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Our current tutors are:

Antonia NesbitAntonia Nisbet is an artist and art educator, and has been with Fine Young Artists since 2014. She holds a Master of Visual Arts from AUT University, and is currently undertaking her PhD focusing on her own artistic exhibition practice. 

Olyvia Hong – Olyvia graduated from Elam School of Fine Art in 2019 with a Master of Fine Arts. She has exhibited in over ten group shows and loves collaborating with people when it comes to exhibition practice. Olyvia has close to three years of teaching experience, having taught at university level as well as private lessons for younger people. She co-operates and volunteers part-time at a not-for-profit community arts library on Karangahape Road. Her art practice is diverse and playful, spanning painting, sculpture, collage and installation, and is informed by the social, economic and political aspects of art and education. She particularly enjoys working with younger people for their boundless creativity and equally loves teaching and learning from them.

Diva Ford – Diva graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts with Honors in 2017. She is primarily an abstract expressionist painter whose practice explores the colour, gesture, movement and shifting perceptions of the physical world through the medium of paint. She also has experience in writing, illustration, portraiture and photography. Diva started teaching with Fine Young Artists this year and is passionate about inspiring creativity in everyday life. 

Calum Haugh – Calum graduated from AUT with a graphic design degree in 2016, where he specialised in illustration. He has a keen interest in cartooning, comics, and lettering, and is currently experimenting with painting with gouache. In his graduating year, Calum received the Gordon Harris Award for Graphic Design for Print for his work on a zine for local musicians. Calum is a musician himself, and often creates posters and art for his own band and others.  

Hannah Ireland – Hannah is a honours student at Elam School of Fine Arts. With almost three years teaching experience, Hannah is passionate about facilitating and nurturing creativity. Hannah has a playful art practice which is expressed across several modalities, i.e. painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and performance art. With a keen interest for psychology, her work is often centred around portraiture and ideas of externalising the internal.  
Hugo Harvey – Hugo is a multidisciplinary artist completing a Masters of Architecture (Professional) at the University of Auckland. He has been teaching with Fine Young Artists for four years and also teaches architectural media at University level. He is passionate about both painting and education and enjoys inspiring individuals to fulfill their creative potential through experimentation and expression. Hugo has a range of artistic practices, including painting, photography, illustration, videography, music and architecture, and was a recipient of the Pat Hanly Art Award in 2015.