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Painting Staff

Head of Workshop

Ruth Waller

Head of Painting

Ruth Waller grew up in Sydney and studied at Alexander Mackie CAE in the seventies. She has taught painting at ANU since 1990 and has been Head of Painting since 2006. She has exhibited with Watters Gallery, Sydney since 1981 and is represented by Nancy Sever Gallery in Canberra. In 2009 she was awarded ANU Vice Chancellor’s Award...
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Academic Staff

Dr Raquel Ormella

Honours Convenor

Since 2006 Raquel Ormella has taught painting at ANU in the 3rd year, Honors and post-graduate programs. Raquel completed her undergraduate degree and a Masters by research, at the University of Western Sydney, and in 2013 a PhD at ANU. Her thesis examined human relationships with urban birds. She has been exhibiting regularly in...
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Peter Alwast


Peter Alwast works between painting, drawing, video and new media and probes the interface between analogue and virtual picture space. Peter completed his Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) in Painting at Queensland University of Technology in 1997. In 1999 he was awarded the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship which he used to...
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Sessional Staff

Elisa Crossing

Sessional Lecturer

A graduate of the ANU School of Art & Design Painting department, Elisa Crossing has exhibited paintings, drawings and 3D installation works in a career spanning two decades, with seven solo exhibitions and many group shows, locally and nationally. Elisa has been an enthusiastic arts educator for twenty years, lecturing at the ANU in...
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Leah Bullen

Sessional Lecturer

Leah Bullen completed her undergraduate degree at the ANU in 2005. Since then she has been a finalist in The Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award (2017, 2015) The Birmingham National Watercolour Prize (2017), The Wynne Prize (2016) and the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize (2013). She was the winner of The Trustees' Watercolour Prize in the...
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Dr Tony Curran

Sessional Lecturer

Dr Tony Curran is a practicing artist and has exhibited nationally and internationally in drawing, painting, installation and sound art. His research has investigated the role of participation in portraiture and figurative art through producing in-situ life drawing performances at Australia’s National Portrait Gallery, the Wagga...
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Dr. Waratah Lahy

Outreach contact and Sessional Lecturer

Canberra-based artist Waratah Lahy's works are concerned with the overlooked moments of the everyday and iconic cultural obsessions. In 2007 she completed her Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts) at the Australian National University, Canberra. Obtaining the ANU University medal for her first class Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, Lahy...
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Technical Staff

Emma Beer

Technical Officer

Emma Beer has been working as the Technical Officer in the Painting Workshop since 2008. Her most recent solo exhibition It’s All About Eve opened at ANCA Gallery in April 2016. In 2014 she had her first international exhibition PRINCESS OF THE RIVERINA at the Reading Room in London after winning the 2013 Canberra Artists Patrons...
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Adjunct lecturers

Peter Maloney

Adjunct Lecturer

Peter Maloney has been exhibiting since the late 1980s, regularly at the Legge Gallery, Sydney and more recently at Utopia Art Sydney. He was represented by Wessel & O'Connor New York City and has shown nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions. He was a full time lecturer in Painting from 2006 to 2013. He...
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Emeritus Fellows

Vivienne Binns

Emeritus Fellow

Vivienne Binns OAM was a lecturer in the Painting Workshop from 2008 until 2012. She currently remains advisor on some postgraduate panels and is a regular visitor to the workshop. Vivienne came to prominence in the late 1960s, producing paintings with a bold, psychedelic aesthetic. She has pursued diversity as a deliberate artistic...
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