Councillor, City of Sydney
Jess Scully is a creative industries expert, event director and public art curator, with over fifteen years experience in publishing, events, policy and cultural strategy. Through her projects, she uses creativity and the arts to engage communities in our knowledge economy, and with the public realm.
She is the founding curator of Vivid Ideas, the creative industries stream of this festival of music, light and ideas, and is now entering her ninth year working on Vivid Sydney. Through her Vivid Ideas program, Jess works with creative industries businesses and practitioners to present a program of 180 events over 23 days, engaging an audience of over 50,000 annually. As a cultural strategist for UNSW Art and Design since 2015, she has a key role working to form the GLAM+ Alliance of the Sydney cultural sector.
As an event director, Jess has curated events including Junket (an event bringing together young leaders from across Australia) and TEDxSydney (Australia’s biggest TEDx event). She regularly hosts industry discussions and contributes her content and audience experience to not-for profit, community and fundraising events, such as the 2016 Hearts & Minds conference in support of medical research.
As a public art curator, her projects include Green Square Library and Plaza, 60 Martin Place and Barrack Place, and public realm activations at Quay Quarter Sydney. She is a member of the Barangaroo arts and culture panel, and a member of one of the shortlisted K2K Urban Design project teams for Randwick City Council.
In the past, Jess served as policy advisor to the NSW Minister of the Arts (2010-11), directed the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA from 2007-10). She has hosted radio programs (establishing 2SER’s sohotrightnow weekly arts program in 2013, and hosting on ABC 702 in 2015-16), and worked in publishing from 2001 – 2008, editing creative industries magazines including Empty, Yen and SummerWinter.
First elected to Council in 2016, Jess is currently deputy chair of the Cultural and Creative Sub-Committee and a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, the Eora Journey Public Art Working Group and the Green Square Advisory Committee.