Natalie is a creative instigator and writer whose passion for the arts is contagious. Her practice combines her diverse skill set in arts administration and entrepreneurship with her curiosity for social enterprises, creative activation of alternative spaces and post-suburbanisation. She has experience working with local government, not-for-profit and commercial entities to drive social impact through the arts.
In 2012 she founded Wadwell Initiatives to independently develop arts programs, including Stepping Up Macarthur (2013-2015) and Illuminate (2014) in the Macarthur Region. She is an active voice in promoting a more diverse arts conversation, including her honours paper ‘Cultural Activation in West and South West Sydney’ and as a co-instigator of State of the Arts, a digital culture guide for arts activity beyond metropolitan Sydney.
Her contribution to the arts has been recognised locally and more broadly for demonstrating youth leadership. Natalie is a sought out voice for panels and articles on topics pertaining to the arts in Western Sydney, youth arts and arts-based entrepreneurship. Notably, in 2013 she was a guest speaker at TedxYouth@Sydney where she presented ‘Engaging Communities Through Art’. In 2016 she became an Associate Fellow with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and was named a Young Social Pioneer by the Foundation for Young Australians.
Associate Fellow, School for Social Entrepreneurs, Citi Youth Launchpad (2016)
Bachelor Art Theory/History (First Class Honours), UNSW Art and Design (2012-2015)
Cert II Live Production, TAFE NSW (2014)
Guest Speaker/Panel Appearances
Agents for Change, NSW Youth Council Conference (September 2017)
Re-imagining Equality, Panelist, National Association for Visual Artists (June 2017)
DIY: Create Your Own Future, Facilitator, Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, National Youth Week, (April 2017)
Western Sydney Jam, Panel Facilitator, National Association for Visual Artists, (November 2016)
Creative Pros: Entrepreneurs in the Arts, Pine Street Arts Precinct (November 2015)
The Future of Queen Street, Campbelltown (August 2015)
Little Orange, Campbelltown Arts Centre (May 2015)
Creative Pros Speed Networking, Pine Street Arts Precinct (April 2014)
TedxYouth@Sydney, ‘Engaging Communities Through Art (Nov. 2014)
Outstanding Young Women of the Year, Western Sydney Women, 2018
‘Aim For the Stars’ Scholar, Layne Beachley Foundation, 2017
Young Social Pioneer, Foundation for Young Australians, 2016
Macarthur/Sydney South West Student Volunteer of the Year 2014
Macarthur/Sydney South West Overall Volunteer of the Year, 2014
Youth Leadership Finalist, Zest Award, Western Sydney Community Forum, 2014