Previous participants

The Digital Culture Program aims to build a thriving, digitally enabled arts and cultural industry.

The most valuable thing was our strategist’s genuine and sustained enthusiasm for the project. It’s what enabled us to bring the whole organisation on board and demonstrate value to them, and what led to the result of our excellent strategy. It was also great to go through a pretty deep, reflective and structured strategic process – I haven’t done that before and it was so valuable. – Program Participant

Digital Strategist-in-Residence

Click on the accordion below to find more about the previous Digital Strategist-in-Residence participants.

Organisations:

Digital Strategists

Aden Date is an artist, academic and consultant. His work bridges academic disciplinary thinking (Critical Studies and Psychology) and practical systems change efforts. His approach to artmaking draws on Dewey’s notion that art is an intensified, refined experience of ordinary life. This perspective recognises that all artistic practice is grounded in storytelling, myth, play, belonging and place – that individual and collective well-being is a precondition for meaningful art.

His work includes forming Western Australia’s first cooperatively owned arts organisation, designing a platform for decolonising cultural knowledge with the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre, and working as an Impact Producer for a variety of documentary production companies and the ABC.

Caddie Brain (she/her) is an independent creative technologist, producer and journalist. Her anti-disciplinary practice explores how communities can co-design, reappropriate and reclaim technologies to centre their histories, stories, and languages online. She has produced countless hours of radio, exhibitions, augmented reality audio tours, machine learning prototypes, and recently supported Arrernte young people, artists and linguists to make their own emoji set and voice activated computer game. Her work has earned numerous awards including recognition at the Webby Awards and Prix Ars Electronica. She recently completed a Master in Applied Cybernetics and now heads up Wikimedia Australia. 

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.

Claire Evans and Shunji Davies 

Claire and Shunji specialise in the application of technology to enhance our experience of places, spaces, information, art and design. They work with museums, learning institutions, arts organisations and government bodies to shape the future of experience design through digital and immersive media.

Claire’s experience is centred around moving-image, digital, and interactive experiences in the cultural sphere, combining immersive digital technology with storytelling and museum practice. Claire is the former Managing Director of Grumpy Sailor and during her 7 years there she delivered interactive projects for Google, Melbourne Museum, Arts Centre Melbourne, ACMI, Sydney Living Museums and many more. Claire is also a content producer and filmmaker and sits on the board of the Antenna Documentary Festival.

Shunji is a digital production specialist with 15+ years of experience in bringing digital creative technologies to life with a focus on creating genuine and memorable experiences. Shunji has delivered a broad range of digital solutions for cultural institutions including the Australian Sports Museum, MCA, Te Papa, Royal Australian Mint and Australian War Memorial. Shunji’s experience has seen him hold long-standing positions at notable digital production studios including Imagination, Grumpy Sailor and MediaMonks.

Organisations

Digital strategists:

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.

We collaborated with four organisations to co-design and pilot the digital strategist-in-residence program: