Jess Scully is a writer, editor, curator and festival director with a focus on the arts and creative industries. Currently the festival director of Vivid Ideas: an annual event which brings together creative industries practitioners from around Australia to discuss opportunities for creative practice, and which connects local practitioners and businesses with global leaders in the sector. Jess is also one of the curators of TEDxSydney, being held at the Sydney Opera House in 2013. As a public art consultant, Jess was recently part of the successful team following the City of Sydney’s international architectural competition for the Green Square library and town centre as well as being a member of the 2015 creative advisory group for Object: The Australian Centre for Design and part of the steering committee for The Girls & Boys Brigade of Surry Hills.

In past lives Jess has also advised on policy for the NSW Minister of the Arts, directed Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA), a national mentorship and grant program for emerging artists, musicians, filmmakers and designers. She also developed and edited Creative Cities East Asia for the British Council, a project to document innovative models for creative cities across the region.

Jess Scully is passionate about sustainable urbanism, social innovation, human-centred design, co-operative development, publishing, technology, photography and fashion. She enjoys curating events which inspire curiosity and explore opportunities for the arts and creativity to deliver impact in communities.