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At Big Fat Smile we let kids play, create and express through quality opportunities and resources. And, we throw in some creative grownups for good measure. Our Creatives advocate for every child’s right to imagine and create. Our qualified and practicing artists, work alongside our educators at Big Fat Smile.
Tamara holds a Masters in Fine Arts from UNSW and is a practicing artist working across many mediums. She specialises in digital media, performance art and photography.
Tamara has worked as an arts educator for the past 17 years, working with children and adults in Australia and overseas. In 2013, Tamara travelled to Rote in Indonesia with the Indigo Foundation to role model ‘best practice’ arts education to primary school educators.
Jill Talbot holds a Bachelor of Education (Vis Arts, Hons). She has worked in the education sector, with TAFE outreach and with the Bundanon Trust and her work can be found in regional and private collections throughout Australia.
In recent years, Jill has developed and facilitated a number of community arts projects and was a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award and the Doug Moran Portrait Prize. Jill has delivers a professional development series for our educators and is in demand as a conference speaker.
Nina has been a practising artist for 20 years. She has a Diploma in Interior Design and Fine Arts with a major in sculpture and has recently graduated from the UOW with a Bachelor of Creative Arts Degree. Nina also completed her education foundation studies in 2013.
Nina is currently enrolled at the University of Sydney completing her Master of Arts and Social Sciences.
Laura completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Canberra School of Art (ANU) and her Grad Dip at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW). She has worked as a practising and exhibiting artist for 15 years and is a master of a wide variety of arts mediums with a specialist focus in photo media.
Laura has worked at Big Fat Smile as an artist in resident in both the outreach and studio based programs since 2011.
Nicola completed her Master’s Degree in Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW), majoring in printmaking. She has worked creatively with school age students and young adults across various school and post school settings for the past 18 years.
Nicola also works as an artist under the Artist in Schools initiative (Australian Council for the Arts, Arts NSW and DET) in special school settings.
Angela studied at both The National Art School (NAS) and The International School of Colour and Design (ISCD), majoring in textile design. She worked at ‘ArtPark’ and ‘Masterpeace’.
Averaging four exhibitions each year, Angela has a passion for promoting the Illawarra and is a founding member of the Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts.
Marcelo joined the Artspace team in 2015 as a specialist Cartoonist. He is a freelance illustrator and comic artist who creates work for comics, magazines, posters, children’s publications, trading cards and a plethora of other print and online imagery.
His list of clients include international companies such as Marvel, Time Inc, Upperdeck, and National Geographic. Marcelo is represented in the US by Shannon Associates New York.
Penny Hartgerink has been singing, performing and writing songs since she was six. She is the lead singer/songwriter in folk/rock band “Penny and the Mystics”. Her band has toured nationally – performing at numerous music festivals around Australia.
As a solo artist, Penny has supported artists such as The John Butler Trio, Gotye and Mark Seymour.
Penny has been a Big Fat Smile Creative since 2010, sharing her amazing talents and love of music with children aged 0-13 years.