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Announcing the Digital Strategists-in-Residence

Sep 13, 2021

Image: Dr Matthew Gardiner’s Oribotics [the future unfolds] exhibition at Linden Gallery, 2010.

We are thrilled to announce that the following organisations will be paired with digital strategists as part of the first Digital Strategist-in-Residence program:

This program provides selected arts organisations with access to a digital strategist (see below) who will guide the development and/or implementation of a customised integrated digital strategy.

Applications are now open for the second round of residencies, due to commence in February 2022. Applications close on Tuesday 7 December, with more details on our website.

Digital strategists

We are pleased to introduce our inaugural digital strategist team who will join the Australia Council in delivering the new Digital Strategist-in-Residence program.

Claire is a creative business practitioner and the former Managing Director of experience design company, Grumpy Sailor. Claire has a passion for digital and creative strategy, with experience providing services for architectural and design practices, cultural institutions, the education sector, blue-chip technology companies, and not-for-profits.

Reggie is a Burmese-born Australian creative entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience in music, media, advertising, nightlife, and youth culture in China and the broader Asia-Pacific region. He is the co-founder of CLUB MEDIA, a transformative media company that pioneers the entertainment tech landscape and champions Asian creatives in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mat Spisbah is an Artistic Director, Curator and Creative Producer focusing on digital arts and new media work. He has an extensive portfolio of commissioned and curated digital performances, plus experience working with leading Australian and Asian cultural organisations. He is currently Artistic Director of digital arts organisation Exhibitionist and provides consultancy, curatorial, and creative production work for many of Australia’s leading arts festivals and institutions.

James Saunders is a Gunditjmara and Wiradjuri man. His background is in media and communications servicing NGOs and Indigenous organisations. James ran his own boutique digital agency and is now working with IndigenousX full-time.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Kopi Su is a digital innovation studio specialising in experience design and creative technology solutions. Kopi Su was founded at the start of 2021 by Kartini Ludwig (Director), Nick Cellini (Technologist) and Eden Payne (Designer), a team forged during their collective placement at Google Creative Lab between 2019-2020. The team has since expanded to include a Digital Marketing Specialist, Rosie Thomas and together, they are already supporting a handful of organisations to demystify technology through consultation, collaboration, prototype iteration and workshops.

Luke de Zilva is a senior digital and arts expert, having worked with some of Australia’s best-known organisations including the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Carriageworks, Sydney Festival and Sydney Opera House among others. With 12 years of experience across the full digital spectrum, Luke describes himself as an ‘arts lifer’ who is motivated most by enabling arts organisations to best amplify their cultural programs and the work of artists through impactful and sustainable practices.

Dr Lynda Kelly is a consultant specialising in research, strategic planning, audience development, digital strategy and digital product development, stakeholder engagement, facilitation, collections management, membership and learning/education, curatorial and exhibition development across the culture, tourism and events industries, as well as government, the not-for-profit and private sectors. Lynda has over 45 years’ experience in the arts and culture sector, and a PhD in museum learning from UTS Sydney.

Elyse is the founder of Meeum, a business committed to increasing digital literacy amongst business owners.
Meeum support existing businesses to adapt in the digital arena; help launch new businesses; and ensure organisations have the foundational digital skills required to thrive.
For over fifteen years, Elyse has worked to build thriving companies, spending her career nurturing organisations, their culture and the people within them.
Sam held the office of Expert in Residence for LaunchVic and has designed, developed, and delivered training programs specifically for business owners seeking to increase their digital literacy.