SANDRA NICOLAIDES - BIOGRAPHY
Sandra’s arts career started when she was 9, as a dancer in an Italian Opera Season in Sydney. She then completed her classical ballet training at Scully Borovansky, Sydney and the Arts Educational School, London, before being contracted by JC Williamsons and JH Carrol managements to dance in several block-buster musicals across Australia and NZ. Graduating into acting, Sandra joined the Perth Playhouse touring company and returned to the UK to perform with Contact Theatre Company, Manchester, Jubilee Theatre Company, Birmingham and the Grand Theatre, Llandudno, Wales.
Back in Australia, she wrote and directed ‘What a Load of Rubbish’ for ‘Death Defying Theatre in Sydney, taught ‘Art and Society’ at WAPA, WA and worked for the Melbourne Theatre Company to run youth drama workshops and direct a two-hander, ‘The Other Half’ as a touring production.
Sandra then received a degree in Fine Art (BAFA/ Sculpture & Cinematography) at the SA School of Art, then moved to Tasmania to run the Tasmanian Community Arts Network. There, she also lectured at the Tasmanian School of Art and developed a post-Graduate course in ‘Art and Community’ for the Tasmanian School of Art Summer School.
Later, as the ACT Cultural Planner, Sandra created the first Cultural Map of Canberra on the internet (Canberra’s Identity and Atmosphere Online – CIAO) and then shared her template with 18 local councils to jointly create a Regional Cultural Map. Both were launched at the National Museum of Australia and presented at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and an International Heritage Symposium in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Returning to Melbourne, Sandra consulted in cultural planning for three consultancies and then began painting as a new means through which to express her on-going fascination with people and the way they interact. Having exhibited her oil paintings at Montsalvat, Dunmoochin and various art shows, she now opens her studio to the public through the Nillumbik Open Studio program.
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