Sydney 2019 – May 23-25
Buy Tickets

Sydney 2019


Buy Tickets Now

May 23-25

Event Menu Close Menu Buy Now

Welcome to Semi Permanent Sydney 2019

The event that has brought you Banksy, Oliver Stone, Paula Scher, Radiohead and more is happening again in Sydney this May, part of Vivid Ideas.

In 2019 we’ll be tackling the theme of TRUTH - What does the truth mean beyond our immediate environment? How might we scale the power of design to a truly global level, instilling positive change in areas we didn’t think it could touch? How we can overcome those forces that seek to blur the line between certainty and truth? Or is the truth always a necessary ingredient on the path to success? 

To explore these notions, SP will once again be inviting an extraordinary roster of talent within and between multiple disciplines of design to appear on the Sydney stage. If you are joining us for all three days, you'll be getting three distinct experiences as part of your one ticket - the creative-lead Semi Permanent, the design-business Future State program and the diversity-focused Rare panels.

Keep in mind certain ticket types sell out early, so be sure to get yours now.

And stay tuned, as we have a bunch more speakers and experiences to announce in the leadup to the event.

See you all in May!
SP Team




Future State Sydney

Future State

Seven of the world's sharpest companies convene for a day of thought leadership & smart discussion on the future of business
For all ticket-holders - Thu 23 May


Across two thought-provoking panels, at this year's Semi Permanent festival, Rare talents from around the world share how embracing their difference and staying true to themselves helped them reach their fullest creative potential.
For all ticket-holders

Leading without a Title

In an age where information is fluid, business cards are futile and community becomes synonymous to family; we see the creative industry taking the lead in breaking down barriers that define roles by their titles. 
Presented in collaboration with Western Sydney University. For all ticket-holders.
More to be announced



In an outrageous act of mechanomorphisim, AKQA and Semi Permanent present their Neuromuscle experiment at Carriageworks - a game-playing AI designed to operate through the human body
For all ticket-holders

Rare - Masterclass

As part of the Semi Permanent festival, RARE brings its leadership masterclass for underrepresented creatives back to Sydney. Featuring world-leading academic minds, creative industry heavy-weights, and inspiring thought-leaders, the two-day experience will arm 80 minorities with the tools, insights and network they need to thrive today and lead tomorrow.
By application-only

In Conversation with Michael Kobori

Join Levi's Head of Sustainability Michael Kobori over lunch on Thursday 23rd May, for an intimate conversation on his long career driving sustainability at the iconic fashion label.
For premium ticket-holders only

Hands-on workshop with Graphic Designer & Illustrator Erica Dorn

Erica Dorn’s incredible eye for detail and rich aesthetic has seen her become a regular collaborator with filmmaker Wes Anderson. Step inside her world and hands-on creative process in this intimate workshop.
For premium ticket-holders only

Beyond the gimmick: Creating meaningful AR experiences with Sam Keene from Google

2019 is the year Google predicts augmented reality (AR) will start to go beyond the Pokemon Go-style gimmicks and start to really benefit your projects. In his workshop, Sam Keene, AR/VR Lead UX Engineer with Google, will share practical tips on how to weave AR and VR into your scope of work and use it to add value to clients.
For premium ticket-holders only
More to be announced

Speakers and Artists

CJ Hendry Artist New York, United States
Tim Devine
Tim Devine Executive Creative Director AKQA Melbourne, Australia
Alma Har'el
Alma Har'el Director and founder of Free The Bid Los Angeles, United States
Andy Sargent
Andy Sargent Co-Founder and Creative Director, South South West Melbourne, Australia
Carby Tuckwell
Carby Tuckwell Creative Director and Founder, Deus Ex Machina Sydney, Australia
David Carson
David Carson Graphic Designer and Art Director Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dr Daniel McAullay Mode Black Perth, Australia
Dr Sandra Eades Nyoongar physician, researcher and professor Melbourne, Australia
Emelda Davis President, Australian South Sea Islanders Sydney, Australia
Erica Dorn Graphic Designer and Illustrator London, United Kingdom
Ian Spalter
Ian Spalter Head of Design at Instagram San Francisco, United States
Jonathan Price
Jonathan Price Co-Founder and Director of Strategy, South South West Melbourne, Australia
Karen Maurice-O’Leary
Karen Maurice-O’Leary Creative Strategist - Facebook Creative Shop Melbourne, Australia
Katja Hartung
Katja Hartung Founder, Toben Sydney, Australia
Keala Kennelly
Keala Kennelly Professional Surfer Sydney, Australia
Michael Gough Vice President of Design – Uber San Francisco, United States
Michael Kobori
Michael Kobori Vice-President, Sustainability Levi Strauss & Co. San Francisco, United States
Michael Leon
Michael Leon Global Creative Director, Sonos Los Angeles, United States
Oliver Percovich
Oliver Percovich Founder of Skateistan Melbourne, Australia
Professor Simon Barrie
Professor Simon Barrie Pro Vice-Chancellor – Learning Transformations / Western Sydney University Sydney, Australia
Raoul Marks
Raoul Marks Emmy-award winning, Bafta-nominated filmmaker/designer Melbourne, Australia
Royce Akers
Royce Akers Creative Director - Vice Melbourne, Australia
Sam Keene AR / VR Lead UX Engineer at Google San Francisco, United States
Tara Mckenty
Tara Mckenty Creative Director – Google APAC Sydney, Australia
Tom Armstrong
Tom Armstrong VP, New York Times Singapore, Singapore
anon. Live music and design experience artists Melbourne, Australia
More to be announced


May 23
May 24
May 25


  • Entry to all main-stage talks and panel sessions
  • Access to all design showcases and installations
  • Several opportunities to network during the event
  • Entry to the official SP Launch Party
  • SP19 Book Special Edition
  • SP19 Insights Report (post-event)
Buy Tickets Now
  • Premium Lounge / Speaker area - access all day with complimentary food and drink (breakfast, lunch, coffee & tea)
  • Priority access to the venue
  • SP Special gift
  • Reserved seats for all sessions
  • Entry to all talks and panel sessions
  • Access to all design showcases and installations
  • Access to private workshop sessions
  • Access to private Q&A sessions
  • Several opportunities to network during the event
  • Entry to the Launch Party
  • SP19 Book Special Edition
  • SP19 Insights Report (post-event)
Buy Tickets Now
Email us for Student Tickets, Group Bookings & Special Offers



Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015


View Map


Subscribe to our Newsletter