The Director & Curator
Meet Andrea Hope, the Director and Curator of the Kiama Art Gallery (seen here in Paris).
I have been an art collector of Modern European and Australian art (particularly works on paper) for many years, including whilst travelling to France and Italy. I particularly love form and design, including simple line drawings as well as colour in harmony.
I have been fortunate to discover beautiful 20's French and German fashion designs in pochoir (hand painted stencils) and textile designs from the late 1800's to the early 1900's, which are not commonly found in Australia, and which are becoming increasingly difficult to source.
I has also collected a number of publications from that era, which contain wonderful lithographs and other plates and illustrations.
Australia also has an intriguing art story to tell about the early 1900's, with many of our great printmakers and painters being women, who have only recently become recognised to the level deserved. I enjoy conducting Art Appreciation programs to those who share an interest in this period of art is Europe and Australia, and have developed an on-line art appreciation program on Modern European art and I continue to write a blog about modern art, and stories about Australian art history as well.
Art administration and gallery ownership is my 3rd career.
I have extensive management experience, holding senior executive positions in a number of other major Commonwealth Government entities (as well as managing human resources and working in higher education at the National University of Australia). I still provide a mentoring service for executive managers and consults in Human Resource management.
I am also a professional framer, with 18+ years experience. Whilst "I don't paint or draw" my training in (amateur) photography assisted me in how to look at art, and to work with colour and form to enhance and conserve artworks, and I love framing.
I has been studying and researching art history and art appreciation both informally and formally for many years and hold:
B.A., Professional Writing, University of Canberra
Graduate Certificate, Museum Studies, Deakin University
Certificate in Small Business Management, Adelaide TAFE
Graduate Diploma, Human Resource Management, Sturt University
Certificate, Community Helping Skills, Canberra TAFE
In 2013 I was co-convenor of the highly successful Lloyd Rees Festival in Gerringong, NSW and, together with artist Olivia Alexander, launched the Kiama Arts Trail. In 2016 we undertook another major project to restore six large artworks painted by architectural students of Lloyd Rees for Kiama High School. I have also served on the Kiama Arts Society committee, has acted as a judge of art shows in the local area, and am strongly committed to supporting the local arts community.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the services provided by Kiama Art Gallery, please do not hesitate to contact me.
To learn more about my art appreciation journey, please read the blog about my story.