Our Tutors

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These are the tutors who will present courses during the 2021 Albany Summer School, 4th - 15th January. 
The full list and details of courses for 2021 will be available on 29th September 2020
Enrolments commence on 29th September 2020

Tony Annese

Tony Annese
Tony Annese started on Classical guitar when he was 8 years old, and he has been a student, performer, and teacher of music and the guitar for more than 40 years. A self-taught blues/rock specialist from his teens to the present, he re-entered formal music studies at tertiary level in mid-life and found himself exploring the language of Jazz. Tony holds a Cert IV TAE 401 (Training and Assessment), Advanced Diploma of Music, Bachelor of Performing Arts and Graduate Diploma of Secondary Music Education. He has also been a private instrumental tutor for 20 years, and has played in bands across rural and urban Australia, including a 10 year stint in Melbourne where he shared the stage with members from Hunters and Collectors, Diesel and The Bad-loves, as well as playing support spots for Ross Hanaford, Debbie Byrne and Natalie Gillespie. His most recent performance project is “Magic Sandcastle - the Songs of Jimi Hendrix” tribute and you can find this on Facebook, at: https://www.facebook.com/Magic-Sandcastle-2123152414674453/

Richard Beavitt & Annie Robinson

Richard Beavitt & Annie Robinson

Richard Beavitt begun running as an antidote to the stresses of being a professional musician – whilst this was to a degree successful, it also led to a series of leg injuries which were the beginning of his journey to becoming a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Alongside a 30 year long, and continuing, practice of the martial art of aikido, walking and running have returned to his life as more durable forms of ‘staying moving’. At this point, being able to continue to enjoy running and bushwalking is largely dependent on the awareness that the Alexander Technique brings to the practice of these activities.

Annie Robinson has been teaching and practicing the Alexander Technique for nearly 30 years.  In that time she has usefully applied the technique to bush walking, dog walking, running, swimming, tai chi, creative dance, singing and yoga.  It has remained the most important skill she has for keeping moving, staying fit and recovering from injury. Annie trained to be an Alexander teacher in Melbourne from 1990-92 and has taught in private practice in Perth since 1993.


Kate Campbell Pope & Claire Bailey

Kate Campbell Pope & Claire Bailey
Kate Campbell Pope and Claire Bailey met at Claremont School of Art in 1988, and they have worked together since then on many creative projects. They are both interested in the use of recycled/found materials and low-tech methods of construction. Their complementary sculptural, fibre/textile and constructional skills are brought together in this course.

Maria Bannister

Maria Bannister
During the week, when you spend all day working in Occupational Health and Safety, Work Place Training, Food Safety Management – you know how it goes – what do you do when the work day finishes, and at weekends? Maria Bannister turns to her kitchen and prepares luscious meals for her family and friends. One of their favourite meals is a dinner party “in Titanic Style” and Maria is ready to share her secrets at 2021 Albany Summer School.

Richard Beavitt

Richard Beavitt
Richard Beavitt (STAT, M.AUSTAT) has been teaching the Alexander Technique for 27 years in Perth and has helped people from all walks of life deal with their chronic pain. This has included an 8 year period at WAAPA, numerous workshops for musicians at UWA, work in corporate environments, as well as maintaining a private practice which has involved work with a large number of individuals injured in industrial work environments. He has assisted 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 and respond in skilful ways. He started his own training to be a teacher of the Technique in 1988 with Chris Stevens, who combined the rigour of a scientific background with a willingness to experiment with the Technique, and completed his training, in Australia, in 1992 with Vivien Mackie. www.usefactor.com.au

Fiona Buchanan

Fiona Buchanan
Fiona Buchanan is a professional Western Australian artist working in both pastels and oils. She paints the ocean and portraits. Her current subject is the energy of the ocean and its connection to the human soul. Fiona trained in theatre arts as a scenic artist and designer. This taught her that nothing is impossible with paint, that incredible illusions can be created simply by applying liquid colour. She enjoys trying to put her emotion and attitude to the Earth’s beauty into her work, which is about the environment and its balance. She works in oils on canvas and in pastel. She takes and uses her own reference photos and loves visiting the places that she paints. She is always searching for just the right colour, the one that flashes only for a moment as the light shines into the water. Fiona loves to work in pastel as it’s such an expressive medium and has such a beautiful velvet finish. As she love to draw, this medium allows her to draw and to paint at the same time. Fiona was a finalist in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture in 2011 and also won first prize in Australian Artist magazines Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes competition in 2017. She features in the ‘Artists of Perth’ book published in 2017.
www.fionabuchanan.com.au
Instagram @fionabuchanan.art

Ainslie Castle

Ainslie Castle
Ainsley Castle is a mum of 4 beautiful daughters aged 11 years, 15 year-old twins and 25 years. She is passionate about getting people moving! Her special areas of interest are teaching dance and fitness to children, seniors, and participants living with intellectual disabilities. In addition to over 20 years of experience in childcare and aged care, Ainsley is trained and experienced in delivering dance and fitness programs. She is a qualified Personal Trainer with a Certificate IV in Fitness, has a Group Exercise Leader certification and Australian Sports Commission Community Coaching certification. She is also qualified in Zumba Fitness, Swiss Ball and Aqua Fitness instruction. She currently teaches Zumba Fitness for adults, children, seniors and special needs, Physical Education in primary and secondary schools around Albany, aqua fitness classes, and Fitball classes. Ainsley also teaches beginner, intermediate and advanced Line Dancing with the Over 50’s Recreation Association.

Sonya Coleman

Sonya Coleman
Over the course of the week you will hear from, and get the chance to discuss your end of life questions with a range of highly experienced professionals and passionate community members. Their expertise ranges across legal, financial, grief support, DIY funerals and health care. Sonya Coleman, coordinator Support Services at the Albany Community Hospice, has coordinated this outstanding program which debuted to much acclaim at the 2020 Albany Summer School.

Barbara Cronin

Barbara Cronin
Barbara Cronin was introduced to porcelain painting in 1992, she joined APAT in 2004 and is also a member of the W.A. Guild of China Painters. She has travelled overseas to attend workshops and exhibit her work. Highlights were; 2002 exhibited her work at the SPK-APP Exhibition, Bern, Switzerland and in 2012 the TIPA Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand. Barb finds that travelling and meeting up with other artists is enjoyable and inspirational, resulting in life-time friendships which she values immensely. Barbara teaches porcelain and glass painting in W.A and has taught in the eastern states and Singapore. She is often asked to demonstrate various subjects at art conventions and exhibitions. From 1998 to 2007 Barbara entered the Perth Royal Show and won the top awards for many pieces on various subjects and design. Artistic Influences; Barbara’s mother excelled at art and encouraged her children to do so. Barbara has younger siblings who paint watercolours, oils and pastels. She has joined them for several “Family Exhibitions” in Western Australia. Barbara and Harold married in 1965 and farmed near the Fitzgerald River National Park, a place of beautiful flora and fauna, great material for inspiration to paint on porcelain. The start of 2014 saw them move to Napier, near Albany, Western Australia. A small fresh-water lake nearby with a myriad of bird and animal life about, enables her to pursue her love of painting them on porcelain. Barbara uses the many paints, lustres, glass and textures to experiment with and enhance her paintings. During 2016 and 2017 she was Editor for the Australasian Open Medium Newsletter and enjoyed the challenge immensely.

Rosita D'Adamo

Rosita D'Adamo
Rosita D’Adamo is a second-generation Italian/Australian whose parents emigrated in the 1950s from the Abruzzo region of Italy. She considers herself lucky to have been raised by a market-gardener dad who grew vegetables all year-round and a mum who created delicious meals with them. Rosita’s love of cooking led her to complete a Cert III in Commercial Cooking at Great Southern TAFE when she lived in Albany from 1999-2001. She has run cooking classes at Mt Lawley and West Stirling Neighbourhood Centres and for refugee women at the Edmund Rice Centre. Rosita lives in Perth and, when she’s not in the kitchen engaging in her favourite pastime, she’s been working in jobs that deliver social services to migrants and refugees.

Maree Dawes

Maree Dawes

Maree Dawes was raised in the wheat belt of Western Australia, and now lives in sight of the Southern Ocean. Maree’s first collection, Women of the Minotaur (Tactile Books 2008), explored the lives of mistresses in Picasso’s life. It was featured on ABC’s Poetica in May 2009. Her verse novel BRB, which dives into online life in the nineties, was published by Spineless Wonders in 2014 and is now available on KOBO. Maree has collaborated with artists, dancers and embroiderers and sold film options on one of her short stories. Her work has focused on internal and external landscapes, being in the natural environment and the emotional journey of being human. She has publications in national and international journals and anthologies and has dabbled in art reviews.
Selected Achievements from Maree’s Curriculum Vitae
• “Do not look back”, highly commended poem, WA Writers’ Centre Competition (2000)
• “Françoise” Shortlisted in Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2003
• “The Articulate Void” Performance Poetry at Albany Sprung Writers’ Festival with Artist Beth Kirkland (2005)
• Suite of Poems “Living on Granite” voice recorded for Perth International Arts Festival traveling exhibition Hotspots (2006)
• “I am so sweet and truthful…” short story published in Best Australian Stories 2007
• Selection from Women of the Minotaur dramatized for full length Poetica (Radio National) (2009, repeated March 2011)
• Guest at Singapore Writers Festival (Oct/Nov 2009)
• Writer in residence work projected onto Albany Town Hall as part of Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) Paperartzi dance performance (Feb 2011)
• “I am so sweet and truthful…” short story contracted for 6 min movie (2012)
• The Fledging of the Rainbow Bee-eaters published in FlightPath 2017 Hallowell Press

Gabriel Evans

Gabriel Evans

Gabriel Evans is a children’s book author and illustrator working with some of Australia’s most loved publishers including Penguin, Scholastic, Walker Books and Hardie Grant. He has illustrated over twenty-five books with acclaimed Australian and USA authors and received notable mentions in the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year award. He has written and illustrated his own picture books with recent releases including Norton and the Bear (Berbay), The Cute Penguin (Hardie Grant) and Ollie and Augustus (Walker Books). The latter was subsequently sold to Candlewick for a USA release in 2020. He travels Australia talking to adults and children from major capital cities to remote indigenous communities in the Pilbara and the Kimberley. He works from a small studio near a river where he drinks tea and makes books. www.gabrielevansartist.com


Evi Ferrier

Evi Ferrier
A graduate from Claremont School of Art, Evi Ferrier is obsessive, compulsive about mosaic–making, and has been teaching mosaics for 25 years, from schools and prisons to UWA extension and Albany Summer School. She has covered the entire exterior of her home - the interior walls, the pool, the table, chairs, mirrors, pot plant holders, wine coolers with mosaic … just as well her dog runs really fast! She is from the Gaudi/gaudy school and believes too much is never enough. It is this passion for covering the world in bits of broken china that she would like to share with the people of the Albany region and beyond. She has decorated many public works around Perth including the sundial at Cottesloe Beach, a reflection pool at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, a visitors’ bench at Acacia Prison and water fountains at Perth Zoo.

Peta Garnaut

Peta Garnaut
Peta Garnaut has been drawing and painting all her life. Her earliest recollection of her creativity was when at aged about 5, she won a drawing competition. She made art her career in Perth, Western Australia as a graphic and jewellery designer and eventually in 2004, when she took up her brushes and paints again, she enjoyed the journey of becoming a successful artist, for which she is grateful to the collectors throughout the world who have supported her practice. Peta’s art practice is a simple reflection of her personality and as any artist, she is constantly inspired. She always thinks about art and the different ways she can deliver an interesting and consuming image. Drawing inspiration from the natural world she paints with colours to illustrate a vibrant and magical realm, representing the collision of our natural desires and empathy for our environment. She continues to develop her artistic style which is authentic and instinctively sympathetic to the randomness of landscape, the precision of flora and the beauty of the mysterious. Peta loves things which are varied, challenging and beautiful. She doesn’t respond to uniformity and minimalism. The combination of human judgement and technique is exciting and rewarding, so she aims to achieve layers of interest in her work through the use of colour and different media. Peta’s work is held in private collections in Western Australia and the U.K. Some recent career highlights include 2018 The TASF Art Awards - Winner – Jewellery; 2018 City of Claremont Art Awards – finalist; 2018 City of Bayswater Art Awards - Highly Commended; 2019 Army Art - Leeuwin Barracks; and 2019 City of Claremont Art Awards – finalist. 

Cliff Gillam

Cliff Gillam
Cliff Gillam holds Masters degrees from University of WA and Monash University, and spent the first eight years of his professional life lecturing at UWA in English literature. After a further eight years working as a theatre professional, he commenced a career in public service, retiring as a senior executive in 2017. He currently does consulting work and presents senior leadership programs for the Department of Education. His retirement from full time work has allowed him to return to deeper study in the field of moral philosophy, which has remained a key interest since his undergraduate classes with Professor Stuart Graves.

Vernice Gillies

Vernice Gillies
Vernice Gillies is a local Minang Elder with a lifelong passion for the preservation of her heritage and local cultural traditions. She welcomes the chance to share it with the broader community and encouraging Noongar youth to take pride in this unique heritage. She has held a number of jobs in the public sector including Education Officer with the Albany Branch of the WA Museum, and is now a Director of the Kurrah Mia Art Shop and Cultural tours. Vernice will lead the Aboriginal heritage courses which will be co-presented with other Local Elders.

Pam Goodman

Pam Goodman
Pam Goodman is a Feldenkrais Practitioner with over 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 sports people, dancers, actors, musicians and anyone wishing to move and live more easily.

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 six solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions, such as Stuff, Central Gallery, Stories from Home , Mundaring Art Centre, 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 and visual culture. In her new body of work, Stories from Home, exhibited at the Mundaring Art Centre, 2020, Marie combined coloured pencils and mixed media on paper and fabric.

Ruth Haight

Ruth Haight
Ruth Haight has a long and distinguished career as a Veterinary Nurse educator and presenter in Victoria and Western Australia. She has worked in wildlife rehabilitation since 1985 and has taught many aspects of animal husbandry in numerous institutions. She has published many articles relating to wildlife rehabilitation and now lives in Albany where she is a member and mentor of Born Free Wildlife Carers. Other specialist presenters will include wild bird rehabilitator, Annette Grant, seabird specialist Carol Biddulph, Andrea White (veterinary services and wildlife), Emma Fairley (reptiles) and Claire Pragnell (Kangaroo joeys). All have received training in rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife and are also members of Born Free.

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 and the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery. She also exhibited in the Viewpoint (1993) exhibition. Since then she has tutored at the Albany Summer School in 1988, 2018, 2019 and 2020. She has also taught basketry in Margaret River, at the Mt Barker Arts Centre, at the Stirling Range Fibre Weekend, Vancouver Arts Centre in Albany and twice in Pemberton at the Fine Wood Craft Gallery. Her courses have been an outstanding success at Albany Summer School, with classes regularly booking out early in the enrolment period.

Penny Jewell

Penny Jewell
Penny Jewell has long had an interest, indeed an obsession, with plants and their usage. She is particularly interested in the colours and dyes that can be obtained from them. Penny has been experimenting with “eco printing” and botanical dyeing for many years. Over that time, she has developed and nuanced different methods to obtain good, clear botanical prints on many types of fabrics. Penny has both taught and studied botanical printing overseas, gathering knowledge of different plants and methods. Her work is sold in galleries throughout Australia.

Norman Jorgensen

Norman Jorgensen
“I can’t believe it. My mother has gone and sold me! Sold me to the most notorious sea captain ever to sail the wild west coast.” And so begins The Smuggler’s Curse, Norman Jorgensen’s thrilling, award-winning historical novel set in Broome in 1897. Norman may have the body of an ageing historical novelist but often taps directly into the mind of his adolescent 12-year-old self, writing successfully for Australian kids just like himself. No humour or thrilling adventures are spared as his fictional characters do battle with pirates, killer storms, ruthless pearlers and monstrous sharks off the Western Australian coast. Norman has written sixteen children’s and YA books. His historical titles, In Flanders Fields, Jack's Island, The Last Viking and The Smuggler’s Curse have sold thousands of copies and won many prizes including children’s choice awards. His whole working life has been about books, having owned a children’s bookshop, worked as a publisher's agent and sold books to schools and libraries.
He is a founding member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators here in WA, has mentored and helped a great many young writers to publication and been asked to launch over twenty books. He is also a popular and entertaining speaker at festivals and in schools having conducted over a hundred workshops in 2019. With most of his books having historical settings, he is extremely experienced at researching events in Australian history, and while young readers now demand the full technicolour, blood n’ guts version, he still believes classic story-telling laced with humour and vivid descriptions can usually overcome the most reluctant of readers of any age. Norman has a long list of awards and prizes he has won, too numerous to include here. www.normanjorgensen.com.au

George Knowlden

George Knowlden
George Knowlden is an electrical/electronic engineer, and has been tutoring a variety of subjects to many different students for the last ten years. For the last two years, he has taught smartphone courses at Albany Summer School, and he’s coming back again for the third year to share his knowledge of the mysteries of mobile technology for both Android and iPhone devices. George works in cybersecurity and electronic engineering, and he likes snorkelling and dance.

A.R. Levett

A.R. Levett
A. R. Levett B.A., B.Cmm.(Hons) is an award-winning, emerging WA author. For a decade he has studied the craft of creative writing and helped budding writers hone their skills and turn their ideas into engaging stories with his Story Mentoring services. He has taught at Edith Cowan University, presented workshops for the WA writing community, and served on the KSP Board of Management. He is currently writing an epic speculative-fiction series and writes in a variety of genres and forms. He is passionate about storytelling and helping authors bring out the best in their stories. www.thestorymentor.com.au www.arlevett.weebly.com

Patti Locke

Patti Locke

Patti Locke has been playing Mahjong for 10 years and in recent years has taught at all levels and ages. These experiences have greatly enhanced her knowledge of the game and her ability to pass on the rules to others including how to set up a group and how to play Mahjong for pleasure.

Bobbi McCain

Bobbi McCain
Bobbi McCain has been working in pyrography for six years and lives in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. She mainly draws inspiration from nature but during the past year she has been studying the art of tattooing, and now her style is evolving again, which it continuously has, and which she feels art should do, if you feel the pull. Bobbi mainly likes to use the stunning local woods, and sources wood such as marri and tuart. She says that readily available wood like ply, chopping boards, wooden spoons and keepsakes can be a great starting point as a canvas for creative designs.  www.afyredesign.com

Ilona McGavock

Ilona McGavock
Ilona McGavock is a registered osteopath, practising in Sydney and Fremantle since 1999. She commenced the practice of yoga at the age of 21, seeking relief from pain after a car accident and since then has completed over 1300 hours of teacher training in Iyengar and Vinyasa styles and in yoga therapy. Qigong came into her life in 2005 while working at The Healing Point in Fremantle. Here she trained with Dr Bisong Guo, Master Zhenhua Yang and Dr Peter Caughey (TCM). llona teaches several classes a week at her studio in Fremantle, in the local community at the beach, in a suburban park, at Solaris cancer care, and taught a small group of staff and patients at “April No Falls Day” (2019) at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Ilona also runs her osteopathic practice in Fremantle. She brings a lifetime of personal practice, twenty years as a health professional and has an intimate knowledge of anatomy and physiology through to teaching and the pursuit of wellness. She has taught in Sydney, Auckland (NZ) and since 2014 in Fremantle and the local community. Ilona has a particular interest in supporting students with their unique needs, helping people to access their inner resources for better health and well-being. To read more: www.onestudioyogaqigong.com

David Morrell

David Morrell
David Morrell has kept honeybees for over 50 years as an amateur beekeeper and has a degree in Science, majoring in Zoology. Over the last 10 years, David has taught conservation and land management, animal production, forestry, plant production, mathematics and beekeeping at the WA College of Agriculture in Denmark. He has taught beekeeping at Albany Summer School since 2011.

Michlin Mustac

Michlin Mustac
Michlin (Mish) Mustac has always felt true rest and home in nature. As a child she experienced more joy in studying the changing shapes of clouds in the sky and the wondrous feeling of mud pies in her fingers, than memorising her maths times tables. Something about nature reminds us of the essence of who we are. Throughout her school years Michlin pursued extracurricular art activities and won various awards, including the prestigious Oatley 101 Society of Artists Award. She attained Graphic Arts and Jewellery Design Diplomas and went on to complete 25 years of graphic design and illustration work in the Sydney & London advertising industries, until she found herself yearning for the natural world outside again. Michlin studied and taught Yoga and Meditation in Vancouver and is now in Perth to share her combined love for Mindfulness, Creativity & Nature as a wonderful remedy for rest and rejuvenation in our fast-paced, overstimulated electronic era.

Mike O’Shaughnessy

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.

Jill Parnell

Jill Parnell
Jill Parnell studied at Claremont Art Centre and Carine College for Diplomas in Art Studies 1989 and Art and Design 1995. She exhibits regularly within Australia and overseas and has received many awards in Japan. An enamel specialist, she teaches at Fremantle Arts Centre and has conducted many workshops and Master Classes in Western Australia and the Eastern States. Jill received commissions for the Mayoral Chains for Cambridge, Victoria Park and Joondalup and has a small enamel painting in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Enamel in Salou, Spain.

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 Roux has been teaching yoga since 2008 in France, Switzerland, Indonesia and Australia. Passionate about the practice, she seeks to provide a platform in which students are encouraged to increase their sense of body awareness as well as the capacity for introspection. Her classes are an opportunity to learn simple keys for a healthy and balanced life, through a clean-cut and mindful approach. Patricia has a Masters degree in Sociology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Studies and a Bachelor degree in Psychology. Originally from Switzerland, she is based with her family in Western Australia, where she provides hatha yoga, meditation and yin yoga classes.

Esther Schlager

Esther Schlager
Esther Schlager has lived in Albany for 30 years and In that time, she ran the Spiritualist Church for 5 years. She has held talks and discussions on spiritual awareness and has taught tarot readings, healings and meditation. Esther has also taught Understanding of the Tarot and its symbols for 18 months at Albany TAFE. She still does readings, healings and discussions with groups and individuals.

Nicky Shelton

Nicky Shelton
Nicky Shelton is a Western Australian Artist. She embraced the journey of fine art after retiring from a corporate career in 2012. Australian birdlife ignites her passion to paint in oils, capturing the unique charisma and personality of each of the feathered subjects she gets to know. Nicky’s artworks have been jury selected as Best in Show and finalist in international and Australian art awards including Asia Pacific Clifton’s Art Prize, Holmes Art Prize for excellence in realistic Australian Birdlife and the Midwest Art Prize. The paintings Nicky creates are commissioned and collected by wildlife enthusiasts worldwide. Her artworks are represented by Jahroc Galleries, Margaret River and internationally via ArtBazzar.com and her own website www.nickyshelton.com.au. Nicky is a member of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and an advocate for Birdlife Australia. A percentage of every original bird artwork sold is automatically donated to Birdlife Australia to assist with the rehabilitation and conservation of endangered Australian birds. From 2017 to 2018 Nicky was Resident Birdlife Artist at Whiteman Park, one of Western Australia’s leading wildlife destinations. During this time she also held her first solo exhibition in Fremantle, raising funds and awareness for Birdlife Australia. Since July 2018 Nicky has been painting and promoting her Australian bird art in Europe, returning home to Western Australia in September 2019. Nicky now resides in Margaret River where she paints and promotes her artworks worldwide. www.nickyshelton.com.au

Melissa Sims

Melissa Sims
Melissa Sims passion for macramé began 3 years ago while she was on holidays in Queensland. One workshop later she was hooked and hasn’t stopped since. An experienced, qualified floral designer, Melissa ran her own florist and art gallery in the beautiful hinterland of the Sunshine Coast QLD for several years. This allowed her to immerse her creative mind in a variety of art and craft mediums and develop a keen eye for colours and design, which she loves to share.


Tania Spencer

Tania Spencer
Tania Spencer is a sculptor based in Lake Grace, who has a love for all things wire. She creates large hand bent knitted wire sculpture, suspended wire textile installations, wire drawings, crocheted, knitted and metal embroideries in copper and steel. She also constructs work with recycled textiles, plastics and metals. More recently her work has shifted to include softer textile interventions in the public domain. Created with brightly coloured surveyor's tape, these optimistic new installations are markers on the landscape, industrial signifiers of change and places of activity. Tania has a BA from Curtin University and has had 4 solo exhibitions. She has been included in many national group exhibitions such as Love Lace at the Powerhouse Museum and Tamworth Textile Triennial and has exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe and Bondi numerous times. Tania is available for private commissions and festivals and takes sculpture workshop bookings for schools and community groups. www.taniaspencer.com


Mike Staude

Mike Staude
Mike Staude is a primary school music specialist at Flinders Park Primary School in Albany. He became extremely keen on the educational potential of the ukulele after receiving one as a gift from a former guitar student. He has developed an individual approach that draws on other ukulele methods as well as the Orff and Kodaly philosophies. He has been sharing the joy of the ukulele, the world’s happiest instrument, with the young at heart since 2006 and at the Albany Summer School since 2009.

Angela Stewart

Angela Stewart
Angela Stewart is a West Australian visual artist who has pursued an interest in portraiture for more than three decades, leading her to study the history of portraiture and its contemporary practice in both her Masters and Doctorate at Curtin University, Western Australia. Her passion has been in drawing, painting and paint/photography. She has exhibited in several solo exhibitions such as (selected); Obesience Singapore Art Fair, Geraldton Regional Gallery, Bunbury Regional Gallery 2018-19, Publicity Tripartite, artcollectiveWA, 2016. Among others, Perth Galleries, WA, 2013, Unlacing Carnal Margins: Portraits by Angela Stewart John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, 2010, and 3 Women Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery 1999 and in group exhibitions; Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2013 (artcollectiveWA), Black Swan Portrait Prize; (Eveline Kotai), 2013 (Joan London), 2008. She has lectured for many years in major Tertiary Institutions, tutoring at Curtin University and permanent part time lecturer in painting and drawing at North Metropolitan College (Central Tafe). In 2013 she became a foundation member of artcollectiveWA. She is in several major collections (selected) Curtin University, BHP Billiton, University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, WA, BankWest, Kedumba Drawing Award, NSW and Cruther’s Collection of Women’s Art, St John of God Hospital, City of Albany. www.angelastewart.com.au Instagram angela_stewart_artist

Philippa Thomas

Philippa Thomas
Award-winning Western Australian quilter, Philippa Thomas, began quilting while she was living in Brazil in 1988. In 1990 she began teaching patchwork and quilting classes as part of the American Womens’ Association, giving courses of 8 lessons, approximately every 6 months. Between 1996 and 2011 she continued teaching, in India and the UK, then moved to Perth in 2011. Since then, she has been involved with quilting as a practitioner, administrator, judge and contributor to quilting publications. Since 1993 until now, she has been the winner of many awards including the 2012 West Australian Quilters Association (QuiltWest) 'Millennium Quilt' Mainly Applique Amateur 1st Place, 2015 West Australian Quilters' Association (Challenge) 'Half Light' on a theme ‘Illumination’, 1st Place Member's Choice Award and 1st place in the 2018 West Australian Quilters' Association (QuiltWest) ‘Beach Bum Boulevard’ in the pictorial quilt section. https://pippaquilt.blogspot.com/

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, been 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

Renata Wright

Renata Wright
Painting is a fantastic way to say something without having to use words. The process for Renata Wright is the best part, rather than the outcome. Every time she puts brush to paper, mixes a new colour, or draws a new picture in preparation for a painting, she is excited about the journey she is taking, and wondering with great anticipation what she will experience on the way. Renata’s inspiration comes from the eight-legged critters in this world – arachnids! She is fascinated by them and the homes they create, and she has chosen to study them through her art. Renata also has a “day job” - her other art love, and that is teaching watercolour classes. She loves sharing her techniques and knowledge, and students learn “normal” subjects in her classes like landscapes, seascapes, still life, flowers, animals, buildings, and so on. Her focus in class is to not only share what she knows, but to also provide an atmosphere where students can escape from the rest of the world for a while and fully immerse themselves in their imagination and creative mindsets.