Management of NSVA is under the control of Co-owner Andrew Rennie, Admin Assistant Melissa Sage-Pickin and Mandy Rennie.
Andrew Rennie retired in 2017 after a 56 year career in General Insurance and Risk Management. which took him from Adelaide to Melbourne, Boston USA, Papua New Guinea and Canberra before settling in Sydney. Andrew has overall responsibility for management of the business.
Amanda (Mandy) Rennie has a 20 year background in teaching art to pre-school, primary, secondary and students with disabilities, She is responsible for planning and co-ordinating all aspects of the teaching program and Gallery exhibitions in conjunction with Melissa. This includes developing and maintaining contact with Teachers, Tutors, active artists and potential exhibitors. Mandy also manages the curation and hanging of artworks on exhibition.
Melissa Sage-Pickin is the backbone of our Admin. team having been with NSVA and Gallery 307 for a number of years. Melissa's abilities including managing all aspects of the administration of the business. Her skills in social media, marketing , liaising with parents, artists and teachers and providing valuable input to Mandy and Andrew in all aspects of the business are extremely well respected by all associated with the Gallery.
Our teaching staff comprise around 20 specialist artists/teachers/tutors in various areas of the visual arts.
Our current teachers and tutors include:
Mandy graduated from the College of Fine Arts at UNSW with a degree in Art Education. Mandy has taught art to children in Botswana and in schools around Sydney including Special Needs children. Mandy is also a practising artist and has had several exhibitions of her work. Her recent works have featured themes such as the Great Barrier Reef and Bushfires.
Mandy works in pastels, watercolours, and acrylics. Her painting, drawing and jewellery, incorporate new media such as flywire, epoxy resins and digital art. She adds a new dimension to NSVA's comprehensive teaching practices.
Karen has been a professional artist and educator for over 20 years. She is an award winning artist in Australia and the U.S.A and has had many successful solo exhibitions across Australia and the U.S.A. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Australia, U.S.A, U.K, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. She has had many public commissions for both painting and sculpture. She is a highly sought after tutor for both adult and children teaching both group and private tuition .
Kristen is a painter and art teacher, having completed studies at the University of Sydney, National Art School and graduating from COFA with a Master of Art in painting and drawing. She is an award winning artist, including the Northbridge Prize for works on paper (2012) and the Waverley Art Prize for Acrylics (2014).
Susan’s art career began on a small island off Far North Queensland where the brilliant colour of the sun and landscape inspired the bold line, design and freedom of her paintings which are both abstract and objective. French Fauve painters have also inspired her with their energy and vibrant colour. Her works have been shown at city and regional exhibitions in Australia and hung in collections worldwide.
Since arriving in Sydney in 2008 Sheila has been showing her work at Mesh Gallery, Woollahra and at various exhibitions. From 2011 until present has been an art instructor on Cunard & Azamara cruise ships and The Art Gallery of NSW.Her work is held in many collections in Australia, USA and UK.
Bernard de Vaux
Bernard is an Artist, Tutor and Writer and attended the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney. He was born in the Caribbean, and lives in the Blue Mountains.Bernard is a highly experienced pastel and oil painter who has taught for many years both to children and adults. He currently teaches our Adult students as well as after school and holiday workshops for 11-18 years.
Matthew Hamra Matt is an experienced educator and artist, having studied in Adelaide and Canberra.Commissioned and other artworks works are in private collections in UK and Australia. Focusing on the abstract and the body, his artworks explore media and themes around this and especially visual qualities.He has recently been selected by the Lane Cove Council for a public artwork associated with the Rosenthal Project.
With a BA from Sydney University, an MA from the College of Fine Arts at UNSW and a Masters of Teaching from ACU, Catherine is an extremely accomplished and qualified artist and teacher in all media forms including drawing, anatomy, painting, watercolour and photography. Her final body of work for her MA was awarded a High Distinction and was nominated for the Tim Olsen Prize. Catherine teaches in our School Holiday program, Junior Masterclasses and our our Saturday morning program.
Lyndall McKee has been painting in watercolour for many years. She is presently head teacher of our diploma course and also teaches illustration drawing and visual techniques in graphic design.
Midori Furze is a Japanese-born Sydney-based contemporary artist and she is an active participant in the local art community. In 2016, the Consul-General of Japan, Sydney awarded her for the 40th anniversary of Basic treaty of friendship and cooperation between Australia and Japan. She is an exert in origami, brush work, calligraphy, and contemporary painting.
Tony is a cartooning expert with a great range of knowledge and excitement about the art of the cartoon. We are honoured to offer his unique cartooning course that he will be travelling all the way up to Sydney from Adelaide to offer.