“How do you know if you’re any good?”

“How do you know if you’re any good?” This is a question I hear a lot from creatives, whether they’re writers, artists, photographers, even marketers …  And it’s a question I asked myself A LOT when I started creating art. However, I eventually realised that it was a futile one to ask! Even when people...
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Are you letting other people run your life?

Recently, I ran a series of mentoring sessions for creatives who could book in to have a one-on-one chat with me. I told them they could ask me anything and expected that I would field questions about the creative process or specific creative techniques. I was surprised to find that the majority of people wanted...
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How the stories you tell yourself shape your reality

Recently I was sitting in cafe near a couple of people. They looked like they were a grandfather and a grandson who was around 18. Clearly, the young guy was about to make some big life choices because the older one was giving him a few well-meaning life lessons. It was obvious that there was...
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Why giving in to your creative curiosity is good for you

A lot of people ask me how they can be more creative. And there are a whole lot of ideas and techniques that I can share on this one. However, I didn’t always feel this way. In fact, I used to feel downright UN-creative!  While I felt confident and competent that I was working in...
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Sydney Lunar Festival 2019

It was an honour to take on the role of Curator for this year’s Sydney Lunar Festival. The team the City of Sydney are world class at delivering iconic events in the world’s most spectacular city. From the lantern exhibition at Circular Quay created by some of the country’s most talented artists, to the awe-inspiring...
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Profile in The Saturday Paper

Very grateful to The Saturday Paper for this profile. I devour this paper every weekend while I’m having a cup of tea in my favourite bookshop so it’s an honour to be in it this week! You can read the full story here.
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Your invitation to the Sydney Lunar Festival by the City of Sydney

I’d like to invite you to join me during the upcoming Sydney Lunar Festival from 1 to 10 February 2019. This is the big festival that I’ve been curating with the City of Sydney over the past year and there is a lot to choose from: Visit the incredible art installations that will line the shores of...
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How to be creative on the run

Greetings from Hawaii! This email comes to you from Kona where I’m speaking at a conference for a group of awesome businesswomen. Hawaii is one of my favourite places on earth. I’ve been travelling a lot lately. This can be really exhausting. I’ve needed to balance travel, work, networking, art, social life, speaking engagements, training…...
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Valerie Khoo Sunday Life

My lightbulb moment

I was recently interviewed in Sunday Life magazine by talented writer Cat Rodie in her article ‘The biggest truths four women learnt from their light bulb moments’. It took me years to figure out that you don’t have to choose the hard path in life all the time! Sometimes, the skills and talents that come...
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Commission: Raine & Horne office

I was recently commissioned to create a triptych for the reception area of the new office of Raine & Horne in Lane Cove, Sydney.  This image depicts the Lane Cove area, specifically Linley Point, Riverview, Longueville, Northwood and Greenwich. As a former resident of Lane Cove for many years, this was a project that was...
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