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GSA is pleased to announce the promotion of the below Managers to the Board of Directors.
Peter Hogan, James Telford, Scott Curley and Nicole Mellick will join Dr. John Hewson (Chairman) and Paul Hines (Owner and CEO) in leading the organisation forward.
The board will assume responsibility for the GSA Group of Companies.
Since its beginning in 1990, The GSA Group has enjoyed continual growth and success. It is the intention of the Board to accelerate this into the future.
On December 18th 2013, 12 lucky GSA staff shared a very special afternoon with all of the children involved in the KidsXpress Program over the past 12 months. All GSA staff purchased a gift for 70 children and wrote out personal messages of inspiration for each child to welcome them into a better 2014. I was lucky enough to be involved the whole way through and it was the highlight of my year.
Margo and her team put on a great show. The kids were also accompanied by their very proud parents, uncles, aunties and grandparents. Over the two hours we mingled in to throw paint, have balloon relay races, eat up fairy bread and three of us even got dressed by the kids as Christmas trees. To finish up, we got to hand out the gifts to each of the kids in attendance. With 50 drums playing at full strength in the KidsXpress studio the GSA/Brooklyn Choir belted out 4 Christmas Carols for everyone present.
Getting hands-on experience with Margo and her team I was amazed by the profound effect the space has on the kids involved. The kids turned up having not visited the space since they partook in the program and it was clear to see their faces light up as they walked through the doors. Some ran to their favourite activity area and some were overcome with joy when they saw a member of Margo’s team they were particularly fond of. It was wonderful to see that the space Margo and her team have created is such a safe and joyous one. We got the chance to mingle with the children and they were very grateful for GSA’s involvement in making KidsXpress possible. One boy told me with a smile on his face when he found out who we were “Oh really, you are from GSA, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for you - thanks so much!”
Thanks to everyone who got on board and gave generously (also, those outside of GSA that got involved), thanks so much to Paul and the management team for getting behind the initiative and thanks so much to Margo and her team for welcoming us in to their space.
Luke Ricketson, former sales and marketing executive at The Nine Network, has joined GSA to spearhead the company’s push into the sports and entertainment sectors.
Luke achieved great success at Nine where he managed the media and sponsorship activities of leading Australian brands across Nine’s properties.
Luke also serves as a Board Director with NRL club, The Roosters. Luke represented the club as a player in over 300 first grade appearances, played State of Origin football for NSW and proudly represented Australia in the sport.
Luke has really found a home, settling perfectly into the GSA family and the team love having somebody of Luke’s business and sporting pedigree on the roster.
Peter Hogan, GSA’s Finance Director, remembers Sydney Artist and GSA friend, Martin Sharp.
Martin Sharp passed away in Sydney on 1st December 2013 and has left behind an extensive art collection comprising works from over six decades.
Paul Hines and I separately collected Martin’s posters from the early 1980’s in an era without eBay, Google Images or Wikipedia. Whilst Martin’s work has always been collectable, thirty years ago there was no easy way to source his works. They would just appear at various Galleries or small book or gift shops around town and then quickly disappear. About three years ago Paul embarked on a plan to acquire and display Martin’s work in the GSA office. With the help of Art Brokers Matt Henry and Nadja Kabriel, the collection quickly grew to about 100 pieces and what we believe to be the largest privately owned collection of Martin’s work. Through this collection process Paul, John Hewson and I met Martin and became firm friends with him. We wanted nothing from Martin apart from a little bit of his time. We always enjoyed the meetings and Martin would make us feel welcome. We were invited into his home as well as St Vincent’s Hospital where he had frequent treatment. Paul continued buying artwork, having them framed and hung in the office. Many GSA employees (notably Carlo and Rocco) enjoyed becoming Martin Sharp art experts. Martin expressed an interest in seeing the works in the office and agreed to be the guest of honour at an official opening, however his deteriorating health prevented any serious planning. So that Martin could see the work, Paul organised a video recording, complete with commentary and Cream soundtrack, showcasing the three floors of GSA art for Martin. There were items in the collection that Martin had not seen for fifty years.
While Martin’s work was internationally renowned, he was predominantly based in Sydney and as a results his works would often have a local flavour. Many posters include the Opera House, Luna Park, The Harbour Bridge, The Southern Cross, Musicians, Festivals and Theatres with the Nimrod Theatre series being probably the most well-‐known. Martin used vivid primary colours and his work has been loosely defined as pop-‐art. His artwork included famous musicians who were his friends. Martin’s poster of Jimi Hendrix (with the exploding guitar), Bob Dylan (Blowing in your Mind) and the Cream album covers all became classic images of the 1960’s. Eric Clapton became a lifelong friend of Martin’s and Eric would always visit Martin when he was in Sydney.
Martin was born and raised in Sydney, living in the family home in Bellevue Hill for most of his life, apart from a few years when he lived in London. His home, known as Wirian, adjoins Cranbrook Private School (Martin’s childhood school) and was used as Martin’s art studio. Each time we visited Martin at his home your eyes would invariably wonder to the eclectic collection of art that highlighted Martin’s full and varied life. There were books, cartoon figurines, posters, original artworks, family and religious mementos displayed everywhere. Original paintings of Martin’s were stacked in one of the rooms. Martin said he did not like to sell his artwork as once they were sold they were generally gone forever. So Martin continued work on the over many years, because if they remained unfinished then he did not have to consider what to do with them. Over the years I saw Martin’s works on loan to places like the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The Sydney Children’s Hospital and for a long exhibition at The Sydney Museum.
Martin Sharp will be sadly missed. However, at GSA we are reminded daily of his life’s work through this wonderful collection. He was a warm and gentle soul and we will miss him.