DiG Maker Space Program Round 2

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The Mentor for the September program is Penny Robins.

Penny Robins: Mentor – September Program

DiG project team members collaborating

The Mentor for the September program is Penny Robins. Penny is one of Australia’s leading documentary and factual producers/executive producers. She is best known for her award winning social history productions for ABC TV including Wide Open Road: The Story Of The Car In Australia, Australia On Trial and Whitlam: The Power and The Passion.

Penny worked as an Executive Producer for Film Australia from 2003 to 2008 and was responsible for financing and commissioning a wide range of one-off documentaries, factual series and online and multi-platform productions including the critically acclaimed Mr Patterns for ABC TV and the first series of SBS’s very successful Who Do You Think You Are.

Most recently Penny initiated and produced the ABC 3 children’s factual series MY: 24 in association with Essential Media and the ACTF. Penny has worked with many of the country’s leading production companies, writers and directors and has produced programs for the ABC, SBS, Canal Plus and the BBC. 

Creatives - September Program

The successful creatives for the September program are:

  • Daniel Portelli – Composer
  • Nathaniel Morrison – Graphic Designer
  • Ian Moses – Photographer
  • Wesley Stormer – Composer
  • Carey Day – Photographer

Testimonies from the Creatives

The DiG Digital Maker Space project has been an excellent program to network with creative artists and art industry professionals. It has played a crucial role in helping me bridge the gap between my time at University and my professional career in the arts. As a composer I spend a lot time in isolation but The DiG Space project has challenged me to work collaboratively with people outside of music, We showcased our work to industry professionals, solved problems together, and worked across the disciplines, in multimedia platforms. It has encouraged me to market myself as a creative artist and to think about how to manage my income within the arts.

Daniel Portelli

Penrith City Council's Dig Mentorship Program is a fantastic initiative for emerging creatives.  Personally, it has given me the confidence to bridge the gap between study and career.   Working within a collaboration of other artists has helped me dig deep and push my art form to a higher level while developing my business skills like working to a brief and deadline.

Carey Day

As a recent university graduate, my experiences from the DIG program have been invaluable. The program has offered me many opportunities to further develop my creative skills and to apply this training to the real world. The DIG program has provided the creative team a platform to grow and learn from each other. I have gained industry experience from the creative and collaborate environment which will no doubt help me further my career.


As an emerging composer trying to make a career in creative industries the DiG Space Program was an invaluable opportunity. Collaborating with other creatives to produce a work that showcased a variety of disciplines (such as photography, composition and graphic design) was both challenging and exciting and further developed my skills as a composer. Furthermore, the workshops and networking events that were made possible through the program allowed us to connect with industry professionals and gain further insight into the creative industries. The DiG program and the opportunities it provides its participants is much needed in the creative art industry and especially in Western Sydney

Wesley Stormer

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