About the Speakers
As a Principal for the Art + Design Team Elishia is responsible for leading the Brisbane design team to creatively meet client and
artist briefs. Having joined UAP in 2009, she has accumulated extensive experience working with artists and other creatives to resolve
and deliver works for the public realm globally. Elishia was instrumental in establishing UAP’s Design Studio in Shanghai, where she
lived with her family for 5 years. Now back in Brisbane, she co- leads UAP’s Creative Leadership Team responsible for setting the
creative agenda for the studio globally. During her time at UAP Elishia has led and overseen a number of projects, both locally and
internationally, working with key collaborators including, Wahat Al Karama, Abu Dhabi (Artist Idris Khan), TGalleria, Cambodia (PMDL
Architects), KAUST, Saudi Arabia (Artist Sopheap Pich), Culver City, USA (Artist’s Chris Doyle, Jeff Kopp and David Trubridge), The
Springs Development, Shanghai (Tishman Speyer). Elishia holds a Bachelor of Product Design from Griffith University, Queensland College
Image > Elishia Whitchurch. Photograph: Courtesy UAP Company.
Ella Saddington is a multidisciplinary designer, artist and curator based in Melbourne. She is designer and director for Us From Space
an Industrial design consultancy that works primarily with bespoke and low volume production and fabrication. Alongside this she
operates a functional art practice, Cordon Salon, an experimental studio that uses research, collaboration and play as a method to
speculate on approaches to art, craft and design. Often working with lost, forgotten or overlooked materials, crafts and processes to
achieve innovative outcomes. Founder and curator of New Assemblage, an organisation committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse
creative community by providing opportunities for emerging practitioners through a program of digital and physical exhibitions.
Image > Ella Saddington. Photograph: Ying Ang.
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