THE BOARD

FSASA Board aims to promote the work, history and development of SASA by utilising the expertise, experience and collegial nature of its past and present scholars and staff. The members of The Friends have worked in unison with SASA to host fundraisers, exhibitions and artists talks in effort to raise funds to not only support the History Project but to provide ongoing support and awards to SASA students.

 
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PROFESSOR MADS GAARDBOE
President

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Mads Gaardboe studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, School of Architecture (B.Arch. and M.Arch.) and urban design at Columbia University, New York (M.Sc.UD). He has been a practicing architect in Denmark, Tanzania, Australia, and the U.K., where until 2002 he …


 
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ROBYN ZERNA-RUSSELL
Vice President

Robyn Zerna-Russell (born Adelaide, Australia 1953) is a multidisciplinary artist working across the fields of painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and installation.  She studied at the South Australian School of Art and Torrens College of Advanced Education majoring in drawing and printmaking and later at UNISA Underdale Campus majoring in… 


 
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SIMON BIGGS
SCHOOL LIAiSON / DIRECTOR SASA

Simon Biggs (born Adelaide, Australia 1957) is a media artist, writer and curator with interests in digital poetics, auto-generative and interactive systems, interdisciplinary research and co-creation. His work has been widely presented, including at Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, Tate Britain, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Centre for…


 
 
 
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DR ANDREW WELCH
SCHOOL LIAISON

Dr Andrew Welch is Program Director of the Bachelor of Visual Arts, School of Art Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, where he teaches jewellery and object making. In 2010, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy at The Australian National University and his thesis topic ‘Contemporary Processes and…


 
 
 
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DR JENNY ALAND
HISTORY PROJECT

Dr Jennifer (Jenny) Aland is currently Adjunct Research Fellow to the South Australian School of Art. In this role, she works in close association with the Friends of SASA as Chief Researcher for the South Australian School of Art (SASA) History Project, which has as its main aim, the publication of a history of...


 
 
 
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JACK CONDOUS
Board Support 

Jack Condous was elected first President of the Friends SASA in 2008 and was made Honorary Life Member in 2014 after serving 6 years on the Board. He continues assisting the Board particularly in raising funds for student scholarships. He was Awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1968 where he went on teacher exchange in…


 
 
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Angelika Tyrone

Angelika is owner of AIARTS - Australian & International Arts - which features Aboriginal, contemporary Australian and international art in exhibitions and in projects it undertakes, some through consultancies. Consultancy work has involved the planning and development of large and small projects with some focused on Aboriginal art and culture, and some within cultural…


 
 
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NICOLA SEMMENS
Secretary / Treasurer

Nicola graduated from the South Australian School of Art in 1991 where she studied sculpture, painting and drawing. She completed an Honours degree in 1996 in Screen Studies at Flinders University, and after winning a ‘Young Film Makers Award’ in 1997 went on to work in the Film industry as a Production Designer in short and… 

 
 
 
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REBEKAH COLE - MARKETING/ SOCIAL MEDIA

Rebekah Cole, 2014 Graduate in Bachelor of Visual Arts Photographic Specialist. Winner of President of the Friends Art Prize. Social Media and Newsletter Assistant for the FSASA and Committee member for 2017 Friends Exhibition. 

 
 
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Brian Budgen

Brian received his art education from the South Australian School of Art (now part of the University of South Australia) gaining a Diploma of Fine Art, majoring in painting with Geoff Wilson, Tony Bishop, Ian Chandler and Cecil Hardy. He also received the only distinction in a three-year life drawing course undertaken prior to…

 
 
 
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Barbara Tanner

Adelaide educated Barb attended SASA prior to travelling overseas. On returning she was employed by TAA airlines organising Adelaide based conferences, their tours and accommodation as required. In the early 70s she moved to Melbourne with her family, this was followed by four years in Sydney, returning to...

 

stephen skillitzi

Whilst differing perspectives exist, the artist Stephen Skillitzi has often been credited with being “the Father of Australian Studio Glass”. His artistic aspiration: become an innovative solo maker in the Crafts Movement, focusing firstly on Clay then Glass, was initiated 55 uninterrupted years ago in 1960 at age 13 via his homemade solo-use electric-kiln and ceramics studio…