About Studio A

Studio A is a supported studio based in Sydney Australia that tackles the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists. The enterprise paves professional pathways for such artists so that they can achieve their artistic and economic aspirations.

Studio A provides its artists with a working studio space equipped with specialist materials and support-staff. It also manages an annual exhibition program and facilitates weekly workshops provided by invited contemporary artists. Studio A supports a variety of artists working within a range of disciplines and thus strategically links Studio A artwork with an equally diverse range of target markets including art, design, craft, and corporate markets.

The Studio A program is structured to operate as a social enterprise, meaning revenue derived from the program’s activities is invested back into the program to increase its artistic and social outcomes. Income derived from the sale and exhibition of artwork directly benefits the artist.

Studio A contributes to various personal outcomes for the artists including increased self esteem, increased aspirations for the future, broader social networks and a sense of belonging, increased financial security and improved mental health. More broadly, within the community Studio A reduces stigma associated with people with disabililty and increases diversity and inclusion. Studio A offers the mainstream arts sector access to new artists and new opportunities for unique collaborations.

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The Studio A team

Gabrielle Mordy CEO/Artistic Director Gabrielle is fascinated by the ways individuals and communities use art to express their relationship with the world. She is inspired by the power of art to translate experiences and stories across cultures. Sometimes with grace, sometimes with ferocity but always with a touch of magic. A passionate advocate for the rights of all people to access the arts, Gabrielle leads the Studio A enterprise and has over ten years’ experience working with artists with disability. Gabrielle holds a Masters of Fine Arts & a First Class Honours degree in Anthropology. In 2014 Mordy was awarded a Churchill Scholarship and an Australia Council Career Development Award to undertake international research into the supported studio sector. In 2011 she received a Curatorial Mentorship Initiative award from the National Association for the Visual Arts. Gabrielle is also a practicing artist and writer working with a range of media including textiles, printmaking, drawing and sculpture.

Gabrielle Mordy
CEO/Artistic Director

Gabrielle is fascinated by the ways individuals and communities use art to express their relationship with the world. She is inspired by the power of art to translate experiences and stories across cultures. Sometimes with grace, sometimes with ferocity but always with a touch of magic.

A passionate advocate for the rights of all people to access the arts, Gabrielle leads the Studio A enterprise and has over ten years’ experience working with artists with disability.

Gabrielle holds a Masters of Fine Arts & a First Class Honours degree in Anthropology. In 2014 Mordy was awarded a Churchill Scholarship and an Australia Council Career Development Award to undertake international research into the supported studio sector. In 2011 she received a Curatorial Mentorship Initiative award from the National Association for the Visual Arts. Gabrielle is also a practicing artist and writer working with a range of media including textiles, printmaking, drawing and sculpture.

Emma Johnston Principal Support Artist A passionate maker, Emma works directly with Studio A artists and is driven to support them in realising their creative visions. Emma is a driving force behind all Studio A’s collaborative projects, and is particularly enthusiastic about creating custom made, commissioned decorative sculptures for events and functions with the Studio A Props Collective.  Emma holds a Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Plant and Wildlife Illustration and has won several significant art prizes. In 2011 she received a Curatorial Mentorship Initiative award from the National Association for the Visual Arts for her work with Studio A.

Emma Johnston
Principal Support Artist

A passionate maker, Emma works directly with Studio A artists and is driven to support them in realising their creative visions. Emma is a driving force behind all Studio A’s collaborative projects, and is particularly enthusiastic about creating custom made, commissioned decorative sculptures for events and functions with the Studio A Props Collective. 

Emma holds a Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Plant and Wildlife Illustration and has won several significant art prizes. In 2011 she received a Curatorial Mentorship Initiative award from the National Association for the Visual Arts for her work with Studio A.

Harriet Body Online Marketing Coordinator and Development Assistant Harriet is a professional artist with ten years of experience in arts administration and online marketing including roles at the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), MOP Projects and Galerie pompom. Harriet is also an arts educator and has run art workshops for people with disability at various organisations. She is currently working casually as an Artist Educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in the Bella program. Harriet holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with first-class honours and a research-based Masters of Fine Arts both from the UNSW, College of Fine Arts. Aside from her individual art-practice which has seen Harriet exhibit both nationally and internationally, Harriet also has a collaborative art practice with Studio A represented artist, Thom Roberts. Together they work under the name 'Thom and Angelmouse'.

Harriet Body
Online Marketing Coordinator and Development Assistant

Harriet is a professional artist with ten years of experience in arts administration and online marketing including roles at the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), MOP Projects and Galerie pompom. Harriet is also an arts educator and has run art workshops for people with disability at various organisations. She is currently working casually as an Artist Educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in the Bella program.

Harriet holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with first-class honours and a research-based Masters of Fine Arts both from the UNSW, College of Fine Arts.

Aside from her individual art-practice which has seen Harriet exhibit both nationally and internationally, Harriet also has a collaborative art practice with Studio A represented artist, Thom Roberts. Together they work under the name 'Thom and Angelmouse'.

Lise Anderson Gallery Coordinator Lise loves art and loves a display! She uses her creative flair for colour and design to display Studio A artwork and to maximise it's unique appeal. Having over ten years experience in gallery management, Lise now manages the dynamic Studio A working studio and gallery.  Lise holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University with a Major in Fine Arts and Psychology as well as a Masters in Arts Administration from the University of New South Wales. She has also completed a certificate course in colour and design and has worked in interior design.  Lise also brings to Studio A her own personal experience of caring for a family member with a rare intellectual and physical disability. As a result of this experience, Lise has a great respect for people with disability and a passionate desire to promote their special gifts.  

Lise Anderson
Gallery Coordinator

Lise loves art and loves a display! She uses her creative flair for colour and design to display Studio A artwork and to maximise it's unique appeal. Having over ten years experience in gallery management, Lise now manages the dynamic Studio A working studio and gallery. 

Lise holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University with a Major in Fine Arts and Psychology as well as a Masters in Arts Administration from the University of New South Wales. She has also completed a certificate course in colour and design and has worked in interior design. 

Lise also brings to Studio A her own personal experience of caring for a family member with a rare intellectual and physical disability. As a result of this experience, Lise has a great respect for people with disability and a passionate desire to promote their special gifts.  

Tim Bell Archivist and Gallery Assistant Tim Bell began his journey at Studio A as a collaborating artist in the Studio A Props Collective.  In 2015, Studio A received funding to provide a specialised training program for Tim to develop his skills in photographic documentation of artwork and in digital inventory. In 2017 with the assistance of funding from the ING Direct Dreamstarter Crowdfunding Initiative, Studio A were able to employ Tim part-time as our Archivist and Gallery Assistant.   

Tim Bell
Archivist and Gallery Assistant

Tim Bell began his journey at Studio A as a collaborating artist in the Studio A Props Collective.  In 2015, Studio A received funding to provide a specialised training program for Tim to develop his skills in photographic documentation of artwork and in digital inventory. In 2017 with the assistance of funding from the ING Direct Dreamstarter Crowdfunding Initiative, Studio A were able to employ Tim part-time as our Archivist and Gallery Assistant. 

 

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Goals

The priority for Studio A over the next three years is organisational consolidation, ensuring a sustainable organisation that can continue to create professional pathways for our artists, with the flexibility for future growth. 
To achieve this, we have identified four strategic goals.

1. An effective organisation

Implement operational financial and governance infrastructure, systems and processes so that our organisation can improve its effectiveness and achieve its strategic goals.

2. Commercial and Funding Strength

Identify, pursue and attain sustainable and diversified commercial and funding opportunities so that our organisation generates a surplus of 5% of revenues each year.

3. Reputation for high quality art

Build our reputation as an organisation that produces high quality visual art so that our artists can develop strong personal brands.

4. Pathways for Artists

Strengthen and broaden the professional pathways for our artists so that they can further develop as professional visual artists.