rachel mcelwee

acting Director

Rachel is responsible for growing the Hahndorf Academy as a prominent arts hub in the Adelaide hills. She aims to keep all the spaces vibrant and exciting, while also engaging the community as much as possible. With a masters degree in visual arts and having presented many exhibitions of her own work, Rachel loves to support other local artists and encourages them to take advantage of the Academy's studio space.



Academy shop retail Manager

Naomi is responsible for managing the Academy Shop and nurturing a team of volunteers. She maintains and develops relationships with artists in the shop, which stock works by local South Australian artists. With a degree in Visual Arts Naomi has a strong background in administration and retail and she is also a jewellery maker.




Belinda works two days per week and is responsible for office administration, coordinating school and group visits, providing bookkeeping support and helping with the delivery of special events and projects.

We also have a valuable team of volunteers who contribute greatly to the running of the Hahndorf Academy through supporting our retail operation, helping with exhibition installs, gardening, general maintenance, administration and assistance in our collection. 


Chair - Mike Greenwood, Managing Partner, G+T Human Resource Development

Vice Chair - Kristy Carter - Organisational Psychologist, Department of the Premier & Cabinet

Treasurer - Fred Mann, Chartered Accountant

Public Officer - Lyndell Davidge, Retired, Arts & History Education

Council Representative - Jeff Bettcher, Councillor, District Council of Mount Barker

Moira Simpson - Freelance Museum Consultant & Art Educator, Evocative Arts and Heritage

Carley Jones - Consultant, Early Childhood, Playgroup SA

Ed Douglas - Photographic Artist