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Each Wild Idea Workshops that put you with contemporary artists to learn new skills.

Carolyn Dew 

Carolyn studied photography at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Victorian College of the Arts. Early in her career, Carolyn worked as a preservation photographer at the State Library of Victoria where photography was contextualised as a reflection of social and cultural history. This influence remains present in Carolyn's photos which explore the personal and cultural practices expressed in our everyday environments. Each Wild Idea is Carolyn's big idea.


Past Teachers            

Judith Van Heeren, Night Sea Garden  2017, oil on linen Judith Van Heeren, Night Sea Garden 2017, oil on linen Judith Van Heeren

Now a resident of central Victoria, Judith Van Heeren was born in the Netherlands and spent many of her formative years living in Western Australia. Judith has a Fine Arts degree from Claremont School of Arts in Perth and a Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts. Judith is currently commercially represented by Murray    White Room in Melbourne and Arthouse Gallery in Sydney. Judith’s imaginary landscapes of wild, wonderful and exotic specimens reference a museological view of nature, holding the strange theatrical beauty found in a cabinet of curiosities or a museum diorama.


Glenda Nicholls 

Glenda Nicholl’s is one of Victoria’s finest contemporary Indigenous fibre artists and weaving teachers. Glenda was born on the verandah of the Swan Hill District hospital in 1954 in Wemba Wemba country. Glenda is multi-clanned and recognises her Wadi Wadi/Yorta Yorta and Ngarrinjeri decendants.  Her craft reflects the continuity of her family storyline, the story of her elders and ancestors and the connection between the past and the present. In 2015 Glenda was awarded Victoria’s richest Indigenous art prize, the Deadly Art Award for her life-size woven sculptural work, A Woman’s Rite of Passage. Glenda recently curated the exhibition Weaving and the Waterways: Women and Fishing which was exhibited at the Koorie Heritage Trust in 2017 and can be seen at the Mildura Arts Centre in April 2018


Tony DayTony DayTony Day

Tony Day is a Bendigo born multi-disciplinary artist working mainly in the medium of drawing. His narrative drawing style explores myths and memories from his childhood and family life. Tony has an Honours degree in Fine Arts from La Trobe University and was awarded the 2015 Julie Miller Markoff Visual Arts Award. 



Gabrielle Martin

Central Victorian artist, Gabrielle Martin studied painting at the Victorian College of the Arts. Portraiture forms the core of Martin’s art practice. Her subjects include family, friends, fellow artists, and people who inspire her such as author and philosopher Raimond Gaita and singers Vika and Linda Bull. Her work has also explored the close bond that can exist between people and their animals.  Gabrielle has been a finalist in many Australian art prizes including the Archibald Prize and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Last year, she won St Johns Southgate 2017 Art Prize. Her paintings are in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the State Library of Victoria and Deakin University.