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 is artisan's CEO and is passionate about articulating the value and importance of visual arts for all. After working in private and public galleries for many years in Australia and Germany she was appointed the inaugural Coordinator of the Moreton Bay Regional Council Art Gallery Network. She joined artisan in October 2016. Claire is the President of Public Galleries Queensland and co-Chair of the Australian Craft and Design Centres Network.
Programs Manager (Currently on maternity leave)
Lucy Quinn 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.
Kevin Wilson has had an extensive career running public galleries in Melbourne, Albury, Noosa and Brisbane for over 20 years. In the last 7 years he has been principally a curator developing a range of innovative social history and fine arts exhibitions at the State Library of Queensland and QUT Art Museum. Over his professional career he has curated a broad range of craft and design exhibitions and public programs, including handmade craft; design - from graphic design to architecture; and technology - sound, video and artificial intelligence. He instigated two key national programs still running today – the Linden Postcard Show and The Floating Land art and environment biennial.
Leah Emery comes to artisan from over ten years working at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and prior to that was a self-taught video game developer. She is madly in love with hosting, conducting and attending workshops and is passionate in particular about programming in the regional Queensland network. She has been an internationally exhibiting practitioner for 15 years and some career highlights include being a finalist in the Blake Prize, being featured in Huffington Post and SBS2’s The Feed.
A former pool lifeguard, Stephen Mok comes to artisan after working at Heiser Gallery and Doggett Street Studio. Along the way, he’s continued his own art practice providing images for cafes, walls, clothes, Livid Festival, Brisbane Festival, record covers, windows, bridges, bags and towels.
Caitlin Sheedy has been a part of artisan’s team for more than ten years. She has a deep understanding of and passion for the work sold and exhibited at artisan. She has a strong relationship and connections with the artisan community. Caitlin graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, First Class Honours, from Griffith University, Queensland College of Art. Her work is represented in collections such as James Hardy Collection, State Library of Queensland, Griffith University Collection and the Royal Brisbane Hospital Art Collection.
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 Dark 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.