Some things you might not know about Niccola:
Niccola Phillips once crocheted a giant squid which vanished from an exhibition then showed up on an adult film set. She has written several manuscripts, won a few art prizes, and survived a bout with breast cancer. She collects plastic horses, rides real ones and funds her creative pursuits by working in advertising.
2018—AdNews Agency of the Year Judge
2017—Design Juror at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
2017—Graduate—AWARD Creative Leadership Course
2017—Panelist—Adobe Make It Conference
2016 to 2017—National AWARD School Chair
2016—Panelist at Make Nice, part of Vivid Ideas Festival
2015 to 2017—AWARD Lecturer
2016 to 2017—AWARD Awards Judge
2014 to 2017—AWARD Committee Member
2014—AC&E Awards Judge
2012 to Present—Head of Art at M&C Saatchi Sydney
Clients include Woolworths, CommBank, CommSec, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Google, IAG, Lexus, NewsCorp, Optus, Vinnies and Accor.
2011 to 2012—Senior Art Director at Mercer Bell, Sydney
Clients include Mastercard, Toyota, Institute of Company Directors, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Allianz Insurance, Sydney Morning Herald, RSVP, BT and Asgard Financial Services.
2010 to 2011—Freelance Senior Art Director
Agencies included RAPP Sydney, DDB Sydney, Ogilvy Sydney, Republic of Everyone, Tibet, Lavender*
Clients included AMEX, Qantas, WSPA, News Limited, AUSTAR and Westpac.
2008 to 2010—Art Director at RAPP and DDB Sydney
Clients included Australian Red Cross, ARC Blood Service, Cancer Council, Austar, Foxtel, Audi, HSBC, Woolworths, YHA, FedEx, BT and VW.
2007 to 2008—Art Director at Rhodes Wingrove, Sydney
Clients included National Portrait Gallery, Institute of Chartered Accountants, CommInsure, Sydney Opera House, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney IVF, and AdNews / PKN.
2004 to 2007—Art Director at LOUD, Sydney
Clients included ING, Macquarie Bank, IMAX, Bayer, Australia Day Council, Sydney Aquarium and Bridgeclimb.
2012 to present—Master of Fine Arts, COFA, UNSW
Research Masters degree combining ceramics with theories of molecular biology and genetics
The Australasian Writers and Art Directors School. Finished in the top 30, was eligible for SuperCraft
2000 to 2003—Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) UTS Sydney
Graduated with first class honours and a sub-major in photography
Official Honoree 2014—Commonwealth Bank—Working Capital
Advertising awards—AdNews Agency of the Year
Winner 2014—Commonwealth Bank—Working Capital
Winner 2014—Commonwealth Bank—Working Capital
Highly Commended 2014—Commonwealth Bank—Working Capital
Highly Commended 2014—Google—Start Flying with Google Partners
Advertising awards—Echo Awards
Certificate of Excellence 2009—Austar—Pub With No Sport
Leader Award 2009—Audi—Audi Q5 launch
Finalist 2014—Google—Start Flying with Google Partners
Finalist 2014—Commonwealth Bank—Working Capital
Bronze Award 2013—Commonwealth Bank—Pay With Points
Bronze Award 2009—Austar—Pub With No Sport
Bronze Award 2009—Audi—Audi Q5 launch
Finalist 2009—Austar—MyStar Confidential
Finalist 2013—Commonwealth Bank—Pay With Points
Published work—Directory Magazine
2014—Google—Start Flying with Google Partners
2009—Austar—Pub With No Sport
Published work—Shots Magazine
2008—Institute of Chartered Accountants—Riddle
2016—AdNews—Dreamlab turns smartphones into supercomputers
Art prizes and exhibitions
Brunswick Street Gallery Small Works Prize 2011— First prize $5000
GAFFA Gallery Noun Collective exhibition 2011—contributor
Design Federation Year of the Tiger Exhibition 2010—contributor
Corbis Creatives Behind the Lens 2009— finalist
"Niccola is incredible. No, really, she is incredible. Highly intelligent with a very bright personality, her enthusiasm once applied to a task knows no bounds. Niccola always furnishes brilliant ideas and is thorough in the extreme. I am honoured to be working with her as part of the AWARD Committee, and very grateful for the time she gives us out of her very busy schedule. In addition to her work on the Committee, Niccola is the current co-Head of AWARD School Nationally and has overseen the ongoing development of the curriculum and post AWARD School support program for the students. This is no small task. Niccola also developed, co-ordinated and superbly executed the inaugural AWARD Pop Up School during the three day AWARD Showcase at Semi-Permanent in Sydney in 2016. Not surprisingly, akin to everything Niccola puts her heart and mind to, it was a resounding success. I am lucky to count Niccola as a friend and honoured to have been able to work alongside her."
Wilf Sweetland - AWARD Chair 2017