Our Creative Team

Artspark is a love story growing with many creative forces. What makes Artspark even more special is that we have a wonderful team of teachers

ChiChi Bracken

ChiChi started to sew from a young age. Graduating from a design school, she worked as a designer in Tokyo. She Upon moving to Australia, she started selling her original work through markets, shops and galleries. ChiChi appreciates craftsmanship rather than automated systems. She works largely with needle and thread but also enjoys working with paint, wood, metal, plastic and an assortment of other materials. She loves to incorporate reflections of her life in her works and recently an increasing love of gardening is showing up in her sewing work.

Nicki Black

Nicki is a qualified Visual Arts teacher who loves to impart knowledge and engage children creatively. She also practices photography, drawing, painting and writing in her spare time. Nicki’s two little boys have attended Artspark over the years with Jessi, Lucia and Sandrine, which gave her the opportunity to become one of the teaching tribe. She feels the warmth and buzzing nature of Artspark is truly lovely to be a part of.

Cecilia Mok

Cecilia has a background in fashion, print, graphic design and fine arts. She studied Fashion Design at East Sydney Tech and Fine Arts at Julian Ashton Art School. Cecilia has exhibited paintings in group shows, mostly inspired by dreamscapes and the fantastic. She is also a surface print designer, working with international clients on designs for garments, accessories, and home décor. She loves to explore all forms of art, craft and textiles. Cecilia is passionate about encouraging children to express their own unique voices and hearts through art, and to cultivate a curiosity and interest in the wide world around them.

A Short History of ArtSpark

Artspark was established in 2004 by a loving artist, Jane Lancaster, keen to share Art with children. A uniquely artistic environment was born, loved equally by the parents and the children. Diane Vukelic and Jessi Alexander-Head aka Jessi Rose both attended National Art School completing a Fine Arts degree, have expanded Artspark to its current location and grew to include sewing between 2008 and 2012. Sandrine Lonchampt, a dedicated mum of two, amateur photographer and architect, took over Artspark in May 2012. She added the eco-garden and the mini-Farm to Artspark studio. ChiChi and Natalie Morel-Lewis joined the managing team in July 2013.