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Gavin Artz – Managing Director

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(see what others have said about Gavin Artz down the page)

Gavin Artz has over a decade of business management experience, with roles in education, health, electronics and the arts, spanning multinational companies and small business, through to local community organisations and national not for profits. He currently runs a strategic consulting business focusing on governance and innovation. His expert presentation and facilitation skills, combined with research expertise, allows for effective collaboration with clients to turn analysis and vision into strategic success. He is a member of the MEGA SA Working Group where he lectures and mentors participants for this university accredited technology entrepreneurship course and is on the steering committee’s of both Adelaide’s Fab Lab and Maker Faire.

In 2012 Gavin completed three years as CEO of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT); Australia’s premier cross-disciplinary research and development organisation working with art, science and technology. At ANAT he Chaired the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2013 (ISEA2013) and managed project teams to deliver local and international transdisciplinary research and development projects with partners that have included Lend Lease, Intel, the Bionics Institute, Garvan Institute, the Australian Synchrotron, Nanotech Victoria, ANU, CSIRO, Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, The Welcome Trust (UK), Brighton and Sussex Medical School (UK), Artificial Intelligence Lab (Switzerland) and the Pier Luigi Luisi Synthetic Biology Lab (Italy).

His interest in Corporate Governance has led him to roles as Director and Company Secretary for ANAT, founding Director and Company Secretary of the Australian Design Alliance and Director of the ICT Council for South Australia. He is actively involved as an industry representative on working groups and advisory panels in Australia and internationally. In the past his work has included the FutureEverything Award International Advisory Group (UK), Creative Clash (EU), Innovation and Business Skills Australia Expert Working Group, P2P International IP and Commercialisation Forum Steering Committee (UK) and  TAFE (Entrepreneurship) Course Advisory Panel. He is also a sought after mentor, being  a proposal judge and mentor for the University of Adelaide’s eChallange, mentor for the University of Adelaide’s ThincLab and the University of South Australia’s Business Career Mentoring Program.

Gavin is a Ph.D candidate at the University of South Australia, School of Management where he is researching the connections between creativity, innovation and disruptive technology. He holds a BA in Politics, an MBA from University of South Australia and has studied Double Bass and Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Gavin has been involved in two ARC linkage research projects and has published peer reviewed papers on topics such as creativity, innovation, commercialisation, entrepreneurship, corporate governance and intellectual property. He has published articles for organisations that include: Missions, Models, Money (Goldsmiths London University), Chartered Secretaries Australia, Council for Humanities Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and the Music Council of Australia.

Gavin’s many public presentations have included TEDx Adelaide 2011, DMITRE’s Prototyping Innovation Forum, The 5th World Summit on Art and Culture, the Digital Cultural Policy public sphere consultation, The 3rd Annual IP Management in Practice Conference, Creative 3, ISEA2009 Belfast and ISEA2010 Istanbul, the Media Arts Congress (2009), This is Not Art Conference and keynote at both VET11 and the Four Pillars of VET 2012.

What others have said about Gavin Artz:

VET-Learning 11

Gavin Artz gave the Keynote at the 2011 Vocational Education and Training Conference on E-Learning. Gavin presented on the National Broadband Network in Plain English. Below are participant responses to the Keynote presentation:

I didn’t want to admit it but I was confused by the whole NBN thing, but Gavin explained it so clearly that now I can talk about it at meetings and feel I know what I am talking about!

I’ve been trying to keep up with what is happening, but when people talk NBN I always thought this had nothing to do with me….but now I know it does.”

The Age

Melbourne daily paper “The Age” describes Gavin Artz as a “technology expert”.

Adelaide Now

“Adelaide Now” describes Gavin Artz as one of “Australia’s forward creative thinkers”.

User Generated Cities (Renew Adelaide)

This cutting edge cultural, community and economic renwal project calls Gavin Artz one of the “most innovative thinkers in the country”


“Gavins involvement with rezon8, firstly as a mentor and more recently as a founding member of our Advisory Board has been invaluable in our early stage commercialisation and start up activity. Through Gavin we have drawn in some seemingly impossible connections when needed, moving rezon8 forward rapidly and seamlessly. Within a 6 month period under Gavins guidance, we have transformed an art project into a commercially viable company with an innovative, investor ready business model. We can’t endorse Gavin Atrz highly enough.”

Jimmy McGilchrist, Creative Director, rezon8


Tonkin Corporation 3rd Annual IP Management in Practice Confrence

Gavin Artz presented AncillaryIPs at this conference for IP professionals.

average rating of  8/10.

The feedback from delegates:

“Very informative – applicable”
“Interesting perspective on an unfamiliar subject”
“Clear, logical, informative”
“Very comprehensive”
“Practical and interesting”
“Very practical”
“Interesting material”
“Clear, practical, applicable”
“A very insightful presentation, well delivered and very detailed”
“Well presented. High value topic and discussion points”
“Highly informative”
“Sound information”
“Good practical advice”
“Very good presentation”
“Interesting insights”
“Good clear pack of information”
“Very practical, insightful”
“Thorough and well presented”
“Interesting and thought provoking”

Collections Australia Network

Gavin Artz is finding business models for artists working in the digital arena. His previous career saw him working with corporate giants, now he is the chief executive at the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT). As he undertakes his MBA exploring the relationships between creativity and business management, the arts community has someone looking after its financial future.

Gavin Artz Speaking at the Rotary Club of Adelaide West Inc.

Rotary Aug 09 – PDF