Guest Artists


A Studio A Guest Artist is an artist who creates artwork outside of the Studio A program and who is invited to work at Studio A over a designated time period. The responsibilities of the Guest Artist vary depending on what has been arranged with the Studio A Artistic Director and might include:

  • Mentoring, tutoring or skill sharing with one particular Studio A artist or a specific group of artists.
  • Collaborating on a specific project with one particular Studio A artist or a group of artists.
  • Undertaking research or creating artwork that is in response to the Studio A program and/or it’s artists.

Guest Artists are often identified and invited into the program by the Studio A team, however we are also open to receiving proposals from artists interested in working within the Guest Artist program.

Jo Bertini


Jo Bertini is an award winning, established Australian artist. She is a painter, art educator, lecturer and writer. She is known internationally for her paintings and drawings of desert landscapes, people and animals. Her work has been acquired by private and public collections both nationally and internationally and is on display in many public art galleries, museums and institutions. For ten years she worked as an Expedition Artist on scientific and ecological survey expeditions into the most remote and inaccessible desert regions of Australia. A published art book, ‘Fieldwork - Jo Bertini’ celebrates her long and intimate engagement with the Australian desert. She continues to focus her artistic interests on desert people and places, painting and working in some of the most remote and inaccessible desert regions of the world.

In 2018 Jo is mentoring Studio A Professional Pathways awardee, Matt Elliott, to create a new body of work that examines painting and pushes his practice into new areas and mediums.

Rosie Deacon

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. 

Find Rosie's work here.

Laura Jones

Laura Jones’ luminous paintings embody a deep admiration for the natural world. Her often unusual and awkward compositions invite the viewer to share in the experiential process of painting. Her distinct visual language challenges the audience to explore the still life genre from a contemporary perspective despite its traditional origins. She has developed a method of capturing the essence of her subject without being overly concerned with the minutiae of a botanic artist. Her layering of oil paint has a topographical surface quality that references the action of painting.

Born in 1982 in Sydney, Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Art from the College of Fine Arts (UNSW). She has been included in numerous public exhibitions including a solo exhibition at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in 2015.

Regularly punctuating her practice with portraiture, she has been regularly selected as a finalist in competitions such as the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, and the Shirley Hannan Portrait Award.

Laura worked with Studio A artist Nadia Lolas to create a multi-panel collaborative painting, based on the well loved book and movie "The Secret Garden". 

Laura Jones is represented by Olsen Irwin Gallery in Wooollahra.

Find Laura's work here.

Stella Rosa McDonald


Stella Rosa McDonald is an independent writer, artist and curator with an MFA in Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales. 

As a writer, Stella publishes regularly on contemporary art and has contributed texts to numerous exhibition catalogues, magazines and artists’ projects. She has contributed critical writing, fiction and poetry to a variety of publications including Vitamin P3, New Perspectives in Painting (Phaidon), Overland Literary Journal, Ocula Magazine, The Art Life and Art & Australia amongst others. She has a particular interest in interdisciplinary projects spanning writing and the visual arts and in 2016 was project manager for The Bureau of Writing, a collaborative writing program designed for artists and presented alongside the 20th Biennale of Sydney in association with Artspace. 

She is the former Associate Gallery Manager of Minerva, Sydney, where she facilitated a range of exhibitions and publishing projects with leading Australian and international artists, writers and curators. 

Stella has joined Studio A to mentor artist, Lisa Scott on developing a new body of work that incorporates Lisa's hand-written memoirs.

Elias Nohra

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.

Antonia Presenti

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Antonia Pesenti is a Sydney based architect and illustrator.  After graduating from Architecture at Sydney University, Antonia relocated to Paris, working as an architect for 8 years. Parallel to her work there, Antonia spent her time documenting Paris through drawing, developing a passion for illustrated books. Today combines co-directing the award-winning design partnership MAKE Creative with illustrating/designing and making beautiful books, exploring all formats from experimental zines through to picture books. Her bestselling book collaborations with writer Hilary Bell, Alphabetical Sydney and Numerical Street have been shortlisted for many awards.

Antonia’s distinctive mixed media illustrations have been published in magazines around the world, but her focus is on creating unique books. She is currently completing 2 solo picture books to be published in 2017, Rhyme Cordial with Scribble, and Look Up, a picture book on architecture, published by Hardie Grant.  

Antonia joined Studio A to work with artists to create a range of Zines. She is currently working to represent Studio A in the zine community. 

Leigh Rigozzi

Leigh Rigozzi is an artist and writer based in Tasmania. After studying a Master of Visual Art at Sydney College of the Arts, he went on to exhibit, curate, and self-publish a variety of work over the following decade. Key publications include Trevally of the Shadow of DeathBad Habits, Fumetti, Pubs of the Inner West, and List comics. He was one of the co-founders of the Blood & Thunder publishing concern and edited the first two volumes of their flagship publication Blood & Thunder. He has curated several exhibitions of comic art, the most prominent of which was the 2003 show The Dark Woods (co-curated with Sarah Howell), which toured to regional centres nationally. Key exhibitions of his own work include Conclusion (with Cecelia Huynh, 2008) at the Tin Sheds gallery, Rough as Guts (2010) and The Best of All Possible Worlds (2012) at Ray Hughes gallery, and Aftermath (with Lachlan Conn, 2013) at Scratch Art Space. His most recent exhibition was New Tools at Sawtooth ARI (2016).

Leigh has worked with Studio A since 2011. He has mentored various artists there, but has primarily worked with Greg Sindel on a series of projects developing Greg's work for publication, exhibition, and adaptation into animated form. He also assisted in preparing Greg's work for a stall at Sydney Contemporary in 2015.

Find Leigh's work here.

Paul Williams

Paul Williams is a Sydney-based artists working in painting and ceramics. Paul was awarded the University Medal with First Class Honours in 2007 (UNSW, Art and Design) and after completing a Master of Fine Arts (research) in 2011 he became a Firstdraft Co-Director (2012-2013), Sydney's longest running Artist Run Initiative. Williams has exhibited extensively in Sydney at Gallery 9, Artspace, The Hughes Gallery, Firstdraft, MOP Projects, and interstate at Bus Projects, NCCA, FELTspace and he recently held a solo exhibition at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery. 

Paul was invited to Studio A in 2015 to mentor Studio A painter, Peter Dudding. Pete and Paul collaborated on some ceramic pieces and in March, 2016 Paul curated a solo exhibition of Pete's work at Firstdraft Gallery. In 2016 Paul is in residence at Studio A where he is working alongside Peter Dudding, Jeanette Scanes and Damian Showyin. 

Find Paul's work here.