Lady Producer Gang (LPG) is a collective of independent creative producers. LPG is a gang because they’re about disruption, independence and community. Founding members Yasmin Masri, Adelaide Rief and Vanessa Wright are producers of the collaborative kind, viewing creative production as an artistic practice. LPG was established as space to interrogate and invent new models for working, not only for developing and presenting art but also for the structures and systems that sit behind contemporary creative practice.

As a collective LPG want to facilitate conversations about the power and meaning of art, with those who are often excluded from those discussions. Through their work they explore the potential of creativity to disrupt; using social experiments and play to teach us new ways to exist, think and relate to each other in a world facing uncertain futures. For LPG, this type of art is participatory and DIY.


Yasmin Masri

Yasmin is an artist and creative producer who likes art that is participatory, experimental and fun.

Yasmin’s interests in craft and design has led her to work on cultural events including: the DESIGN Canberra festival, the Australian Ceramics Triennale and the London Design Biennale. She has also taught design subjects at the ANU School of Art and the Canberra Institute of Technology. Currently, Yasmin is Creative Producer at Hotel Hotel.

Yasmin is also a co-founder and co-director of Noted - Canberra’s emerging and experimental writers festival.

Lives and works between Canberra on Ngunawal and Ngambri land and Sydney on Guringai land

Adelaide Rief

Adelaide loves creating conversations, getting her hands dirty and finding new ways to play.  

From 2014-2017 she was a co-Director of You Are Here Festival and has worked on a range of projects with activist and community organisations including Amnesty International Australia, 2XXFM, and Scissors Paper Pen in Canberra; and 3CR Community Radio and Right Now in Melbourne.

Adelaide is currently a Creative Producer with Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres.

Lives and works in Canberra on Ngunawal and Ngambri land

Vanessa Wright

Vanessa is a creative producer and curator with experience in small galleries, festivals and grass roots creative spaces. She is interested in producing events and programs that are immersive, experimental in content or form and examine what is critical now.

Vanessa has been a producer for organisations and festivals including Melbourne Fringe Festival, Darwin Festival and Liveworks Festival, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and for 3 years co-directed You Are Here Festival in Canberra.

Lives and works in Darwin on Larrakia land

Producer Network

Producer Network is kinda like a self-help group. It’s a chance to meet other early career and independent arts producers, and a space to share knowledge and experience. At our inaugural Network event at the 2018 Next Wave Festival there were short provocations from Erica McCalman (Creative Producer, Next Wave), Abbie Madden (Blindful) and Laura Milke-Garner (MILKE), followed by a casual Q&A, and of course some great chats and a few drinks. 

Producer Network events will be run three or four times a year across Australia, aligning to different festivals and major events. 

Making Art in Public Workshop with Dan Koop (Canberra)

Supported by the ACT Government under the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants Program

“making art in public” is a 2 day collaborative, hands-on workshop about creating in civic spaces. Led by artist, producer and facilitator Dan Koop, this workshop will explore art made in and for public spaces and equip participants with new skills, perspectives and networks to enable the creation of rigorous and ambitious public art. After the workshop, participants will be able to access support from Lady Producer Gang to further develop any ideas generated in the workshop.

Okay, so what are the details?

  • DATES: Saturday 18 August – Sunday 19 August 10am-4pm
  • VENUE: Shop 3/100 Alinga St, Canberra City.
  • COST: FREE! By application.
  • APPLICATIONS DUE: Wednesday 1 August at midnight.
  • APPLY HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/CHNJJs8eXZUxlFzq2

Who is this for?

This workshop is for ACT based (or connected) artists, producers and creatives, across a spectrum of career stages and disciplines including creative industries such as performance, architecture, design and gaming. You do not need a degree in art, or even anything art related to be part of this workshop. You do need plenty of curiosity, imagination and desire to grow your skills and experience in making art in and for public spaces.

Who is Dan?

Dan is a Melbourne based Artist, Producer and Facilitator working in performance, public art and arts organisations. As an Artist he makes performance works in unusual and public spaces that engage audiences to become participants. As a Producer he has worked for contemporary multi artform venues and festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and London, most recently as Melbourne Fringe’s Creative Producer from 2015-17. As a Facilitator he has curated and hosted public programs and worked with emerging artists as a mentor and teacher.

Why this workshop?

We’ve designed this workshop to help local artists take advantage of the incredible possibilities of making art in and for public spaces. Canberra is a city amidst huge change, with an appetite for ambitious projects. We believe there’s great potential for artists to help guide the future of Canberra, and make it a great place to live while we’re on that journey. This workshop is designed to help you build skills, gain insights and meet a bunch of great new mates along the way. 

What else is there?

It’s not just a workshop! We’re keen to help you make some new friends and networks as part of your participation in the workshop. There are 2 social events:

  1. Welcome Dinner (pot-luck style) on Friday 17 August with a bunch of great local place, play and art makers from 6:30pm-9:30pm. There will definitely be some dorky get to know you activities.
  2. Wrap-Up drinks on Sunday 17 August from 4:30pm-6:30pm with reflections on the workshop and a few friends to celebrate with.

How do I apply?

This workshop is FREE but we’re asking for applications so we can learn a bit more about you and your perspective on art making and public spaces, as well as ensure we can make this workshop as accessible as possible. This isn’t an exam or a serious grant application, we’re just need to know more about you and your unique take on things.

If you would like to discuss the workshop, have any questions or would like to submit your application as a sound or video file, please contact Adelaide Rief via lady.producer.gang@gmail.com or 0400 928 625.

Applications are encouraged from folk who for reason of sexual or gender identity, disability, ethnicity, cultural background or who are ATSI have experienced barriers to participation in the Arts. We are committing to meeting the support needs of selected participants.


Get in touch at lady.producer.gang@gmail.com.