Toby leads the strategic and creative programming for visual arts across Penrith Regional Gallery as well as Penrith Performing & Visual Arts. He is an arts leader and curator who has worked with cultural organisations across Western Sydney for the past 15 years. He has curated exhibitions and programs for major institutions and festivals including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival, Shanghai Biennale and Jakarta Biennale. His mission is for the Gallery to be locally valued and nationally valuable, through community-focussed programming and the sharing of its significant collection. Toby has a Bachelor of Arts, Art History and Theory & Film Studies and is currently completing a Master of Arts, Curatorial & Museum Studies.
- Director, Visual Arts
Peta is passionate about preserving and sharing public collections, exhibitions and significant sites. She is an experienced and dedicated Registrar, who has worked with Collections, Exhibitions and Database management for over 20 years across the GLAM sector at the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the University of Sydney and Sydney Living Museums. She brings to the Gallery a strong broad understanding of collections and exhibition management. Peta grew up in the Blue Mountains and returns with a fervour to share the Gallery with the local and international community with which it belongs.
- Registrar, Exhibitions and Collection
Christine believes that access and the documentation of the permanent collection, and coordinating loans is the background work which helps position the cultural asset of the Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Gallery. She has worked in creative and dynamic environments as a fashion designer, global buyer and educator. She loves connecting with people and art, and is passionate about exploring and developing new and exciting ways for our audience to access our collection. The digitisation of our collection and object-based learning are new ways to provoke curiosity and build new audiences.
- Coordinator Exhibitions and Collection
Gemma leads creative experiences for children, young people, families and schools with a focus on inquiry-based, participant-centred and experiential learning. Previously, she worked in educational and public programming roles with the Fairfield Museum and Gallery, Powerhouse Museum, Kaldor Public Art Projects, and private art studios. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours and a Master of Creative and Cultural Industries Management.
- Learning Coordinator
Brittany is an arts administrator from Western Sydney with a passion for connecting communities through contemporary art. She has previously worked as Public Programs Coordinator at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, and Curatorial Assistant and Exhibitions Administrator at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Art Theory and a Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership from UNSW Art and Design, where her research concerned socially engaged curatorial practice in public institutions.
- Engagement Coordinator
Shayne is an experienced Horticulturalist with a keen interest in portraying a space with Heritage significance. He has worked on heritage properties of historical and cultural significance managed by the Historic Houses Trust organisation including Vaucluse House, Elizabeth Bay House, Elizabeth Farm and The Mint. He enjoys the diverse appeal of the Penrith Regional Gallery gardens, its various canopies are highly sensitive to seasonal transition and Margo Lewers' philosophy of a 'controlled wildness’ when working within the grounds.
- Heritage Gardener
Anjum is the Gallery Assistant and manages the shop, adding her artistic flair with the styling and buying. She works with local artisans and makers at a grass roots level as the customers love supporting local. She has 15 years experience in customer service and executive administration support with an extensive background in community engagement, corporate responsibility and not for profit. She holds Diplomas in Visual Arts, Interior Decoration and Marketing. She is a practicing artist, where mindfulness is the foundation and takes inspiration from Margo Lewers’ art and textile designs. Working at Penrith Regional Gallery fuels her curiosity and love of modernism and design.
- Gallery Assistant, Retail
Kristin supports the day to day running of the Gallery, including visitor services, volunteer relations and venue hires. She originally joined the Gallery as a volunteer in 2018, while completing her Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts at the Nepean Arts and Design Centre. This inspired her to undertake a Bachelor of Visual Arts which led to an interest in audience engagement. She is currently completing a Master of Teaching – Visual Arts. Working in her local regional gallery fits with her passion to interact and engage with members of the community, and to build deeper relationships between the public and art.
- Gallery Assistant, Events
Mychelle is responsible for ensuring that visitors to the site have an exceptional experience. Her role includes the management of reception, volunteers, our on-site retail gift store, venue hire for events and the presentation of the premises. She started out with PP&VA as a volunteer before joining the team. Her background is in Marketing, Retail and Event Management. She lives in the local area and is also deeply interested in art at both a study and practice level. She holds a Graduate Diploma Marketing, Master’s Degree in Business and Diploma in Advanced Leadership from AGSM.
- Venue Manager
Nina is a Swedish born, Australian based curator and educator. She has held curatorial positions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Australian War Memorial, SafARI, and Cementa Festival. Nina lectures into the Masters of Art Curating at the University of Sydney and her writing and reviews have been published in Artlink, Art & Australia, DAS Platforms, and RealTime Magazine along with exhibition and artist catalogue essays. She holds a degree in Fine Arts with honours from UNSW and a Masters in Curatorship with Merit from the University of Sydney. Nina is currently completing a practice-led PhD at the University of Sydney.
- Curatorial Programs Manager