Artistic Merit supports the quality and viability of the arts through the provision of advice, analysis, strategic planning and marketing for government, arts organisations, and through producing and artistic direction of projects and festivals.
With experience in arts infrastructure, the development of new enterprise and creative enterprise Artistic Merit has a diverse expertise on which to draw.
Kirsty Ellem founded Artistic Merit in 2007 and comes to consulting with significant experience in the arts and government sectors. She’s a strategic and creative leader in the arts and works with organisations and artists to realize creative enterprises from infrastructure projects that can meet community expectations and expand their horizons, as well as strategic, community and organisational change.
She was inaugural manager of the Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre and has led the Monash University Academy of Performing Arts. She was awarded an Asialink Arts Management Residency to Indonesia and continues to work closely with Indonesian partners. Kirsty has worked for Arts Victoria, The Monash University Academy of Performing Arts and The Arts Centre amongst others and has been a board member and Chair of Polyglot Theatre, Astra, Gippsland Regional Arts Sale. She is a fellow of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program.She is Chair of the Board of the Big West Festival, and on the board of Melbourne Fringe.
Artistic Merit has worked with many leading arts organisations and government agencies including Back to Back Theatre, Ilbijerri, Wurinbeena, Arts Victoria, VicHealth, Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Roebourne Shire, Western Edge Youth Arts, and Short Black Opera.