Chairman and Director
Michael Reid is one of the leading art dealers in Australia, advising private clients on the formation of their art collections with the aid of decades of experience in the sector. 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 Masters 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 regular 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 has established galleries in Sydney, Berlin and regional New South Wales, as well as an established online and social media presence. The Sydney & Berlin galleries exhibit extensively at art fairs within Australia and Europe.
For one brief shining moment, Michael was Recess Milk Monitor at Narrandera Primary School. Michael is a co- founding director of Art Month Sydney; founder of Ackerstrasse “Open Street”, Berlin; a former director & deputy chair of the Foundation for Sydney Living Museums and he 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. Michael Reid has been ranked in The Art Life Power Trip for six years straight, as one of the most influential people in Australian art world.
Toby is deeply committed to the 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 and works closely with Michael on the long term strategy for the the galleries and their represented artists. With a particular interest in client service, Toby brings a straightforward approach to acquisition advice and collection management.
Director, Michael Reid Berlin
Laura explored the world of scientific photography before fate took her to London where she worked with Anthony d’Offay on exhibitions for ARTIST ROOMS at Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland. Later returning to Australia, Laura worked with key figures in the Australian art scene before independently curating a series of projects that featured in the Virgin Australia Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program and Melbourne’s Food and Wine Festival.
Director, Michael Reid Sydney
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.
Contemporary Art Specialist
Program Coordinator, ART SIGNIFIKANT
Drawing on 18 years experience working in commercial galleries in Sydney, James Dorahy has a reputation for his unique eye and expertise in his knowledge and presentation of contemporary art.
Since joining the team in 2016 James has expanded his role to include running Art Signifikant, our private members program. Art Signifikant provides a complete gallery and educational experience drawing on James’ dedicated service and invaluable collecting knowledge.
James’ expertise has been acknowledged this year with an invitation to be a speaker on the panel of “For Money Not Love: The Art of Investing in Art” for the 2020 collectors talk for Art Month Sydney. James’ respect amongst his peers was acknowledged when invited to be a member of the selection panel for the 2017 Salon des Refuses at S.H Ervin Gallery. For the past six years James has been selected to Judge various categories within the Arts and Crafts Exhibition for the Royal Agricultural Society and the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
James was the Assistant Director of a prominent Sydney gallery in the early 2000s and later went on to run the James Dorahy Project Space in Kings Cross, Sydney, from 2006 – 2013. He also served as a Board Member of Art Month Sydney from 2010 – 2011. Over his career, James has worked with many leading and emerging contemporary artists and brings a broad experience of art to the gallery and its clients.
Art Advisor, Hong Kong Representative
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.
Studio Direct, Curator
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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 ‘Studio Direct’ program of high quality emerging artists as well as curating the newly established ‘CLAY’ platform, dedicated to showcasing Australian ceramics.
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 will be released in late 2020 and a fourth book in 2021. Amber’s books are published by Thames & Hudson, and available globally.
Head of Digital Engagement
As of early May 2020, our Berlin colleague Lily Fenwicke, has taken up the position of Head of Digital Engagement for Michael Reid Sydney, Berlin and Murrurundi. In addition, Lily assists with our online art sales platforms Studio Direct, CLAY and OBJECT.
The Head of Digital Engagement upholds an important role within Michael Reid’s extensive digital communication channels. This is a significant and increasingly vital position. Our digital presence contributes to the financial success of our galleries and art platforms.
Having interned at the Sydney gallery in 2013, Lily returned to Michael Reid in 2019, this time in Berlin. She is inspired to experience life in a new city and to 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.
Sydney Gallery Assistant
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
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.
Leading Host, Big Brown Dog Kiosk, Michael Reid Murrurundi
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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.
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Amy Woolley 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 now assists Amber Creswell Bell on the Studio Direct and CLAY programs.
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After completing his Bachelor of Teaching (High School) & Bachelor of Visual Arts at ACU, Harry enrolled in a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design where he is currently undertaking his Honours. Having gained a breadth of experience working and volunteering with the Biennale of Sydney, Sculpture by the Sea, and at the Tangentyere and Many Hands Iltja Ntjarra Arts Centres in Alice Springs, Harry brings with him a considerable platform of art world knowledge.
With an increasing volume of artworks and ceramics heading here, there and everywhere, Harry is focused on logistics, making sure that new acquisitions make it into the homes of our collectors seamlessly. Harry pursues his own emerging art practice, having exhibited across Australia and overseas.