short biography

Cecelia produces artworks where social, technological and cultural engagements intersect to encourage new understanding across knowledge systems. She realises these artworks as an artist, curator and manager. She holds an MBA (University of Adelaide) Bachelor of Design (University of South Australia) and a Bachelor of Arts (Flinders University).

Cecelia is an arts leader whose research and analysis strategically develops and builds the capacity of the Australian creative sector. She develops and facilitates roundtable industry consultations and has been effective in the establishment of ArtSpeak, the national arts service peak body and kultour, the national multicultural arts touring organisation. She is a Chief Investigator on the five year ARC supported project Large Urban Screens and the Transnational Sphere with the University of Melbourne, Federation Square and Nabi Art Centre, Seoul.

Cecelia is invited on a regular basis to present at local, national and international forums on arts and multicultural societies, arts and technology and, at the inaugural World Forum Venice, on the relationship between culture and the environment. She held senior roles at the Australia Council, the Federal Government’s arts funding and advisory agency between 1998 and 2011. She actively maintains a wide range of international cultural networks including as a member of the ISEA2013 Academic Committee.


2011 – present Manager, SymbioticA, Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts, UWA

2007-2011 Manager, Community Partnerships, Australia Council for the Arts

2005-2007 Manager, Strategy and Policy, Australia Council for the Arts

1998-2005 Senior Policy and Research Officer, Policy and Research, Australia Council


ISEA 2011: Remote Interventions and The Transnational Campo, Istanbul, 2011

Sixth Diversity Matters forum organised by the Commonwealth Foundation, Singapore 2010

International Association of Environmental Scientists at the inaugural World Forum Venice 2009

International Symposium on Electronic Arts, (ISEA) Belfast 2009

Making a Difference: Social Inclusion Conference, Adelaide, 2008


Dalecko (silver and amber jewellery and Imprimatur A+B (synchronised digital video loop) Australia Council, Sydney, 2008

Imprimatur. Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 1995 “Cecelia Cmielewski presented synchronised video footage of St Petersburg and Tallin on two monitors, as well as 16mm film footage of the artist dressing herself in Polish National costume, viewed by means of a hand-cranked film editing bench. Locating the technology as a metaphor of memory and literally engaging the viewer”.

A room of my own. Jam Factory, Adelaide, 1992. Spun aluminium and beech wood containers: silver and gold jewellery

Touring Show to regional Australia 1992-4.

A matter of scale, University of South Australia Design graduates exhibition, Artspace Adelaide Festival Centre, 1990


Curator, Adaptation for SymbioticA, University of Western Australia, 2012

Co-curator with Prof Ross Gibson, USYD and NABI Seoul, Large Urban Screens and the Transnational Sphere, Fed Square; Northbridge Screen Perth; various screens, Seoul.  2009-2013

Curator Adelaide Festival of Arts film program – In Spaces Unsuspected. Adelaide 1996, 1998

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