Lisa Cahill

She/Her

Lisa Cahill

Gadigal Country, Sydney NSW

2022

Makers in Business Online Symposium

The Makers in Business Online Symposium, presented by Make Good Things Happen, was the very first event of its kind in Australia.

Over two full days and 100% online for maximum comfort, on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August 2022 an outstanding lineup of industry experts provided tips and advice directly relevant to the makers, artists and designers of Australia.

Picture of Speaker Sessions

Speaker Sessions

Panel : The Art of Asking : Grants for Makers hosted by Renee Baker featuring Mikala Tai and Lisa Cahill

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Speaker Biography

Lisa Cahill joined the Australian Design Centre team as Associate Director in 2015 and in 2016 she was appointed as CEO and Artistic Director. In that time she has developed and presented seven annual creative programs, curated more than 40 exhibitions, founded and directed the annual Sydney Craft Week Festival in 2017, and restarted the organisation’s commitment to supporting makers and designers with a retail shop and twice yearly outdoor markets.

With more than 30 years’ experience, Lisa has held various government roles in Canberra and Melbourne, including a stint as a ministerial adviser, SBS, the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Sydney. Working variously as a curator, writer and creative producer in the visual and performing arts, Lisa co-curated the Australian exhibition for the Triennale of Craft in Kanazawa, Japan in 2013 and, most recently, co-curated ADC’s first podcast series.

Lisa was the founding CEO of the Australian Design Alliance and is currently co-chair of the Australian Craft and Design Centres Network (ACDC). She holds a Bachelor of Communications in Professional Writing at the University of Canberra and a Master of Arts Administration from UNSW. Lisa is a Fellow of the Gordon Darling Foundation Museum Leadership Program.

Our outstanding lineup

of industry experts

All up over 30 community professionals with keen advice presented at the Makers in Business Online Symposium.

This in addition to the maker allies and industry mentors you know and love, both Angela D’Alton and Renee Baker of D’Alton Baker Productions, founders of Make Good Things Happen.

Liane Rossler

Liane Rossler

Liane Rossler is an artist, designer and curator who has worked in creative industries for over thirty years.

Jo Walker

Jo Walker

Jo Walker is a content strategist, brand storyteller and editor, which means she can figure out the stories your business should be telling.

Lauren Hassett

Lauren Hassett

Middle Child is a jewellery and accessories label with a penchant for mid-century modern design founded by Lauren Hassett.

Aimee Davies The Hey Mate Project

Aimee Davies

Aimee Davies combined her Therapeutic skills and creative industry experience to create The Hey Mate Project.

Jeff McCann

Jeff McCann

Jeff McCann specialises in community engagement projects, public art, education, collaborations, illustration, props and fashion.

Heidi Helyard Polymer Clay Jewellery Designer and Maker

Heidi Helyard

Heidi Helyard is Australia’s premier polymer clay jewellery artist and designer, working and living on Darkinjung Country.

Pete Cromer

Pete Cromer

Pete Cromer is one of Australia’s most popular artists and his signature artworks are instantly recognisable.

Emma Morris Makers and Shakers

Emma Morris​

Emma is the founder of The Makers and Shakers, Round She Goes and the Slow Fashion Market. ​

Dr. Mikala Tai Australia Council for the ARts

Dr. Mikala Tai

Dr. Mikala Tai is the Head of Visual Arts at Australia Council for the Arts, previously the director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney.

Kirsten Devitt

Kirsten Devitt

Kirsten Devitt, owner and designer at Each To Own, Keep-oh and Small Works Gallery, began her home based craft business in 2009.

Christina Kelly

Christina Kelly

Christina Kelly is a fashion veteran working in the rag trade for over 20 years running the Sydney fashion empire that is Made590.

Tess McCabe

Tess McCabe

Tess McCabe is a publisher and manages Creative Minds featuring resources targeted at creatives and small business owners.

Amy Clarke Confetti Rebels

Amy Clarke

Amy owns and operates Confetti Rebels, a feminist apparel brand that aims to empower the womxn around her.​

Kara Cooper

Kara Cooper

Mount Vic and Me® was established in 2013 by local designer Kara Cooper, who resides in the historic village of Mount Victoria.

Amanda Hayman

Amanda Hayman

Amanda is the Director of Magpie Goose, a platform that fosters the celebration of Aboriginal culture, people and stories through the medium of fashion.

Emma Do

Emma Do

Emma is the editor of frankie magazine and is presenting Submitting Your Work to Media as part of the Makers in Business Online Symposium.

Sarah Stanford

Sarah Stanford

Sarah Stanford, (formerly Novelise) is a content designer, strategist, and copywriter here to help you make better content decisions.

Shannon Jenkins

Shannon Jenkins

Shannon is assistant editor and digital editor of frankie magazine, presenting Submitting Your Work to Media.

Renee Baker

Renee Baker

Renee Baker is one of the Make Good Things Happen founding partners, and mentor to makers at D’Alton Baker Productions.

Erin Madeley

Erin Madeley

Erin Madeley is founder of Perth Makers Market, owner of Erin Madeley Consulting and the Perth Upmarket family of events.

Shuh Lee

Shuh Lee

Designed in the home studio of Shuh Lee, based in Melbourne, shuh. is a whimsical take on all things colourful, wearable, usable and fun.

Maryann Talia Pau

Maryann Talia Pau

Maryann is a weaver and exhibiting artist. She is a co-founder of One Billion Stars and Super Native Unlimited.

Emily Wright

Emily Wright

Emily Wright is Creative Director and founder of Nancybird, an evolving design label based in the inner north of Naarm/Melbourne.

Jessica Harwood photo by Catherine Turner

Jessica Harwood

Jess Harwood is an illustrator, communications professional and environmental campaigner living on Gadigal land in Sydney.

Angela D'Alton

Angela D’Alton

Angela D’Alton is one of the founding partners of Make Good Things Happen, and provides business services to makers at D’Alton Baker Productions.

Rachel Kimberley

Rachel Kimberley

Rachel Kimberley is a product photographer and stylist specialising in creative product photography and stop motion animations.

Rachel Burke

Rachel Burke

Rachel Burke is a practicing multidisciplinary artist, designer, and author based in Brisbane, Australia, of @imakestagram fame.

Belinda Harris BrisStyle

Belinda Harris

Belinda Harris, or Bel as she is most commonly known, has been involved with BrisStyle Inc. since the very beginning in 2008.

Waan Pivasiri

Waan Pivasiri

Thailand-born Australian Web Developer turned Candle Maker, Waan Pivasiri started pouring candles in 2013 and it became You, Me & Bones.

Troy Casey

Troy Casey

Troy is the co-founder of Blaklash Creative – an agency specialising in creative projects that connect people to positive experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Tabitha Emma

Tabitha Emma

Tabitha Emma is a brand designer and educator helping creative small businesses to create compelling and captivating brands that allow their creativity to shine and attract their ideal audience

Lisa Cahill

Lisa Cahill

Lisa Cahill is the CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre team based on Gadigal Land of the Eora Nation, Sydney NSW.

Ashley Dyer

Ashley Dyer

Uncle Phuncle, a range of clothing all designed and hand made in Melbourne was founded by Ashley Dyer, a self taught designer and maker.

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