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Creative Conversations with Vince Frost

18 April 2024
6.30pm – 9.00pm AEST
UNSW Paddington
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Be the first to secure your seat in the next of our sellout series – Creative Conversations with Vince Frost.

UNSW ADA Innovation Hub and Vince Frost of Frost*collective bring you the second in the series of Creative Conversations designed to explore and untangle important developments in the creative industries.

In this dynamic conversation – Scaling a Creative Business – Vince will be joined by Shelley Simpson, Founder and Creative Director of Mud Australia, known for their timeless handmade ceramic homewares, renowned contemporary artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Professor Frederik Anseel Dean, UNSW Business School and expert on scaling startups and managing creativity in organisations.

The panel will explore the journey from honing their craft to scaling a creative business and sharing their lessons and learnings.

Join us after the talk for networking drinks in the Paddington Courtyard.

Please note that doors open at 6.00pm and the event starts promptly at 6.30pm

6 .00pm - 6.30pm Doors open for guest entry

6 .30pm - 7.30pm Panel Discussion

7 .30pm - 9.00pm Networking Reception in Courtyard



This panel event will take place in Lecture Theatre EG02, E Block which is located at UNSW's Paddington Campus. Please note this is a live event only and will not be available via livestream.


There is limited street parking at UNSW's Paddington Campus however after 6pm street parking may be possible on Greens Road, Paddington. We recommend you consider public transport to attend this event. F or more information please call the NSW Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit


Wheelchair Access - Lecture Theatre EG02 is located in the E Block at UNSW's Paddington campus. The closest accessible drop-off point to the Theatre is through the loading dock running off Green's Road. Vehicles can drop off patrons in this area from where they can transfer across to E Block using a lift to the upper ground floor into Lecture Theatre EG02. More information on getting there can be found via our interactive accessibility map available here.

Assisted Hearing - Lecture Theatre EG02 has a hearing loop. Patrons wishing to use this need to simply switch their hearing aid to the T (Telecoil) setting to pick up on the wireless signal.

Auslan & Captioning - Auslan interpreting services and/or live captioning can be provided for selected talks upon request.

Contact - To book and discuss access services, please email the Innovation Hub at or call 0417 517 049.




Vince is the Founder, CEO and Executive Creative Director of Frost*collective. He's also a globally recognised and awarded creative who is passionately committed to designing a better world.

After becoming the youngest Associate Director at the infamous London design consultancy Pentagram, he started his own studio, Frost*Design in 1994. In 2004, Vince relocated to Sydney where he works with his strategic creative team at Frost*collective together with leading arts and cultural organisations, government, and business to help bring visionary ideas to life.

In 1996, Vince was awarded Designer of the Year at the Charters Society of Designers and has since received numerous creative awards from A&AD, Art Directors Club (New York and Tokyo), The Society of Publication Designers New York and AGDA Australia.


Shelley Simpson is a globally renowned ceramicist and founder / creative director of Mud Australia. She has personally developed every Mud Australia design over the past 30 years starting from her studio garage to a now highly successful global business with over 100 employees.

Shelley is a strong advocate for women in business and has actively worked over the last 30 years to foster diversity within the Mud Australia team, particularly working mothers, having grown the business while raising her two children.

Through Shelley’s creative vision and sage business mind, Mud Australia has become an Australian design icon with 12 stores globally. They remain faithful to their core values of handicraft, sustainability, collaboration and community.


Sri Lankan-born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran creates rough-edged, vibrant, new-age idols. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion.

He has exhibited in various situations including the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit, the Encounters section for Art Basel Hong Kong, The 2016 Kuandu Biennale, The 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, The Indian Ceramics Triennale and The National: New Australian Art 2017. He has presented solo exhibitions at various venues including the National Gallery of Australia, The Ian Potter Museum of Art. In 2014, Nithiyendran was awarded the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (emerging) administered through Artspace and Arts NSW. In 2015, he was the winner of the 2015 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Australia’s richest and premier award for artists working in the medium of ceramics. Recently, in 2019 he was awarded a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

He is regularly featured as one of the leading practitioners of his generation, being promoted to the public in a diverse range of print, online and television media related to art, culture and fashion.


Professor Frederik Anseel is the Interim Dean at UNSW Business School. He is a Professor of Management and has been Senior Deputy Dean in UNSW Business School for four years. Previously, Frederik was Vice Dean at King's College London and Head of Department at Ghent University (Belgium). He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the International Association of Applied Psychology.

Frederik studies how people and organizations learn and adapt to change. His research has been published in leading journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, American Psychologist, and Psychological Science. His work has also been featured in media such as Harvard Business Review, Science, Nature, the Financial Times, the Australian Financial Review, and The Guardian.

Frederik has several years of industry experience by founding and managing a university spin-off, The Vigor Unit. Through keynotes, executive education and consultancy, he contributed to leadership development initiatives in a variety of industries. Since 2021, Frederik has been recognized by LinkedIn as one of the "Top Voices" to follow on their platform for insights on Work & Careers.

For event enquiries or to discuss your access requirements, please email Rogaya Alkaff at

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