Make Nice was created by women, for women. It came to be after much texting, emailing, and venting: why is this so hard, how does everyone else do it, how should I price my work, is this any good, and I need a drink.
We built Make Nice as a way to, well … make nice. To make things easier and better. To provide practical advice for working in the creative industries, promote the importance of a thriving and supportive professional ecology and foster an ongoing dialogue between women.
Our online platform provides the immediate and much-needed answers to those shitty questions (often in GIF form), creates impromptu drinks in cities worldwide, and has started more than one collaboration.
Our site showcases the work and practice of the women we love to elevate and inspire our community: illustrators, writers, photographers, designers, makers, bakers, curators, singers and songwriters, gamers, painters - any and all female-identifying creatives.
And our conferences bring all of these women together for keynotes, panels, town-hall discussions and our patented ‘not-gross networking’. We Make Nice because we think it’s the best way to make change.
We Make Nice in Sydney, Australia, and everywhere online.
Make Nice acknowledges the traditional country of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and pays respect to Elders past, present and future. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage and beliefs, which are of continuing importance.
Back in June 2016 we launched Make Nice in Sydney with a three-day ‘un-conference’ as part of Vivid Ideas. We wanted to provide practical advice for working in the creative industries, promote the importance of a thriving and supportive professional ecology, and foster ongoing dialogue for the continued exchange of ideas. You know, no biggie.
Our program was built around our experiences in the creative industries and our hopes for change. We handpicked our keynotes for their depth of experience and ability to inspire, and programmed our panels to address the overarching themes we see as central to the success of all women.
The whole thing was dynamic, inspiring and - we were delighted to hear - very useful. We had a ball.
Make Nice: An Un-Conference for Creative Women was Co-Founded and Co-Directed in 2016 by Alexandra Winters and Ngaio Parr as a Part of Vivid Ideas and Vivid Sydney.