Adrian Newstead OAM

Founding Director - Art Consultant
Adrian Newstead OAM established Cooee Art in 1981. A former President of the Indigenous Art Trade Association and Director of Aboriginal Tourism Australia he became the Head of Aboriginal Art for Lawson~Menzies in 2003, and Managing Director of Menzies Art Brands until 2008. An Aboriginal art consultant, dealer, and art commentator, based in Bondi, NSW, he has more that 30 years experience working in Aboriginal and Australian Contemporary art.

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Mirri Leven

Director
Mirri Leven is on the board for the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia and holds a double degree in International Development and Fine Arts and a Masters in Art Administration from the University of NSW College of Fine Art. Following fieldwork in the Solomon Islands and India she acted as the international photo editor for a London based travel magazine. Mirri joined Cooee Art in 2007 as the Gallery Assistant then in 2010 was appointed the Gallery Manager. Later in 2013, Mirri left Cooee Art to become the Director of a contemporary art gallery in London. Mirri re-joined the Cooee Art team in 2015 as the Director where she currently runs its galleries program including exhibition planning and project development along with the Cooee Art MarketPlace.

Anne Newstead

Director - Conservator
Anne lived overseas for 15 years mainly in New York after completing her studies at Sydney University in the late 1960s. She has travelled extensively to communities throughout Aboriginal Australia since marrying Adrian in 1983. Particularly interested in Aboriginal fabrics, she worked throughout the 1980s and 1990s developing and producing the range of furnishings and clothing retailed by Cooee’s Paddington emporium. These were included in many important American and European promotions. Anne is a practiced conservator of Aboriginal artworks and assists with the care and maintenance of the gallery’s extensive stockroom.

Tess Matthews

Gallery Manager - Bondi Beach Gallery
Tess Matthews (formally Vairy) began working with Aboriginal artists in Central Australia in 1996 at the age of 17. She trained at Roslyn Premont's Gallery Gondwana in Alice Springs, and in 2001 moved to Darwin to become the art coordinator for Framed Gallery. In 2005 she moved to Sydney to become the Manger of Gallery Gondwana in the Danks Street art precinct. Tess brings to Cooee more than 15 years direct experience working with remote communities and artists in central and northern Australia.

Dan Kennedy

Gallery Assistant
Dan Kennedy has an arts degree majoring in art history and languages from The University of Sydney and a degree in Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts. He was the arts and cultural officer at Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya, Arnhem Land from 2013-2015 and brings to Cooee a passion for Aboriginal culture and languages. He speaks Kunwinjku, Japanese, German and Persian and bits of several other languages.