Our Team

Toby Chapman

Toby Chapman

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.

Gemma Mckenzie-Booth

Gemma Mckenzie-Booth

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.

Brittany Nguyen

Brittany Nguyen

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.

Shayne Roberts

Shayne Roberts

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.

Tia Madden

Tia Madden

Tia works within the Front of House team as a Gallery Assistant, supporting visitor services and interactions, as well as managing and merchandising the Gallery Store. She began working with the Gallery in 2022, engaging with the site across visitor services, education, and installation. Tia is an artist, writer, and researcher, living and working on Dharug Land in the Blue Mountains; she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours, and is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts by Research at the University of New South Wales Arts, Design & Architecture.

Kristin English

Kristin English

Kristin is the Events Coordinator in the Front of House team, facilitating private event hires including weddings, private functions, and workshops. She joined the Gallery as a volunteer in 2018 while completing studies in Fine Arts. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Fine and Visual Arts, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. 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.

Mychelle Vanderburg

Mychelle Vanderburg

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.

Nina Stromqvist

Nina Stromqvist

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.