Tea Uglow has worked at Google for nearly 10 years, starting Google’s Creative Lab in Europe and, since 2012, building a Creative Lab for the Asia Pacific region in Sydney, Australia. She works with cultural organisations and practitioners to enable artists, writers and performers to look at new ways in which we can use digital technology to augment traditional art, theatre and music.
Uglow believes that by experimenting with digital tools at the creative core of culture we can transform existing cultural practice without losing the tradition, values and intangible qualities that make the arts so valuable. Previous projects include Editions at Play , (books) Hangouts in History , (education) Dream40 , (theatre, with the RSC) buildwithchrome.com , (LEGO) Web Lab , (with London's Science Museum) Life in a Day , (YT film with Ridley Scott) and the YouTube Symphony Orchestra (with the LSO), she is proud of her early involvement in the Art Project (now Google's Cultural Institute.)
Tea speaks on innovation and digital futures around the world. (Her 2015 talk for TEDx Sydney has had over 1.5 million views). Tea is a member of AGI, and on the board of the Biennale of Sydney (ART) and formerly D&AD (Design) and AWARD (Advertising). Tea studied Fine Art at the Ruskin in Oxford, before completing two further degrees in Book Arts and Design Management at UAL. She spent 6 years in arts publishing and design management for charities as well as in various digital start-ups joining Google in 2006. Prior to Google, Tea had worked for the Royal Academy of Arts, the Wellcome Trust, Random House and Christian Aid.
Tea is also a very active and proud parent of two small boys. She lives in Sydney, Australia.