Cooee Art Consultant Team

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

Mirri Leven is the part owner and Managing Director here at Cooee Art. 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.

Emma Lenyszyn

Auction Specialist

Educated in Fine Art at RMIT, Emma joined Cooee Art in 2016 as Gallery Manager Paddington and is now the Auction Specialist for the bi-annual Cooee Art MarketPlace Auctions. She has a long history of employment in the arts including working at international institutions, commercial galleries and private collections. Her favorite artist is Emily Kngwarreye.

Renata Brak

Marketing and Event Co-ordinator

Renata Brak is the Marketing and Events Co-ordinator at Cooee Art Gallery and MarketPlace. 

She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tasmania majoring in Graphic Design and Sculpture, and a Masters in Art Curatorship from the University of Sydney. Renata has traveled extensively and has lived in Canada for a number of years working for a non-for-profit song and dance ensemble. 

Renata has worked for a variety of galleries, ARI's and Institutions over the past decade most notably the Museum of Contemporary Art, Liverpool Street Gallery and Kaleidoscope Gallery. She first joined Cooee Art in 2011, and after a few years away from the gallery, returned in 2018 as Gallery Assistant.

Hayley Cotton

Gallery Assistant | Paddington

Hayley completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at National Art School here in Sydney. Since then, she’s traveled and worked at many places including NG Art Gallery, Sculpture by the Sea and for 4 years she was Gallery Assistant at Liverpool Street Gallery. In September 2019 she joined Cooee Art Gallery as the Paddington Gallery Assistant. A couple of her favourite artists are Makinti Napangka and Dorothy Napangardi.

Sam Ramsden


Sam Ramsden, in his second stint with Cooee, brings on board twelve years of art-world experience. The son of an artist and a critic, Sam has worked in galleries across Berlin and Sydney, including his first job at the legendary Galerie Eigen + Art in Berlin from the age of 13, The Ray Hughes Gallery in Sydney, which he managed in its final years before opening his own, The New Standard Gallery which ran from 2016 to 2018. Sam now returns to Cooee as our Registrar.

Erika Gan

Auction Administrator

Erika was born in mainland China and has lived in Australia for the past 6 years. She holds a Bachelor of Business major in Marketing and a Master of Art Curating from the University of Sydney. She joined Cooee Art in September 2019 as Auction Administrator. Erika have undertaken an internship at Museums and Galleries of NSW and worked for Bonhams Australia.  Erika also produces content for bloggers based in Shanghai, China and is passionate about introducing Australian Aboriginal art to overseas audiences.