Division of EASS Alumni


Julie BlyfieldJulie Blyfield


Graduate Diploma (Education)

Julie Blyfield works her own independent studio overlooking her garden environment. Her work is inspired by the Australian landscape and botanical collections which she interprets in precious materials using the technique of  metal chasing.

She was overall winner of the prestigious South Australian Museum Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize in 2011 for her work Scintilla Series -Spiralling weed,
Soft sponge, Sea urchin Vessels 2010
, which was acquired for the South
Australian Museum collection.

During her career Julie has undertaken residencies in the Australia Council London studio, a historic jewellery Museum in Travassos, Portugal and studied herbaria in Cambridge and Edinburgh Botanical Gardens. In 2007 she was a recipient of the South Australian Living Artist Award and her life was celebrated with a major monograph about her work, published by Wakefield Press and supported by Arts SA.

In 2007 Julie had her work acquired by the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. In 2008 her work was also acquired for the Victoria and Albert Museum collection in London after exhibiting at the prestigious Collect Fair hosted at  the Museum. She has work in nearly all the Australian public gallery collections.

As part of her practice she regularly mentors younger, emerging jewellers to share her knowledge, skills and professional guidance. She has lectured and presented jewellery workshops in the USA at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, the Seattle Metal Guild, Indiana University in Bloomington and San Diego University.

In 2010-11 Julie presented a major survey exhibition of 20 years of new and past work at the JamFactory in Adelaide, Julie Blyfield: Jewellery and Objects 1990 – 2010, which was jointly curated by Wendy Walker, critic and writer from Adelaide and Elisha Buttler, curator from FORM gallery in Perth, Western Australia.

Julie's work is shown nationally at Gallery Funaki in Melbourne, Jam Factory in Adelaide and Beaver Galleries in Canberra. Internationally she is represented by Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, Adrian Sassoon, London and Charon Kransen Arts, USA.


Kim and Michael FindlayKim Findlay

Director, Maranatha Health, Uganda

Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)

Kim Findlay used her qualifications in community development to help establish
a health and development project in the Kamwenge district in western Uganda, where one in four children is not expected to make it to their fifth birthday.

Kim and husband Michael, a GP, and a group of committed individuals from Uganda and Australia founded Maranatha Health, a not-for-profit organisation based in Australia and Uganda that aims to improve health outcomes, empower the poor, and make positive lasting change to village life in rural Uganda.

In 2011 the pair was awarded the Future Justice International Medal for their efforts in establishing Maranatha Health. The medal is an initiative of the Future Leaders and the Institute of Legal Studies in Australia and is awarded to young professionals who demonstrate leadership and initiative that will contribute to upholding and bringing about justice.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) at the University of South Australia Kim studied a Masters in International and Community Development at Deakin University in Melbourne. She spent a number of years working in the refugee services sector before establishing Maranatha Health.

While undertaking her degree at UniSA she volunteered for six months in Uganda, as part of the Hawke Ambassador Program, with the help of a Cowan International Placement Grant.


Jane GarradJane Garrard

English and PE Teacher, Loxton High School

Bachelor of Education, Majoring in PE and English

Jane Garrard was the 2013 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the South Australian Public Teaching Awards. This was in recognition of her efforts over 30 years of teaching in the areas of Physical Education and English at Loxton High School.

Jane undertook her training at the Adelaide College of Advanced Education from 1976-1979. She credits the Physical Education faculty at that time with instilling a passion for teaching and providing an outstanding platform from which to launch
her lifelong career in Education.

In 1980 Jane was fortunate to gain a permanent position at Marion High School, where she spent three productive years gaining valuable experience from her mentors. As a result of meeting her future husband Richard at College, she sought a move to the Riverland. Together they have devoted their professional lives to the personal development of the students and broader community of Loxton. Their daughter also benefited greatly as a student of Loxton High, being awarded a Governor's Medal in 2012.

Encouraging and mentoring students to participate and excel in extra curricular activities ranging from, Athletics, Swimming and Triathlon to State Public Speaking competitions is an integral part of Jane's teaching role. While technology has undoubtedly changed the face of Education forever, she strongly believes in personal development activities as the key to building positive student / teacher relationships.


Rebecca MorseRebecca Morse

Presenter, Ten News

Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)

Rebecca Morse is an award-winning journalist who currently presents Ten Eyewitness News in Adelaide. She began her career while studying a Bachelor of Journalism degree at the University of South Australia, graduating in 1997.
In her final year she was hand-picked through the University to write internal newsletters for the SA Department of Education.

From there, Rebecca successfully applied for the 1998 ABC News cadetship – becoming one of two UniSA students to win that year – and spent 12 months in training at the ABC's Collinswood studio. Over the next few years, Rebecca was stationed as an ABC reporter in Port Pirie, Darwin and Brisbane.

In 2002 she moved back to Adelaide and was promoted to a senior reporting role in television and radio. Rebecca's coverage of sex crimes in the Anglican Church won her the South Australian Journalist of the Year award in 2005, and a Walkley Award nomination in 2004. She switched to anchoring Ten News in 2006 and has held the role ever since, while also regularly contributing to SAFM's breakfast radio program.

Alongside her media career, Rebecca is an ambassador for a range of causes and brands, including the Premier's Reading Challenge and the Port Adelaide Football Club. She is also a distinguished MC and has hosted major events for charities and corporations including the Julian Burton Burns Trust, Ronald McDonald House, the Women's and Children's Hospital, the Adelaide Fashion Festival and Audi.

Rebecca is married with three young daughters.




Deborah PaauweDeborah Paauwe

International photomedia artist

Bachelor of Visual Arts

Deborah Paauwe was born in the United States, but moved with her family as a young teenager to Australia, where she would forge a stellar international
artistic career.

She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts in at the University of South Australia in 1994 and followed it up in 1996 with a Graduate Diploma of Management (Arts Administration). These studies helped Deborah open the door for a range of arts support grants and get her career off the ground.

To date, Deborah has featured in well over a hundred exhibitions – including 35 solo efforts – in Australia, the USA, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. She has produced work for Hugo Boss, Hermes, Josh Goot, Marie Claire magazine, and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, amongst many other high-profile commissions.

In 1999 she was awarded with an Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, and undertook an Australia Council studio residency in New York in 2004. Deborah's work is included in major collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, state galleries in SA and WA, and the Federal Government's Artbank leasing program. Wakefield Press also published a book documenting her work.

She is still currently based in South Australia and working with the Greenaway Art Gallery which represents
her in Adelaide.  

LinkedIn View Deborah Paauwe's profile




Hayley PearsonHayley Pearson

SAFM Breakfast Presenter

Bachelor of Journalism

Hayley Pearson is a radio host who presents Austereo's SAFM Breakfast show
in Adelaide.

She began her media career after graduating from Journalism at UniSA in 2003.

Having gained experience on the news team at community station Radio
Adelaide, Hayley managed to secure a job at Austereo in Adelaide, working
initially as a street promotions coordinator and assistant producer for SAFM and Triple M.

A twist of fate put Hayley in the presenter's chair one night as an emergency fill-in, and that experience helped her work her way into a permanent late-night presenting spot. In 2005 Hayley moved to Queensland's Sunshine Coast and joined Hot 91 as a presenter on its morning and drivetime shows. After two years she moved again to Melbourne to present afternoons and then nights with Nova.

She returned to Adelaide in 2010 to host SAFM's Breakfast show. Alongside her radio experience, Hayley has a number of commercial and television credits – she has appeared on McLeod's Daughters, Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, Wolf Creek, 20 to 1, and The Project as its regular Adelaide correspondent.

Hayley has also recently been made an ambassador for Fashion at the Races. 




Jeffrey Smart
Jeffrey Smart Self-portrait 1993,
oil on canvas 48x45cm.
Copyright Jeffrey Smart.

Jeffrey Smart

1921 - 2013


Studied at Adelaide Teachers College and South Australian School of Arts
and Crafts

Jeffrey Smart was undeniably one of Australia's most famous and talented artists.  He has been characterised as a surrealist, an off-beat classicist and a metaphysical painter, but ultimately he defies classification.

His work is bold, haunting, architectural, precise and strikingly individual.

Born in Adelaide in 1921, Smart had an early passion for drawing but initially aspired to become an architect.

Instead he studied teaching at the Adelaide Teachers' College and the SA School of Arts and Crafts, two antecedents of the University of South Australia, and then worked for five years as an art teacher for the South Australian Education Department in the 1940s before travelling to Europe.

Following his passion, he studied further in Paris at La Grand Chaumière and later at the Académie Montmartre.

By 1950 he was living on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples with Australian compatriots Donald Friend, Michael Shannon and Jacqueline Hick, before returning to Sydney in 1951 where he worked for the next 12 years as a teacher, art critic and children's radio and television presenter.

He continued to paint and exhibit throughout this period and then returned to Italy where he settled permanently in the heart of Tuscany.

But it was in Adelaide that he sold his first painting.

As Smart recalled it was in 1943 that fellow artist Max Ragless bought the work, a landscape of the city, for three guineas at a joint exhibition with Jacqueline Hick at the Royal South Australian Society of Arts.

Just a year later the Art Gallery of South Australia bought Water towers – still a proud part of its collection.

"These early acquisitions, when I was still only 23, were such an encouragement," Smart said.

"But my time at the art school, which is now part of the University of South Australia, was crucial to my career.

Smart had noted the support he received in his home town was fundamental in allowing him to pursue his
artistic growth.

In 2011 Jeffrey Smart was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia which was presented to him at his home in Posticcia Nuova near Arezzo. In 2012 the University of South Australia staged a Jeffrey Smart retrospective exhibition – Master of Stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940 -2011.

The University of South Australia will honour the life and contribution of the great Australian artist Jeffrey Smart by naming its major new $90m learning centre building, the Jeffrey Smart Building


Hossein ValamaneshHossein Valamanesh AM



Studied at South Australian School of Art

Iranian-born artist Hossein Valamanesh has become one of the country's most significant contemporary artists. Born and raised in Tehran, he graduated from
the School of Fine Art in Tehran in 1970.

He migrated to Australia in 1973 aged 24, and commenced further studies in visual arts at the South Australian School of Art at University of South Australia, graduating in 1975.

He has exhibited frequently in Australia and overseas including Germany, Poland, Finland and Japan.  A monograph tracing his life’s work and philosophy, titled Hossein Valamanesh, Out of nothingness, was published in 2011 by Wakefield Press with essays by University of South Australia’s lecturers, Mary Knights and Ian North.

Hossein has completed a number of major public art commissions including Knocking from the Inside in Adelaide in 1989 and You just sit here… for the FARET Tachikawa urban art project in Tokyo in 1994.  His collaborations with partner Angela Valamanesh include An Gorta Mor, a memorial to the Great Irish Famine, at Sydney's Hyde Park Barracks, 14 Pieces on North Terrace in Adelaide and Ginkgo Gate at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

He has received numerous awards including the Australia Council Residency in Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin in 1991, and an Australia Council Fellowship in 1998.  His work is included in most major public Australian
art collections. 

In 2007 Hossein completed a residency at Aomori Contemporary Art Center in Japan and a number of his works were shown in Prism, Contemporary Art from Australia at the Bridgestone Art Museum, Tokyo.

 In collaboration with Brink Productions, Andrew Bovell and Quinton Grant he completed the stage design for When the Rain Stops Falling that was first performed at the 2008 Adelaide Festival of Arts.

 He lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia and is represented by Greenaway Art Gallery in Adelaide and GRANTPIRRIE in Sydney.


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