PUBLIC PROGRAMS + EDUCATION
AT CASULA POWERHOUSE
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is dedicated to providing the community with affordable high quality, education programs that nurture activities appreciation of the arts. Our creative and dynamic Public Programs and Education team bring a variety of creative abilities and inspiration to encourage students to have an active art imagination.
Our education programs encourage creativity as a primary engagement to learning. Our workshops, talks, tours, and accompanying literature empower participants by stimulating curiosity, enabling a response and producing an outcome.
Our education programs are developed by professional art educators and practicing artists in consultation with institutions, teachers, and feedback from participants. Our programs are designed to accommodate a range of physical, intellectual and curriculum requirements.
Our educational policy articulates an integrated response to programming through direct engagement with exhibition and theatre schedules. This alignment ensures renewed educational experiences upon each visit.
To receive a printed education program and other education updates, please email your full name, position, school and postal address to RosmarinC@casulapowerhouse.com.
MEET OUR TEAM
Cayn is a visual arts educator with experience in both museum and school environments. She studied a Bachelor of Art Education at UNSW Art and Design. She has taught in a number of schools including North Sydney Girls High School, Pymble Ladies College, Darlinghurst Public and Bronte Public.
After completing her master studies Museum and Heritage at the University of Sydney in 2016. She transitioned into gallery and museum education, gaining experiences from prolific institutions including Carriageworks, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Hurstville Museum and Gallery, Fairfield Living Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She is currently the Public Programs and Education officer at Casula Powerhouse, where she believes in igniting students’ passion and excitement for their learning through engagement with the arts.
She has experience and expertise in a diverse range of arts – drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking.
Dianne McClaughlin is a registered Art Therapist with a keen interest in the use of the Arts in building and sustaining a sense of wellbeing.
Dianne completed a Masters of Fine Arts in 2014 through Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney gaining experience in printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and painting. Dianne then went on to complete a Masters of Art Therapy through Western Sydney University in 2017. Dianne has worked with numerous client groups including; CALD groups, women’s community groups, individuals with disabilities, children and families, adolescents, oncology patients and carers, those impacted by dementia, and within community and hospital mental health institutions.
Prior to working as a Public Programs officer focusing on Arts and Health, Dianne has worked at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre as a facilitator since 2015. Gaining a vast array of experience in working and developing programs appropriate to the Liverpool City Community.
Rawan Abdin has studied a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Primary Education at the Western Sydney University. Rawan has received Exemplary Excellence in the Creative Arts Program in her university studies.
Rawan has worked in a primary school setting and has a strong passion in Visual Arts and hopes to inspire the young minds to think creatively and critically. More importantly she believes that Visual Arts allows children to explore and play which is the core to learning. With her background in education she has joined Casula Powerhouse to further inspire the love of Visual Arts to young minds.
Florence Araniego is an artist working with drawing and painting. She is influenced by the Japanese Superflat movement, and painting all things kawaii. Florence has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, a Diploma of Film at TAFE and completed a Certificate IV in Auslan at The Deaf Society. Florence has been involved with numerous organisations, such as The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney's Writers Festival and now facilitates for Studio A. Florence teaches a range of workshops and classes at CPAC including, Home School - S.T.E.A.M and Art School After School
Priscilla Bourne is a Sydney-based artist, curator and educator. She teaches visual art at TAFE and facilitates art activities at Mission Australia in addition to her contributions at Casula Powerhouse. She has curated several exhibitions including a significant group show of Sydney artists in "Smashed Screens" at Delmar Gallery in Ashfield in December 2017.
Priscilla’s life and work is an exploration of all things colourful and gestural, formed and painted, cast and pressed. Artworks that inspire her are embodied, encapsulated, authentic experiences of this world.
Hanne Dora Davies, (b. Denmark), lives and works in Camden, Australia. Working across a range of media, such as textile, painting, ceramics, and photography, allow her to produce a variety of work and installations which are often inﬂuenced by her Danish/Greenlandic heritage and the Australian culture. Since completing a Bachelor of Creative Art, Visual Art Hons. at the University of Wollongong, Hanne Dora has involved the greater community with contemporary art classes and workshops designed to be engaging and educational.
Rhonda Dee was born near the border of Texas and Mexico in a fusion of Native American, Latino, and Anglo culture. Her paintings, sculptures, and installations explore the boundaries of cultures and the internal geographies of the body and psyche. She has had numerous exhibitions and public commissions including Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly Council, Macquarie University Art Gallery and Bankstown Arts Centre.
Vinh is a filmmaker with a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications from UTS. A freelancer under his business Blatant Labs, he has produced engaging work for clients including UTS: Insearch, Cancer Council and headspace. His films 'Bliss' and 'Handy' have been screened at Cannes and nationally around Australia. Vinh is also an award winning artist, taking home Best Film at 48 Green Hours and Shortcuts. He is an avid fan of cosplay and attends pop culture conventions regularly.
Jaimie Leonarder aka Jay Katz and Aspasia Leonarder. Both Jamie and Aspasia have been involved in musical and artistic ventures for well over thirty-five years. They are also regular facilitators and presenters at Casula Powerhouse. They were the subject of a Pagan/SBS independent film Love & Anarchy and are devotees of independent cinema, running screenings in venues throughout the city for the last twenty years and are curators of the Mu-Meson Archives their own personal collection of film, books, music and obscure media. Avid collectors of lost film footage, they have become Robin Hood figure’s to the A.B.C. finding them more original lost footage of their T.V shows from the early 60’s than any other organisation.
Sandra May is a film editor, production designer, and animator based in Sydney, Australia. She's a strong advocate of human and social rights and hopes her work inspires others to broadcast diversity in media and on the screen.
Sandra works with people from her community to encourage art in all forms, self-love, and self-appreciation. Her ultimate dream is to bring an art scene into Sydney’s south-west and show that there is beauty in a person's roots.
Rebecca Nides aka RubyStar
RubyStar has been entertaining and facilitating workshops throughout Australia for over 20 years using drama, colour, laughter, movement, clowning techniques, and circus skills to enrich, inspire, and motivate all walks of life through creative play, positive reinforcement and impromptu performance - providing people with confidence, social interaction, goal setting, exercise and overall well being.
Scott Parker is a creator of original theatre works for young people, telling stories and building worlds using a mix of puppetry, physical performance, and live music.
He is the founder of visual/physical theatre company, Matriark Theatre with whom he has created, countless works. He is currently working with young people in regional NSW to develop a site-specific performance work taking place in Cootamundra in 2019.
Matriark Theatre Company
Matriark Theatre builds worlds made of stories, creating original theatre that draws diverse audiences into shared storytelling experiences.
Matriark Theatre is made up of core artists Scott Parker, Kathryn Parker and Aleisa Jelbart. We exist to create new theatrical works for families blending whimsical puppetry and glorious visuals together with folk tales and physical theatre. The company is committed to connecting diverse audiences with the arts, improving participation and accessibility by working with communities, schools and regional arts centres to develop, premiere and present new works.
Elizabeth is an artist who is passionate about the healing and wellness potential of art. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours from Sydney University where she majored in sculpture with a particular interest in glass, ceramics, and recycling art practices.
Elizabeth’s sessions aim to increase her client’s skills and capacity for art while nurturing and supporting the therapeutic benefits of art.
Simon Wheeldon is a multi-disciplinary artist working with drawing, painting and sound art. Simon’s artwork is concerned with the perceived functions of images within complex systems of signs and symbols. Simon studied fine art at Wollongong TAFE, COFA and later completed a Master of Fine Art specialising in drawing at the National Art School.
Ting, aka Bgirl TNT, started hip-hop dance first and later on discovered break dancing and fell in love with it. She then moved to San Francisco to learn from all the original founders from California. Ting spent many years competing internationally and now she is focusing on building and teaching Sydney’s hip hop dance scene.
Chanel is a Sydney based artist who completed her education at the National Art School. Her work is multidisciplinary in nature, but chiefly governed by drawing, lending itself to installation, ceramics, and painting. Her work lies in the field of gestural-abstraction, and endeavours to explore the questions; what it means to be here and now in this body and place? Chanel Tobler’s work is held in collections by the National Art School, Sydney Royal Children’s Hospital and in private collections across Australia and Europe.
Belinda is no stranger to Casula Powerhouse, presenting annual robotics and animation workshops in school holidays as well as the WOW Festival. Belinda has worked as a member on the FIRST Robotics committee and is a Design and Technology Teacher, teaching electronics, robotics, animation and technology to all ages. Belinda has taught for more than a decade in schools across NSW. She started her career as an Electrician and then moved into the Technology industry before settling into Teaching. Belinda is also the director of Create to Learn delivering hands-on robotics and animation workshop for all ages.
Amber Virtue began acting at the age of 12, while training at the prestigious Australian Theatre for Young People.
Amber later trained at the Ensemble Acting Studio. During this time she appeared in several TV commercials, TV shows and films. Before moving to New York to appear in the Australian play, Secret Bridesmaids Business and continue her creative studies and pursuits.
Amber also teachers Drama and Creative Arts at several private schools in Sydney, runs theatre sports programs for kids ages 8-18, as well as creative therapy and music therapy workshops for people with Disabilities at several arts centres across NSW.
Jack, is an Australian born Chinese multimedia Artist an occasionally an actor
Likes to be super versatile and always willing to lend a creative brain.
Graduated from University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts and Media Communication in majoring Film, he also studied Theatre and Screen Performance.
A fascination with all facets of creating, in front and behind camera, preproduction and Post.
From big budget marvel Hollywood sets to Singaporean student films to home made lounge room improvisations of the Jerry Springer show.
He is down to earth and off this planet.
Zoe is a determined performance artist with a strong desire to improve the lives of young people through the creative arts.
Having grown up in Western Sydney, she is passionate about developing and sharing stories from the community. As well as standard voice, movement and performance skills, her specialities as a teacher include creative play (games, improvisation), impulse/instinct work, devising, script analysis, film, directing, soundscapes, and rhythm-based performance.
Zoe teaches theatre making and drama classes all around Sydney, including Shopfront Arts Co-op and PYT Fairfield. She is an active member of Sydney’s arts industry, working professionally as an actor, theatre maker, and director.