Networking Soiree

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Date: Sunday 1 December

Where: Belconnen Arts Centre

When: 4pm – 6pm

Networking Soiree: Enjoy a drink and networking with colleagues while being treated to some cool tunes by local Canberran musicians.

4pm: Speeches

4.15pm: Duncan Sargeant

4.50pm: Ben Signore

5.25pm: Miss Adventure (featuring Ruth O’Brien and Damien Ashcroft)

Duncan Sargeant

A man with grey hair tied back stands outside with an acoustic guitar.Duncan Sargeant is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His intricate and powerful musical ability gives his performances a great sense of emotion and presence before he even opens his mouth. Duncan is a self-taught musician and teaches guitar, runs workshops, puts on events and speaks about his lived experience with mental illness. You can find out more about Duncan and his work at 

Ben Signor

A man with short hair and a short beard stands on stage with a microphone in his hands.Ben grew up in Griffith, NSW and has always had a passion for performing.  He is an accomplished singer and keyboardist and has performed in bars and pubs with duos and bands. Ben has also made it into the top 100 of The Voice, Australia, on two separate occasions. Ben has an Honours degree in Medical Science and is looking to build his career in the entertainment industry.

Ruth O’Brien

A woman looks down towards the ground laughing. She has short red hair and wears a bright blue top.Ruth O’Brien is a multidisciplinary artist and creative freelancer. Ruth’s interests span across all art forms but she has spent most of her artistic practice developing her singing voice and music composition & improvisation skills. In recent times, Ruth has also been developing her voice in other mediums including writing, public speaking and facilitating social media groups.

Musically, Ruth’s writing style infuses the sounds of blues, jazz and cabaret with pop and contemporary music. Lyrically, many of her songs hint at themes of love, loss, life lessons and everyday situations which she illustrates with colourful and descriptive language.  In 2018, Ruth released her debut EP, Invaluable, which is available for download and streaming on all major platforms.


Damian Ashcroft

A man with short blonde hair and a beard plays acoustic guitar on stage with a microphone in front of him.Damian has always had a passion for music but discovered his passion for guitar playing in high school. For over a decade Damian has studied performance and composition, learning from as many genres and styles as possible. He finished an Advanced Diploma of Music in 2014 and began busking and teaching music.  He continued to develop his style of singing and acoustic guitar and joined with Ruth in 2014 to assist in the writing and production of “Invaluable”, Ruth’s debut EP.


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