Australia lives on the doorstep of a creative goldmine - with increasing opportunity and wealth in the Asia Pacific, a population of over 4 billion people...

Creative Frontiers in The Asia Pacific: Live at The Distillery


The Distillery
2010 NSW

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Haryono Setiadi

Haryono Setiadi

Fashion Designer, Haryono Setiadi

Haryono Setiadi is a Sydney based fashion designer synonymous for his meditative exploration of precision tailoring and innovative fabric manipulation. Having earned widespread international acclaim after debuting Australia’s first 3D printed collection in A/W 2011 Haryono has since ridden the crest of an ever-increasing wave of critical and commercial success, becoming a regional finalist in the 2013 and 2015 International Woolmark Prize.
The following years have seen Haryono garner an enviable roster of high profile cliental that includes Sofia Coppola, Naomi Campbell and Cate Blanchett. His collections, launched at such high profile events as Australian Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week have been both highly anticipated and well received by both local and international media alike.
In October 2015, Haryono was one of five designers selected to present at Jakarta Fashion Week for the event, orchestrated by leading Indonesian fashion magazine, Dewi.
Adam Brimo

Adam Brimo


Adam Brimo is the Co-Founder of, a student centred online learning platform established in 2012. 
Adam has numerous accolades to his name, including the 2011 Choice Magazine Consumer Activist of the Year and was the recipient of the 2011 UNSW Alumni Graduand Award. Brimo notably led the successful Vodafail consumer activist campaign in 2010-2011, which resulted in nationwide media coverage, an ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) inquiry into Vodafone's conduct and a $1bn network upgrade for Vodafone’s Australian business.
Now, working alongside fellow founders, now employs 40 people, has raised over A$3m in venture funding and is headquartered in Sydney with its Southeast Asia regional office in Kuala Lumpur. Over 350,000 students have joined courses, including the first massive open online courses from Australia and Malaysia. 
Nathan Leong

Nathan Leong

Founder and Managing Director, The Distillery

Nathan Leong is the founder and Managing Director of The Distillery, Sydney, and The Distillery Asia, Jakarta. He is passionate about commercial brand strategy and the creative future of print media.
Nathan has helped revitalise the creative culture and commercial sustainability of letterpress printmaking in Sydney and Jakarta. Introducing commercial letterpress production services, pioneering traditional lettering, sign painting and printmaking classes, and producing artist exhibition and performances including Suburban Legends (2012) and Live at The Distillery, The Distillery is today an award winning creative agency specialising in crafting brands, luxury stationery and cultural events.
Prior to The Distillery, Nathan specialised as a process management consultant for Deloitte. He is also the founder and Managing Director of Rockstar Memoirs, a publisher of school yearbooks, and is passionate about Australia's role as a creative leader to the Asia Pacific.
Mikala Tai

Mikala Tai

Curator, Researcher, Academic

Mikala Tai is a Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and a curator, researcher and academic specialising in contemporary Asian art and Australian design.

Over the past decade, she has collaborated with local, national and international organisations to strengthen ties between Australia and Asia. As an academic Mikala has taught at both RMIT and the University of Melbourne in both undergraduate and graduate programs in Contemporary Art, Modernism and Exhibition Management, in addition to having devised and delivered the inaugural Contemporary Asian Art syllabus at RMIT (2012 – ) and the first China Fieldwork Course (2015 – ) with Rebecca Coates and Kate McNeill at the University of Melbourne.

More recently Mikala was the founder and director of Supergraph – Australia’s Contemporary Graphic Art Fair, which has been held twice at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne and exhibited at Somerset House, London (2015). She was also part of the public programs team for Melbourne Now (2013) at the National Gallery of Victoria, and previously the Cultural Program Manager for the Melbourne Fashion Festival (2009-2013).

Mikala currently sits on the board of BUS Projects, Melbourne. In 2006 Mikala completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Melbourne and in early 2015 submitted her PhD at UNSW Art & Design examining the influence of the Global City on China’s local art infrastructure.

Event Details

Australia lives on the doorstep of a creative goldmine - with increasing opportunity and wealth in the Asia Pacific, a population of over 4 billion people are curiously seeking new ideas, culture and forms of expression.
Drawing on our own diverse cultural heritage and identity, Australia has an opportunity to become a creative leader in our region, exploring creative culture to form new and exciting possibilities.
The evening will present a panel of four internationally recognised creative practitioners who have grown into emerging Asia Pacific markets and includes:
  • Mikala Tai, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
  • Haryono Setiadi, Fashion Designer, Haryono Setiadi
  • Adam Brimo, Co-Founder,
  • Nathan Leong, Founder and Managing Director, The Distillery

Offering the story of their journeys to date, the panellists will explore opportunities, successes and challenges they have faced in their creative enterprises. You will obtain keen insight on key topics such as:

  • How we use creativity to unlock commercial opportunities in the Asia Pacific
  • How tradition, wealth and freedom of expression intersect these markets
  • The effectiveness of empathy and cross-cultural understanding to achieve progress

Following Q&A, you are invited to experience a live musical performance and hands-on letterpress printmaking workshops.

We invite you to engage in dialogue with like-minded business professionals who have grown into emerging overseas creative markets. Reflect on creative process, cultural paradigms and commercial strategy that highlights some of the opportunities, successes and challenges facing Australian Creative Industries.

This event is presented by The Distillery: an award winning creative studio in Darlinghurst, specialising in crafting brands, boutique stationery and cultural events, and in 2014 expanded into Jakarta Indonesia.


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