Dames & Dumplings
Sydney 2020


Wed 1st April, 2020


Dumpling Bar Restaurant on Kent

167 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000
*Closest train station is Wynyard


This event is postponed - bookings are not available.

Dames & Dumplings 2020 — Sydney

Out of concern and consideration for our speakers and community, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone our Dames & Dumplings event until all things COVID-19 become safer and calmer. We hope this will only be a few months but we’ll stay abreast of the situation and let everyone know as soon as we have a new date.

We apologises to our members and audience members who were intending to join us in April. We are incredibly disappointed as we can all do with some Nourishment in a time like this, but realise that the current global situation is one we cannot take lightly.

In the meantime we’ll be kicking off a Dames & Dumplings blog to connect to one another during this tough time. Stay nourished Dames!


Dames & Dumplings is an annual event hosted by AGDA for and about women in the creative industry, which as the titles reveals includes eating dumplings (obvs).

Our three talented panellists’ all have their own story to share but this year, our debates and discussions will centre around the topic: Nourish Nourishing the mind (education), nourishing the world (sustainability) and nourishing the heart (helping others/giving/being mindful).

To all you up and coming creative women this is for you. Dames & Dumplings provides an opportunity to mix and mingle with like-minded dames and a number of established creative women in our industry.

Guest panel:

Beci Orpin
Danling Xiao
Graziela Machado

Panel moderator: AGDA councilwoman:

Elizaveta Pogossov

Arrivals and drinks from 6pm. Drinks at bar prices
Debates & discussions from 6.30pm. Dumplings and mingling from 7.30pm.
Tickets are limited, so get in quick. All dames welcome.

please notify any dietary requirements; Dumplings will include vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

Portrait of Beci Orpin

Beci Orpin

Beci Orpin is a creative practitioner based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work occupies a space between illustration, design and craft. Beci has run her studio for over 20 years, catering to a wide range of clients, as well as exhibiting her work both locally and internationally.

She has authored and illustrated four D.I.Y books and three children’s titles. Her work is described as colourful, graphic, bold, feminine and dream-like, and she has been referred to as a ‘national treasure’.

Portrait of Danling Xiao

Danling Xiao

Danling Xiao pursues her passion in creativity and entrepreneurship with a strong focus on human-centred design and sustainability. Danling has dedicated her work to her design practice Mundane Matters as well as various clients including SMEs, government organisations and tech startups.

Danling collaborates with talents of diverse expertise, from tech experts to hands-on builders and makers, to achieve greater social good together. Most importantly, Danling enjoys her morning yoga, meditation, books, food and late afternoon walk - self love and nourishment is her top priority.

Portrait of Graziela Machado

Graziela Machado

After working for agencies such as Frost and eskimo, Graziela made the move into the freelance world. One of her favourite projects was creating the design of FEAST, a kids education program by OzHarvest. This project inspired her to become more mindful of the impact us as designers have on people and our planet.

With a passion for mental health, education and sustainability, Graziela is currently creating a new brand for her business, which will focus on bringing about positive change.

Portrait of Elizaveta Pogossov

Elizaveta Pogossov

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Elizaveta is a Senior Creative and Art Director working with the wonderful humans of Accompany. Elizaveta has been nourishing her mind (and heart) for the last 10 years, working with a wide range of clients and honing her craft at some of Australia’s best known studios including eskimo, Moon, Mojo and Boccalatte.

But above all she believes in self-love and does so with her garden, home-made pickles and 1 year old boxer-lab, Sully.