Counter Culture

• High Tea on High Street 2023

• Think, Act, Make a Difference

2020 Beginning of Academic Year Formal Dinner

Thursday, 27 February 6:00-9:00 pm

Ms Rachael Wong, CEO Women’s Forum Australia

Rachael is the Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Forum Australia.  She is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia.  She previously worked with the Law Reform Commission in Samoa to bring about legislative reform to improve the lives of Samoan women and girls and has worked and volunteered in various human rights related roles. Rachael holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Auckland and a Master of Bioethics and Health Law from the University of Otago.

• Standing for Life

2019 End of Academic Year Formal Dinner

Friday, 22 November 2019 6:00-9:00 pm

Dr Rachel Carling, CEO Right to Life NSW

Dr Rachel Carling is the new CEO of Right to Life NSW, starting in July this year just before the decriminalisation of abortion was announced.  Prior to this, Dr Rachel lived in Victoria where she was a member of Parliament in the upper house.  She has a PhD in Social Work and Social Policy and worked extensively in the welfare field before being called into pro-life politics.

• High Tea on High Street 2019

• Expand Beyond: Kayla Amos’ latest art experiment dazzles




Kayla Amos, a proud resident of Creston College, is a multi-disciplinary artist currently in her third year of studying Fine Arts with Honours at UNSW.


Artwork Details

Kayla Amos

Expand Beyond (2018)

Plexi-glass, two-way acrylic mirror, acrylic glass paint, wood, glue, lighting equipment

165.5 cm x 23.5 cm x 29.5 cm

Artist Statement

Stemming from the notion of expanding from traditional methods of painting, Expand Beyond, breaks from traditional paint on canvas to explore the possibilities of painting in the modern era.

Precisely about painting itself, the work questions what painting can be while holding roots to some of the fundamental elements of painting, namely colour and luminosity, presented though a different lens.

Expand Beyond, specifically focuses on the traditional technique of glazing in which the painter applies a thin layer of colour onto the canvas surface to build an image. This glazing technique creates a luminosity that cannot be achieved by any other means.

Drawing from this technique, Expand Beyondconsists of plexi-glass panels that each have a glazed layer of colour corresponding to the colour wheel and hinting at colour theory, the history of colour and the continued evolution of its use within painting.

Playing with perception and the viewers awareness, I have also incorporated see-through double-sided mirrors within the work. These mirrors play with and interrupt what should be seen and what is seen, varying views from your own reflection to the full transparent layering of colour.

As an installation piece, the colours the viewer perceives changes as they move and interact with the work. The light projecting through the panels extends the colour beyond the physical work itself to incorporate the space. The light also blending the projected colours and again hinting at the use of the colour wheel and processes of painting.

From The Artist

For me, Expand Beyond, has been very experimental and a challenge to push myself beyond my comfort zone and what I have previously done. Personally, the work speaks of having the courage to step beyond your current self to pursue what is only dreamt of and what lies in the unknown realm. My hope is the work will be an encouragement to continue until that dream becomes reality, and when you finally see it lit up, it will be more beautiful and will expand beyond what you ever imagined.

For commissions or to say hello feel free to contact Kayla via:

Also check out Kayla’s Instagram for updates on her current work @kaylaamosartist

• Same-Sex Marriage: Marriage Equality vs Marriage Quality

When our forebears talked about ‘marriage’ – it needed not be ‘qualified’ – everyone knew what it meant; everyone acknowledged its purpose.  They came into the world, as have many generations before them, as fruit of this natural union – a commitment -universally understood as marriage.  Fast-track to 2018:  this bedrock concept of marriage has crumbled – but to what end?  What are the reasons behind this, and what are the consequences for humanity and for society?  Are we really better off than our forebears?

Our guest speaker, Caitlin West, is an actress, performer, singer, playwright and stage director! She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of English Studies from the University of Sydney.  She was Academic Tutor at Creston College from 2016-2017, and continues to mentor current students.  Her most recent short play (with Hannah Cox) Tammy & Kite (2016) ‘explores the bounds of the imagination and knowledge of children in situations that are both beyond their understanding and heartbreakingly close to home’ Montague Basement.  Caitlin and Hannah wrote and performed this play that ‘beautifully articulates the resilience of childhood and the enduring power of friendship’ The AU Review.

Thursday, 24 May 2018  8:30 pm  Creston College Common Room (followed by supper)

• On Chinese Medicine

TCMD1001: what and why  Y & Y

Is the title cryptic enough? (Still…nothing beats Cate Djong’s torturous 0-week Cryptic Dinner!)

Alfred Young is an alumnus of UNSW Sydney, finishing a Bachelor of Medical Science in 2015 before embarking on his final goal of training as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner.  He is currently in his third year of Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney. However, he is best known as the brother of our long-time resident, Alison!

Join us in demystifying the science and art of Chinese Medicine from our budding local expert!

Thursday, 17 May 2018  7:00 pm  Creston College Common Room followed by supper