place to work and live?

Join cultural and urban design thinkers, curators and artists to explore what the role of culture and creativity means for you in shaping the future of Green Square. 

Confirmed speakers include:
Lisa Havilah, Director - Carriageworks
Jess Cook, Managing Director - 107 Projects
Emma Price, Curator/ Artist - The Bearded Tit
Michael Thomas Hill & Indigo Hanlee, Artists
Abdul Abdullah, Artist
Emilya Colliver, Director - Art Pharmacy & Culture Scouts
Anne Loxley, Senior Curator - C3West MCA
Felicity Stewart, Director - Stewart Hollenstein Architects

When: Thursday 22 September 2016 - 6pm–9pm

Where: Mecca Alexandria Roastworks and Cafe, 26 Bourke Road, Alexandria

$: Free event


MCA Social – All That Glitters

Presented by the MCA Young Ambassadors, MCA Social raises vital funds for our annual exhibition of Australian artists aged 35 years and under, Primavera.

Curated by Sydney party-maestros Anna Kirk & Nerida Ross, we bring you dance and installation artist Bhenj Ra and his crew who will be vogueing along to the sultry tunes of DJ Luen. Our live act is four-piece The Possé, playing disco, house and funk music, and finally, keeping that dance-floor filled until the very end, is MCA favourite, DJ Ariane.

We have two stunning artworks for the winner of our special glitter raffle. And an ‘explosive’ lucky dip will guarantee a 50:50 chance to all ‘dippers’ of winning one of the many fabulous prizes up for grabs!

Guests can visit the ‘glitter bar’ to add some sparkle, while enjoying spectacular MCA roof-top views of Sydney Harbour, themed cocktails and bold bites – all in the name of supporting young Australian artists.

Date: Saturday 24 September 8pm–midnight
Location: MCA Harbourside Room
Tickets: $110 MCA Young Ambassadors / $130 General Admission


Founder and Director Emilya Colliver has been nominated as a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur in the City of Sydney Business Awards! Winner to be announced over dinner at Town Hall on July 21st 2016.

Young Entrepreneur (Age 18-35)
This award recognises an inspirational young person aged between 18-35 years who, through their own commitment and passion, has built and operates a successful business. This award recognises young business leaders who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction and innovative ideas whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming young business people.

CREATIVE PROS: Careers in the Arts - Interactive discussion panel

@ 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern - Thurs 14 APRIL, 6-9pm
Creative Pros: Careers in the Arts is an interactive arts forum for young people. We have assembled an amazing panel of guest speakers from diverse backgrounds the arts industry. Our panel is on hand to answer your questions & queries about how to break into careers in the arts. Hear from:

  • Emilya Colliver - Founder and director of Art Pharmacy
  • Jessie Ray - Art Party + Create or Die Studios
  • Pedro de Almeida - Programs manager at Gallery 4A
  • Malcolm Frawley - Sydney Theatre School
  • Ebony Williams - Aboriginal Producer at Carriageworks
  • David Greenhalgh - Archive Space

Our speakers are on hand to discuss all aspects of working in the arts, including entrepreneurial opportunities, professional practice, grants and residencies. Be a part of this rare opportunity to access industry professionals in the arts!


Art Pharmacy Consulting with Tourism NZ & our artist Gabby Malpas

Art Pharmacy Consulting worked with Tourism NZ & our artist Gabby Malpas in a commission of 4 postcards to create sketches of iconic New Zealand locations for you to unleash your creativity onto. The North and South Island images include a couple exploring Waiheke Island, Cathedral Cove, Hobbiton™ Movie Set and Milford Sound.



Spotlight On... MCA Young Ambassador Emilya Colliver tells what she loves about the program, her exciting business Art Pharmacy and what’s on her art hit-list for 2015

What for you, is the most interesting or compelling aspect of the Young Ambassador program?
The chance to visit some of Sydney’s private art collections; speaking with the MCA curators; meeting new, like-minded people from different walks of life and discussing art with those who’d I’d never normally have a chance to meet. As it’s grown over the years, I love that I can turn up to any event and know I have someone to have a glass of wine with.
What motivates you to support the arts?
Because there really isn’t enough of it in Australia. Arts and culture is ingrained in European society, where I spent 11 years living and studying, but it’s really seen in certain small pockets here. Arts should be part of everybody’s life.
Tell us about your business Art Pharmacy and what inspired you to found it?
Visiting institutions like the MCA, Tate, MOMA etc, I realised I probably would never have the opportunity to collect that sort of art, but then I realised there were so many amazing and talented artists that were unrepresented. It sort of snowballed from there. Art Pharmacy now has over 70 unrepresented artists with over 600 affordable, contemporary artworks. Art Pharmacy brings those artists to the right buyers and without the sterile atmosphere of the big galleries. We make it fun and involving.
What is the best advice you would offer a fellow Young Ambassador looking to start their own art collection?
When you purchase an artwork, buy because you love it, not because you think it might increase in value. The more art you buy, not only will you have lots of talking points, there may just be a hidden gem in there for the future! Don’t worry if other people don’t like the work, it just sparks better conversations about it.
What art or exhibition are you most looking forward to seeing in 2015?
So many! Sydney Contemporary Art Fair is just around the corner, as is The Other Art Fair, a new fair coming to Sydney. And The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at GOMA should be amazing too.
If money, time or travel were no object, what museum would you visit in the morning and what artwork would you have hanging on your wall?
That’s a hard one! A stroll through Hyde Park to the Serpentine Gallery would be hard to beat. In summer, of course! If I had the right house, a Caravaggio!


If you attended our Sydney Fringe Show in September you would have remembered Elyssa's amazing wooden sculptures.  She has 39 days to go for Elyssa to reach her target of $5000k, so far $1890 has been raised! So dig deep fans and support the talented Elyssa and take her sculptures to Cottesloe Sculpture by the Sea! Read more here

Rosalind M Bunting Finalist in 2014 Portia Geach Award

Art Pharmacy is pleased as punch to announce the selection of Rosalind McKelvey Bunting as a finalist in the 2014 Portia Geach Memorial Award.

This prestigious award has long been revered as a foremost celebration of female Australian artists, and is given each year to the best portrait painted from life of a subject distinguished in Art, Letters or the Sciences. Painting from life has always been close to Rosalind’s heart; as one of her Florentine teachers once put it, “it’s difficult to capture life from something that isn’t living”.

Rosalind has been shortlisted for her work 'Self Portrait of a young woman questioning', after Rembrandt's 1826 ‘Portrait as a young man questioning', which she encountered on her travels through Europe last year. 

The winner of the 2014 Award will be announced on November 6th. An exhibition with all finalists will be open for public viewing at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks from November 7th.

You can find more of Rosalind’s beautiful works here

Congratulations Rosalind!

Panel Discussion for Sydney Fringe

Forum #1 - Where are the Canapes?  (3 - 4:30PM)

The Independent Arts play a vital role alongside the mainstream and mainstage. As the largest independent arts festival in NSW, The Sydney Fringe Festival celebrates Australian artists and encourages new audiences to experience the independent arts of Sydney to build a stronger more sustainable sector.
An industry panel of artists, thinkers and policy makers will present their solutions for a more sustainable sector. We will draw on their collective experiences to discuss the great potential for the arts to grow in Sydney.
Kerri Glasscock, Emilya Colliver, James Winter, Rachel Healy & Camilla Ah Kin

Live and Direct on ABC!

ABC TV filmed our latest pop up exhibition at #TheLabSyd in collaboration with The Sydney Fringe. It wasn't live (sorry, we were expecting to air live but the camera was taken - thank you all that glued themselves to the telly waiting!). It will be aired this Tuesday 2nd September on ABC News morning show. We officially opening next Thursday 4th September! RSVP here (we are almost at capacity).

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Stuart Smith Finalist In Albany Prize

Congratulations to Stuart Smith for becoming a finalist in the upcoming Albany Prize for this amazing work 'Unleaded'. Held at the historic Town Hall in the centre of Albany, The City of Albany Art Prize plays an important role in the cultural and economic development of the Great Southern region in Western Australia.

You can buy Stuart's other awesome artworks here

Maz Dixon Finalist In Sulman Prize

Congratulations to Maz Dixon Artist on being a finalist in the Sulman Art Prize 2014

Maz's entry is a diptych made up of the first two paintings in her new 'Colony' series. The winners of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes will be announced at the Art Gallery of New South Wales next Friday!

You can buy Maz's other awesome artworks here

NSW Business Chamber Awards Finalist

We are so excited and proud to announce that Art Pharmacy Director & Founder Emilya Colliver has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 NSW Business Chamber Awards! These awards celebrate innovation and success in business and hope to inspire and educate new growing businesses in NSW. Find out more about the awards here

Congratulations and good luck, Emilya!

Women of Style Award 2014 – InStyle & Audi Scholarship – Finalist

Delighted to announce Emilya Colliver, Director & Founder of Art Pharmacy in one of 3 finalist for the ‘InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards’ supported by David Jones, Paspaley, Nespresso and ANZ. The Awards were created to celebrate Australia’s most inspirational women and since their inception, InStyle has honoured more than 150 game-changers from many different fields.

How do we define a Woman of Style? She is an innovator and a leader, has made a significant contribution to her profession, is actively involved in the community and operates with integrity and compassion. She is a mentor to those who follow in her footsteps and is intelligent and engaging.

Please check out InStyle Magazine next months in the May issue, which is on-sale April 21 2014, or click here to find out more about the scholarship.

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Emilya Colliver has been invited to be a panellist for an upcoming event at the Casula Powerhouse. The event is for young artists at Casula Powerhouse called “Art Meets West”. This event has been created in collaboration with our volunteer youth group called the CPAC Youth Committee as an opportunity for young, would-be and emerging artists (particularly in South West Sydney) to receive practical information on pursuing an art career.

Following a keynote speech by John Kirkman and a three person panel discussion, including Emilya in the theatre, there is a pop-up shop set up in the Performance Space where artists and industry professionals can network and enjoy some refreshments.

Saturday March 29th 2014
Time: 11-2pm

NAVA Nights - Creative Careers

NAVA Nights are monthly events that explore issues and practical tips for artists, craftspeople and designers. The career of an artist or creative practitioner is no longer linear. To build a long term sustainable career in the arts people need to adapt and change to their circumstances, take up the opportunities available to them and juggle multiple hats: creator, administrator, chief financial controller, family manager and marketer.

Joining Emilya in discussing the issues of modern day arts careers, and sharing their personal journeys include:

  • Annie Laerkesen, Founder and Director of A.R.P in Darlinghurst and Artist.
  • Monica Davidson, Founder of Freelance Success.
  • Eliza Muldoon, COFA lecturer, website founder, Festival Director (Art Month 2012), Public Programs Co-ordinator for Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and Author of Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon.

Level 2, The Gunnery
43-51 Cowper Rd, Woolloomooloo, 2011

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

Our very own Emilya Colliver, Founder and Director of Art Pharmacy has been invited to be an Art Walk host for Sydney Contemporary this coming September! Sydney Contemporary is an exciting and new international art fair showcasing work by emerging and established artists from leading Australian and international galleries. This year will mark the inaugural edition of the fair. Join Emilya as she shares her exclusive insight and top picks about the fair with Sydney’s community of art lovers.

When: 2.00pm, Saturday 21st September, 2013

Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St Eveleigh, NSW

Speaking at Idea Bombing Sydney

Art Pharmacy is thrilled to be speaking at a new Sydney project Idea Bombing Sydney #ideabombingSYD. The event will be held in Alaska Projects in Kings Cross tonight on Wednesday 15th May.  Idea Bombing is all about how we can creatively improve Sydney’s culture. For us at Art Pharmacy we see creativity as a collaborative effort. It’s all about getting together different creatives from different fields to produce something innovative and exciting. This is exactly what we do with our Pop up Shows!!

Museum of Contemporary Art – Young Ambassador Committee Member

Art Pharmacy’s Founder & Director Emilya Colliver has been invited as a member of the MCA Young Ambassadors committee for 2013. As a member of the committee Emilya will have the opportunity discuss fundraising events and dinners to help promote the program to our own networks. Being a member involves attending exciting exhibitions, openings, and gallery events that will  broaden Emilya’s knowledge of the arts. We encourage all our fans & followers that live in Sydney to join this worthwhile art education. Click here for more info

Creating Spaces Conference in Newcastle

From the 12th to 14th of March Art Pharmacy will be attending the Creating Spaces Conference in Newcastle. Creating Spaces is a Government supported initiative working to unite regionally based community leaders who share a passion for renewal and creativity. The conference is centred upon the potential that comes with reinventing redundant spaces. Over the three days we will be armed with the tools necessary to build creative spaces both within city centres, and in more regional outskirts. Art Pharmacy’s display of affordable yet quality is our attempt to provide engaging spaces for the public. We look forward to attending Creating Spaces, and to the ideas it will contribute to our upcoming Pop Up exhibition.