Maria Stoljar hosts and produces the Talking with Painters podcast where Australian artists talk about their lives and art. Her guests are a mix of leading, mid-career and emerging artists, including 7 Archibald winners. Her days are spent looking at artwork online and in galleries, keeping her finger on the pulse of the Australian art scene. She has also been a painter herself for 15 years with a passion for painting portraiture from life.
Anne Masters, Director of Gallery of Small Things, has a long and established career in the arts.
From 1998, Anne worked in the Canberra arts scene where she ran her own casual arts-based business, assisted a private gallery promoting visual arts practitioners and worked for local government in the arts. In mid-2010, she returned to study to refine and develop her own artistic practice with reference to the ceramic artist Les Blakerough as well as French art deco glassmaker Rene Lalique. In 2012, Anne was awarded the Master of Visual Arts from the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art.
Anne has since worked at the ANU School of Art & Design with a keen interest in educating and mentoring students in professional arts practices. During a marketing course, she had a light bulb moment when asked to list an out there goal she'd love to achieve, 'own a gallery' which the course convenor thought was a great idea. When Anne looked outside at her 1960s laundry she saw a tiny gallery and a blossoming future