Mary Faith (MMus Stud '11)
Head Teacher of the Visual Arts Dept at Abbotsleigh School in Sydney for many years, she put in a proposal to the school to create an art gallery, workshop and teaching space in an old boarding house at Wahroonga on the upper north shore. The gallery will have exhibitions open to the public and embedded in school learning. The refurbished building was opened by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell in October, and the opening exhibition was titled Mentors: Inspirational Women.
Ella Dreyfus (Gard Dip SCA '90)
Recently graduated with a PhD from the College of Fine Arts at the University of NSW, joining her aunt Dr Kay Dreyfus and sister Dr Shoshana Dreyfus, as the third member of the Dreyfus family to complete a doctoral degree. Ella Dreyfus, currently Senior Lecturer and Head of Public Programs at the National Art School in Sydney, is an award-winning artist, known for her photographic exhibitions and monographs, including The Body Pregnant. Sister Shoshana is a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts at Sydney. She completed her PhD at the University of Wollongong in 2007. Dr Kay Dreyfus completed a Master of Music and PhD at the University of Melbourne and a second doctorate, in history at Monash University.
Michela Ledwidge (BA '93)
Michela has directed interactive video installation, ACO VIRTUAL. The installation was part of the Sydney Opera House’s 40th birthday celebrations last October, before continuing its tour of Australia. The project is a world-first innovation and an artistic collaboration between Michela’s studio and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. ACO VIRTUAL allows audiences to explore and play with the orchestra and its music, spotlighting individual musicians or sections via a touchscreen controller. Michela majored in French and Computer Science and her thesis was on the use of the web for artistic projects.
Jim Taylor (MEd '80)
Emeritus Professor at the University of Southern Queensland since 2012, he has been conferred with the title of Honorary Fellow of the Commonwealth of Learning in recognition of his many contributions to higher education, distance education and open education resources. The title was awarded at the seventh Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning held in Abuja, Nigeria in December. Over the years, Professor Taylor’s expertise in open and distance learning has been used by international agencies ranging from the World Bank to UNESCO.
Dr Tim Blashki (MBBS '64)
Dr Tim Blashki trained in psychiatry and subsequently practised in analytic therapy and held posts at several teaching hospitals in Melbourne. In the early 1980s he began to draw and to paint, becoming increasingly interested in the image as a representation of the internal world. Over the next 30 years he produced many thousands of sketches and cartoons, some of which are in this most recent exhibition in Melbourne, Beyond Words. Blashki uses symbolic imagery to depict aspects of the mind and states of consciousness. He retired from psychiatric practice in 2009 and has since pursued his interest in art full time.
Liz Parkinson (BEC '69)
Liz also completed Fine Arts 1 in its inaugural year in 1968 and graduated in 1978 with a Dip Ed from Newcastle University. After a teaching career, during which she wrote and illustrated three books, today she works full-time as an artist and has had many exhibitions of her drawings and masks both in Australia and abroad. A highlight was having some work purchased by the Collection de L’Art Brut in Lausanne in Switzerland. Last November there was an exhibition of her work at the Callan Park Gallery in Rozelle. Also in 2013 her work was included in shows in London, Amsterdam and Croatia. This year she will be taking her work to New Zealand and is illustrating a children’s book.