artisan is operated by a small group of people who are passionate about craft and design. Collectively, we share experience as makers, arts administrators and members of our creative community. We are driven to share the work taking place within Australia, and support our talented artists, craftspeople and designers. If you would like to get in touch, please send us an email using the contact details below.
Chief Executive Officer
Claire Sourgnes (pictured centre above with some of the artisan team) has worked in private and public galleries in Australia and Germany for approximately twenty years. After seven years working in the gallery sector in Canberra and five years in artist-run initiatives in Berlin, she was appointed the inaugural Coordinator of the Moreton Bay Regional Council Art Gallery Network. Claire is the vice chair of Public Galleries Queensland and co-chair of the Australian Craft and Design Centre Network. Claire is passionate about arts access for all communities and practitioners, irrespective of geographical location.
Lucy has joined artisan after years working in gallery education with a breadth of different audiences and communities. Lucy is passionate about arts access and a highly experienced gallery educator and arts facilitator, in recent years her roles have mostly been focused on special access, outreach and children’s programming. She has held positions at the National Gallery of Australia; the National Portrait Gallery; Australian National University and Ipswich Art Gallery. Lucy is a practicing artist, working in drawing and sculpture utilising traditional glass casting techniques.
Program Support Officer
Olesya is a talented jewellery maker who is currently completing her bachelor of fine art at Queensland College of Art. She currently straddles multiple supporting roles in local art galleries and genuinely enjoys welcoming visitors to the artisan space.
Caitlin has been a part of artisan’s retail team for more than ten years. She has enjoyed various artisan's various retail chapters – including four years looking after our temporary South Bank space – all the while amassing an encyclopedia on knowledge about the craft and design practitioners she represents. Caitlin is therefore the go-to person for the stories behind the products. She is also a practicing artist who produces charming, original drawings and ceramics.
Chloe Healey is a contemporary jeweller and artist from the Gold Coast, she joined the artisan team in 2018. In 2017 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in Jewellery and Small Objects from Griffith University, Queensland College of Art. Chloe predominately uses sterling silver in her work, combined with second hand embroidery cotton and fabric that she purchases from local Op Shops. When she cannot find what she is after here she raids her Grandma’s embroidery stash. Her works are lovingly hand crafted from her home studio, she draws inspiration from the surrounding nature. At times, you can also catch her creating on the train.
Accounting & Finance Officer
Suzanne has been providing bookkeeping and accounting services for over 25 years. Her diverse career has taken her from Mackay to Brisbane, London and even Vanuatu. She has gained extensive experience working with creative firms along the way, including artisan for the past eight years.