Who we are
Future Tense was founded in 2017 by architect Jan van Schaik and public affairs advisor Leith Thomas. The arts are woven into the professional and personal lives of the directors and both have extensive networks within the creative sector.
Jan is an experienced educator, researcher, and designer. He is an award winning architect specialising in public buildings, the founder of the WRITING & CONCEPTS lecture series and publications, and a board member of NETS Victoria. He has provided design services, strategic advice and governance to companies, NGOs, community groups and arts institutions both internationally and within the cities and regions of Australia. After hours, Jan collects contemporary art.
Leith is an accomplished communications specialist and strategist. His expertise is in the articulation of complex ideas and the facilitation of meaningful dialogue between disparate audiences. He has provided strategic advice, led engagement programs and delivered communications and marketing plans for a range of corporate, government, not-for-profit and cultural businesses. Leith is also the co-founder of experimental music label Sabbatical Records, and founding member of the groups True Radical Miracle and Dead Boomers.