Tandi Palmer Williams
Researcher, Author and Speaker
Tandi Palmer Williams is an expert in the role of research in cultural institutions, and a passionate arts leader.
In 2016, she founded research agency Patternmakers and now leads a team of four researchers working with the world’s most iconic institutions across Australia and in the UK.
She is accredited as a Qualified Professional Researcher (QPR) and is an Associate of the UTS Institute of Public Policy and Governance.
She is a trusted advisor of institutions like the Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. She recently led the Review of Touring and Engagement for the Victorian Government.
Tandi was formerly Manager of the Australia Council’s research team, Research Manager for the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, based at Nesta in London, and Senior Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Tandi has presented to the European Commission, and is published in Arts Professional, Museums Journal, the Arts Marketing Journal and Native.
She is an alumnus of the Australia Council’s Arts Leaders Program, and previously sat on the Committee of the Sydney Arts Management and Advisory Group.
She has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Chartered Accounting.
Speaker at Victoria’s Creative State Summit
Guest Lecturer at NIDA MFA Cultural Leadership course
Panellist at the Victorian Touring Forum, Showcase Victoria 2018
Presenter to the European Commission on the role of research in innovation
Presenter on ‘Evidencing the Arts’ at the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA)
Presenter on ‘Opportunities for Arts & Disability in Australia’ at Arts Activated
Presenter at ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference
Published in the academic Journal of Marketing Intelligence & Planning
Published in industry news publications ArtsHub, Arts Marketing Journal, Arts Professional and Museums Journal
Featured in Wired Japan and the Sydney Morning Herald
Featured in Nesta’s Top 10 Predictions series
Certifications and awards:
Accredited as a Qualified Professional Researcher (QPR) by the AMSRS
Associate of the Institute of Public Policy and Governance
Award for Collaboration: Australia Council
Selected for the Australia Council’s Arts Leaders Program
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