ABOUT

Mariam Ella Arcilla (she/her)
Living and working on Gadigal/Sydney

Mar-yum Ell-lah Ar-seel-yah

Mariam Ella Arcilla is an Arts & Culture consultant working across community-engaged organising, writing, editing, creative producing, and comms and marketing. Raised in a household of creative cooks and artists, she spent her childhood selling sweet treats at her family bakery and helping her father mix paint in his studio.

Today, Mariam works multimodally with artists, collectives and organisations to turn radiant ideas into programs, resources, and dialogues. Her beats of interest include: communications design, artist-run projects, creative technology, digital publications, and cross-field collaborations. Rooted in the arts sector since 2006, she’s been appointed senior roles at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Government, Arts Queensland, Museum of Brisbane, and STATION Australia.

As a creative consultant, she has co-designed strategies, programs and campaigns for institutions, festivals, government units, and start-ups, namely Arts House Melbourne, Art Month Sydney, State Library of Qld, World Science Festival, Uber Australia & NZ, *Bleach Festival, The Entree.Pinays, Cultural Capital, and Accessible Arts NSW. She has curated projects in partnership with Powerhouse Museum Ultimo, City of Gold Coast, Semipermanent, THE WALLS, Miami Marketta, and Institute of Modern Art.

Devoted to independent initiatives, Mariam is the former Co-Chair and Digital Producer at Runway Journal and Co-Director of tinygold ARI. She has edited for several arts websites and publications, including fine print, 4A Papers, Runway Journal, and Brisbane Art & Design festival. She also writes about art, design and architecture, with texts published in Running Dog, Art Guide, MeMo Review, Vault, Art Collector, Broadsheet, Neue Luxury, Scenestr and ACCLAIM.

Every blue moon, Mariam makes art. She has presented commissions about food cosmogony and language incantations for Electrofringe Festival, Saluhan, Firstdraft, Liquid Architecture and more. As a commentator, she has appeared on panels for ABC TV, Home of the Arts, Verge Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, QUT Art Museum, and Arts Northern Rivers. In 2023, she was an arts mentor at Parramatta Artists Studios and Outer Space. In her spare time, Mariam runs Magenta House, a creative hospitality platform featuring workshops, talks, coworking sessions, test kitchens, and soirées.

Mariam grew up in Hong Kong, Philippines and Singapore, before migrating to Australia at 15. She is currently based on Gadigal/Sydney.