NAS lecturers are a diverse team of more than 100 accomplished and experienced art practitioners, many of whom have received major awards, and exhibited at world-renowned galleries, museums and art fairs including the Venice Biennale, Art Basel and the Archibald Prize. Their extensive professional insight creates a rich, dynamic and immersive learning environment dedicated to fostering the individual talents of each student.
Simon Cooper

Simon Cooper

Deputy Director, Head of Studies

BA Fine Arts (VIC College, Prahran)

GradDip Fine Arts (VCA)

Simon Cooper has practiced and exhibited extensively throughout Australia and internationally. His work is held in numerous private and public collections throughout the world including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and the Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, South Korea.


He completed his undergraduate studies in Printmaking at Prahran College, Victoria and his post-graduate studies at Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Simon has taught with a range of institutions in Australia including Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne; RMIT University, Melbourne; University of Southern Queensland; and Chisholm Institute, Melbourne. Since joining NAS in 2001 as Head of Printmaking, he has held other academic positions within the school including Acting Director, and is currently Head of Studies.

Head of Postgraduate Studies

Dr Chelsea Lehmann

Head of Postgraduate Studies




Chelsea Lehmann has exhibited extensively in Australia for the past two decades, and has been the recipient of several awards, grants, and local and international residencies. Her most recent exhibitions include Corporealities, (Home @735 Gallery, Sydney 2020), Persona (Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney, 2020), June (MARS Gallery, Melbourne, 2019), and The Articulate Surface (UNSW Galleries, Sydney, 2018). She is a Lecturer in Drawing at the National Art School and completed a PhD at UNSW Art & Design in 2019.

Head of Undergraduate Studies

Lorraine Kypiotis

Head of Undergraduate Studies

MA (Uni Syd.)

BA. Dip Ed (Uni Syd.)

Lorraine Kypiotis holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Sydney in Renaissance Studies and is currently engaged in a Doctor of Philosophy in Art History at the University of Sydney with a strong focus on the function of artefacts within art academies and institutions. Her research interests also include Women in Art, Museology and 19th century Australian Art History. Lorraine is also a frequent and popular guest lecturer at the AGNSW and is a regular guest on ABC Radio National’s Nightlife program.


As the former Education Outreach Coordinator at the National Art School, Lorraine is passionate about art, education and history. She is an experienced educator who has taught in both the secondary and tertiary sectors and has been lecturing in the Department of Art History and Theory at the National Art School since 1997. High on her list of priorities is regional and national engagement with the high school sector. She runs a number of programs, both inbound and outbound, which, as well as promoting the scope of ongoing tertiary study in art at the National Art School, foster the building of skills, knowledge and values in the fine arts.

Head of First Peoples Programs

John Waight

Head of First Peoples Programs



John was appointed to the new position Head of First Peoples Programs in February 2022. John is from the Mangarayi people whose country is just outside Katherine. John has worked as Curator and Liaison Officer at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, and Darwin was Manager of the Maningrida Arts and Culture Shop, and Curator of Aboriginal Art at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, where he delivered the 29th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. John was also an Aboriginal Health Education Officer at Albion Health Centre and recently completed his Masters of Curation and Cultural Leadership at UNSW. John also sits on a number of cultural boards and committees, including Artback NT, Create NSW MultiArts, MAAS Indigenous Reference Committee, and the Sydney Culture Network. As Head of First Peoples Programs, John will lead the development and coordination of First Peoples academic, community and public programs, policies, and curricula. In addition, the role provides essential leadership for First Peoples engagement and public advocacy at NAS, including the development of courses, student welfare and professional practice.

Head of Public Programs

Dr Ella Dreyfus

Head of Public Programs

BA Visual Arts (CAI, SCAE)

Grad. Dip.Vis Arts (SCA, Uni Sydney)

PhD Fine Arts (COFA, Uni NSW)

Dr. Ella Dreyfus is an Australian contemporary visual artist, senior lecturer and Head of Public Programs at the National Art School. She is an award-winning artist and well known for her photographic exhibitions The Body Pregnant, Age and Consent, Transman, Under Twelve, Under Twenty, Scumbag, Intimate Distance and public installations Weight and Sea and Walking in Wiesbaden.


She won the inaugural Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture and was an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholar at the University of NSW. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Cite Internationale des Artes, Paris in 2013, a Visual Arts Research Resident at the Banff Centre, Canada in 2014 and an Artist-in-Residence at the Kunsthaus Wiesbaden, Germany in 2017.


View her research projects and exhibitions at www.elladreyfus.com and www.elladreyfus.gallery

Head of Art History & Theory

Dr Michael Hill

Head of Art History & Theory

MA, PhD (Sydney)
Michael is Head of Art History at the National Art School, where he has lectured for over twenty years. His research has roamed over diverse areas, including classical architectural theory, the Italian Baroque, modernist art criticism, and Australian sculpture. Michael is also the national artistic advisor to Sculpture by the Sea.
Head of Ceramics

Dr Louise Boscacci

Head of Ceramics

BSc (Hons.) (JCU)


An acclaimed Australian ceramics artist over the past two decades, Louise is an innovative artist educator, interdisciplinary scholar of affect, materiality, and more-than-human relations, and a collaborative author on recent art and the anthropocene. In creative practice and critical pedagogy she asks bigger questions of how art and diverse artists might attune, respond, regenerate and thrive in Oceania and the Asia-Pacific in the twenty-first century.Louise is an alumna of the National Art School in ceramics and builds on her tenure as a Ceramics Lecturer (2020–2023), and a Sessional Lecturer, Ceramics (2016–2020). She has lectured at the University of Wollongong (2016–2018), co-developing new subject content on contemporary art and climate change as part of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) degree. As an interdisciplinary practitioner and thinker, Boscacci has held the positions of Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Associate Fellow (2017–2022; adjunct) and was a founding member of the Material Ecologies Research Network (MECO)/Centre for Critical Creative Practice at UOW.
Head of Painting

Dr Stephen Little

Head of Painting

BA Visual Arts (Nepean CAE)

Grad Dip Visual Arts, MVA (Sydney)

PhD (Lond.)

Dr Stephen Little is an artist and educator and he has taught progressive, creative higher education courses since the early 1990s. Prior to his current role as Head of Painting with Australia’s National Art School he has held lecturing posts at a range of other creative arts institutions. These have included Goldsmiths College in London, Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney), the University of Western Sydney (Nepean), the Australian Catholic University and Penrith College of TAFE.


Aside from academic posts Stephen has spent many years working in different capacities with a range of galleries in Australia and overseas. These have included, but are not limited to, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), the Alan Cristea Gallery (London), White Cube (London), and the Lisson Gallery (London) where he held the position of Technical Manager for five years.


The wealth of accrued experience that he now brings to his current post, in conjunction with his arts practice and his professional associations across a range of educational institutions, has provided him with a valuable and varied set of competencies that draw on theory, practice based research, and first hand experience with some of the art industry’s most reputable galleries and international art organisations.

Head of Drawing

Dr Maryanne Coutts

Head of Drawing


Grad Dip (UNSW)

PhD (Ballarat)

Maryanne Coutts completed a PHD at the University of Ballarat in 1999 and has taught at Monash University, the Australian Catholic University, University of Ballarat, Latrobe University and the National Art School, where she is currently Head of Drawing. She works with animation, watercolour and drawing to explore the human experience of the passage of time. Coutts’ work has been included in group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas. She was awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Award in 2007. Her work is held by several regional and tertiary collections.


Head of Printmaking

Dr Carolyn (Mckenzie) Craig

Head of Printmaking

BFA Griffith University

BFA (Hons) Griffith University

PhD (QCA) Griffith University

Carolyn Craig is an artist whose work examines the coded construction of subjectivity. She investigates inscriptive performance as an active site for the maintenance and enforcement of types of cultural normativity with a particular focus on the idea of “habitus” as discussed by Pierre Bourdieu. Carolyn deconstructs gestural actions as tropes and stereotypes by utilising her own body as a site of absurd action. The performative traces of these gestures are recorded and inverted to query the distribution and maintenance of fixity. She is one half of the artist collective BRUCE & Barry with Heidi Stevens.


Head of Photomedia

Geoff Kleem

Head of Photomedia

DipArt Education (Alexander Mackie CAE)

Grad Dip (UTS)


Geoff Kleem is an artist and educator with extensive experience in teaching and research supervision. His practice though primarily photographic is conceptually driven and multidisciplinary, often encompassing installation, sculpture and other areas of practice.


He has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1982 with works held in the collections of the Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, South Australia Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art plus institutional and private collections.


He has had over 30 Solo exhibitions and participated in over 100 group exhibitions. Notably at the Art Gallery of NSW Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Artspace Sydney, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Monash University Gallery Melbourne, Australian Centre for Photography Sydney, The Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne, Heide Museum of Modern Art Melbourne, The Suburban Chicago USA, Yale University USA, University of Technology Gallery Sydney, PS1 Museum New York USA and the MAK Museum Vienna Austria. His work has also been included in many institutional exhibitions touring Asia and Australia.
Geoff Kleems work has been broadly discussed and reviewed in publications such as Art and Australia, Australian Art Collector, Artforum Magazine, Art+Text, Broadsheet, Eikon and Eyeline Magazine.


Awards include Professional Development and New Work grants from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Residency Fellowship at PSI Museum New York USA, Artist Residency at the Chinati Foundation Marfa Texas USA, Visiting Artist University of Tennessee USA, Visual Arts Board studio residency Tokyo Japan and the University of Sydney Power Fellowship at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris.


He is represented by Kronenburg / Wright Artists Projects.

Head of Sculpture

Hany Armanious

Head of Sculpture



Hany Armanious, one of Australia’s foremost artists, will take up the position of Head of Sculpture at the National Art School from the beginning of the 2019 academic year. A warm, experienced and inspirational educator, Hany Armanious has been teaching in the higher education context since 1998, as a lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, the College of Fine Art, UNSW and most recently as a full time permanent lecturer at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. At QCA he has been responsible for the design and implementation of a new sculpture curriculum, expanding the understanding of the role of sculpture in contemporary art, with an emphasis on merging skills and material possibilities with conceptual rigour.