LCAD is Australia's leading Visual Art & Design College

Australia's leading Visual Art & Design College

Visual Art, Photography, Graphic Design

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LCAD is home to a diverse range of professional and academic staff who are committed to delivering an exceptional education. All are practicing artists and designers who understand the interface between education and professional practice.

Bion Balding

Having Founded LCAD in 1995, Bion is both a Director and Course Coordinator at LCAD. With a BA (Fine Art) from the Victorian College of the Art (VCA), Bion has exhibited throughout Australia. Having been a previous recipient of the Australian Council Owen Tooth Studio Residency in Vence, France, and winner of the St Kilda Art Prize in 1988, Bion has taught in Painting at La Trobe University prior to founding LCAD.


Dr Martina Copley

Martina Copley is an artist, educator, and writer with significant experience as an independent curator of contemporary art in various contexts. She is currently an Artistic Director and the Gallery Coordinator at Blindside Art Space. With a BA Philosophy, Psychology and Fine Art from Melbourne University, BA Photography Victorian College of the Arts (VCA, Curatorship & Museum Management Post Graduate from Melbourne University, Master of Contemporary Art from VCA, PhD of Fine Arts from VCA, Dipl…


Merrin Eirth

Merrin has been exhibiting her work in Australia and Internationally since the early 1980’s. She has been awarded several profiled art prizes and artist residencies and her work continues to be collected in many significant public and private art collections. Merrin is also a very experienced educator in art at tertiary level. Included in her 22 years of teaching painting and drawing at university art colleges her most recent position was Head of the Drawing School at the VCA.


Dr Michael Mark

Michael serves as Head of Art at LCAD, holds a BA from Occidental College, Los Angeles, an MFA from the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, and a PhD from The University of Melbourne/VCA. He has lectured extensively in the US and Australia including at the University of Melbourne/School of Creative Arts, Deakin University, the Centre for Ideas/VCA, and the Ian Potter Conservation Centre. Michael has shown work in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, and is a previous recipient of a Netherland Am…


Phil Soliman

Philip Soliman is a Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist, designer, photographer, and filmmaker. He has exhibited across Australia and New Zealand and runs a busy creative media agency specialising in content for events, arts, and community organisations. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from RMIT and a Bachelor of Multimedia from Charles Sturt University.


Jackie Ralph

MA Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts / BA Fine Art Victoria College Prahran / CIV TAE40116 Assessment & Training / Jackie has exhibited her work in drawing, painting, and sculpture in numerous group and solo shows. Her work is held in public and private collections in Australia. Jackie has traveled extensively and lived in London, New York, and Japan. has taught for a number of years at Victoria University and LCAD.


Michelle Caithness

Michelle has continued her studio and exhibition practice since graduating with a Degree in Drawing in 1990. Michelle holds a MA Monash University, BA Victoria College, Grad. Dip. Ed and Cert IV TAE40116. Career highlights include Finalis: Dobell Drawing Prize # 21 in 2019, Kedumba Drawing Award 2018, Nillumbik Contemporary Art Award 2019.


Shane Nicholas

Shane Nicholas is an experienced visual art educator with a MA Fine Art, VCA (sculpture and Spatial Practice)/ Dip Ed University of Melbourne 2007 / BA Fine Art, VCA 2003/ TAE40116 Assessment & Training. Shane exhibits his work regularly in both solo and group exhibitions nationally, and has been a finalist for the Linden Art Prize, Incinerator Art Prize, and has been awarded the Peter Redlich Memorial Prize in 2017. In 2020 he was the winner of the Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture. He wa…


Benjamin Woods

Benjamin is an artist who practices with training in sculpture, sound, and yoga. Benjamin has been practicing for over 10 years and has extensive experience in various artistic contexts, nationally and internationally. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (First-class Hons) and a Master of Fine Art (Sculpture) from Victorian College of the Arts. He has taught at LCAD since 2015 (certified with a TAE40116 Assessment & Training). Ben is also a Teaching Associate at Monash University where he is current…


Jessica Schwientek

Jessica is a fine art photographer based in Melbourne. She has a BA in Creative Arts (HONS) Deakin 2017 / CIV TAE40116 Assessment & Training. Her focus is on analogue and chemistry- based photography. And while Photography is a loose term for Jessica's practice with an emphasis on the alternative and the experimental, her work is intrinsic; looking in at the world, herself, and society. She is an educator, facilitator, and gallery owner intent on supporting the works and careers of her peers.


Nicola Harding

NICOLA HARDY / GRAPHIC DESIGN BA Sociology & Literature, University of Tasmania / Diploma of Viaul Art / Diploma of Graphic Design / Cambridge Celta Certificate / CIV TAE40116 Assessment & Training updated RMIT. Nicola has been successfully practicing in graphic design since 2005 and has taught graphic design at RMIT, Deakin University, and in Spain, since 2006. She has been running her print-based graphic design and illustration business Secret Envelope Productions since 2005. Clients have inc…