Bows and Holly with Dr Lisa Cooper and Joanna Nicholas
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Members will have the opportunity to create their very own Christmas wreath under the creative guidance of florist, artist and author, and Sydney Living Museums’ artist-in-residence, Dr Lisa Cooper.
After the workshop, guests will be invited to view the house, including the award-winning drawing room dressed festively for Christmas, with SLM Curator Joanna Nicholas.
Ticket price includes refreshments and all wreath materials.
No experience necessary; numbers strictly limited.
Dr Lisa Cooper
Dr Lisa Cooper is a florist, artist and author. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Fine Art from the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, and is the first permanent resident artist at The Mint. Her commercial flower business, Doctor Cooper Studio, spans major installations to hand-delivered flower gestures.
In all of Dr Cooper’s work there is a celebration of ‘composition in nature’ coupled with bold and often dramatic themes. Cooper’s work has been featured in many Australian and international books, magazines, journals and television programs. Her distinctive flower work has been commissioned by some of the most celebrated organisations in the business and arts world, including the National Gallery of Australia, Harper’s Bazaar, Hendrick’s gin, Vogue, Hermès, MasterCard, the Australian Ballet, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Opera Australia, Cartier, Prada, Toni Maticevski, Romance Was Born and the Sydney Theatre Company.
Joanna Nicholas is a curator for Sydney Living Museums, responsible for Vaucluse House, Elizabeth Bay House and Rose Seidler House. She coordinates SLM’s volunteer Soft Furnishings Group and curated the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020 exhibition, now on display. Joanna has been a curator at SLM for more than 15 years, with roles at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Meroogal and Government House.
After completing degrees in Fine Arts (Hons) and Museum Studies at the University of Sydney, Joanna worked for the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and also taught Sydney University’s Museum Studies Unit. She is a reviewer for the Standards Program for Museums and Galleries NSW and a member of the Collections Committee for the National Trust.
Joanna is passionate about the immersive experiences that house museums can provide for visitors through the power of their collections, gardens and grounds. As well as continuing to conserve, interpret and maintain SLM’s house museums, she is interested in identifying and sharing new stories about them with our audiences.