Staff

  • Steven Alderton

    Director and CEO

  • Simon Cooper

    Head of Studies

  • Paul Ryan

    Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

  • Alison Dunn

    Head of Marketing and Development

  • Dr Ian Greig

    Postgraduate Coordinator

  • John Bloomfield

    BFA Coordinator / Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Lorraine Kypiotis

    Education Outreach Coordinator

  • Dr Ella Dreyfus

    Head of Public Programs

  • Lynda Draper

    Head of Ceramics

  • Dr Maryanne Coutts

    Head of Drawing

  • Dr Stephen Little

    Head of Painting

  • Geoff Kleem

    Head of Photomedia

  • Peter Burgess

    Head of Printmaking

  • Jim Croke

    Co- Acting Head of Sculpture

  • David Horton

    Co- Acting Head of Sculpture

  • Dr Michael Hill

    Head of Art History & Theory

  • Stephen Bird

    Ceramics Lecturer

  • Joseph Purtle

    Ceramics Studio Technician / Sessional Lecturer

  • Dr Louise Boscacci

    Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Somchai Charoen

    Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Simone Fraser

    Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Bronwyn Kemp

    Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Madeleine Preston

    Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Tania Rollond

    Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Linda Seiffert

    Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Lynne Eastaway

    Drawing Lecturer

  • Charles Cooper

    Drawing Lecturer

  • Joe Frost

    Drawing Lecturer

  • Dr Margaret Roberts

    Drawing Lecturer

  • John Stanfield

    Drawing Studio Technician

  • Deborah Beck

    Drawing Lecturer, archivist and collections manager

  • John Bokor

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Dr Liz Bradshaw

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Anthony Cahill

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Dr Sally Clarke

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Roger Crawford

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional) / Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Dr Ben Denham

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Cameron Ferguson

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Janet Haslett

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Paul Higgs

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional) / Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Harley Ives

    Digital Media Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Annelies Jahn

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Therese Keogh

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Pollyxenia Joannou

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Lisa Jones

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Deborah Marks

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • James Nguyen

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Catherine O’Donnell

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Daniel Pata

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Jude Rae

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Jeff Rigby

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Evan Salmon

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Margaret Seymour

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Kim Spooner

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional) / Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Noel Thurgate

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Dr David Serisier

    Painting Lecturer

  • Susan Andrews

    Painting Lecturer

  • Dr Andrew Donaldson

    Painting Lecturer

  • Paolo Iarossi

    Painting Studio Technician

  • Nick Collerson

    Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Dr Christine Dean

    Art History and Theory / Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Joanne Handley

    Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Steven Harvey

    Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Anwen Keeling

    Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Chelsea Lehmann

    Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Nana Ohnesorge

    Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Rodney Pople

    Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Les Rice

    Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Dr Marian Tubbs

    Photomedia Lecturer

  • Damian Dillon

    Photomedia Studio Technician

  • Steven Cavanagh

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Skye Wagner

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Amanda Williams

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Maureen Burns

    Printmaking Lecturer

  • Dr Carolyn McKenzie-Craig

    Printmaking Lecturer

  • Nina Juniper

    Printmaking Studio Technician

  • Gemma Avery

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Jacqui Driver

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Angus Fisher

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Dr Kendal Heyes

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Claude Jones

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Kate Mitchell

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Helen Mueller

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Wendy Murray

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Esther Neate

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Janet Parker-Smith

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Brenda Tye

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Simon Hodgson

    Sculpture Studio Technician

  • Harrie Fasher

    Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Clara Hali

    Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Caroline Haswell

    Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Anita Larkin

    Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Sam Valenz

    Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Dr Georgina Cole

    Art History & Theory Lecturer

  • Dr Jaime Tsai

    Art History & Theory Lecturer

  • Dr Shane Haseman

    Art History & Theory Lecturer

  • Dr Molly Duggins

    Art History and Theory Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Dr Jessica Priebe

    Art History and Theory Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Dr Denise Thwaites

    Art History and Theory Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Alex Trompf

    Art History and Theory Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Priya Vaughan

    Art History & Theory Lecturer

  • Ben Griffin

    Registrar

  • Michelle Glass

    Student Counsellor

  • Sam Thompson

    Academic Literacy Officer

  • Elizabeth Little

    Library & Learning Centre Manager

  • Zoe Wilesmith

    Academic Administrator

  • Alana Ambados

    Education Outreach Officer

  • David Manley

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Benjamin Chadbond

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Harley Ives

    Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Jenny Orchard

    Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Toni Warburton

    Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Simon Reece

    Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Gary Deirmendjian

    Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Paul Hopmeier

    Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Shannon Smith

    Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Maria Buchner

    Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Monika Scarrabelotti

    Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Julia Davis

    Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Laura Sutton

    Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Nicholas Greenwich

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Mirra Whale

    Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Emma Wise

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Stephanie Monteith

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Ian Grant

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Barbara Campbell

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Gary Warner

    Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Rolande Souliere

    Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Fiona Lowry

    Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

  • Tim Maguire

    Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Steven Alderton

Director and CEO

BA Fine Art (Griffith)

Steven Alderton is the Director and CEO of the National Art School with over 25 years’ experience in the visual arts and education as an artist, curator and director. Previous roles include Director of Programs, Exhibitions and Cultural Collections at the Australian Museum; Director Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre; Director Lismore Regional Gallery; Manager Bundaberg Arts Centre; Director Redland Art Gallery; Curator Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery and Events Manager at the Institute of Modern Art. Steven established an artist run initiative and artist studios just after leaving Art College and is committed to developing and fostering emerging artists and sustaining mid to late career artists’ practice.

Simon Cooper

Head of Studies

BA Fine Arts (VIC College, Prahran), GradDip Fine Arts (VCA)

Simon Cooper has practiced and exhibited extensively throughout Australia and internationally. His work is held in numerous private and public collections throughout the world including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and the Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, South Korea.

He completed his undergraduate studies in Printmaking at Prahran College, Victoria and his post-graduate studies at Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Simon has taught with a range of institutions in Australia including Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne; RMIT University, Melbourne; University of Southern Queensland; and Chisholm Institute, Melbourne. Since joining NAS in 2001 as Head of Printmaking, he has held other academic positions within the school including Acting Director, and is currently Head of Studies.

Paul Ryan

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

BCom (UNSW), MBA (MGSM)

Paul Ryan’s career has been in chartered accounting, the private and public sectors including the arts. Paul has extensive experience in senior executive and operational positions across multi-site, multi-country operations encompassing the functions of finance, human resources, information technology, customer service, commercial operations, business development, shared services, building services, security, governance and administration. Paul has lived and worked in Asia-Pacific to put business resources on the ground in developing economies, and has led business turnarounds, business acquisitions and transformation projects. Paul is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Finance & Systems) with Merit from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from Macquarie University‘s Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM). Paul is a volunteer member of the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Alison Dunn

Head of Marketing and Development

BA, University of Adelaide, Grad Dip Comm Mgmt UTS, FGLF

Alison Dunn’s career has taken place in the context of the arts, education and business worlds, with a particular focus on communication, marketing and fundraising.  She has held a number of senior roles, including for MLC School, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, SA Water, the Adelaide Festival of Arts and JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design. A former CEO of the Helpmann Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts ( South Australia) and co – chair of the Arts Industry Advisory Council (SA), her past and present Board memberships include the Advisory Council of Pacific Opera, the Leaders Institute of South Australia, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and Co-Chair of the international Glass Art Society event GAS@Ausglass.

Dr Ian Greig

Postgraduate Coordinator

BVA (Hons), PhD (SASA)

Dr Ian Greig is a painter with a PhD in aesthetics. He is a graduate of the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia, where he was awarded the University Medal and an Australian Postgraduate Award. Since 1998 he has taught AH&T, Painting and Drawing at the South Australian School of Art and since 2004 at the National Art School, where he is currently the MFA Coordinator and lecturer in Honours AH&T and Research Methods.

His 2002 PhD thesis “The Aesthetics of the Sublime in 20thC Physics” explored the aesthetic dimensions of physics and found a new location for Kant’s theory of the sublime. It was praised by its three international examiners as ‘ambitious and original groundbreaking research’, with Professor Paul Crowther declaring it a ‘substantial contribution to our knowledge’ and ‘exactly the kind of thing we need.’

Since 1998 he has held 16 solo exhibitions and his paintings have won numerous awards, including the Santos Whyalla Contemporary Art Prize; the Nexus Fleurieu International Visual Art Scholarship; and the University of South Australia Art Purchase prize. He is currently represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney; and Greenhill Galleries, Perth.


Areas of Specialisation: 

Ian’ studio practice specialises in painting and drawing. Ian’s academic interests revolve around the metaphysics of representation, with a particular interest in the various confluences of art, science and philosophy within contemporary discourse. His scholarly focus is the continuing influence of Kant’s philosophy of the sublime and the manifestation of the aesthetic impulse of Romanticism within modern thought. He has presented on his research at national and international conferences, including the International Society for Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Texas in 2003, and the Art and Metaphysics conference at International University of Bremen in 2006.  His most recent publication is a book chapter, “Quantum Romanticism: The Aesthetics of the Sublime in David Bohm’s Philosophy of Physics” in Hoffmann and White, Beyond the Finite: The Sublime in Art and Science (New York: OUP, 2011).


Subjects and Courses Taught: 

MFA Research Methods
MFA Critical Reading Seminar
MFA Supervision

John Bloomfield

BFA Coordinator / Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Dip Paint (ASTC NAS), Grad Dip Education (Newcastle CAE)

John Bloomfield is a contemporary artist and academic working in Sydney. He is senior lecturer at the National Art School, currently employed as Bachelor of Fine Art Coordinator. Bloomfield has held the positions of Head of Department (Painting), Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) Coordinator and MFA I Coordinator, supervising postgraduate research students and lecturing in Painting in the undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs. He has acted as examiner MFA research NAS and external examiner MFA research UNSW.

Bloomfield maintains a research profile in contemporary art practice in the areas of painting and photographic digital imaging. His artwork is held in State and Regional gallery collections and has been exhibited regularly in Commercial, Independent, State and Regional galleries. He has been a finalist in and received a number of major awards and prizes Nationally.

Areas of Specilisation:

Bloomfield’s interests are in the developing role of new media and digital imaging and its relationship to the traditional face of contemporary painting and art practice in the 21st century (why painting). The scope of his practice is grounded in painting and digital image making based on the photographic and found image, defined by the mnemonic of the architectural and of artefact.

Subjects and Courses Taught:

MFA Painting supervision
MFA coursework
MFA Studio seminar
BFA Painting
Professional Studies
Professional Practice (Coordinator)

Lorraine Kypiotis

Education Outreach Coordinator

MA (Uni Syd.) BA. Dip Ed (Uni Syd.)

Lorraine Kypiotis holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Sydney in Renaissance Studies and is currently engaged in a Doctor of Philosophy in Art History at the University of Sydney with a strong focus on the function of artefacts within art academies and  institutions. Her research interests also include Women in Art, Museology and 19th century Australian Art History. Lorraine is also a frequent and popular guest lecturer at the AGNSW and is a regular guest on ABC Radio National’s Nightlife program.

As the Education Outreach Coordinator at the National Art School, Lorraine is passionate about art, education and history.  She is an experienced educator who has taught in both the secondary and tertiary sectors and has been lecturing in the Department of Art History and Theory at the National Art School since 1997. High on her list of priorities is regional and national engagement with the high school sector. She runs a number of programs, both inbound and outbound, which, as well as promoting the scope of ongoing tertiary study in art at the National Art School, foster the building of skills, knowledge and values in the fine arts.

Dr Ella Dreyfus

Head of Public Programs

BA Visual Arts (CAI, SCAE) Grad. Dip.Vis Arts (SCA, Uni Sydney) PhD Fine Arts (COFA, Uni NSW)

Dr. Ella Dreyfus is an Australian contemporary visual artist, senior lecturer and Head of Public Programs at the National Art School. She is an award-winning artist and well known for her photographic exhibitions The Body Pregnant, Age and Consent, Transman, Under Twelve, Under Twenty, Scumbag, Intimate Distance and public installations Weight and Sea and Walking in Wiesbaden.

She won the inaugural Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture and was an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholar at the University of NSW. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Cite Internationale des Artes, Paris in 2013, a Visual Arts Research Resident at the Banff Centre, Canada in 2014 and an Artist-in-Residence at the Kunsthaus Wiesbaden, Germany in 2017.

View her research projects and exhibitions at www.elladreyfus.com and www.elladreyfus.gallery

Lynda Draper

Head of Ceramics

B Ed, Grad Dip Visual Arts(UNSW), Ceramics Dip  (National Art School),MFA (UNSW),

Lynda Draper is a visual artist who primarily works in the Ceramic medium. Lynda has received numerous national and international awards and grants including a Skills and Development grant and two New Work grants from the Australian Council for the Arts. Awards include the: Premier Acquisition Award at the 54th International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art, held at the International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy; 16th International Gold Coast Award, Gold Coast Regional Gallery and the sass & bide COFA Art Award held at COFA UNSW. In 2010 she completed a MFA at COFA UNSW with the assistance of a Planex scholarship. Lynda’s works have been featured in numerous publications including: Vitamin C: New perspectives in Contemporary Art and Clay and Ceramics, Phaidon Press.

Lynda’s works are included in significant National and International collections including at the: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy; Renwick Alliance Gallery, Smithsonian Institute Washington; Artbank, Australia; Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), Victoria; FA Grue collection, Italy; Collection of the Dutch Royal Family; Myer foundation; Campbelltown City Art Gallery; Gold Coast City Art Gallery University of Wollongong and the IAC Collection FLICAM Museum, Fuping, China.

Lynda is currently represented in Australia by Gallerysmith, in Melbourne and internationally by Galerie Lefebvre & Fils, Paris, France.

www.lyndadraper.com

Dr Maryanne Coutts

Head of Drawing

BFA (VCA), Grad Dip (UNSW) PhD (Ballarat)

Maryanne Coutts completed a PHD at the University of Ballarat in 1999 and has taught at Monash University, the Australian Catholic University, University of Ballarat, Latrobe University and the National Art School, where she is currently Head of Drawing. She works with animation, watercolour and drawing to explore the human experience of the passage of time. Coutts’ work has been included in group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. She was awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Award in 2007. Her work is held by several regional and tertiary collections.

Areas of Specialisation:

Maryanne’s particular areas of interest and specialization include Drawing and Time, Animation, Narrative and Literature Theory, Poetics of Mass Media, Textiles, Contemporary Drawing Practices and Journaling.

Courses and Subjects Taught: 

DRA100 Drawing 1
DRA200 Drawing 2
DRA300 Drawing 3
DRA400 Drawing 4
MFA Supervision

Dr Stephen Little

Head of Painting

BA Visual Arts (Nepean CAE), Grad Dip Visual Arts, MVA (Sydney), PhD (Lond.)

Dr Stephen Little is an artist and educator and he has taught progressive, creative higher education courses since the early 1990s. Prior to his current role as Head of Painting with Australia’s National Art School he has held lecturing posts at a range of other creative arts institutions. These have included Goldsmiths College in London, Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney), the University of Western Sydney (Nepean), the Australian Catholic University and Penrith College of TAFE.

Aside from academic posts Stephen has spent many years working in different capacities with a range of galleries in Australia and overseas. These have included, but are not limited to, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), the Alan Cristea Gallery (London), White Cube (London), and the Lisson Gallery (London) where he held the position of Technical Manager for five years.

The wealth of accrued experience that he now brings to his current post, in conjunction with his arts practice and his professional associations across a range of educational institutions, has provided him with a valuable and varied set of competencies that draw on theory, practice based research, and first hand experience with some of the art industry’s most reputable galleries and international art organisations.

Areas of Specialisation:

Stephen’s studio work draws on a range of different media as a means to extend current discourses on the limits of the ‘paintable’. In his PhD thesis Painting in Transit: Inter-domain transfer and material reformation, he investigated alternative perceptual models, materials, and modes of presentation to those traditionally used in the classification of painting. Stephen locates ‘painting’ today as being no longer wholly definable in relation to its former material tradition, but as existing within a range of material exchanges and perceptual associations that ultimately generate their own variations, relationships and internal logics.

Subjects and Courses Taught: 

PAI100 Painting Introduction 1
PAI120 Painting Studio Elective 1
PAI200 Painting Studio Major 2
STS200 Painting Studio Seminar 2
PAI300 Painting Studio Major 3
PRS300 Professional Studies / Painting Studio Seminar 3
MFA Supervision

Geoff Kleem

Head of Photomedia

Geoff Kleem is an artist and educator with extensive experience in teaching and research supervision. His practice though primarily photographic is conceptually driven and multidisciplinary, often encompassing installation, sculpture and other areas of practice.
He has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1982 with works held in the collections of the Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, South Australia Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art plus institutional and private collections.
He has had over 30 Solo exhibitions and participated in over 100 group exhibitions. Notably at the Art Gallery of NSW Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Artspace Sydney, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Monash University Gallery Melbourne, Australian Centre for Photography Sydney, The Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne, Heide Museum of Modern Art Melbourne, The Suburban Chicago USA, Yale University USA, University of Technology Gallery Sydney, PS1 Museum New York USA and the MAK Museum Vienna Austria. His work has also been included in many institutional exhibitions touring Asia and Australia.
Geoff Kleems work has been broadly discussed and reviewed in publications such as Art and Australia, Australian Art Collector, Artforum Magazine, Art+Text, Broadsheet, Eikon and Eyeline Magazine.
Awards include Professional Development and New Work grants from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Residency Fellowship at PSI Museum New York USA, Artist Residency at the Chinati Foundation Marfa Texas USA, Visiting Artist University of Tennessee USA, Visual Arts Board studio residency Tokyo Japan and the University of Sydney Power Fellowship at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris.
He is represented by Kronenburg / Wright Artists Projects.

Peter Burgess

Head of Printmaking

DipArt (Ed.) – (Alexander Mackie CAE), MFA (Pratt Institute, NY)

Peter Burgess studied Architecture at NSW Institute of Technology before studying Art and Education at Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Pratt institute in New York in 1981.

He has had numerous solo shows, and exhibited extensively in group shows, in Australia, North America and Europe, including: Documenta 8 (Kassel, 1987) and The Decade Show (New Museum, NY, 1990), Australian Perspecta (AGNSW,1983), Prints and Australia – Presettlement to the Present (Australian National Gallery, 1989).  His works are held in a number of National, State and Regional collections including the  National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC. Peter lived and worked in New York for more than twenty years and relocated to Sydney in 2000, where he is currently Head of Printmaking at the National Art School. He is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Jim Croke

Co- Acting Head of Sculpture

DipArt (AMCAE), DipEd (Sydney), MEd Creative Arts (UNSW)

Jim Croke has taught sculpture and drawing at various colleges in Sydney, lecturing at NAS since 1996. He has held 18 solo and many group exhibitions in Sydney and interstate, the most recent being at Brenda May Gallery. He is represented in many private, corporate and institutional collections.

Area of Specialisation:

Teaching – Modelling, Carving, Construction, Studio Seminar.
Professional Practice – Constructed sculpture using found objects, steel, iron, wood and miscellaneous materials.

Subjects and Courses Taught:

SCU100 Sculpture Studio Introduction 1
SCU120 Sculpture Studio Elective 1
SCU200 Studio Major Sculpture 2
STS200 Sculpture Studio Seminar 2
SCU300 Sculpture Studio Major 3
PRS300 Professional Studies / Sculpture Studio Seminar 3
MFA Supervision

David Horton

Co- Acting Head of Sculpture

BFA, MFA (NAS)

David Horton is an award winning sculptor who uses welded steel to explore space and light through mellifluous line and geometric form. He has won major awards in the Sculpture by the Sea, Helen Lempriere, Waverley Woollahra, Transfield and Sydney Airport Sculpture awards. He is a lecturer in sculpture and drawing at the National Art School and Sydney Grammar School. His sculptures are currently being exhibited at the McClelland Sculpture Survey exhibition in Melbourne.

Dr Michael Hill

Head of Art History & Theory

Dr. Michael Hill lectures on modern, contemporary, and Australian art, as well as conducting specialist electives on subjects such as architecture and 17th century painting. His research interests include Baroque art, portraiture, classical architecture, and art historical methodology.

Michael is also a curator and advisor to Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Cottesloe, and Denmark. He has been Head of Art History & Theory at NAS since 2011.

Stephen Bird

Ceramics Lecturer

BA (Hons) (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art)

Stephen Bird studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and Postgraduate studies at Cyprus Art College. He initially trained as a painter but now works across a range of mediums including ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and digital animation. He has made ceramics and sculpture since early 1990’s. Stephen has exhibited extensively for over 20 years in the United Kingdom and Australia. Exhibitions include, Bastard Son Of Royal Doulton, Wollongong Art Gallery, touring exhibition, Horizon – Landscapes, Ceramics and Print, The National Museum of Norway, Oslo, Hyperclay: Contemporary Ceramics. Object Gallery: Australian Centre for Design, Sydney; Laughter, at Contemporary Art Space Tasmania (2010) and Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York HQ, London, UK.

Joseph Purtle

Ceramics Studio Technician / Sessional Lecturer

BFA (Hons) (NAS)

Joseph Purtle’s practice focuses on wheelthrowing and expressive high-temperature glazes, exploring variations in the firing atmospheres of gas and wood kilns. He was the winner of the FONAS award, 2012, the Kerrie Lowe Gallery Award, 2013, and the Ashley Dawson Damer Award for Excellence in Ceramics, 2013. He has exhibited in Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Mils Gallery, Rex Livingston Gallery and the Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition at the Botanic Gardens. He is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and was recently featured in the group exhibition Bang at Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay.

Dr Louise Boscacci

Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

Louise Boscacci is an artist, biologist and process thinker who has worked with the materiality of clay and the possibilities of ceramics for the past two decades. Most recently, a nexus of porcelain-light photography has become a vocabulary of innovation and experimentation in company with sound. She recalls first finding and digging clay in the pause of a north Queensland wet season afternoon as a child, taking it up seriously again as an adult ostensibly to get it out of her system. She has exhibited extensively in Australia, and in international events, since 1997. Boscacci has been a recipient of two Australia Council new work grants as an established artist, and in 2009 was awarded the Australia Council London Studio residency where she studied collections of ancient and historical ceramics in England and Italy alongside the contemporary arts hotspot of metropolitan London.

Somchai Charoen

Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

Somchai Charoen is a Thai born ceramic artist based in Sydney who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Trained in industrial ceramic design, he was a former lecture at Silpakorn University, Thailand. Since migrating to Australia in 2001, he has worked commercially as a mould and model maker as well as establishing his ceramic homewares label Eat Clay. Somchai has been working with many artists, designers and ceramics companies including Ben Quilty, Hany Armanious, Rod Bamford , Trent Jansen  Mud Australia and Bison Australia. He is a co-founder of Belmore ITCH, a residency for non-ceramic artist to explore and interpret the medium.

Simone Fraser

Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

Simone Fraser’s ceramic artworks are represented in the National Gallery of Australia, in regional galleries and in the International Modern Pot Art Museum, Yixing, China. She holds a Diploma in Visual Arts from the Canberra School of Art and has completed postgraduate studies in ceramics at Monash University. Simone has held over 80 solo and group exhibitions and has been extensively published in leading Australian and European arts journals. She is a longstanding member of the teaching staff in the ceramics department of the National Art School.

Bronwyn Kemp

Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

Bronwyn Kemp was brought up in Broken Hill, NSW. She completed a Certificate course at East Sydney Technical College in 1973, then a Diploma course at the South Australian School of Art in 1975, before setting up her own studio in Walkerville, SA. A visit to Japan in 1976 introduced her to Shino and Oribe ware. In 1979, she trained at the Jam Factory in Adelaide, SA, for four months, then rented studio space there. From 1980, as well as continuing to produce functional ware, she started to make wheel and slab-built sculptural forms decorated with coloured clay as inlays and slips. From 1983-1988, she took over from Jeff Mincham as Head of the Ceramic Workshop at the Jam factory. She is currently based in Sydney, NSW, working with porcelain to make forms decorated with incised line work that derives from local landscapes and bush flora. Her work is marked with an impressed ‘K’ in a square.

Madeleine Preston

Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

Madeleine Preston is a Sydney based artist and tutor in computing for artists and designers at UNSW Art & Design and a sessional lecturer in sculpture and theory in ceramics at the National Art School. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Theory from the University of Sydney, a diploma of Fine Arts in Painting from East Sydney Technical College (now the National Art School), and a Master of Fine Arts (painting) from RMIT and is the co-director of Home@735 Gallery.

She has exhibited widely, recent exhibitions include On this day alone-Octopus 13 curated by Glenn Barkley, at Gertrude Contemporary, and Glazed and Confused, curated by Lynda Draper, at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney. In 2016 Madeleine was selected for inclusion in The Australian Ceramics Association Biennial show Over Under Sideways Down curated by Glenn Barkley at Manly Art Gallery and Museum and was also a finalist in the Sulman Prize. In 2017 she received the special commendation prize in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. In 2017 she was awarded an Australia Council Development Grant and a NAVA artist grant and was a resident in the Art Gallery of NSW’s Moya Dyring studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

Tania Rollond

Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

Tania Rollond makes ceramics and drawings, often combining these disciplines. Working between representation and abstraction, she makes drawings on (and about) objects to test the limits of recognition and meaning. Tania holds a Master of Fine Arts (Research) at UNSW Art & Design and a Bachelor of Arts (Design) from Curtin University. She studied ceramics at the National Art School and has been a lecturer there since 2004, and has also taught ceramics at UNSW and TAFE. She has been exhibiting regularly since 2001, and her work is held in the collections of Bendigo Art Gallery, Shepparton Art Museum, and FLICAM, Fuping, China, as well as many private collections in Australia and internationally.

Linda Seiffert

Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

Linda Seiffert creates distinctive sculptural forms which inquire into the mystery, diversity and dynamism of nature. Her body of work incorporates both ceramic tradition, natural and found materials with frequent site specific installations and public works.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Ceramics) from The National Art School Sydney, she was awarded the Graduating Student Award for excellence and has since received a myriad of accolades for her distinctive sculptures.

Her recent research and works explore the transitional zones between the man made & natural environment. A consideration of the incongruity of these diverse environs, and her work exists as both testament of human separation from the natural world and is an evocative affirmation of our inarguable place within it.

Lynne Eastaway

Drawing Lecturer

MFA (UNSW)

Lynne Eastaway studied at the National Art School before completing her Master of Fine Art (Research) at UNSW. Having first exhibited with Sydney’s historically renowned Gallery A, Eastaway has held solo exhibitions across Australia since 1978. She has recently shown in group exhibitions in America and Europe and at Sydney Non Objective and Factory 49, Sydney. Out of the Fold is her second solo exhibition with Gallery 9. Eastaway is included in private and corporate collections as well as the Curtain University and Wollongong University collections, Artbank and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Charles Cooper

Drawing Lecturer

GradDip Prof Art Stud (CAI), MA Visual Art (UNSW)

Charles Cooper’s paintings are ambiguous in nature, graphic in impact and detonated in their surfaces. There is a fine balance between what is seen and what is felt for the viewer. In recent work for example, what appears to us at first as geometric compositions with modernist overtones turn out to be allusions to the specific, mundane places of an automobile society.

The signs and symbols we see most days as city dwellers are the material subject matter from which the work derives. A familiarity already in place opens our eyes and encourages personal interpretation. Cooper is asking us to view these symbols as metaphors for our own journeys. He does not comment on our responses, but gives a platform from which to re-interpret and question what we see and how we perceive.

Born in Sydney in 1952, Charles Cooper has shown extensively within Australia and abroad over the last 30 years. He has curated exhibitions and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, as well as public and private commissions. He also has work in many leading regional and university collections throughout Australia.

Areas of Specialisation:

Charles’ expertises are in the areas of painting, drawing and installation.

Subjects and Courses Taught: 

DRA100 Drawing 1
DRA200 Drawing 2
DRA300 Drawing 3
MFA Supervision

Joe Frost

Drawing Lecturer

BFA (Hons), MFA (UNSW)

Joe Frost’s paintings and drawings have their origins in urban life. They depict personages and places, and express a complex sense of belonging formed from his feelings – both sympathetic and critical – about his subjects. The synthesis of observation and invention in his working process produces paintings that are layered in every sense of the word; that invite the viewer to experience seeing as an active, interpretive process.

As Laura Fisher wrote in a recent catalogue essay, “Frost practices a form of painting that echoes the selectivity of our habits of perception… where an improbable collection of visual cues coalesces to form something that feels utterly familiar and authentic. He includes things that are both visible and invisible to the eye: from the most prosaic objects of domestic life to the wake created by a person’s movement through space, from the artificial lights that punctuate our urban experience to the emotional force fields of an argument.”

Since his first exhibition with Legge Gallery in 1999 Frost’s reputation has grown steadily. He has been a lecturer at the National Art School, Sydney since 2003 and is a writer on art with more than thirty published essays and articles in newspapers, magazines, and exhibition catalogues.

Areas of Specialisation:

Drawing and painting

Subjects and Courses Taught: 

DRA100 Drawing 1
DRA200 Drawing 2
DRA300 Drawing 3
MFA Supervision

Dr Margaret Roberts

Drawing Lecturer

BA DipEd (LaTrobe), BA (Sydney), BA (Hons)(Sydney ), MFA (UNSW), PhD (Sydney)

Margaret Roberts in an artist and educator with 15 years experience of teaching and research supervision in higher education institutions, including Sydney College of the Arts and the National Art School, and experience teaching in TAFE colleges as well. Since 1990, Margaret has exhibited regularly, both individually and in collaboration, in artist-run (ARI) spaces, as well as public and commercial galleries in Australia and overseas. In 2013-4 she exhibited in the Sydney ARIs, Articulate project space, Factory 49, Marrickvile Garage and Sydney Non Objective (SNO), as well as in the non-objective project space in Paris, ParisCONCRET. She also participated individually in the first biennial contemporary arts festival Cementa_13 in Kandos NSW, and will participate in Cementa_15 as part of a collaborative artists’ project. She has exhibited in public galleries including Artspace, the Tin Sheds, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Canberra School of Art Gallery, and commercial galleries including Conny Dietszchold Gallery. She has been awarded several funded residencies including at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and overseas in Dunedin,Yogyakarta and Paris. Margaret was also on the Board of Artspace from 2004 to 2008 and has been a founding co-director of Articulate project space since 2010.

Areas of Specialisation:

Margaret Roberts’ art practice focuses on spatial relationships between artworks and their locations, including expanded drawing, site-specificity, installation, public art, audience participation, documentation and the archive. It employs the found location as a material element in artwork, in conjunction with line, shape, construction, video, object-making or performance, as appropriate. Her expertise is based in sculptural, drawing and painting traditions, and the extension of those traditions into contemporary conceptual and spatial practices that are based more on the premise that ‘idea dictates form’ rather than on any particular discipline or media. She has experience in both individual and collaborative practice. Her 2009 PhD thesis, Art and the Status of Place, discusses site-specific art in relation to the changing cultural values given to place. It has been part-published as papers in art publications including Scope, conference collections and catalogues.

Subjects and Courses Taught: 

DRA100 Drawing 1
DRA200 Drawing 2
AHT232 Drawing
DRA300 Drawing 3
MFA Supervision

John Stanfield

Drawing Studio Technician

BFA (NAS)

John Stanfield is a Sydney based artist specialising in drawing.

Deborah Beck

Drawing Lecturer, archivist and collections manager

Deborah Beck has held 17 solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne, has participated in group exhibitions throughout Australia, and has been a finalist in the Dobell prize for drawing, the Sulman prize, the Portia Geach memorial award, and the Blake prize. She studied at the National Art School in the 1970s and received a Master of Arts (history) at the University of Sydney in 2010. She has taught in art schools in Sydney for over twenty years is currently a drawing lecturer, historian, collections manager and archivist at the National Art School. She has co-curated four major exhibitions in the NAS Gallery.

Deborah Beck is also an author and her first book Hope in Hell – a History of Darlinghurst Gaol and the National Art School, was published by Allen and Unwin in 2005. Her second book Set in Stone: the Cell Block Theatre was published by UNSW press in April 2011, and won a NSW Premier’s History award in 2012. Her third book, Rayner Hoff: the life of a sculptor will be published in March 2017.

John Bokor

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

John Bokor has held 14 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows. His paintings were selected for the exhibition Still Life at the Art Gallery of NSW, and he won the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize in 2012, the Wilson Art Award and the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award in 2013, and the Kings School Art Prize in 2015. John was the recipient of the Muswellbrook Art Award in 2015, and the Allen Gamble Memorial Art Award and Waverley Art Prize in 2004. His paintings and drawings are held in public collections, including the Art Gallery of NSW, Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the State Library of NSW, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and the NSW Parliament Art Collection. He has taught painting at the National Art School, Jervis Bay Art Workshops, Workshop Arts Centre, and Art Est.

Dr Liz Bradshaw

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Liz Bradshaw is an artist and cultural researcher. Her work is engaged with the historical and epistemological archives of industrialisation and modernity and reworks the ideas, processes and artifacts of these histories as they resurface in contemporary culture transformed by technology and globalisation. She investigates the ways these histories and praxes produce marginalisation, and resist, silence or accomodate the voices of others. She has exhibited and published internationally, and her work is held in public and private collections in Sydney, New York and the UK. She has taught art and design at Universities & Colleges in Australia and England.

Anthony Cahill

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Anthony Cahill’s art practice is concerned with the relationship between the human and the natural world. He holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, lectures in drawing and painting at NAS and was a finalist in the JADA Touring Drawing Award and the Rick Amor drawing prize. In 2016 he exhibited At the the Australian Embassy in Berlin, Airspaceprojects, Home @735 Gallery. He will be exhibiting a new suite of paintings at Home @ 735 in April 2017 as well as a collaborative exhibition “Redherring II at Airspaceprojects with Pollyxenia Joannou, September 2017.

Dr Sally Clarke

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Informed by a background in both social sciences and visual arts, Sally Clarke’s practice critiques the hierarchical and, in particular, gendered constructions of space and the way spaces, materials, and bodies become defined from one another through the attribution of visual, social and cultural codes. Clarke engages with the way power, and the desire for it, drives such divisions and how this plays out in artistic representations and the cultural contexts from which they emerge. Her works explore how these types of relationships can be re-imagined.

Much of Clarke’s work has been preoccupied with material and visual significations of domestic space and all that entails. She explores how low-status materials, forms and representations can take their position among very public and dominant discourses including high modernism, the master narratives of landscape painting and contemporary conceptual art through media such as paint, plasticine and floor vinyl and formats that range from two-dimensional surfaces to installation.

Clarke completed her PhD in Philosophy (Fine Arts) in 2008 and, after fourteen years of working as an academic at the College of Fine Arts UNSW, Sydney, established AirSpace Projects with artist and designer Brenda Factor in 2014. AirSpace Projects forms part of her artistic project and is housed in a Marrickville warehouse that contains four galleries, a workshop/seminar area and an outdoor residency project space.

Roger Crawford

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional) / Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Roger Crawford translates the objective world into powerful reductive paintings and drawings. An experienced artist, he is represented by Watters Gallery, Sydney, where he has had many solo exhibitions over 30 years. Roger is a long-standing staff member of the National Art School, lecturing in the drawing and painting departments.

Roger states: “I believe in process and what it gives us – the notion of time itself as the function of art.”

Dr Ben Denham

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Ben Denham is a visual artist who works with performance video and makes machines that engage different parts of the body in the process drawing and writing. Denham works with performance video and makes  machines that engage different parts of the body in the process drawing and writing. In 2002–03 he spent a year and a half in Mexico with the assistance of the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. He maintains strong connections to Mexican art and activist culture. He completed his doctorate in 2009; his thesis considered the relationship between art and neuroscience, with a particular focus on gesture and linguistic embodiment.

Cameron Ferguson

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Cameron Ferguson specialises in drawing and watercolour, with over 15 years’ experience working and exhibiting in Sydney. He has taught drawing for a range of institutions, including TAFE, community colleges, high schools and, recently, the National Art School. Cameron has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the National Art School, a Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Technology, Sydney, and in 2017 completed his Masters of Fine Art by Research at the National Art School. His work is situated within the still life genre and object-based art, involving creating a series of drawings and installations that form associations between objects, place and memory.

Janet Haslett

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Janet Haslett’s practice concerns time and its affect on perceptions. Her observational and research based projects into landscapes, culture and history focus on the slippage between now and then, the real and the imagined as she reinterprets the past to reorient it in the present.

Her paintings, drawings and sculptures are created using a wide range of materials from traditional mediums to recycled remnants from her studio. Her paintings may evolve into sculptures, while her sculptures evolve fromfinding the marvellous in mundane, overlooked, everyday objects.

Janet’s work was most recently included in the Rumah Lebah Gallery’s inaugural exhibition Contemporary Art in the Secret site of Imogiri, Java, as a parallel event to Yogyakarta’s ART|JOG17, the Hill End Table: Food, Fire, Art at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery,  Art Now Revisited at Kensington Contemporary and Fear of Forgetting at Contact Sheet, Sydney. She has been awarded residencies at the Rumah Leah Gallery, Indonesia, the British School at Rome, ArtSpace Sydney and the Pata Paris Studio and in November 2017 she travelled to Italy to undertake research for a 2018 residency with GranitiMurales, in Graniti, Sicily. Her work is held in private and public collections in Australia and overseas.

Janet Haslett holds a Master of Fine Art (Painting) and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the National Art School, Sydney and an Advanced Diploma of Fine Art from the Sydney Gallery School, NSW. She is currently a sessional lecturer in the Drawing Department at the National Art School, Sydney and her work is held in private and public collections in Australia and overseas.

Paul Higgs

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional) / Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Paul Higgs is an eminent artist, working primarily in collage, who has exhibited extensively in Australia since the late 1970s.

Higgs studied painting at the Sutton College of Art and Winchester School of Art in the UK, before moving to Australia in 1977. He has shown extensively in Sydney and regional centres and has works in the collections of The Art Gallery of NSW, Artbank, Wollongong University and numerous regional art galleries and private collections in Australia, the United Kingdom and Norway.

Higgs has been the recipient of many awards including the Campbelltown Art Prize (1997) and the NSW two-year travelling art scholarship which included The Dyson bequest and the Art Gallery of New South Wales Paris residency (1984).

Higgs is based in Austinmer, NSW and teaches at the National Art School, Sydney.

Harley Ives

Digital Media Lecturer (Sessional)

Harley Ives is an inventive and thoughtful video artist. If the contemporary is at least in one sense defined by a new approach to history, Ives embodies this ambivalence. The past, present and future all conflate into the now, where linear art history dissolves all together into an overall equivalence. The most immediate response to Ives work is that he is in some way “returning” video, or at least the picture on the screen, to painting. This is definitely true and he mines the genres of painting to make this connection explicit: the sublime waterfall, flowers in a vase in portrait format, various landscapes in landscape format.

Annelies Jahn

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Annelies Jahn is an artist who works in the mediums of drawing, installation and painting. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours, and a Masters Degree in Painting from the National Art School. She has exhibited with Factory 49, .M Contemporary, Sydney Non Objective (SNO) and Stacks Projects in Sydney. Annelies was awarded .M Contemporary’s Bresic Whitney Emerging Artist Award for 2015. In 2013 she received the Coutts Family Award for Excellence in Drawing and was a finalist in the John Olsen Drawing Prize. In 2012 she received the FONAS Drawing Award and the Jocelyn Maughan Sketchbook Prize. Her work is represented in the National Art School Archive and private collections.

Therese Keogh

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Therese Keogh is a Melbourne-based artist. She graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours from Monash University in 2011. Therese has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions around Australia, employing research methods to examine the structures that produce, and transform, space through an engagement with site, landscape and histories of making. Recent exhibitions include: raft, Craft Victoria, Melbourne 2013, The Equatorial Arrangement (part one), Tarp Space, Ouyen 2013, The Sievers Project, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2014, Obscured, Bus Projects, Melbourne 2014, and, The Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne 2014.

Pollyxenia Joannou

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Pollyxenia Joannou’s paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in Australia, the UK and continental Europe in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She completed her Masters degree at Central Saint Martins, London, has taught in the UK, and has lectured in painting and drawing at many art schools in Sydney, including Meadowbank TAFE, Design Centre Enmore and the National Art School. Polly was the winner of the Redland Art Award in 2016 and was awarded the Onslow Storrier Studio Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2017..

Lisa Jones

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Lisa Jones is a Sydney based artist originally from London whose contemporary art practice explores drawing, sculpture and video. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, individually and in collaborative projects in institutional exhibition spaces, artist run initiatives and commercial galleries. Her drawings have been acquired by the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Prize and the Macquarie University Art Gallery.

Deborah Marks

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

BA Visual Arts (CAI, SCAE), Grad. Dip. Prof. Art Studies, MFA (NAS)

Deborah Marks’s art practice encompasses painting, drawing and collage and involves figurative representations that deal with psychological issues. Her work concerns the conflicted nature of being in the world as internal/external processes.

She has been exhibiting over the past twenty five years in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and more recently in Germany. In Sydney she has exhibited with Defiance Gallery, Charles Hewitt Gallery and Wagner Contemporary Gallery. In 2016 she held a solo exhibition of her paintings at the Kunstverein Murnau Gallery, Germany.

Her artwork has been collected by private and public institutions including the prestigious Kedumba Drawing Award Collection. Her work has been selected as finalist in numerous competitions including the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Blake Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Ravenswood Art Prize and the Korean/Australian Art Prize.

Since 1999 Deborah has been a sessional lecturer at the drawing department at the National Art School. As well Deborah also teaches in the school’s external programs including the HSC Life Drawing Workshops, the Dobell School as well as Summer and Winter Workshops as part of the Public Programs.

Deborah Marks was awarded a BA in Visual Arts majoring in painting from City Art Institute, Sydney, Australia in 1985. In 1987 she gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies. In 2011 she was awarded a Masters in Fine Art from the National Art School, Sydney, Australia. In 2007 Deborah was awarded the Cite International des Arts Paris studio residency.

James Nguyen

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

James Nguyen is a Sydney-based artist working with the politics of art.

His output ranges from drawing, installation, video and performance. Nguyen’s video and performance practice looks at the process of making and observing art through the “performative potential of the camera”. By documenting the actual recording of footage, the camera and the act of film-making becomes part of the work rather than just the apparatus.

Beyond the principles of cinematography, Nguyen is also working through BAD MUDDA (with Salote Tawale) and Astute Art Investments International to find versatile collaborative interventions to engage with artists and communities from China, Australia and the greater Asia-Pacific Region.

James graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from the National Art School, Sydney and a Masters of Fine Arts at Sydney College of Arts (SCA), University of Sydney. He has been the recipient of the Clitheroe Foundation Scholarship and the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship.

Catherine O’Donnell

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Catherine O’Donnell’s practice is about the beauty of the uncelebrated and ordinary.

Her drawings are an exploration of the architecture, culture and history in the everyday-ness of the urban environment. She sees the suburbs as full of connection and disconnection, sameness and difference; in short, my drawings examine suburban living as a site of complexity. She is  particularly interested in the way that the vernacular architecture and general street scapes of the places we regularly inhabit become recessed into our minds like wallpaper – they are at once visible and invisible.

Daniel Pata

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Daniel Pata has over 30 years’ experience in teaching life drawing, with much of his own practice incorporating the figure. During this time he has also spent an extensive amount of time in France, where he has explored the long-standing tradition of the figure as a primary motif in art-making. He has a Master’s Degree in Fine Art exploring the works of Cézanne, and has exhibited widely in Australia, France, England and China. Daniel is represented in many collections, including at Oxford University, UK, and the National Gallery of Australia.

Jude Rae

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Jude Rae is a Sydney based artist primarily known for her still life paintings, portraits and architectural interiors. The low key, non-narrative imagery she employs allows the attention to dwell on the formal and material aspects of representational painting, encouraging a more reflective and considered approach to the complexities of visual experience. After graduating in Fine Arts (History) at Sydney University Jude taught at City Art Institute (University of NSW) and in 1987 had her first solo show with Painters Gallery. At this time she was also a founding member of the Ultimo Project Studios, an urban housing co-operative for artists in Sydney. In 1989 she moved to London and later to New Zealand where she was the first Director of South Island Art Projects, which today exists as the Physics Room (Christchurch, NZ).

Over the last thirty years Jude has exhibited her work in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the USA. She has been awarded residencies in France, Italy and New Zealand and has taught at a variety of art schools including Auckland University, the Australian National University and most recently at the National Art School (Sydney). In 2005 and 2008 Jude Rae won the Portia Geach Memorial Award for Portraiture and in 2014 she was a finalist in the Archibald Prize.

In 2016 Jude was the recipient of the prestigious Bulgari Prize awarded in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW and in 2017 a survey of her work was held at the Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery.

Her work is held in major public and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA. She represented by FoxJensen in Australia and FoxJensenMcCrory in New Zealand.

Jeff Rigby

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Jeff Rigby was born in Sydney in 1948 and graduated from the National Art School, in 1974. In 1975 he gained a Diploma of Education at Sydney Teachers College.

In 1975 Jeff had his first exhibition at Bonython Gallery in Sydney and in 1976 he exhibited at the Macquarie Gallery, beginning a long association which lasted until The Macquarie Galleries closed in 1993. During this time he had ten one man shows and participated in many group shows.

Following the closure of The Macquarie Galleries in 1993, Jeff was represented by The Australian Galleries Sydney, then for a period by Stella Downer and since 1997, by Robin Gibson Galleries Sydney.

Jeff is represented in the collections of the Art Gallery of NSW, The State Library of NSW, Parliament House, Canberra, Manly Art Gallery, Art Bank, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Launceston Art Gallery, The Australiana Fund, Parliament House Canberra, The Kedumba Drawing Collection, and many private collections.

An interest in cityscape, Industrial architecture is offset by a long standing love of landscape, working in the mediums of gouache, acrylic, coloured pencil and charcoal.

He has inherited his love of the environment, built and otherwise and his devotion to objective painting and drawing from his parents Alan and Enid Rigby who were early conservationists and commercial artists from the 1920s and 30s.

Since 1976 Jeff has taught drawing and painting at various NSW colleges of TAFE, but principally at Meadowbank where he served continuously for twenty nine years. He has been a member of the Drawing Department at The National Art School since 2003. Jeff is also a member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists.

Evan Salmon

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Evan received a Diploma from the National Art School in 1991. He completed a Master of Fine Art (Research) at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW in 2002. Evan worked as a studio assistant for the sculptor Robert Klippel between 1996 and 1998. He taught painting and drawing to Diploma students at various TAFE colleges between 2002 and 2016. He currently teaches observational drawing at the National Art School. Evan is represented by Watters Gallery and has held 26 solo exhibitions since 1993. He has also been included in many group exhibitions. Evan was selected as a finalist for the Sulman Prize in 2006 at the Art Gallery of NSW. He was winner of the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize in 2015. His work is held in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, NSW Parliament, University of Technology Sydney, Art Bank and Wollongong Art Gallery.

Margaret Seymour

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Margaret Seymour is interested in a broad range of contemporary media and art practice. Inspired by new methods and materials for art making, she has a strong interest in digital art objects, specifically the way they transform our experience of space and time. Combining experimental approaches with more established techniques, she creates objects and installations that echo some of the temporal and spatial displacements we experience living in an electronically connected world. Recent works include Tracker (2013), Remote Sensing (2014) and Solar Echo (2014), an environmental artwork exhibited in La Lune: Energy Producing Art on Long Reef Headland.

Margaret Seymour won the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2011 and received an Australia Council New Work grant in 2012. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching undergraduate students and supervising higher degree research candidates.

Kim Spooner

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional) / Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Kim Spooner’s incisive and expressive portrait and figure paintings are held in public and private collections. She is an award-winning portraitist with portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, and is an inspirational teacher who is skilled at communicating ideas and responding to the individual needs of students and artists. She completed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2009. Winner of the 2006 Portia Geach Memorial Award, Kim is represented by Annandale Galleries, Sydney, and Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide

Noel Thurgate

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Noel Thurgate is an artist with over 25 years’ experience in teaching drawing, including nine years as Head of Drawing at the National Art School. His work draws inspiration from the figure and the landscape, and his outdoor and studio drawings explore and develop the underlying abstract qualities found in nature. Exhibiting since 1975 in shows ranging from the Young Contemporaries, the Archibald Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Prize to numerous solo exhibitions, Noel has work exhibited in state, regional and institutional collections.

Dr David Serisier

Painting Lecturer

David Serisier is an artist and educator with broad experience of teaching and research supervision at the National Art School Sydney. Serisier has held over twenty-five solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally. He has participated in over one hundred group exhibitions. In 2015, Serisier will present a major mid career survey exhibition at the Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra. His work has been exhibited in numerous prizes including the Wynne Prize, Sulman Prize, Dobell Drawing Prize, and the Moet & Chandon Prize. Serisier has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including the Milton Avery Painting Scholarship, the Australia Council, Visual Arts and Crafts Fund Development Grant- Greene Street New York Residency, and the Australia Council, Visual Arts and Crafts Fund Project Grant – New Work. Serisier’s work has been reviewed in national and international publications including Art in America, Art in Australia, Art Collector, Australian Art Monthly, Australian Art Review, Eyeline, The Australian, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Susan Andrews

Painting Lecturer

Susan Andrews is a painter whose geometric artworks explore perceptions of spatial uncertainty through line, plane, structure, colour and shape. Andrews has exhibited her work in commercial galleries, regional galleries and artist run spaces (ARIs). Her work has been exhibited in numerous art prizes including the Grace Cossington Smith Art Award, Jacaranda Drawing Prize, Dobell Prize for Drawing, Blake Prize, Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize and the Sulman Prize. Andrews has undertaken artist residencies in Beijing (2008), Paris (2000, 2006, 2016) and Bundanon Trust (2005).

Dr Andrew Donaldson

Painting Lecturer

Dr Andrew Donaldson’s career spans over two decades with a profound interest in abstraction. From 1990 until 1992 he studied with Prof Klaus Rinke at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, Germany. From 1994 to 1995 he studied with Prof Claus Carstensen as a Samstag Scholar at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. In 2009 he was awarded a PhD in art history by the University of Sydney.

Since his first exhibition in 1988 he has held more than 25 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 60 group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. A survey of his work was held at The University Art Museum (UAM), University of Queensland in 2002.

Donaldson’s work is represented in national and international collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria and in other state museums, university art galleries and private collections. Donaldson is currently writing a history of 20th century Australian art with Rex Butler and is a lecturer in the Painting Department at the National Art School.

Paolo Iarossi

Painting Studio Technician

Paolo has worked within many facets of the arts industry; starting in theatre both on and off stage, then in film and the arts department at The Film, Television and Radio School he went on to work on low budget films and commercials, from there he followed his passion for music and pursued work on long running festivals such as BigDayOut, Homebake and Splendor In The Grass. His tasks were varied from photographer, curator, decorator, artist liaison, rider captain and merchandise coordinator. He helped in the setup of festivals as well as working in the production team. He then turned his focus to the visual arts, beginning studying a BFA in Photography at The National Art School, graduating in 2002. Paolo was then employed casually as a technician in Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Art History and Theory and assistant to the gallery manager. During this time he has gathered experience in multiple disciplines, finally establishing himself permanently in the Painting Department at the National Art School when he still works today.

Areas of Specialisation:

Woodwork construction, exhibition install and hanging, framing and organization and management of the Painting studios.

Subjects and Courses Taught:

Frame making and stretching canvas, use and induction of machinery and tools in the campus workshop.

Nick Collerson

Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Nick Collerson combines figuration and abstraction in his experimental, improvisational and poetic painting practice. Nick studied for a term at the Royal College of Art in London during his Masters of Fine Art, which he completed in 2013. Painting most days, Nick has a very active studio practice and has exhibited with the Hughes Gallery; he currently exhibits with Liverpool Street Gallery in Sydney. He is a lecturer in the Painting Department at the National Art School and also presents private courses.

Dr Christine Dean

Art History and Theory / Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Christine Dean is an artist, teacher and writer who started exhibiting in 1988.

Christine currently teaches Art History and Theory at the National Art School and Design Theory at UTS. In 2010 she completed a PhD titled ‘The Pink Monochrome Project’ at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. As a writer she has focussed on Australian art of the 1960s and has written essays on David Aspden, Martin Sharp, Vivienne Binns, Peter Upward and Vernon Treweeke. Dean has also pursued an interest in the impact gender theory on contemporary developments in LGBT art.

Her exhibition history includes: ‘Spirit + Place’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1996; ‘Juice’, Art Gallery of NSW, 1997; ‘Monochromes’, University of Queensland Art Gallery, 2000; ‘Points of Departure’, Toby Fine Arts, New York, 2007; ’Bent Western’, Blacktown Arts Centre, 2008; ‘Avoiding Myth & Message’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2009; ‘Sealed Section’, Artbank, 2014 and ‘From Straight to Gay and back again’ 2015, Alaska Projects, Sydney.

In 2000 she was awarded a Pollock Krasner Fellowship and in 2001 the Australia Council Los Angeles Studio.

Joanne Handley

Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Joanne Handley is interested in the power of image to interrupt the hyperreal and reveal truth about the ‘present now’. Located within existential, philosophical and poetic concerns, her practice draws from avant-garde cinema, celluloid stills, physics, and contemporary culture to critique the modern condition and speculate on social and political futures. She works across painting, photography and neon installation to create a democratised space in which language and image reside in a confluence of interchangeable meanings, questioning the veracity of their own idiosyncratic representation and agency as seer.

Handley has staged solo exhibitions in Australia and the US and participated in group exhibitions at venues including the New York Hall of Science, USA; Artists Space, New York; Contemporary Art Museum at the Institute for Research in Art, USF, USA; Stedelijk Museum, Roermond; Art House Tacheles, Berlin; Dynamic International Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy; Center for Maine Contemporary Art, USA; Wollongong City Gallery; Macquarie University Gallery; SoFA Gallery, Australian National University; 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

She has been a finalist in the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award (2017); Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award (2017, ’05); Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award (2016), Paramor Prize : Art + Innovation (2015); Blake Prize & Touring Blake Prize (2008,’09); Fisher’s Ghost Award (2015, ’13, ’12, ’10) and World Year of Physics Art Prize (2005). In 2016 Handley was selected for Ten Artists To Watch, LACDA, Los Angeles by curators Arpad Kovacs (Getty Museum) and Peter Frank (Huffington Post). In 2015 her neon light installation 21 Breaths showcased as the feature artwork for Vivid Sydney’s Official Media Launch at the Sydney Opera House and was included in Vivid Path To the Future at The Seymour Centre, University of Sydney for Vivid Sydney Light Festival. Previously, her work has been included in a number of significant institutional exhibitions including Square One, Wollongong City Gallery (2012); (collected) women, Wollongong City Gallery (2007); Liminal Personae, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (2006).

Handley completed an MFA at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (2004) for which she undertook research in the United States. She has taught at fine arts institutions in Australia and the US and lectures at UNSW Australia | Art & Design and the National Art School, Sydney.

Joanne Handley’s work is held in private and public collections nationally and internationally.

Steven Harvey

Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Steven Harvey was born in 1965 in Sydney, Australia. Harvey completed a Bachelor of Art (Education) at the City Art Institute, Sydney in 1986 and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in 1989. In 1994 Harvey graduated with a Masters of Art (Painting) from the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts.

From 1994 to 1998 Harvey held solo exhibitions at the Coventry Gallery, Sydney including Walking Through (1994), Works from the Riverina (1996), Float (1997) and Summon (1998). Harvey also featured in annual group exhibitions at Coventry Gallery from 1994 to 1999. In 2000 Harvey held a solo exhibition titled Lure at Martin Browne Fine Art, Sydney. Other notable solo exhibitions include: Grace (2002) at Martin Browne Fine Art, Apostle (2003), The Precipice Sessions I (2005) at Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, Night Bird (2004), Australian Limbo (2007), Finn’s Raft (2008), Ark 44: The Night Bird Prophecies (2009), and Neanderthal Scholar (2012) at Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney.

In 1997, Harvey was awarded an Artist in Residence at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon Trust Studio in New South Wales. In 1998, Harvey was selected as the inaugural Artist in Residence at the University of New South Wales, Sydney which culminated in a solo exhibition titled Latitude held at the University.

He has participated in a number of key touring and invitational exhibitions, including Painting (2002) at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, The National Trust, Sydney and A Tribute to Western Australia (2003) at the Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth featuring works that explored the Western Australian landscape alongside those by Peter Sharp and Kate Turner.

Steven Harvey is represented in public collections including Artbank, The University of New South Wales, Tamworth Regional Gallery, The Macquarie Group Collection, New England Regional Art Museum, and private collections in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Steven Harvey lives and works in Sydney.

Anwen Keeling

Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

A lecturer in the Painting Department at the National Art School, Anwen Keeling is renowned for her detailed figurative paintings, strong technical expertise and enthusiastic teaching approach. Her latest body of large-scale, painterly landscapes was developed after a six-month artist residency in Iceland. Anwen has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Australian National University and a Masters of Art from Southampton University. Her works are held in numerous corporate collections and regional galleries, as well as private collections in Australia, the USA, Hong Kong and the UK, and she is represented by Liverpool Street and Anthea Polson Galleries.

Chelsea Lehmann

Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Chelsea Lehmann holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UNSW Art & Design and is currently undertaking a Doctoral degree. She exhibits regularly in a national context and is an experienced lecturer, having taught at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Central School of Art, the University of South Australia, UNSW Art & Design and the National Art School.

Nana Ohnesorge

Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Nana Ohnesorge is a contemporary artist creating colourful dreamlike narrative artworks based in Australia.

Rodney Pople

Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Expressionistic painter Rodney Pople completed a diploma in Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania in 1974 and later attended the Slade School of Art in London in 1978 and the New York Studio School in 1979 as a postgraduate. Pople has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and China. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Pople has taught at several institutions including the University of Tasmania in 1984 and the Victorian College of the Arts in 1990. Pople was artist in residence at the Moira Dyring Studio, Cite Interationales Paris through the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1990. He was awarded the Lake Macquarie Art Prize in 1988, the Fisher’s Ghost Prize in 1994 and a National Art School travel grant in 1999. Pople won the Glover Prize in 2012 with a controversial portrait of Port Arthur and the Paddington Art Prize in 2016. His work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Artbank, Sydney; several regional and university galleries and internationally by MOMA, New York.

Les Rice

Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Rumour has it that Marco Polo introduced velvet painting to the West. Artist Leslie Rice was introduced to it seven hundred years later when his father returned to Sydney from a business trip in Tijuana with a velvet painting among his souvenirs. The quintessence of kitsch exotica, velvet painting to this day holds a guilt-ridden attraction. With his suite of virtuosic velvet paintings Rice has reclaimed this guilty pleasure and quickly earned himself a reputation as ’one to watch’. His accolades include inclusion in the Archibald Prize and two times winner of Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Rice has spent more than 15 years as an established tattoo artist (from a lineage of tattooists including his father and sister) and finds the transition to velvet to be strangely familiar. Like painting the body with a needle, painting velvet with a brush is exacting and unforgiving. Rice’s subjects side-step the usual preoccupation with sunsets and pin-up girls made popular mid last century in velvet painting’s halcyon days. Instead dramatic, Mannerist tableaux including biblical and mythological references proliferate. These subjects find their source in Rice’s immediate world where friends and families close at hand are transposed into dramatis personae.

Making paintings with their longevity in mind, Rice now secures each work under glass, often choosing to pigment the glass lending the works a holographic quality where the beholder is invited into the picture.

Dr Marian Tubbs

Photomedia Lecturer

BFA Hons. (RMIT), MFA, PhD (UNSW)

Manifesting across internet, photo, video and assemblage-based installations, Marian Tubbs’ art conflates material binaries between the physical and the virtual, and high and low culture. Over the past five years her assemblage-based installations and digital works have critiqued cultural ascriptions of value, extending from this current projects are being undertaken that simulate and question implications of augmented reality technologies.

Recent solo exhibitions have been presented with Zona Maco, Mexico City, and STATION, Melbourne, and group exhibitions with Sculpture Center, NY; Neon Parc, Melbourne; Arcadia Missa, London, Gesso Space, Vienna; Christine König Gallery, Vienna; Hessel Museum, NY; and ltd Los Angeles, USA. In 2017 Marian was recipient of the Marten Bequest and in 2015 she was the inaugural recipient of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s Online Commission. Tubbs’ work is held at the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum of Contemporary art as well as leading international collections.

In 2017 Tubbs’ work was included in a anthology titled ‘An A-Z of Contemporary Australian Art’ published by Thames and Hudson. Tubbs has published and presented art and philosophy research at international and local conferences. In 2014 she was a contributing author to the philosophy volume ‘Deleuze and Guattari and the Arts: Intensities & Lines of Flight’, published by Rowman & Littlefield International. Tubbs holds a BFA (Hons) from RMIT, a MFA from UNSW Art & Design, and a PhD from UNSW Art & Design and is represented by STATION Gallery and ltd Los Angeles.

 

Damian Dillon

Photomedia Studio Technician

Damian Dillon is a Sydney based artist whose solo and collaborative practices incorporate video, photography, painting and collage. He was runner-up in the 2013 Chippendale New World Art Prize and a finalist in the Blacktown Art Prize and the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Rebecca Shanahan is a Sydney based artist working in video, photography and installation.

Steven Cavanagh

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Steven Cavanagh has been a photographer for ten years. With a background in Fine Arts, he studied at the National Arts School (NAS) completing a Master of Fine Art majoring in photography. As a photographer, light, the world and the relation to it inspire him. His work sits outside any one photographic genre, referencing the surface of reality and representation, whilst also sitting firmly and knowingly within the psychological space of contemporary art. His images investigate the physical and psychological landscape of masculine identity. He has exhibited nationally.

Skye Wagner

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Skye Wagner’s art practice covers a range of media, including performance, photography and video. She has exhibited at MOP, Articulate Project Space, The Paper Mill, Kudos Gallery and Slade Research Centre, London. She has a Bachelor of Media from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School. Currently she is a lecturer in photography at the National Art School and a sessional tutor at the University of Technology, Sydney, in the Photography and Situated Media Program.

Amanda Williams

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Amanda Williams is a Sydney based artist whose practice explores the history of photography and architectural modernism. Current work engages with the legacy of Le Corbusier and the concept of entropy, by using materials and processes that evolve and change over time – such as the use of unfixed silver gelatin printing techniques and untreated mild steel.

Amanda Williams recently completed a Master of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts USYD. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art history and Theory) from the same university and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours from UNSW, for which she was awarded the University medal. Recent group exhibitions include Hazelhurst Art on Paper award 2015, Obscured at BUS projects, Melbourne 2014, State of Flux, Delmar Gallery, Sydney 2013.

Maureen Burns

Printmaking Lecturer

Maureen Burns has a long established career, exhibiting widely in both solo and group shows, including at institutions such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art and Centre for Contemporary Art. Her works have been written on extensively in publications such as Art and Australia, Photofile and Broadsheet, with recent coverage in the Sydney Morning Herald. Burns is currently a PhD candidate at College of Fine Arts. Burns’ work is also in both public and private collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Dr Carolyn McKenzie-Craig

Printmaking Lecturer

BFA Griffith University, BFA (Hons) Griffith University, PhD (QCA) Griffith University

Carolyn Craig is an artist whose work examines the coded construction of subjectivity. She investigates inscriptive performance as an active site for the maintenance and enforcement of types of cultural normativity with a particular focus on the idea of “habitus” as discussed by Pierre Bourdieu. Carolyn deconstructs gestural actions as tropes and stereotypes by utilising her own body as a site of absurd action. The performative traces of these gestures are recorded and inverted to query the distribution and maintenance of fixity. She is one half of the artist collective BRUCE & Barry with Heidi Stevens.

Areas of Specialisation:

Carolyn’s interests and areas of specialization include gender and typological representations, photo discourse and history, drawing ontologies, contemporary print-media and social praxis and contemporary art.

Subjects and Courses Taught:

STU100 Studio Introduction to Printmaking
PRI200 Printmaking 2
PRI300 Printmaking 3
PRI400 Printmaking Honours
Expanded Printmedia
MFA Supervision

Nina Juniper

Printmaking Studio Technician

BA Fine Arts, (Curtin)

Nina Juniper graduated in 2012 from Curtin University in Western Australia with a Bachelor of Humanities (Fine Art), receiving the Fine Art Graduate Award. Whilst there she majored in Printmaking and was given the opportunity to study under the tutelage of many professional practitioners including Susanna Castleden and Harry Hummerston becoming particularly interested in screen printing. She has worked at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth Institute for Contemporary Art and was previously the Printmaking Technician at Curtin University before working currently as the Printmaking Studio Technician at the National Art School where she continues to expand her knowledge of printmaking. Her practice is concerned with public spaces, the built environment and its related spatial history exploring themes that are focused on local, site specific space and research into functionality and design.

Areas of Specialisation:

Nina’s particular areas of interest and specialisation within her own work include screen printing, photography, artist books’ and zines as well as having skills in a range of printmaking processes from etching to relief printing.

Gemma Avery

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Gemma Avery is a Sydney based artist who works in the medium of painting, collage, printmaking and the artists’ book. Gemma’s practice is about a direct engagement with found or existing imagery and uses collage and modes of reproduction – both analogue and digital.

Jacqui Driver

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Jacqui Driver’s art practice includes screenprinting, lithography and relief printing, and her work has been exhibited in Australia, Korea, Japan, Ireland and China. She has taught printmaking in the tertiary sector for over 30 years and currently teaches at the National Art School, UNSW Art & Design and the Australian Catholic University. Jacqui’s artworks are in the collections of major institutions, including the Australian National Gallery, Artbank, Charles Sturt University, Griffith University and the National Taiwan Normal University. She is currently developing large-scale print-based installations.

Angus Fisher

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Angus Fisher is a practising printmaker who is skilled in using intricate, traditional techniques to represent the natural world. Angus is a graduate of the National Art School and is currently represented by Australian Galleries, where he exhibits regularly. He has worked as an artist and teacher around Australia and as an archaeological illustrator in Greece. Angus is currently working towards an exhibition in Sydney as well as the creation of a limited edition series of books.

Dr Kendal Heyes

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Claude Jones

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Claude Jones, who divides her time between Sydney and Munich, creates mixed-media sculptures and 2D images incorporating printmaking, drawing, collage and painting. She has studied printmaking in Australia, Canada and the USA, and has worked as both a printmaking teacher and technical supervisor for over 15 years. Claude has been a finalist in numerous art awards, winning the Moreton Bay Art Prize in 2011 and the It’s LIQUID International Art Prize in 2012. She has undertaken six international residency programs, has received several grants and has exhibited widely. Her works are represented in public and private collections, including Artbank, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Americas Biennale Print Collection. Claude is represented by Artereal Gallery, Sydney.

Kate Mitchell

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Kate Mitchell completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2006 and a Masters of Fine Arts in 2008, both at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Consistently imbued with humour, Mitchell’s practice draws attention to the perseverance required to maintain an artistic practice, as well as the repetitious monotony of life, which she transforms through sharp and witty interventions.

Working in performance, video and photography, the artist documents and questions everyday life and social behaviour, often engaging community participants. As the main protagonist of her work, Mitchell physically enacts various prompts related to art history, critical discourse and her own practice, as if playing a game of charades in a slumberous state.

Her work is included in leading public and private collections across Australia

Helen Mueller

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Helen Mueller is a printmaker who has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas, and her work is held in major public collections. Helen was a Lecturer, and Co-Head of Printmaking, at the National Art School from 2009 to 2015. She also has a background in the social sciences and has worked in research, community and project development and training. Helen is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher with a passion for assisting students to find the best in themselves.

Wendy Murray

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Wendy Murray is an artist whose socially engaged works blur the line between studio, community and political art practice. Her investigations into community relationships to land, housing, boundary and ownership of contested territory have led to workshop-focused residencies at the Lake Macquarie City Gallery and Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, ACT. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts at the National Art School in 2014 and is a sessional lecturer at NAS and Sydney College of the Arts.

Esther Neate

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Esther Neate pushes traditional boundaries in print to produce objects that bear the impressions of time and process. She holds a Master Degree of Fine Art in Printmaking and has eight years’ experience in arts education. Her prints, woodblocks and porcelain sculptures have been exhibited at Annandale Galleries and Dominik Mersch Gallery in Sydney.

Janet Parker-Smith

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Janet Parker-Smith is a Sydney-based artist who works with printmedia, sculpture and altered books. She has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for 20 years. Her work is held by the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Gallery of Victoria and numerous other public collections, as well as private collections. Janet is the Studio Supervisor in Printmedia at Sydney College of the Arts and a casual academic in the Printmedia Department, where she has worked since 2006. Janet is represented by Van Rensberg Galleries in Hong Kong, and supported by both MAY SPACE where she has had several solo exhibitions, and .M Contemporary Gallery in Sydney.

Brenda Tye

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Brenda Tye was born in Malaysia in 1969. She is a printmaker specialising in the areas of custom and collaborative printmaking with other artists, and teaching art across various mediums, techniques and age groups. In 2009 she established art school and custom printing business named The Art School Studio.

Simon Hodgson

Sculpture Studio Technician

BFA Hons, (NAS)

Simon Hodgson is a contemporary artist whose steel sculptures use line to explore ideas about the way we inhabit space in both a physical and imaginative way. He has exhibited in major sculpture awards, including Sculpture by the Sea, Sculpture in the Vineyards and Sculpture at Sawmillers, and his awards include the Cowra Regional Art Gallery (CRAG) Exhibition Award and the Robin Gibson Gallery New Talent Prize. Simon is a regular exhibitor with the Robin Gibson Gallery, participating in solo and group shows. He completed a BFA Honours (Sculpture) at the National Art School, where he works as a lecturer within the Sculpture Department.

Harrie Fasher

Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

It was only after quarter of a lifetime of three day eventing that country girl at heart Harrie Fasher met with an horrendous accident – the trauma of which changed her relationship with horses – no longer riding them, but now sculpting them. She speaks of her horse connection through art, not from the saddle. After graduating from the National Art School, Sydney in 2010 her “Waiting for Billy” won the Jindabyne Lakelight Sculpture Prize in 2011. Even while studying she won the Julian Beaumont Prize for Sculpture in 2009, the National Art School Drawing Prize in 2009 & the Bird Holcomb Foundation Scholarship in 2010.

Clara Hali

Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

Clara Hali is one of Australia’s leading figurative sculptors. She has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions for 30 years and received numerous awards and commissions. Clara was awarded the Sculpture by the Sea Distinguished Invited Artist Award, has a Master’s Degree in Fine Art, and is represented by Beaver Galleries, Canberra. She exhibits regularly at Sculpture by the Sea and lectures in the Sculpture Department at the National Art School. Her work is held in many public and private collections in Australia, as well as in New Zealand, the USA, Singapore, Italy and Holland.

Caroline Haswell

Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

Caz Haswell is an artist deeply connected with the material and psychological charge of objects. In the past she has created sculpture and textile work that is overtly erotic, but more abrasively than intimately so. This push-and-pull, attraction-repulsion dynamic is reflected in objects that seem familiar – either bodily or domestic – but are strangely proportioned or truncated, or made from unexpected materials. Door snakes hewn from leather and looped into sensuous, bodily forms; a stomach-shaped sculpture titled swollen hollow, made from hard terracotta; explicit messages conveyed in the genteel medium of tapestry. Haswell beckons us with one hand, but holds us at arm’s length with the other.

An essential element of her practice is a protracted period of looking and thinking prior to action. When the work does start, it is often slow and tactile labour: tapestry, timber construction, mould making and hand building with clay or wax.

Where Haswell’s previous work shifts between frank sensuality and cool detachment, current work in her most recent exhibition Made in Hong Kong / Curtains delves into more specific, personal territory, taking family history as its starting point. The work is a combination of personal, theatrical and material sensibilities. She reconstructs fragmented stories in a material language of velvet, leather, clay, zinc plate, glass and polyurethane. Haswell pays homage to existing family narratives, whilst also seeking out the dark corners and sharp edges that official retellings tend to skirt.

Haswell is currently represented by Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

Anita Larkin

Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

Sculptor Anita Larkin has been working in the mediums of hand-made felt, bronze and collected objects since 1993. Represented by Defiance Gallery, Sydney, she has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts. Anita’s textile sculptures have been shown in the Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, the Museo del Tessuto,Italy, the Blake Prize, the International World Textile Art Biennial of Contemporary Art, Sculptural Felt International and the 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial. She has taught felt-making and sculpture for 20 years.

Sam Valenz

Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

Sam Valenz is a sculptor working across a range of mediums, including bronze casting, steel construction, modelling and casting, timber construction and assemblage. He specialises in silicone rubber mould-making and bronze casting, and his works explore the formal languages of sculpture with a strong emphasis on human and animal forms. Sam teaches at the National Art School and has taught at TAFE and UNSW Art & Design. He holds a postgraduate degree in sculpture from the City Art Institute, 1985, a Diploma of Education from the University of Technology, Sydney, 1989, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts, from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, 1984. Sam exhibited at Defiance Gallery for 10 years in their Miniature Show, in Sculpture by the Sea in 1999 and 2014, and in Harbour Sculpture in 2013 and 2014. He was the winner of the Harbour Sculpture 2013, the Jackson Smith Sculpture Prize in 2004, and the Fretwell Photography Award in 1998. He has undertaken numerous commissions and his work is represented in private, public and corporate collections.

Dr Georgina Cole

Art History & Theory Lecturer

Georgina studied art history at the University of Sydney, receiving the University Medal in her Honours year. She completed her PhD in 2010 with a thesis on doors and architectural space in eighteenth-century genre painting. Since 2006, she has taught art history and theory at the University of Sydney, and in 2011 joined the National Art School’s Art History Theory program.
Georgina was a Visiting Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Ct, from October to December 2011, and regularly contributes lectures to the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales. Her recent publications include: ‘Rethinking vision in eighteenth-century paintings of the blind’, Art Theory as Visual Epistemology, ed. Harald Klinke (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), Fugitive forms and grand designs: 16th to 19th century drawings from the collection of Justice Roddy Meagher (Sydney: University Art Gallery, 2014) and “Looking back at Zoffany”, Art History 35, no 4 (2012).
She recently curated an exhibition of early modern drawings, Fugitive forms and grand designs: 16th to 19th century drawings from the collection of Justice Roddy Meagher at the University Art Gallery, University of Sydney and has worked as a researcher in photography at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Dr Jaime Tsai

Art History & Theory Lecturer

Jaime is an art historian and independent curator based in Sydney, and a lecturer in modern and contemporary art in the department of Art History and Theory and the National Art School. Her doctoral thesis completed at the University of Sydney (2012) was entitled ‘Impossible Topographies: the Spatial Art of Marcel Duchamp.’ She has a special interest in surrealist legacies and the nexus between the art/architectural object and 20th century philosophies of space. Her current research project is on the subterranean aesthetics of Marcel Duchamp and Georges Bataille.

Dr Shane Haseman

Art History & Theory Lecturer

Shane Haseman is an artist, writer, academic and occasional curator. He has exhibited extensively over a fifteen-year period both nationally and internationally. Selected exhibitions include: 2015 Performa Biennial, New York; 2006 Adelaide Biennial, Art Gallery of South Australia; ‘New 11’, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; ‘Sympathy for the Devil’, Artspace, Sydney; ‘Post-Contemporary Painting’, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Shane received his PhD from the University of Sydney, Department of Art History and Theory, with a thesis on the theory and practice of the Situationist International. He has written articles for Australian art journals and institutions, including the MCA and Artspace. Shane is co-director of KNULP Gallery and lecturer in the Department of Art History and Theory at the National Art School.

Dr Molly Duggins

Art History and Theory Lecturer (Sessional)

Dr Molly Duggins research interests are anchored in nineteenth-century visual culture, particularly in the visual culture of the British Empire with a focus on Australasia, and include album studies, collecting practices, and the intersections between science, art and design.

Dr Jessica Priebe

Art History and Theory Lecturer (Sessional)

Jessica Priebe is an historian of eighteenth-century European visual and material culture, specialising in artists’ collections. She was recently awarded a Junior Research Fellowship in Enlightenment Studies with the Sydney Intellectual History Network at the University of Sydney. She has published essays on eighteenth-century French art and collecting, most recently in the Journal of the History of Collections. Her book “François Boucher and the Luxury of Art in Paris, 1703-1770: Artist, Collector, and Connoisseur” is forthcoming with Routledge. Prior to receiving her doctorate from the University of Sydney in 2011, she worked as a political adviser and junior speechwriter for Ministers in the NSW and Federal parliament, including the office of the former Deputy Prime Minister

Dr Denise Thwaites

Art History and Theory Lecturer (Sessional)

Denise Thwaites is a curator, researcher and writer. Her practice interlaces theory-driven, community-engaged and cross-cultural programming, along with more recent forays into the field of critico-fiction. Her scholarship interrogates conceptual frames of inclusion, exclusion and revision in art theory and practice.

Denise completed her doctoral thesis under the dual supervision of Paul Patton (The University of New South Wales, Australia) and Bruno Clément (l’Université Paris 8, France). Her thesis in aesthetics “In Between Art and Politics: Frame, Fold, Judgement,” reconsidered the relationship between the fields of art and politics in light of different conceptualisations of interstitiality.  She was awarded the distinction of ‘Docteur en Littératures Françaises avec la mention très honorable avec félicitations du jury’ (summa cum laude) by l’Université Paris 8. She is a member of the ‘Laboratoire Recherches sur la Pluralité Esthétique’ at l’Université Paris 8, France.

Over the past seven years, Denise has developed, co-ordinated and lectured undergraduate courses in Aesthetics, Political Theory, French Critical Theory and Art History at The University of New South Wales, The National Art School, Sydney and The University of Wollongong. In 2014, she was co-director of Critical Animals, a three-day creative research symposium held annually as a part of This Is Not Art festival in Newcastle, Australia. She recently held the position of Associate Director at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, having previously worked at the Australia Council for the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Alex Trompf

Art History and Theory Lecturer (Sessional)

Art History and Theory Lecturer (Sessional)

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Priya Vaughan

Art History & Theory Lecturer

Priya Vaughan is a PhD candidate with the Research School of the Humanities and the Arts, at the Australian National University.  Her research focuses on the work of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living and working across New South Wales (NSW). In 2012 she completed an MPhil in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, having researched the contemporary and historical practice of shellworkers in La Perouse and the South Coast of NSW.

Ben Griffin

Registrar

Ben has over 13 years of experience of management and quality improvement in the tertiary sector in the United Kingdom and Australia. From his time as Vice President Education & Representation of the Queen Mary, University of London, Student Union he moved on the Learning & Skill Development Agency (LSDA), a national non-governmental quality improvement and research organization for the Further Education sector in the UK. He worked on numerous quality improvement programs culminating in his role as Development Officer on the National Teaching and Learning Change Program at LSDA’s successor organization the Learning and Skills Network (LSN) and as Partnerships Manager for LSN’s bespoke quality improvement, consultancy and training service.

Ben completed his Masters of Education (Leadership & Management) at the University of Sydney in 2009 and since 2010 has been the Quality Manager at the National Art School with responsibility for Student Services and the School’s academic quality and compliance procedures. In 2015 Ben was appointed as Registrar.

Michelle Glass

Student Counsellor

Michelle has had over 18 years’ experience working as a psychologist with students assisting them with personal counselling and career counselling. She previously worked at TAFE and Notre Dame University and has had extensive experience supporting clients with mental health issues, study skills, family & relationship concerns and vocational goals. Prior to her career as a psychologist she worked in a change management role at Pacific Power.

Sam Thompson

Academic Literacy Officer

Samantha brings extensive experience as a tertiary teacher and professional writer to her the role at the National Art School where she assists students at all levels to achieve their academic goals.
Previously Sam worked as an academic literacy tutor at Western Sydney University. She has also worked at the University of Wollongong as a tutor and lecturer in creative writing, and has taught writing at a number of TAFE colleges in Victoria and NSW. Her professional experience includes many years working in the corporate and government sectors as a technical writer, instructional designer, communications consultant and researcher. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong, a Master of Arts in Writing from UTS, and is completing a Ph.D. in writing at the University of Canberra. Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines in Australia and the US.

Elizabeth Little

Library & Learning Centre Manager

Elizabeth has over 25 years experience in the GLAM sector – working as a reference librarian, library manager, education officer, and museum guide in various libraries (public, state, special and govt. dept.) and museums. She holds degrees in Information Science, Art History & Theory and Arts Administration. Elizabeth is a NSW Justice of the Peace. She is the current National & NSW Chapter Chair for the ARLIS/ANZ – the Arts Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand, and has worked at the National Art School since 2006.

Zoe Wilesmith

Academic Administrator

Previously a member of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Zoe has built a thorough knowledge of Sydney’s visual art sector with roles at Australian Galleries, Sydney Living Museums, Australian Design Alliance and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She holds a BA (Hons) in Art History and Theory from the University of Sydney and a MA (Art Administration) from UNSW. Her role as Academic Administrator at the National Art School allows her to combine her strengths of research, writing, collaboration and administration to support Academic staff and programs.

Alana Ambados

Education Outreach Officer

Alana has over six years’ experience developing education programs and publications for a range of international contemporary art festivals and organisations. Before working at the National Art School, Alana was previously the Public Program and Education Coordinator at the Biennale of Sydney for the 19th and 20th exhibitions and also held the role of Education Coordinator at Kaldor Public Art Projects for Project 30: Marina Abramovic and Project 32: Jonathan Jones. Alana has produced education programs for Sculpture by the Sea and dLux Media Arts, and has taught visual arts in a range of primary and high schools including St. Ignatius’ College Riverview and St. Lucy’s School Wahroonga.

David Manley

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Benjamin Chadbond

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Harley Ives

Photomedia Lecturer (Sessional)

Jenny Orchard

Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

Toni Warburton

Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

Toni Warburton has been a practising ceramicist for over 30 years. Based in Sydney she exhibits widely in Australia as well as internationally. Her work is represented in most major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria as well as private collections in Australia, Britain and India

Simon Reece

Ceramics Lecturer (Sessional)

Gary Deirmendjian

Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

Gary Deirmendjian’s practice encompasses sculpture, photography, video, installation and site-specific intervention. Working predominantly in public/shared space, he is broadly recognised for creating thought provoking and socially concerned works that are of a challenging scale and immersive. He has exhibited extensively and received numerous awards and new work invitations and commissions for private and public artworks, as well as site-specific projects, realised broadly in Australia and several internationally.

He holds an MFA in Sculpture from the National Art School (2006), Sydney, where he currently teaches (Sessional Lecturer since 2012).

Prior to turning to full-time artistic practice, Gary trained as an Aeronautical Engineer (Honours, University of NSW, 1990) becoming significantly active in Defence Research & Development and then Industrial Design through establishing private practice and teaching (Lecturer, University of Western Sydney, 1996–2001). He is the author/photographer of Sydney Sandstone (Craftsman House, 2002), containing essay contributions from fellow collaborators, including Tim Flannery and Phillip Cox.

Paul Hopmeier

Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

Shannon Smith

Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

Maria Buchner

Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

Monika Scarrabelotti

Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

Julia Davis

Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

Laura Sutton

Sculpture Lecturer (Sessional)

Nicholas Greenwich

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Mirra Whale

Printmaking Lecturer (Sessional)

Emma Wise

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Stephanie Monteith

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Ian Grant

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Barbara Campbell

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Gary Warner

Drawing Lecturer (Sessional)

Rolande Souliere

Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Fiona Lowry

Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

Tim Maguire

Painting Lecturer (Sessional)

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