17 Mar - 2 April 2018




Lara Nicholls is the curator of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2018 – 'Landfall'. Lara has a Master of Arts (Art History) from the University of Melbourne and is currently Curator of 19th Century Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. She has twenty years experience in the visual arts having being a curator and Fine Arts tutor at Trinity College in Melbourne where she wrote the catalogue for the College art collection. She moved across to the business side of the visual arts joining Sotheby's Australia as a Paintings Specialist in 1997. After ten years running a private art consultancy business she then worked for several years as Head of Corporate Collections at Deutscher and Hackett, before joining the NGA. Lara was born in Lorne prior to the family moving to Melbourne where she was educated. Her family has strong links to the region having founded the Arab cafe and the Wild Colonial in the 1950s and her mother still lives in the town where she regularly holidays with her three children.

Lara’s combination of exceptional curatorial experience, sophisticated arts knowledge, commercial experience and her deep personal connection to Lorne, make her an outstanding appointment for this role, Lara has a vision to further develop Lorne as the epicentre of the Creative Coast, and will use her experience and connections to bring this vision to life. – Peter Lamell, 2016 LSB Committee President

Lara Nicholls. Photo by John Gollings


Fay Valcanis

Fay brings over 14 years marketing experience as a Marketing Manager at both Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum, at Museum Victoria. She has a Bachelor of Education in Environmental Studies (Deakin University) and is a recent Graduate with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Fay was instrumental in developing community education strategies with the Fire Management Unit, Department of Natural Resources leading to State recognition of programs developed. She has represented the Victorian government internationally through an Emergency Services scholarship examining fire prevention communication strategies in Northern America and developed environmental change behaviour programs with the Dept. of Conservation and Environment. Fay has held the President role with the Victoria Association for Environmental Education where she oversaw the publication of education text books and worked on the National conference for Environmental Education. Fay is currently a non executive director on the Great Ocean Road Tourism Board and lives in Aireys Inlet.