Welcome to the 2021 MAD Virtual Conference

Please enter sessions 5 minutes before the start time of the next speaker with your microphone on mute. There will be a moderator available in the chat box if you are experiencing any technical issues. Thanks for joining

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the Victorian lands on which we meet, and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging. We also pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia, and hope that the path towards reconciliation continues to be shared and embraced

Jasmine Mansbridge

Jasmine Mansbridge

Jasmine is a professional practicing artist whose work is best described as the meeting of exploration and refinement. Jasmine has taken her art to a number of mediums – sculpture, large-scale public works and intimate paintings for private collection. She is not afraid to venture outside an established comfort zone. Whatever her choice of art form, Mansbridge brings a refined and meticulous hand to the work; her deliberation and contemplation are evident at all times. The work provokes thought and wonder and gives the viewer the chance to apply their personal storytelling, as they unpack the geometry and portals of Mansbridge’s imagined world.

Photo by Armelle Habib

Katherine Gailer

Katherine Gailer

Originally from Colombia and currently working in Australia, Katherine Gailer (also known as KATIRA) creates visual narratives exploring characters, our natural environment, magical realism, cultural identity and spaces of contemporary design. She graduated with honours from a Bachelor of Fine Arts and completed an Arts Management Masters Degree– both at RMIT University. Her practice incorporates mural painting, oil painting, illustration, design and music.

Photo by Erin Lee

Rowan Humphrey – Collide

Rowan Humphrey – Collide

Rowan brings 25 years of theatre and as many in video production and technical skills training to the annual realisation of ‘Collide’ at RMIT. Having produced a diverse set of works for clients ranging from the US Department of Education to Multicultural Arts Victoria he is dedicated to facilitating creative expression from a technical toolbox. A Fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute he has also brought the contents of his toolkit to bear on the design and implementation of RMIT’s Media Precinct in Swanston St, Melbourne.

Collide is a collaborative music video production project involving students from RMIT Diploma’s of Live Production, Sound Production, Photography and Screen and Media

Photo by Gregory Leake


9.30 – 9.40am
Welcome to MAD!
Acknowledgement of Country

Simona Jobbagy – Swinburne University

9.40 – 10.30
Jasmine Mansbridge
Diversity as a Strength

10.30 -10.40
Transition Break

10.40 – 11.10
Katherine Gailer
Alumni – Melbourne Polytechnic

11.10 – 11.40
Rowan Humphrey
Collide – RMIT

11.40 – 1.00



1.00 – 1.30
Institute Reports
Representative from each institute – 5min each
Highlights, opportunities, innovations

1.30 – 2.00
Annual General Meeting
Election of the next executive committee (two reps per member institute)

2.00 – 2.10
MAD Executive members 2021 – 2023
Closing the presentations program – Opening discipline networking breakout groups

2.10 – 3.00
Discipline Group Catchup
>>  Visual ArtsENTER
>>  Graphic DesignENTER
>>  Screen & MediaENTER
>>  PhotographyENTER
>>  Interior DesignENTER