Art & Design

Creative Industries staff_Jo Wilson_Box Hill InstituteTeacher, Visual Arts

After studying Fine Arts and inspired by the industrial landscape of her father’s injection moulding factory, Jo Wilson was driven to create unique, limited edition reclaimed Australian native hardwood stools and objects. Exploring the changes and processes inherent in timber and with economy and simplicity being fundamental to her work, her pared back pieces bring warmth to interior spaces and are handcrafted in order to remind us of the meaning found in raw natural materials.

Her sculpted works have been acquired by Woods Bagot, SJB, FMD Architects, Hassell, Elizabeth Anne McGregor, MONA, Paul Mathis, The Van Haandels, Buchan Group, PCG, Carr Design, Cate Blanchett, Nexus Designs, Tabcorp, David Hicks, Peppers – The Louise at Barossa and Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, not to mention private collections in Australia, New Zealand, London and New York.

Jo lives and works in Melbourne.


  • M.A in Fine Arts. Monash University
  • Diploma Of Education: Art and Craft. Victoria College
  • Postgraduate Degree in Fine Arts. Monash University
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Chisholm University

Creative Industries staff_Vin Ryan_Box Hill InstituteTEACHER, VISUAL ARTS

Vin Ryan has been working in the visual arts industry for more than 20 years. He has worked across a wide range of media including painting, drawing, video, sculpture, installation and photography.

He has been included several survey shows of contemporary Australian drawing including; I walk the line: New Australian Drawing at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and Constellations: A large number of small drawings, at RMIT Gallery. He has been a finalist in many of the major drawing prizes in Australia including The Paul Guest drawing prize and The Mornington Peninsula Works on Paper Prize.

More recently he has completed a series of self published photography books and a PhD at Federation University.

His work has been included in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

Creative Industries staff_Chris Pittard_Box Hill InstituteTEACHER, VISUAL ARTS

Chris has been involved in the Visual Arts Industry for more than thirty years beginning with studies at RMIT and the Victorian College of the Arts.

He has regularly exhibited his work in group and solo exhibitions, throughout Australia and internationally including “Impressed” Gallery 25 in New Delhi India in 2006 and more recently was invited to show in Paris in 2015 at ’ L’Atelier d’Art de France’.

He has had a long term interest in delivering business skills to artists, since working in the NEIS program and has taught in Ceramic and Visual Art departments including Holmesglen TAFE, CAE and Box Hill Institute.

In 2010 he won the Nillumbik prize which allowed him to travel to Italy. He has travelled on a regular basis to Europe as painting tutor or to exhibit in Potters markets throughout France.

Chris currently divides his time between teaching at Box Hill Institute and his Eltham based studio. His practice includes painting, drawing and ceramics.


  • TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
  • TAE40110 Cert IV Training Assessment
  • TAA40104 Cert IV Training and Assessment
  • ABAF Australian Cultural Fund Workshop
  • MYOB level 1 CAE
  • ABAF Business Arts Partnership training
  • Certificate 1V in Assessment &Workplace Training C.A.E.
  • Graduate Diploma V.C.A. Melb. (Painting )
  • B.A. Fine Art Painting, R.M.I.T.


Chris has been a member of industry committees including Nillumbik Open studio, Nillumbik Art Acquisition Advisory, Nillumbik Art in Public Places and Ceramics Victoria (President in 2000) committees.

He is a member of National Association of Visual Arts and the Nillumbik Tourism association.

Courses taught at BHI

Certificate IV and Diploma of Visual Arts


Creative Industries staff_Debbie Pratt_Box Hill InstituteAcademic Course Manager, Fashion Higher Education

Debbie has  25 over years’ experience working in the commercial fashion industry in Australia. Her industry roles ranged from Designer to Product Manager and Apparel Manager for both national and international brands such as Mitch Dowd, Diadora and Nike. She particularly enjoyed working in sporting apparel due to the innovative products and technical fabrications.

Debbie’s career objective is to provide an exceptional teaching and learning experience for the Fashion students at Box Hill Institute.  “My aim is to assist students to gain the skills and knowledge required to pursue their own career goals in the fashion industry as I have thoroughly enjoyed a diverse and successful career in the industry”.

Her subject expertise includes: Fashion design, Product Development and Product Management, Merchandise Management, Event Management and Production


  • Master in Business (Marketing)
  • Diploma of Arts in Fashion
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from Melbourne University


Member of the Council of Textiles and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA)

Courses taught at BHI

  • Bachelor of Fashion
  • Bachelor of Fashion Merchandising

Creative Industries staff_Lize Niemczyk_Box Hill InstituteAssociate Lecturer, Fashion Design

Lize worked in design and patternmaking for high end labels in South Africa, and in sportswear and lingerie in New Zealand worked.

During her time in New Zealand, Lize taught fashion design at Auckland University of Technology for 8 years, while completing her Masters in collaboration with industry.

She is currently doing PHD in functional design and teaching fashion at Box Hill TAFE in the last 5 years.


  • MA Art and Design
  • Advanced Diploma Design
  • Graduate Cert Teaching

Courses taught at BHI

  • Design
  • Tailoring
  • Pattern cutting
  • Construction
  • Business Flow

Writing & Editing

Creative Industries staff_Rachel Flynn_Box Hill InstituteTeacher

Rachel Flynn has published numerous picture books and novels for children (Penguin), some of which have been translated and republished in French, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese and Korean. She is also an occasional poet with a list of publications. You can look at her work here.

Rachel has been teaching in Professional Writing Programs around Melbourne since 1995, and currently teaches at RMIT and at the CAE.


  • Master of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Diploma of Teaching


Andrew McKenna has worked as a journalist, digital journalist, sub-editor, editor and communications specialist in newspapers, radio, the private and public sectors, tertiary institutions, government departments and publishing houses. For three years he wrote destination profiles for travel publisher Lonely Planet, and between 2015 and 2018 he was Digital Editor at the Gisborne Herald, one of New Zealand’s largest and most successful regional daily papers.

Andrew has run websites for digital start-ups and international companies, and has taught journalism at tertiary level for seven years. His fiction has been published widely in literary journals in Australia and the US.


As a fully qualified writer and editor, Susannah has worked on poetry, song lyrics, short stories, fan fiction, novels, and screenplays. She has also worked on a variety of manuscripts for publishers and self-publishers. As a filmmaker, she’s written and produced many independent projects, and several of her screenplays have been optioned by producers in Australia and the USA. For several years, she worked with a company in the USA assessing manuscripts and writing book-to-script adaptations. As a digital artist, Susannah has created art work for children’s apps and video content. Open Wounds, her collection of Australian short stories, is scheduled for publication in 2019. Susannah is currently working on literary fiction novel.


  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Melbourne Polytechnic, Melbourne
  • Master of Creative Writing, Swinburne, Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Writing and Publishing, Melbourne Polytechnic, Melbourne
  • Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting, RMIT, Melbourne
  • Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT, Melbourne