Board, Staff & Alumni


The Workshop Arts Centre Board is drawn from WAC membership and is comprised of representatives from teachers, students, and community members from the business and arts sector. The Board meetings are held every two months and the Annual General Meeting is held in May.

Director Lisa Cohen
Lisa comes from a family of wonderfully creative artists and loves the WAC. She herself is not an artist but has joined our Board to provide additional business management skills. Having attended art classes as a child at the WAC (a very long time ago), Lisa is keen to see the organisation continue to bring art into the public consciousness in a powerful and exciting way for many more years to come. If you want to know more about Lisa, check out her LinkedIn profile.

Director Adrian Farrow
I served on the Friends of the National Art School committee as Vice President for 10 years when the school was going through a particularly torrid time. Although now ‘retired’, developed and owned the largest Australian business magazine publishers which included Australian Art Review. My interest in art includes printmaking where I helped found ‘Open Bite’ a group of printmakers now with more than 25 years history. My absolute love is sculpture and have been practising sculpture for around 14 years and this year is my first with WAC and enjoying it immensely. Consequently I am very happy to serve WAC in any way I can.

Honorary Treasurer Ben Guthleben
Ben (BEc/LLB (Adel)) has had a career in law, finance and tax and is currently the manager international taxation with Australia’s largest telecommunications company. Ben has been a member of the WAC since 2015 and joined the board in 2016. He is passionate about the arts and looks forward to contributing to the very special place that is the WAC.

Director Richard Newton
Richard is the managing director of Videowall Australia consulting in the design and installation of large screen Videowall equipment in command and control rooms. A life long interest in ceramics has lead to an active participation in all areas of the ceramics department and assisting management at the WAC. Appointed to the board in 2011.

Director Mandy Pryse-Jones
Mandy studied Photography and Interior design and worked in both industries. She recently she completed a BFA (Painting) with honours. She teaches part time Interior Design and painting. Mandy has been attending printmaking and painting classes at the WAC over the last four years as well as exhibiting in group shows.

Director Kathy Rosenmeyer
After a busy career in medicine, Kathy decided to pursue her interest in art, particularly in sculpture. She has been a member of the WAC for over 20 years whilst doing classes, workshops exhibiting her sculptures in Sydney and Country NSW. She was on the Board of the Wunanbiri Preschool in Alexandria for many years and has been on the WAC board since 2011.

Director Jane Smith
Jane has been at the WAC since 2011 and enjoying painting and drawing classes with Brandt Lewis. Prior to this she has also attended classes in pottery, sculpture and water colour painting. Jane’s career has been mainly in PA and administrative roles within the entrepreneurial, recruitment and, presently, legal industries.

2nd Vice President Lesley Snelgrove
Lesley Snelgrove, MEd, (Art & Design), BEd (Art) has over 35 years teaching and management roles in both government and independent schools. She is currently a Visual Arts teacher and University tutor, in both secondary and tertiary education; a painting tutor and a practicing artist. Lesley is an active Board member of the WAC starting her relationship when at eight she attended Saturday Children’s classes until her teens at the WAC. She was a former Board member of the Hornsby Art Prize Committee, ‘Reverse Garbage’ Board and the Board of the ‘Blake Prize’ for Religious Art where she was responsible for the Blake Prize tour.

Honorary Secretary Roz Stampfli
Roz joined the Board in 2010 and has served as Hon Sec and Vice President over the years. She worked as a legal P.A., devised and managed Pets for Therapy voluntary programme and volunteered in an art therapy programme in palliative care. She studied Fine Arts before working in art therapy in the disabilities industry. Roz has been a practicing sculptor for over 15 years and exhibits regularly.

1st Vice President Jane Theau
Jane has been involved with WAC for over 10 years, largely in the print room. After pursuing careers in scientific research and international economic development, she now works principally in sculpture and installation, exhibiting regularly. Jane has four children, a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of International Affairs, and is currently completing a Master of Art in sculpture at COFA.


General Manager Ruth Caro

Office Administrator Yvette Self

Administration Assistant Mitch Lynn


Lloyd Rees, Three Boats – Lane Cove River 1978

The Workshop Arts Centre is one of the oldest independent art centres in Australia, established in 1961. It has an impressive alumni including many Australian artists who are major figures in the history of art and contemporary practice.

The Centre has a list of acclaimed former and current students, teachers, visiting artists, judges etc. Such as Lloyd Rees and John Coburn, Kerrie Lester and Jo Bertini.

Are you a WAC Alumnus? Please contact us as we would like to know your news.

Susan Archer

Fern Baudish
Jo Bertini
Margaret Blundell
John Bokor
Nancy Borlase AM
David Bruce Steer
Sue Buckley
Ruth Burgess
Julie Byrnes

Barbara Campbell-Allen
Ann Cape
Katrina Cashman
Leonard Cayzer
Jean Clark
John Coburn
Steve Coburn
Mieke Cohen
Laurie Collings
Shirley Crapp
Lucy Culliton
Elisabeth Cummings
Robert Curtis

Vivienne Dadour
Marguerite Derricourt

Joy Ewart

Ruth Faerber
David Fairbairn
Carmen Field
Mitzi Finey
John Frith-Smith

Juta Gedersen
James Gleeson
Margot Goodall

Janette Hanrahan
Jean Hanrahan
Nicolas Harding
Elaine Haxton
Michael Herron
Frank Hinder AM
Frank Hodgkinson

Roz Kean
Michael Kempson
Edwin Kindred
Marie King
Jasper Knight

Paddy Lemcke OAM
Kerrie Lester

Guy Maestri
Frank Marjason
Margaret Marjason
Philip Martin
Seraphina Martin
Ian McKay
Bettina McMahon

Jenny Pollak
Beth Pyke

Mary Ramsay
David Rankin
Lloyd Rees CMG, AC
Leo Robba
Elizabeth Rooney

Edward Sachs
Lori Sachs
Helena Salm
Luke Sciberras
James Sharp
Wendy Sharpe
Joan Smith

James Tasker OAM
Aida Tomescu
Tony Tozer

Nicholas Vickers

Jenny Weissel
Judith White
Marjorie Woore