Biography of Collaborating Artists for Studio A Home Project
Paul is a dancer, choreographer, performance maker and teacher. He’s worked across genres from cabaret to mega-musicals. His experience immigrating to Australian has formed his ethos – connect people to create community.
Paul featured in the King and I for Gordon Frost and West Side Story for IMG. He was Resident Choreographer for the original Australian production of Disney’s The Lion King, preparing for the role on Broadway and Chicago before commencing in Sydney.
For The Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony, he was the assistant choreographer on the Nature and Arrivals segments.
He has danced with Opera Australia, directed and choreographed dance parties for thousands of attendees and created and performed in work for cultural communities; from the Asian community and the queer community. Paul was part of a Bollywood dance troupe for seven years spreading the joy of Bollywood.
Over the last ten years, Paul has worked with Melbourne based multi-award-winning company Finucane & Smith as a core member and senior artist. For this troupe, he’s performed at the Sydney Opera House and toured nationally and regionally.
Rosie Deacon is a Sydney-based artist working in sculpture and installation. She engages with the spectacle of obsession and realms of the absurd. In 2010, Deacon graduated from UNSW COFA with first class honours and was the recipient of both the Gallery Barry Keldoulis Grant for Emerging Artists and the Dinosaur Designs Prize. She has held solo exhibitions at Gaffa Gallery and 107 projects, Redfern and been included in group shows across Sydney, Newcastle and Sheffield, UK.
In 2014, Deacon was selected as the inaugural Runway Annual Artist Commission. In 2015, Deacon was invited as the Guest Artist for Studio A's project for Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island. Deacon exhibited at abandoned theme park 'Adventureland' for Campbelltown Arts Centre's Winter Wonderland, and was recently included in Performance Contemporary for Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks. In 2016, Deacon curated 'Koala Nutbush' ART BAR, at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, and was awarded Viewers Choice in the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at the National Art School, Darlinghurst.
Aesha Henderson is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture, installation and performance. After completing a BVA Honours (Jewellery Object Design) at Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney she has been a practicing independent artist and curator while supporting a career as a contract artist in puppet, prop, costume and set design and building.
She is co-founder of performance company Such&Such and has been involved in Sydney group Umbrella Theatre since its formation at Underbelly Arts Lab 2010.
Aesha has made work with ERTH Visual and Physical Inc. for over six years and has recently returned from a national tour as a puppeteer for ERTH’s I,Bunyip.
Other performance credits include Jurassic Lounge (Umbrella Theatre), Peats Ridge Arts and Music Festival (Umbrella Theatre), Harvest Festival (Umbrella Theatre), Gallery Burlesques’ Timania (Umbrella Theatre), Sydney Fringe (Umbrella Theatre), Underbelly Arts (Umbrella Theatre), Perth Fringe (ERTH), Vivid (ERTH), The Rocks Markets (ERTH).
She has exhibited at GAFFA Gallery, Alaska Projects, INDEX, Firstdraft, China Heights, blank_space, and held a Fraser Studios residency last winter.
Elias Nohra is a digital artist with over 12 years of experience using old, new and emerging technologies to tell stories.
Formerly the Community Director and Head Educator at CuriousWorks, Elias has worked with hundreds of young and old people of culturally diverse backgrounds from all across Australia, building their capacity for sustainable self-expression through diverse digital media forms. He brings a passion for a more diverse and representative media and arts landscape to all of his work.
Elias is an accomplished video artist and his most recent video work, Repatriate (2015), a collaboration with performance maker Latai Taumoepeau and commissioned by Carriageworks for their 24 Frames Per Second exhibition, has toured internationally.
In recent years Elias has shifted his focus to more interactive and immersive digital experiences, and he is currently developing Studio A’s very first video game with artist, Skye Saxon.
Warburton trained at Hornsby Technical College and Alexander Mackie College in the 1970s. His work was hung in numerous group exhibitions from 1974, and in 1980 he received an Australia Council Grant to study in New York and Toronto.
During the 1980s and 1990s he had four one-man shows, at the Holdsworth Galleries in Woollahra and the Mark Julian Gallery in Glebe. He was first an Archibald finalist in 1984, with a self-portrait; thirteen years later his portrait of multiple sclerosis sufferer Gennie Batterham was selected for exhibition. Since 2001 he has been an Archibald finalist four times, in 2008 with a portrait of Faith Bandler.
He has been hung in the Salon des Refusés, Wynne, Sulman, Dobell and Blake prizes; he has won the Blake Viewer's Choice, and the Hunters Hill Portrait Prize twice; in 1996 he won the Bega Valley Art Award and the Walkom-Manning Art Prize.
His work is represented in regional, municipal and private collections in Australia and overseas. Alongside his art practice, since 1992 Warburton has worked for organizations assisting people with disabilities.