Our team

ADA are passionate advocates for art and culture in everyday life.

Our professional culture and public art consultants have extensive experience and networks with council planning departments and arts units, property developers, architects, interior designers and artists.

Through our in-depth understanding of place making and community building we have curated a unique and significant sense of place for many local communities, and facilitated many of the head turning major public art works that adorn Melbourne’s newest buildings.

You can see them in developments such as: East Brunswick Village; Opera by Golden Age; EBV by Banco; Eden, Haven, Sanctuary and Fifty Albert by Hamton; M Docklands by capital Alliance; and Elwood House by Piccolo Developments Yorkshire Brewery by SMA Projects.

Andy Dinan

Andy is a place making and public art specialist who supports, exhibits and promotes the careers of emerging and mid-career contemporary Australian artists.

She founded and established MARS Gallery, a cutting-edge commercial gallery, in 2004. MARS regularly stages exhibitions – more than 220 featuring over 330 artists to date. As MARS’ Director, Andy often attends international art fairs, curates special events and consults on major public art commissions.

Andy established ADA Consulting in 2010 after identifying a niche for public art and placemaking in the market. She has established strong connections with Melbourne councils and takes care to fulfil all stakeholders’ needs with every completed project.

Andy’s growing passion for placemaking is best evidenced at East Brunswick Village, where she has worked closely with each consultant to develop a holistic cultural placemaking strategy for EBV that will ensure every step taken in the village is consistent and meaningful.

In 2014, Andy was chosen as one of 100 Women of Influence in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. Andy sits on the Arts Centre Melbourne Foundation and has chaired the Ovation fundraiser for the last two years.

Riley Bennett

Riley has joined the team as a Public Art Officer after gaining voluntary experience at art festivals, exhibitions and publications.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History & Curating from Monash University. He excelled in contemporary art writing, 18th century European art history and experimental film techniques.

He brings along over a year and a half of professional agency and PR work and is passionate about maintaining strong client relationships, whilst also striving for the best possible outcome for artists. Additionally, his broad understanding of Melbourne art enhances his desire to make public art as accessible, innovative and enjoyable as possible.