Staff Profiles


Fiona Blanchard

B.A Art Theory(Art Education),BFA (stage 4 painting),Dip Teaching and Learning(Art Education)
Senior Operations Coordinator

Fiona holds a BA in Art Theory (Art Education), a Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Art Education) and has completed stage 4 in painting studio practice for a BFA. Over the past decade and a half she has gained extensive experience in educational and cultural institutions as well as setting up and running a nationwide art education company Artsight Limited. Fiona is passionate about teaching and learning and fostering creative engagement.

Previous roles have included Managing Director of Artsight Limited, Education Coordinator at City Gallery Wellington, and Senior Visual Arts educator in Design and Painting.

Recent projects include NZ project manager for the Australasian WW1 commemorative project Your Friend the Enemy and initiating a New Zealand wide exhibition tour with major public galleries and museums.



Phillip RelfPhil Relf

BA Communications (Theatre/Media)
Cultural Programs Officer (Outreach)
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Phillip Relf graduated from the then North Sydney Technical College’s Film & Teleview Production program in 1977. After working with independent film companies and finally the ABC documentary unit, including 4 Corners and A Big Country, he left to travel overseas.

In 1992 he graduated from Charles Sturt University with a BA Communications (Theatre/Media) specialising in community event celebrations, large scale lantern and street imagery. He has worked both here and overseas on major festivals and with theatre companies such as Welfare State International (UK) and Bread & Puppet (USA). Phillip has worked at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre since 1995.


Bess O’MalleyBess

MA (Visual Arts)
Cultural Programs Coordinator (Childrens)
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Bess holds a Master of Art degree (major oil painting), graduating with distinction from the College Of Fine Art, Sydney in 1994. She is also a qualified Environmental Educator and has worked across Australia on visual arts projects addressing local green issues. In addition to her role at Pine Steet, Bess has been the Visual Arts Producer on all three Sydney Children’s Festivals at Carriageworks.

As Children’s Program Coordinator, Bess aims to develop innovative programs that inspire children to view their environment in a new way, and to equip them with a skill set to express their imagination and feelings more successfully.


Christie TorringtonPhoto of Christie, Youth Program Coordinator

BVA (Honours)
Cultural Programs Coordinator (Youth)

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Christie Torrington trained in Painting  and Drawing at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW) Paddington, completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (with Honors class 1) in 2002. Christie has exhibited widely over the past 15 years, both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Japan and the United States. She was winner of the 2004 Hunters Hill Art Prize Viewers Choice Award, 2002 UNSW Students Association Arts Prize (Painting and Drawing) and the 2003 William Fletcher Trust Grant. In 2001 she was the recipient of the Ultimo Studio Project residency. Her delicate and quirky illustrative style is not limited only to gallery exhibitions. Over the past three years, Christie has participated in various live art at events such as the Sydney Fringe Festival and as a liquid light projectionist at various events with the art collective Punk Monk Propaganda.

Christie has taught painting and drawing classes with adults, teens and children for 8 years at various art centers across Sydney. She manages all of Pine Street’s youth art programs and events, as well as coordinating our major annual youth festival – smart ARTS.

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Rowena Hallpic

M.F.A, B.V.A – Photomedia, Grad Dip (Business – Tourism)
Arts Administrator, Gallery Coordinator, Adults Program Coordinator
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Rowena has been heavily involved in the Arts for almost
20 years. Her performing arts experience includes stage management, set building, lighting, and film stills. She was Workshop Manager at the Australian Centre of Photography and spent nearly six years with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney where her additional duties included Stills Photography tutor and Film Stills Photographer. She also participated on the Board of Directors for First Draft Gallery.

In 2011 Rowena completed her Masters of Fine Arts (by research and exhibition) in Photo-media at Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University. Rowena is also a practicing artist – her latest body of photographic work, History Bearing, is reminiscent of tableaux vivant and cinematic stills.


Rebecca Bairdbec

BVA (Printmaking & Painting), Dip graphic Design
Senior Printmaking Tutor & Studio Technician
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With more than 20 years teaching experience Rebecca specialises in nontoxic Printmaking techniques. Her work experience includes an international teaching residency at the Sidney Nolan trust in the UK. Rebecca also works in other visual art disciplines such as Ceramics and Painting.

Rebecca pursued her teacher training in Rudolf Steiner education based on the philosophy of Anthroposophy. This is a holistic approach, which focuses on the development of the child and the importance of creativity in education. Whilst studying she worked at Warringah printmaking studio as a teacher of non-toxic and traditional printmaking techniques.

As a tutor of printmaking, she encourages her students to explore their talents as artists using an experimental approach to produce their own work. Rebecca has exhibited in group and solo shows and was a finalist in The John Glover painting prize and the Libris artist book awards. Her work is in international Print collections of corporate, public and private institutions.


Anthony BrinkAnt

BVA (Honours), Grad Dip (Teaching)
Senior Ceramics
Tutor & Studio Technician
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Anthony’s professional experience includes: Mould-maker at KC Day in Sydney; Assistant to sculptor and multimedia artist Frederic Chepeaux; Aprentist to ceramic artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott; anda production thrower in Errol Barnes’ Lyrebird Ridge Pottery. Since the late 1980′s he has worked independently as a studio based potter, and was artist-in-residence at the Queensland Potters Association in Brisbane. He coordinated community adult education programs, began exhibiting in and around Brisbane and generated a national market for his work.

Anthony currently runs the Fireant Ceramic Art and Design studio in Mt Victoria, Blue Mountains and has worked as a part time teacher in ceramics since 2005. His sustained creative practice informs his teaching.