Art Gallery Specialists | Michael Reid Gallery

Dean Andersen

Art Bar Gallery Manager
deanandersen@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Tom Austin

Berlin Gallery Manager & Head of Group Communications
tomaustin@michaelreid.com.au
+49 30 944 047 19

Jodie Barker

Gallery Photographer
jodiebarker@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Robert Carlino

Head of Group Operations & Logistics
robertcarlino@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Amber Creswell Bell

Michael Reid Northern Beaches, Program Director
northernbeaches@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3505

Lily Fenwicke

Head of Digital Engagement
lilyfenwicke@michaelreid.com.au
+49 30 944 047 19

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Ashleigh Jones

Sydney Gallery Manager + Head of Programs Michael Reid OBJECT
ashleighjones@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Will Kollmorgen

Northern Beaches Gallery Assistant
nbgalleryassistant@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3505

Thomas Kuss

Art Shuttle
info@artshuttle.com.au
+61 406 005 195

Chris Mathews

Head of Private Clients - Sydney
chrismathews@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Toby Meagher

Director, Michael Reid Sydney
tobymeagher@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Michael Reid OAM

Chairman and Director
info@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Michael Sharp

Michael Reid Southern Highlands Manager
michaelsharp@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3535

Daniel Soma

Director, Michael Reid Sydney
danielsoma@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Coline Soria

Gallery Assistant, Michael Reid Art Bar
artbar@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

James Stokes

Murrurundi Gallery Manager
jamesstokes@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 6546 6767

Nicola Townsend

Art Advisor, Hong Kong Representative
nicolatownsend@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

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Stephanie Villiers

Leading Host, Big Brown Dog Kiosk, Michael Reid Murrurundi
infomurra@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 6546 6767

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Bronwyn Watts

Northern Beaches Gallery Assistant
nbgalleryassistant@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3505

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Amy Woolley

Michael Reid Northern Beaches Manager
amywoolley@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3505

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Camilla Wylie

Lifestyle Curator, Michael Reid Murrurundi
infomurra@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 6546 6767

Jagen Yoon

Sydney Gallery Assistant
galleryassistant@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Dean Andersen

Art Bar Gallery Manager
deanandersen@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Over the last decade, Dean Andersen, working at the highest levels within the art world has made it his personal & professional quest to showcase important Australian artists and artworks to his ever growing audience of collectors.
 
As Gallery Manager to this entirely new and innovative dealership, Dean will be responsible for maintaining and developing the creative success of the space, including its participation in art fairs and the delivery of specialist events.
 
Alongside the Directors and working closely with artists, Dean will be involved in curating and managing an annual exhibition program of new artworks and selected works from the secondary market.  
 
With a strong focus on client services and an extensive knowledge of contemporary Australian and New Zealand art, Dean brings a bespoke approach to the acquisition and placement of artworks in both private and institutional collections.

Dean has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts and is a practising artist.

Tom Austin

Berlin Gallery Manager & Head of Group Communications
tomaustin@michaelreid.com.au
+49 30 944 047 19

Tom Austin joins Michael Reid with nine years’ experience in the art industry, having worked across the auction and gallery sectors in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

Born in London, Tom spent six years at Sotheby’s London, within the Proposal and Business Development teams, coordinating bids and tenders with specialist departments worldwide. A trained auctioneer, he was taught in London and continues to take charity auctions today. In June 2019, Tom, joined Sotheby’s Australia (now trading as Smith & Singer) where he managed Media, Marketing & Client Development, overseeing the marketing and communication campaigns for the company’s busy schedule of auctions, exhibitions and events.

Tom graduated from Nottingham University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, focusing on Medieval history and development in Venice.

Outside of the gallery Tom is driven by a love of food and the outdoors.

Jodie Barker

Gallery Photographer
jodiebarker@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 6546 6767

Growing up in regional Australia, Jodie arrived in Sydney in her early teens to study Performing Arts. A world away from everything familiar, visual arts became to her a way of exploring and explaining a new environment.

After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art
School, Jodie launched her career shooting stills and portraits for film and theatre.

The congregation of galleries that are Michael Reid, had been working with freelance Jodie for a number of years, and it was in 2022 that she was asked to come on board full-time. The creative spaces that are Michael Reid are the only commercial art gallery in Australia to oversee the delivery of quality, consistent aesthetics, to collectors in such a thoughtful and uniform manner.

Robert Carlino

Head of Group Operations & Logistics
robertcarlino@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Fine art logistics expert Robert Carlino brings with him 18 years of experience as the newest member of the Michael Reid team. As our recently appointed Head of Group Operations and Logistics, Robert provides exceptional registrar and logistical service for the Michael Reid business, exhibiting artists and rapidly expanding audience.

Robert has dedicated his entire professional life to serving the arts in Australia, previously holding esteemed positions in well-known commercial art galleries. From curating to corporate and private art consultation, event management and international negotiation, Robert brings a wealth of experience to the business and our customers.

Robert studied his Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the university of Western Sydney where he majored in painting. Abstract Expressionist and Surrealist works move him most.

As a highly creative family man, Robert enjoys cooking, especially in collaboration with his wife and daughter!

Amber Creswell Bell

Michael Reid Northern Beaches, Program Director
northernbeaches@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3505

Amber Creswell Bell is an art, design and lifestyle writer. A curator and speaker widely regarded for her dedicated support of Australian creative initiatives. Amber has an eye for talented emerging painters and has built a cult following with successful pop-up exhibitions across Sydney. Amber directs the Michael Reid Northern Beaches program of high quality emerging artists as well as curating our ‘CLAY’ platform, dedicated to showcasing Australian ceramics, based out of our Newport gallery.  

Amber has written for many of Australia’s leading titles, and in 2016 she published her first book, Clay, a survey of Australian and international contemporary ceramics. 2018 saw the release of Amber‘s second book, A Painted Landscape, which surveys 50 Australian artists and their interpretations of the landscape. Her third book, a monograph on artist Ken Done was released in February 2021. Amber’s books are published by Thames & Hudson, and available globally.

Lily Fenwicke

Head of Digital Engagement

lilyfenwicke@michaelreid.com.au
+49 30 944 047 19

Lily Fenwicke relocated from Sydney to Germany at the end of 2019, taking on the role of Head of Digital Engagement at Michael Reid in 2020 and Berlin Gallery Manager in the following year. She is now based between the Sydney & Berlin galleries.

The Head of Digital Engagement upholds an important role within Michael Reid’s extensive digital communication channels, an increasingly vital & significant position.

Having interned at the Sydney gallery in 2013, Lily returned to Michael Reid in 2019, this time in Berlin, inspired to experience life in a new city and enjoy the connectedness of a European capital.

Lily completed her undergraduate studies, a combined Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts with Distinction Honours, at the University of New South Wales and UNSW Art and Design in 2017.

Ashleigh Jones

Gallery Manager – Sydney
ashleighjones@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

With eight year’s experience in the gallery sector, working across Australia and in Germany, Ashleigh comes to Michael Reid Sydney with a keen eye for contemporary art and a broad understanding of the arts industry.

As an independent curator, Ashleigh has initiated and seen to completion a number of significant and well-received exhibitions. Ashleigh’s role within the Sydney gallery, working alongside Director Daniel Soma, is to strengthen our exhibition program and grow our domestic and international audience.

Ashleigh graduated from Griffith University with a degree in Government and International Relations. She achieved a degree, in Art History from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership, at University of New South Wales.

Will Kollmorgen

Gallery Assistant – Northern Beaches
nbgalleryassistant@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3505

Will Kollmorgen is an emerging arts writer living and working on Guringai country. He joined Michael Reid Northern Beaches as a gallery assistant in 2021, shortly after attaining an honours degree in Arts History at Melbourne University. He installs, invigilates and contributes essay material in his role. 

Thomas Kuss

Art Shuttle
 
info@artshuttle.com.au
+61 406 005 195
 
Since 2016, Thomas has gained extensive experience in the Sydney art world working for a variety of local galleries, involved with all aspects of operations. Most notably at S.H. Ervin Gallery where he continues to perform his role as an Exhibition Installer, as well as working with Manly Art Gallery as a Weekend Gallery Coordinator.
 
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design from ACU. He maintains his own art practice, in oil painting, and has exhibited numerous times in both Sydney and Melbourne. 

Chris Mathews

Head of Private Clients – Sydney
chrismathews@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Christopher Mathews combines over thirty years of experience in financial markets, in Australia, Europe, and London, with a lifelong passion for collecting, viewing and studying art. For the past twenty years, his role has seen him as a trusted advisor and confidant to high net worth individuals and family offices in Sydney, rural Australia, Hong Kong, and London. 
 
This level of trust, understanding of client needs, and ability to deliver positive outcomes translates to the acquiring and curating of collections for MRG clients, both individual and corporate. His ability to act as a bridge from financial asset classes to contemporary art is acknowledged and valued by clients. 
 
Christopher’s clients and service range from those looking at initial purchases to highly experienced, long term collectors adding to established collections. His personal journey as a collector and client has enabled him to tailor the client experience at MRG to suit the requirements and wishes of collectors, large and small. This includes guiding corporate entities through upcoming exhibitions, gallery events, Art Signifikant and the hosting of client-focussed engagement within the gallery. 
 
He is currently studying for a Bachelor of Art History.

Toby Meagher

Director, Michael Reid Sydney

tobymeagher@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Toby is deeply committed to Michael Reid Galleries and the long term development of the business, its artists and its collectors. Toby plays a key role in the direction and management of the business, working closely with Michael on strategy for the galleries individually, and as a group. With a particular interest in client service, Toby brings a straightforward and informed approach to acquisition advice and collection management. 

In 2019 Toby became a Partner at Michael Reid Galleries. He has been with the business for 8 years and has worked in every conceivable role from intern to installer; Berlin Director to van driver. He has developed an intimate understanding of the three physical galleries and the online spaces within the Michael Reid network . 

 
Art Fairs are a particular passion for Toby and he has been a driving force behind the gallery’s presentation at Art Fairs since 2018. Toby believes that Art Fairs are the perfect opportunity to service our clients, highlight our artists and elevate the Michael Reid brand amongst its peers. 

Beyond his work with Michael Reid, Toby has a particular interest in photography, post-colonial narratives and Indigenous voices in contemporary Australian art: from urban practices to remote communities. Toby also runs a small wine label with friends out of Mudgee, NSW and is a keen fly fisherman.

Michael Reid

Chairman and Director

info@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

With three decades in the art industry, Michael Reid is one of the leading art dealers in Australia. Michael’s cultural commentary sought across television, print and social media affirm his role as an ambassador for  Australian art. Michael received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on Australia Day 2016 for his services to the arts. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Law degree from Sydney University & a Master’s in Arts Administration, Art Business from the University of New South Wales. 

After a decade of arts industry experience with Christie’s in London and Australia, culminating with the opening of a major representative office for Christie’s in Brisbane in 1996, Michael went on to contribute weekly as Art Market Analyst to the business section of The Australian newspaper for a decade. During this time Michael taught on Art Business at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Following his time at News Corporation, Michael wrote a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers’ ‘Good Weekend’ magazine for five years.

Michael’s books Guide to Australian Art Galleries (2005) and How to Buy & Sell Art (2008 & 2010) have been published by Allen & Unwin. He co-authored Australian Art: Who, when, what and how much? (2011) with Emily Cloney & Nathan Taylor, and The Poetics of Excess (2012) with Emily Cloney.

Michael’s reputation as a respected cultural commentator goes beyond his work in the print media, and in 2008 and 2009 Michael co-hosted the Sky Business News Channel Art Industry Hour and anchored an arts spot of Drive Time ABC Radio. Recognising that interest in Australian art is not bound by geographic constraints, Michael as Chairman & Director of the group, oversees three art galleries in Sydney, two art galleries in regional New South Wales, and an art gallery in Berlin, Germany. The Michael Reid congregation of art galleries additionally embraces the online platforms Michael Reid CLAY and Michael Reid Object. The Sydney & Berlin galleries exhibit extensively at art fairs within Australia and Europe. Read more about the development of the original Sydney gallery here.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away and for one brief shining moment, Michael was Recess Milk Monitor at Narrandera Primary School. Michael is a co- founding director of the major arts festival, Art Month Sydney; founder of Berlin’s Ackerstrasse “Open Street”; a former Director & Deputy Chair of the Historic Houses Trust NSW that then became the Foundation for Sydney Living Museums. In 2021 Michael joined the St Paul’s College Foundation, within the University of Sydney. Michael is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales. 

Michael was a co-judge of the 2016 Head On Photo Festival and sat on the judging panel of the Australian Financial Review’s True Leaders 2017 award. In 2018 Michael was asked to preside over Christie’s Education London, Art World Professional Advisory Panel. In 2019 Michael was named by Country Style magazine, as one of Australia’s 30 most significant players in regional Australia, over the last 30 years. In 2022 Michael Reid was ranked by News Corp Australia through their publication The List, as one of the 100 most influential people in the Australian arts.

Michael Sharp

Michael Reid Southern Highlands Gallery Manager
michaelsharp@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3535

Michael Sharp began his professional life as a lawyer before quickly realising he did not want to be a solicitor. He was fortunate enough to be offered a job with The Sydney Morning Herald where his rounds included NSW politics and business. 
 
Michael then moved to the corporate world, spending a quarter of a century providing communication, investor relations and brand advice to a number of leading Australian companies.
 
His university degree included an honours degree in Arts (English Literature) and he wrote the authorised biography of Ralph Doubell, the Australian athlete who won a gold medal in the 800 metres at the 1968 Olympic Games, which was published in October 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of Doubell’s victory.
 
Michael has a life-long interest in Art. He studied it at school until he was convinced to drop it as a subject because it didn’t “scale” well in the HSC. He wished he’d had the maturity to push back.
 
Michael has finally escaped the corporate world and now lives in the Southern Highlands. He is delighted to be the inaugural manager of the Michael Reid Southern Highlands gallery.

Daniel Soma

Director, Michael Reid Sydney

danielsoma@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

With over a decade of experience working with private and commercial galleries, Daniel Soma says that he couldn’t imagine a career more fulfilling.

After joining the team as Sydney Gallery Manager in 2018, he was appointed a Director in June 2020. Daniel works closely with our Sydney and Murrurundi artists in delivering exceptional in-gallery and online exhibition programs. He particularly enjoys working with emerging artists and is always looking for opportunities to expand exhibition programs through collaboration with regional galleries.  

Daniel believes his top strengths are his creative approaches to art consultation and online art presentation. Since joining the Michael Reid team, he has introduced new visual strategies for the online presentation of exhibitions in pursuit of producing an accessible exhibition experience for regional, interstate and international collectors.  He works hard on maintaining working relationships with collectors and consistently demonstrates a resourcefulness that many Gallery clients will attest to.

Coline Soria

Gallery Assistant, Michael Reid Art Bar
artbar@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Coline Soria joins Michael Reid with 6 years experience in the art industry, having worked in the interior design sector in Paris and contemporary art galleries in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Coline completed a combined Bachelor of Art History & Business and a Masters in research of contemporary art in France, her native country.

This industry experience has educated Coline with a finely tuned expertise and a broad knowledge of contemporary Australian Art.

As the Art Bar Gallery Assistant, Coline will be working alongside Dean Andersen to ensure the successful running of the Michael Reid Art Bar gallery and program.

James Stokes

Murrurundi Gallery Manager
jamesstokes@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 6546 6767

James comes from a background in management consulting, where he specialised in strategy execution and business design. Over five years he partnered, advised & restructured some of the largest private and public entities across the country. 

Originally from farms near Tamworth and Merriwa, James has returned to the country after many years working, studying and playing rugby in Sydney. He has a long association with the art world, with direct experience in online exhibition management, and through his own art practice as a professional portrait artist (oils and graphite). 

James holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Fin/Eco) and a Master of Economics with distinction from The University of Sydney, and also spent six months on scholarship studying at Frankfurt University (Goethe) in Germany. He shares a similar creative passion for music, has trained as an operatic tenor and has a particular interest in country music singing and songwriting. James has a voice, of note @jimby.boy

Nicola Townsend

Art Advisor, Hong Kong Representative

nicolatownsend@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Widely considered to be among the finest Australian art specialists of her generation, Nicola Townsend brings her expertise to the role of Art Advisor at Michael Reid. Nicola sources art works for sale by the gallery, and liaises with collectors to determine their acquisition needs, with the aid of her extensive experience and discerning eye.

Nicola obtained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fine Arts from the University of Sydney before going on to work for prestigious auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s, where she was elevated to the position of Associate Director of Paintings. Not one to rest on her laurels, Nicola went on to establish a highly successful art dealing consultancy in Tokyo over a period of nine years before returning to home soil and more recent move to Hong Kong.

When not immersed in the world of Australian art Nicola can be found spending time with her family on land and on the water.

Stephanie Villiers

Leading Host, Big Brown Dog Kiosk, Michael Reid Murrurundi
infomurra@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 6546 6767

A never stand still person, Stephanie is passionate about organic produce; raiding as she does her own vegetable garden and the beds at Bobadil House to provide the Big Brown Dog Kiosk with the freshest of salads.

Bronwyn Watts

Northern Beaches Gallery Assistant
nbgalleryassistant@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3505

Bronwyn Watts is a born and bred Northern Beaches girl, growing up in Avalon. Having always had a burning love of art, music and curatorship Bronwyn was keen to use this passion in a gallery context. Having a very wide background of experience including running her own successful gardening business ‘Mother Nurtured’ for many years, being a Registered Nurse and more recently opening a ceramics studio with like-minded individuals Bronwyn brings considerable energy and creativity to the team.

Always active running and swimming and enjoying this beautiful part of Sydney, Bronwyn is ‘content to hold this place as my spiritual home’ and with three active boys Bronwyn and her husband are very much an established part of the Northern Beaches community.

Amy Woolley

Gallery Manager – Northern Beaches
amywoolley@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3505

2020 saw the opening of our latest gallery space, Michael Reid Northern Beaches. Located in sunny Newport, this new gallery is managed by Northern Beaches local Amy Woolley.

Amy was invited to join the Michael Reid Team following her invaluable assistance with managing the operation of Did You Ask The River?, Joan Ross’ virtual reality installation at Sydney Contemporary in 2019. Amy went on to assist Amber Creswell Bell with the previously online-only Studio Direct and CLAY programs out of Michael Reid Sydney, prior to the opening of Michael Reid Northern Beaches in November 2020.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Business and a Post-Graduate Diploma of Art History, and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History and French at Sydney University.

Camilla Wylie

Lifestyle Curator

infomurra@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 6546 6767

As an original founder of the Belltrees Country House, near Scone, NSW, Camilla branched into her love of plants establishing STEM – The Art of Flowers, a floral design business she ran for fifteen years. Her sought-after interior design and styling experience led Camilla to work as Lifestyle Curator for a series of high-profile homeware businesses.

Camilla brings considerable creative design skills and energy to sourcing unique, handmade and Australian design products for the revamped Murrurundi concept store.

Jagen Yoon

Sydney Gallery Assistant

galleryassistant@michaelreid.com.au
+61 2 8353 3500

Having begun as a Sydney Gallery Intern in 2018, Jagen has been appointed as the Sydney Gallery Assistant. Jagen continues to learn and apply installation skills and administrative functions in order to contribute to the successful running of the gallery.

Jagen graduated from Sydney Grammar School in 2017 as a high achiever, especially within the Visual Arts department, earning himself an array of awards and prizes throughout his studies. His commitment to the subject saw him rank 5th place in HSC Visual Arts in NSW. In his final year he was also awarded the John Cattanach Prize for Distinction in Fine Art which recognises the all-round excellence of a student’s practical work, and also their contribution to the School’s Visual Arts department. Most notably, Jagen was also awarded the Old Sydneians’ Union Scholarship for outstanding academic performance and influence among peers.

In 2018 Jagen commenced a combined degree in Law and Arts (majoring in Art History) at the University of Sydney, whilst also undertaking Visual Arts classes at the Sydney College of the Arts. Jagen hopes to use this building knowledge to propagate himself further into the art community.

Outside of the gallery and his studies, Jagen is a club rower and school rowing coach having rowed for his school’s 1st VIII. Jagen is always keen to practice artmaking.

Photo: Jodi Barker