Our Tutors

These are the tutors presenting courses during the 2019 Albany Summer School, 7 - 18 January. 
Details of their courses have now been added to the website.
Enrolments commence on 25 September 2018
 

Kerrie Argent

Kerrie Argent
The focus in Kerrie’s art practice is to create art out of everyday throw away materials. She has been sourcing and engaging with these materials for a number of years, playing, experimenting and manipulating a large diverse range of “stuff”. She enjoys the response of people when they realize what the materials are that she has used in her art pieces and sculptures. It is a challenge and very labour intensive, and many times it relies on the generous donations of other people’s rubbish. Kerrie’s work examines and focuses on the environment or environmental issues, encouraging the viewing public to think about either their environment or the effect they have on our beautiful natural and built environment. Focusing on over-production and over-consumption of throw away materials, most of her work has a public collectiveness to it as much of the materials are sourced from the local community, friends and family. Kerrie’s CV is filled with the various awards and commissions she has won - BAVA Curtin University, 5 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally. People’s choice and Kids choice awards at Sculpture by the Sea (SXS) Cottesloe 2010, curators site specific award at SXS Cottesloe 2010, SXS Cottesloe 2014 Sculpture Award, SXS Bondi 2014, Sydney water and environment award and Waverley Council Mayor's award. Exhibited in SXS in Bondi 2010 and SXS Aahus Denmark (Europe) 2013. Commissioned to make major sponsor's gifts for SXS in Bondi 2014 and Cottesloe 2015. Work in private collections both nationally and internationally.

Tony Banner

Tony Banner
Tony Banner recently semi-retired to Albany and has brought with him an enormous passion for the military that has developed throughout his life. Coming from 3 generations of military personnel, he didn’t really have any option but to join the Australian Army where he served as an Assault Pioneer. Since arriving in Albany 12 months ago, he has established himself as a Volunteer Tour Guide at the National ANZAC Centre and Princess Royal Fortress. He is passionate about The Forts and whenever posed with a question he doesn’t know the answer for, researches until he has cemented the information. He has been a passionate military collector and medal aficionado for close to 30 years. His passion for researching, making up and mounting military medals and memorabilia has allowed him to set up a successful small business providing these services.

Richard Beavitt

Richard Beavitt
Richard Beavitt’s introduction to the Alexander Technique arose out of his own solution to the developing stresses of being a musician as a young man. He had decided to go running on a regular basis, to get fit and at the same time avoid some of the more usual pitfalls of being a musician. In these regards, running proved to be an enjoyable success but in the process, he also developed a very sore leg! Despite some care and attention, a new stretching routine, a library of information on running, rest and a new pair of expensive running shoes his leg still refused to get any better. He suddenly found himself at the tender age of 25 having difficulty walking, or standing, for any prolonged period. At that time, he had a guitar-playing friend, a "long" person who wrapped himself around the guitar when he played, and who had had some success with lessons in the Alexander Technique in alleviating his consequent chronic back pain. So, Richard went along for some lessons with an Alexander Technique teacher and the pain in his leg miraculously disappeared! Richard has been fortunate to have taken lessons in the Alexander Technique from some excellent teachers, all of whom trained at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London under the directorship of Walter Carrington. Richard had 2 years of lessons in Leeds, first with Margaret Rakusen (Shoulder) and then with Steve Hallmark - both of whom subsequently went on to run their own training courses. Richard started his own training to be a teacher of the Technique with Chris Stevens, who combined the rigour of a scientific background with a willingness to experiment with the Technique. He completed his training in Australia in 1992, with the teacher who had run some workshops for musicians in Leeds, Vivien Mackie. He has now been teaching the technique in Perth for 25 years and continues to do so – this has included an 8 year period at WAAPA, various series of workshops at UWA, as well as a private practice in which he has come to meet and work with a broad range of people who are seeking out the possibilities of the Technique to alleviate pain, rehabilitation following injury, or otherwise enhance their ability to move outside the confines of habit.

Ainslie Castle

Ainslie Castle
Ainslie Castle is a mum of 4 beautiful daughters aged 9 yrs, 11 yrs old twins and 23 yrs.
she is passionate about getting people moving and her special areas of interest are:
Children’s Fitness - getting the kids off the iPads and onto their feet and making fitness FUN! Seniors’ Fitness - encouraging older active participants to USE IT OR LOSE IT!!
Special Needs – bringing laughter, movement and music to participants with intellectual disabilities. Ainslie loves children and she has worked with them for the past 22 years as a private nanny, and by running playgroups and after school clubs and volunteering in schools. She also enjoys the challenge of working in aged care for several years with Southern Cross Care and Bethel Village Hostel and holds a Certificate IV in Community and Residential Aged Care. Ainslie is a qualified Personal Trainer with a Certificate IV in Fitness, has a Group Exercise Leader certification and Australian Sports Commission Community Coaching certification. In addition to this she has completed the Austswim WETS Aqua Instructor course and teaches a range of aqua classes.

April Dean

April Dean

April Dean’s lifelong interest in art and craft was sparked by creative parents and a childhood joy of making things. A one-time Fremantle Markets regular, she is known to local families through her years as session co-ordinator and President of the Albany Playgroup.

Neil Elliott

Neil Elliott
Neil Elliott was born in Adelaide in 1963 and moved to Perth with his family in 1978. He then decided to pursue a career in graphic design and studied at Perth Technical College from 1980-1982. It was here that he developed his drawing and painting skills. Always seeking to explore and expand his own boundaries, Neil trained in many fine art mediums, including, but not exclusive to, print making, photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media. These skills, coupled with his ability to merge the technical world of design with the emotive and often sensitive world of visual art, has created a style that is distinctively his. Neil's prime objective when creating is to explore and to have fun. By constantly experimenting and introducing new mediums he is able to maintain passion and excitement toward his work. His paintings are usually on board as it offers a robust surface that allows him to glue, screw, nail or rivet items to the surface. The items that are attached are usually recycled or found objects, chosen because of their texture or colour. Neil’s sculptures are usually made from found objects and display a sense of fun. He also facilitates sculpture workshops throughout Western Australia, inspiring communities to create exciting work, while at the same time rescuing materials from becoming landfill.

Gabriel Evans

Gabriel Evans

Gabriel Evans is an Australian children’s book author and illustrator. He has illustrated 25 books for publishers including Walker Books and Scholastic. His books with Sally Murphy, Roses are Blue, and Penny Morrison, Captain Sneer the Buccaneer, were notable titles in the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year Award 2015 and 2017 consecutively. He works in traditional mediums from a small, messy studio and travels Australia giving workshops and talks on illustration.
www.gabrielevansartist.com
Facebook Page: Gabriel Evans – Author & Illustrator https://www.facebook.com/GabrielIllustrator/
Instagram: @gabrielevans art
https://www.instagram.com/gabrielevansart/

Mahshid Ferdowsian

Mahshid Ferdowsian
Mahshid Ferdowsian is Persian and has lived in Africa for 14 years and in Albany for the last 30 years. She has been actively involved in introducing her rich Persian culture to the community and has demonstrated cooking at schools, community centres and by invitation during different events. Her Persian treats have been very popular over the years. She has also taught Persian cooking at the Albany Summer School for several years. Mahshid has also worked as a Teacher Assistant and has won a Children’s Week award. She loves working with children and teaches traditional virtues and values at school. She has many interests and hobbies including sewing, hand crafts, gardening and interacting with people.

 

Dr Joné Gaillard

Dr Joné Gaillard
Dr Joné Gaillard is a Florentine who came to Australia more than 30 years ago. She has a degree in Politics and Social Science from the University of Florence, a postgraduate diploma in Politics from Nancy (France), a MA and a PhD from Melbourne. A social historian, she has taught Italian language, history and culture first in Florence, then as Affiliate Professor at the University of Northern Colorado and, finally, at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where she lives. Besides giving lectures at Universities and cultural institutions, both in Australia and overseas, she has published many articles on different aspects of the European culture, and two books, one of fiction and one on opera librettos. Retired, she now lectures at the U3A and leads groups on tours in Europe. A native speaker of Italian, she also speaks French and Spanish. This will be Dr Gaillard’s 10th visit to Albany for Summer School.

Pam Goodman

Pam Goodman
Pam Goodman is a Feldenkrais practitioner with 40 years' experience in the method. Her work as a physiotherapist led to her interest in the educational process. Feldenkrais uses movement as a tool for teaching greater self-awareness and autonomy. It can be beneficial for anyone and is used for the benefit of athletes, dancers, actors, musicians and anyone who wishes to move and live more easily.

Janni Goss

Janni Goss
Janni Goss B.App.Sci.(Physio) is a speaker, wellbeing educator and the author of “Love laughter and Longevity – The Art and Science of Wellbeing”. Affectionately known as ‘The Laughter Lady’, Janni is passionate about sharing her expertise to help both adults and children outsmart stress to promote their health and wellbeing. As a result of her life experiences, Janni has studied and taught stress reduction strategies to thousands of adults at conferences, seminars and health and education events. Janni is a former lecturer at the WA School of Physiotherapy and is also the creator of JelliTimeTM and the Nurturing Kids Kit, which have been featured on television. Inspired initially by Dr Patch Adams, she was personally trained by Dr Madan Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga International. Janni is an internationally accredited Laughter Yoga Leader, teacher and ambassador. She is the Advisor for Ageing, Disability and Mental Health for the National Council of Women WA and has a particular interest in promoting healthy longevity. Based on her book, she shares multiple strategies for choosing and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. Janni’s presentations are inspiring, interactive, informative and fun! www.jannigoss.com

Marie Haass

Marie Haass
Marie Haass is a French/Australian visual artist. She studied and worked in Paris and Berlin before moving to Perth, Western Australia in the 80s. She completed a MA in Visual Arts at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA. She has held 6 solo shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions, such as Drawing Matters, Spectrum Gallery, Vancouver Arts Centre, Sens-ation, Taipei/Perth exchange, Now and Then, A Hundred Years of Art and Design in Western Australia, Pica, Gotham Times Ten, Pica, Autumn in Venice, Palazzo Correr, Venice, First International Biennale of Women Artists, Stockholm, Art Dock, Art Contemporain Australien, Noumea, Four of the West, EMR Gallery Sydney. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in the field of painting, printmaking, drawing, art history, visual culture. Marie’s work has been acquired by numerous public and private collections, such as: Artbank; Bunbury Regional Art Gallery; Curtin University Art Collection; Central Institute of Technology Art Collection; Royal Perth Hospital Collection; Holmes a Court Collection, Mundaring Shire Collection. Her new body of work is based on still life and symbolism and she uses coloured pencils extensively to render her subject.
www.mariehaass.com

Dr Alan Hancock

Dr Alan Hancock
Dr Alan Hancock is an educator, writer, consultant and facilitator. His work has been broadcast by the ABC and BBC and published in magazines and journals worldwide. His stories and scripts have won prizes, while his work with writing groups, universities, government bodies and business organisations has drawn praise and brought him a long list of testimonials. He has been teaching his freeflow approach to writing for over a decade and has helped many writers see their work through to completion. You can find out more at www.alan-hancock.com

Cheryl Hobley

Cheryl Hobley
Cheryl Hobley has always been interested in embroidery. She first did hardanger years ago through the CWA, but she found there was limited information available. Eventually she did find some books on this wonderful embroidery. In 2009 she joined the Albany Embroiderers Group and this is where she was able to broaden her knowledge of embroidery. In 2012 Cheryl gained her teachers certificate externally through the WA Embroiderers Guild, this included Foundations 1 and 2, Design and Seven different embroidery techniques. In 2014 she completed her specialisation in hardanger.

Theva Indrasenan

Theva Indrasenan

Theva Indrasenan is a yoga teacher, bodyworker and dance movement facilitator and he brings over 20 years of experience in yoga and massage. This naturally led him to explore dance and human movement. His passion is to share awareness of the body’s potential for greater movement and freedom from pain, resulting in a happier, more productive life. Initially trained in London, he travels globally to learn from pioneers in their fields, integrating his research through classes, workshops and retreats held in Bali, Thailand, Europe and Australia.

Maureen James

Maureen James
Maureen James first learned Basketry at the Albany Summer School in 1985. In 1987 she was chosen to exhibit at the Crafts Council of Western Australia’s Centre, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery and Viewpoint (1993). Since then she has taught Basketry at Albany Summer School, Margaret River, at the Mt Barker Arts Centre, at the Stirling Range Fibre Weekend, the Vancouver Arts Centre and twice in Pemberton at the Fine Wood Craft Gallery. In 2018 she again taught Basketry during the two weeks at Albany Summer School and was asked to be a Basketry Consultant for a fibre weaving hanging at Vancouver Art Centre during NAIDOC week.

Penny Jewell

Penny Jewell
Penny Jewell is a textile artist living and working in Walpole, Western Australia. Having a lifelong love of both textiles and plants allows her to combine her interests in the effects of botanical dyes on both fabric and paper. The interplay of temperature, PH, flora and fabric are not always totally predictable – but she finds the different possibilities and the sometimes, unexpected results fascinating. Her exhibitions include the 2015 Duo exhibition, Glimpse, at the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, W.A. (Bendigo Bank Southern Art and Craft Trail 2015). Her work can be found in numerous retail outlets and galleries including the Art Gallery of Western Australia Shop, Found – Fremantle Arts Centre, Aspects Gallery at Kings Park Botanical Gardens, the Art Gallery of Ballarat Victoria and the Melbourne Botanical Gardens.

Frederick Kirby

Frederick Kirby
Executive Chef, Frederick Kirby, has extensive experience within Europe & Australia, having trained and worked at several Michelin Starred Restaurants, along with exclusive 5 Star Hotels in Ireland including The Merion and Fitzwilliam Hotels in Dublin, Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare and the K Club Golf Resort (host of the world famous ‘Ryder Cup’). Upon migrating to Perth, Western Australia in 2005, Frederick commenced work at ‘C’ Restaurant, the ‘Revolving Restaurant in the Sky’, Perth. This was followed by accepting the role of Executive Chef of RiverBank Estate Winery and then as Executive Chef at Sandalford’s Winery in the Swan Valley. In early 2012, Frederick visited Denmark, Western Australia with his family and this wonderful visit lead to the Kirbys making a huge life change and relocating their family and business. April of 2013 saw Frederick and Jacqueline make the big move to Denmark and announce the opening of ‘Kirby’s at Rickety Gate’ Cooking School, Fine Dining Restaurant + Wedding Venue located at Rickety Gate Estate. August of 2017 saw the closing of his restaurant so that he could focus on the needs of his beautiful, autistic, non-verbal son Hamish, along with offering services as caterers for weddings & events across The Great Southern.
Frederick’s philosophy towards food is to keep it fresh, keep it simple and simply cook with the basics to enhance and enrich the natural flavours. www.KirbysCatering.com.au

George Knowlden

George Knowlden
George Knowlden is a recently-graduated electrical engineer and has been teaching maths to high school students for the last 8 years. He was amazed at the transformation in his Grandmother’s life after giving her lessons on how to use her mobile phone. Despite being profoundly deaf this gave her technical knowledge and more independence. And she can now chat to George on Facebook…..

Helen Komene

Helen Komene
Professional Australian Artist Helen Komene is best known for her diverse artistic talents. Specialising in seascapes, landscapes, pawtraits and portraits, her work is readily identifiable because of her fresh, contemporary and clever style. It has often been described as photographic yet when viewed up close, each artwork reveals her raw strokes and the texture of her art medium. It’s this visual illusion and the meticulous way she uses soft pastels that attracts attention and discussion from Helen’s customers and students. Her recent achievements include:
• Winning Cliftons Art Prize for Perth in December 2017 for her pastel seascape, 'Moments of Mine' Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia. She was one of ten winners selected across Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and the eastern states of Australia.
• Invited to be filmed by ABC North West as part of their ‘My Back Roads’ projects. The 10 minute interview was aired across TV and social media reaching Australia wide in July 2017
For her latest work, visit www.helenkomene.com

Julie Leedham

Julie Leedham
Julie Leedham is a Primary School Teacher with nearly 30 years of working in a variety of roles in education. She is also a Medium with 20 years experience of teaching aspects of the intuitive arts. She has trained with Mediums from the Arthur Findlay College UK and has run a number of classes, workshops and retreats to teach psychic and mediumship development in Australia. Her aim is to educate and nurture everyone’s abilities, providing a caring, supportive environment that also contains structure.

Sue Lefroy

Sue Lefroy

Sue Lefroy is the local history co-ordinator at the City of Albany. She has many years’ experience sourcing information for patrons at the Albany Public Library, from general enquiries to more strategically focused areas of local history and archives. She is a historian, researcher and writer, establishing several library-based community projects to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC. She is the author of Do you have an ANZAC in your family? her first book published in 2014, and two self-guided cemetery walk brochures exploring military related burials in Albany’s Memorial Park Cemetery.
http://library.albany.wa.gov.au/programs-collections/albany-history-collection/

Kaye Louwen

Kaye Louwen
Kaye ventured into origami around 30 years ago when she discovered modular origami, a technique where the same module is made multiple times resulting in beautiful mathematical structures. In addition to this, a variety of different shaped origami gift boxes can be constructed using modules, as well as stars and other models. As a maths teacher, Kaye has taught mathematical origami to a large number of secondary school students over many years. She has found that many enjoy the process and the result, while learning about shapes, following instructions carefully and solving two and three-dimensional puzzles. Many mathematical concepts come up incidentally, such as congruence, properties of triangles and other shapes, as well as transformations like rotation and reflection. In the late 1990s, Kaye regularly presented hands-on sessions in mathematical origami at the annual Maths Teachers’ Conference in Perth, equipping other teachers to master and pass on the skills involved. With Pinterest and other internet resources, instructions for many new and different origami models are now easily available. By learning the basic folds and starting with relatively easy projects, people develop the skills to then attempt further items that may interest them.

Betty McKeough

Betty McKeough
Betty McKeough, farmer’s daughter from Northam, graduated from the University of WA with a BA in languages in 1983. She became a broadcaster on radio in Perth and country WA, with a brief stint as a childrens’ presenter on regional television for GWN in Albany. Her arts practice began with various hobby classes through Vancouver Arts Centre, and part-time visual arts studies at Great Southern Regional College. Her interest in jewellery began at GSRC in 1995, under the guidance of Helen Fitzhardinge, eventually leading to an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery & Object Design at the Central institute of Technology in 2010. McKeough often explores texture and colour in her work, in her use of textiles and found materials. She is particularly drawn to the colour palette offered by the reactive metals, titanium and niobium. A story teller at heart, her style is eclectic, often quirky and humorous.

David Morrell

David Morrell
David Morrell has kept honey bees for over 50 years as an amateur beekeeper. He has a degree in Science, majoring in Zoology and has taught high school biology and human biology. In the last ten years, David has taught conservation and land management, animal production, forestry, plant production, mathematics and beekeeping at the WA College of Agriculture in Denmark. David also has a Certificate lV in Training and Assessment and he has lived in Denmark for nearly 40 years.

Tim Newbold

Tim Newbold
Tim Newbold holds a Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Wayne State University, Michigan USA and has taught art at primary and secondary levels of schools in W.A. He has run his own hot glass-blowing and leadlight studio for more than 9 years in Albany and has taught leadlight and stained glass in the TAFE system and for various community workshops.

Dr. Mike O’Shaughnessy

Dr. Mike O’Shaughnessy

 Mike O’Shaughnessy discovered the joys of drumming and percussion in 1990, listening to a group of African drummers playing through the night at a campsite in Wales! Since then he has studied drumming, percussion, and marimba music with many teachers in Australia, the UK, and West Africa. The last five years have included study of classical percussion at The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He has played drums and marimbas in numerous musical groups including Acushla, Village Vibes and WAAPA’s Defying Gravity and also been a member of The Spooky Men of the West choir. He leads community drum circles and has taught drumming and marimbas to adults and children for many years. He believes we are all musical and that music brings joy and expression into our lives. His classes aim to be fun, to allow people to discover and develop their musical abilities, and to enable people to play music together in community.

Robert Reynolds

Robert Reynolds
Robert Reynolds has a background in Archaeology and Anthropology with a long-time interest in the Heritage of the Great Southern where he has lived since taking up a position with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in Albany in 1994. While he values his academic training, he acknowledges the even more important role played by Aboriginal elders from both this region and elsewhere in the State, who have shared their knowledge and cultural insights with him over many years. Local Elders and other Menang people will co-present the course giving participants direct insights into Albany’s wonderful Aboriginal Heritage from the people who truly understand and continue to care for it and the cultural landscape where it continues to thrive.

Merry Robertson

Merry Robertson
New tutor, Merry Robertson’s, formal training was as Graphic Designer, and after graduating she spent four years in a Perth design studio. She has been a designer and marketing consultant for many years, with her art skills mainly focussed on illustration, branding and advertising. Along the way however, she has worked on drawing and painting commissions of an illustrative nature. In 2013 she returned to study spending over two years at Fremantle Art Centre reinvigorating her printmaking and drawing skills. Merry has also spent four years as an Art Guide for the Art Gallery of WA. Exposure to the best visual arts from around the world has greatly influenced her approach to her art. Story, symbolism, relevance and meaning play a strong part in her works. She has her own studio and printing press where she produces works in drawing, mixed media, linocut and collagraph. She has entered a number of Perth and regional exhibitions and enjoyed some success. As of 2017, and newly settled in Albany, she now dedicates the majority of her time to her art practice where she will continue to focus on printmaking, drawing and mixed media works.

Annie Robinson

Annie Robinson
Annie Robinson has had a 30-year career as a singer, performer, singing teacher and choral director. She has taught at secondary school, TAFE, University and in the community, and has run a private voice and Alexander Technique teaching studio for the last 26 years. She is a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique having completed her Alexander training in Melbourne in 1992. Annie began her performance career at 15 as a backing vocalist in a rock opera, and sang in bands, folk clubs and cabaret. She completed a degree in Music at LaTrobe University in 1989. Annie moved to Perth in 1992 and taught Alexander Technique to Music Theatre and Jazz students at WAAPA until 2001. She completed her AMusA in singing in 2005. She has studied and performed music from Medieval to Contemporary, and has continued to perform in vocal ensembles, opera choruses and as a soloist throughout her singing career. She was a founding member of the Winthrop Singers at UWA in 2007 and was a member of the vocal group Intermezzo from 2003-2006. In 2012 Annie travelled to Shenandoah University in Virginia to complete her certification in Somatic Voicework© the LoVetri Method. She attended the inaugural Australian Somatic Voicework© training program in 2017 in Toowoomba. She is currently a vocal specialist teacher with the School of Instrumental Music at Churchlands Senior High School as well as teaching Alexander Technique and voice in private practice.

Patricia Roux

Patricia Roux
Patricia teaches yoga, meditation and breathwork, drawing upon 15 years of practice with masters in Europe, India and Australia. Her profound curiosity in the potential of the human body & mind has led her to gain insight from dedicated teachers, participating actively in workshops and training seminars across Europe and Asia. Patricia seeks to creatively inspire students to realize their own potential and to increase their sense of body and mind awareness. Her classes are an opportunity to learn simple keys for a healthy and balanced life, through a soft, genuine and mindful approach. Patricia has a Masters degree in Sociology, a Master of Advanced Studies in Asian Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Originally from Switzerland, she is currently based with her family in Fremantle, WA, where she provides yoga classes as well as meditation and breathwork workshops.

Veana Scott

Veana Scott
Veana Scott has over 35 years’ experience in photography and photo-journalism and has completed numerous courses in Photoshop. She is a judge with the West Australian Photographic Judges Association and a member of the West Australian Photographic Federation. With the revolution towards digital photography, she realised numerous photographers only used their cameras on “auto” and did not take advantage of the power of modern technology. She will teach photographers composition, the intricacies of their cameras and how to enhance their photos using computer imaging software in a fun learning environment to include hands-on excursions.

Rose Sing

Rose Sing
Rose Sing has been practising and teaching the art of Belly Dance for over 20 years. Her focus has been on enabling women to gain a sense of confidence in themselves and their bodies. She has taught all over the Great Southern at high schools, to older women and to people with disabilities. She offers entertainment across the Great Southern including Perth and further.

Simon Smale

Simon Smale
Simon Smale is a landscape architect who worked for over 20 years in protected natural landscapes with New Zealand's Department of Conservation, has undertaken design and protected areas consultancies in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, China and Laos, and has worked in television, presenting a 24-episode bilingual series on conservation, gardening and land management on NZ's Maori Television channel. For the past decade he has managed Bush Heritage Australia's contribution to the Gondwana Link connectivity conservation project in the southwest Australia global biodiversity hotspot, based out of Albany on the South Coast of WA.

Nilla Spark

Nilla Spark
Coming from immigrant parents, Nilla Spark grew up with the smells and sounds of the Italian kitchen from generations past. She wants to re-create the love and passion that food can do for family and friends in a traditionally shared environment.

Mike Staude

Mike Staude

Mike Staude is a music specialist at Flinders Park Primary School in Albany. He has been sharing the joy of the ukulele, the world’s happiest instrument, with the young-at-heart since 2006.

Philippa Thomas

Philippa Thomas
Philippa Thomas began quilting in 1988 whilst living in Brazil. Between 1990 and 1995 she began teaching beginner patchwork and quilting classes as part of the American Womens’ Association, giving courses of 8 lessons, approximately every 6 months. Since then she has been teaching in India and the UK, as well as in Australia. She has exhibited her work widely and has also won several awards. She is a member of the WA Quilters Association and was the website author between 2012 and 2017, small group coordinator 2012 to 2014, Vice-President 2013 to 2015 and beginner Coordinator from 2014 until the present day. In 2016 she became Co-convenor of the WAQA contemporary quilt group.

Mark Tupman

Mark Tupman
Mark Tupman is a passionate advocate of biological/ecological production. He has been actively teaching, researching and applying organics, permaculture, sustainability, biodynamics and holistic management his whole adult life. In between working as a VET horticulture lecturer, he has been involved in a number of projects throughout Western Australia and manages his own property. He combines principles from all these fields with personal experience and works with local resources to develop systems that meet social, economic and environmental needs.

Martien van Zuilen

Martien van Zuilen

Martien van Zuilen is a felt artist, curator and tutor living in Perth, Australia. She exhibits her high-quality and distinctive felt art nationally and internationally. Since the late 1980s she teaches felt-making workshops at all levels of experience; throughout Australia, in Europe and throughout the USA. Martien runs the artisan dyeing studio Colourant Dyeworks, supplying hand-dyed fibres and fabrics to feltmakers and textile artists worldwide. She is the founder of the Victorian Feltmakers, the current editor of Felt (Australia’s national felting magazine) and the Convenor of Fibres West Inc. Alongside time in the studio, it makes for a busy and creative life! In 2013, Martien completed her PhD in Anthropology with an ethnographic thesis on the significance of women’s textile art practices in contemporary Australia. Her artwork is regularly included in international publications, including books and magazines. www.martienvanzuilen.com

Leanne White

Leanne White
Leanne White has lived and painted in most rural regions of Western Australia. Each location has left an imprint on her art works, from the majestic Kimberley, the harshness of the remote Pilbara, the breathtaking beauty of the south coast to the enchantment of the southern forest region where she now resides. Through this rural life, Leanne has become entranced with the natural world. Her success as an artist she attributes to this connection to the natural environment. She is widely experienced in teaching adults, youths and children through schools, tertiary studies, art groups and art centres. Leanne has successfully exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions, exploring her focus as a wild life nature artist or as an illustrator. She has illustrated nine children’s books, has had her work published in a wide variety of commercial products and has worked on numerous community arts projects.
Her artist’s motto is “Pause, be still, be silent, what can you see?”
Leanne’s art works can be viewed on Instagram, Facebook or her web page.
https://www.instagram.com/leanne_white_art/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/leannewhiteartist/photos/?ref=page_internal
http://www.leannewhite.com/


Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson
Jenny Wilson has a background of long-time participation in musical productions and concerts and as musical director of choirs. Encouraging people to sing in harmony together is a particular strength of this tutor who uses singing to enhance physical, social and emotional well-being.

Tony Windberg

Tony Windberg
Tony Windberg is a professional artist with 3 decades' experience in teaching art. Since completing his B.A. (Fine Arts) degree from Curtin University in 1986, Tony has held 13 solo exhibitions, selected to exhibit in numerous state and interstate group exhibitions and received significant WA and national art awards. He works in a range of traditional painting and drawing media but also uses non-conventional materials and surfaces. A popular teacher, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for art. His work can be seen at www.tonywindberg.com

Dianne Wolfer

Dianne Wolfer
Dianne Wolfer is author of 18 award-winning books for teenagers and young readers. She writes across genres and her award-winning historical titles Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy have inspired a Black Swan Theatre adaptation as well as street theatre. Dianne recently launched the third title in the series In the Lamplight at schools in the UK. Another just-launched historical novel The Dog with Seven Names was inspired by Dianne’s PhD research into anthropomorphism in Australian Children’s Literature. Other CBCA Notable titles include, The Shark Caller, a quest novel inspired by the practice of calling sharks and picture book, Nanna’s Button Tin. More info at www.diannewolfer.com

Wayne Zadow

Wayne Zadow
Wayne Zadow, a farmer in the Kojonup district, has had a lifelong interest and love of birds. He is largely self-taught and was mentored by Ray Garstone. He has participated in numerous Birds Australia campouts as a member and as a leader. Wayne has participated in surveys listening and looking for the elusive ground parrot on the South Coast and bitterns in the South West. He has been involved in the Black Cockatoo programme, Atlas counting and has travelled extensively through the outback, Kimberley and Pilbara areas of Australia birdwatching. Wayne has a particular knack for finding nests.