ABOUT US

Pumphouse teachers bring together award-winning educational standards and solid creative industry professional resumés. We believe practical experience teamed with a commitment to student-responsive teaching provides the best educational outcomes. We’re proud of the credibility our industry connections bring us, but we’re also focused on providing a sound learning environment.

Pumphouse teachers bring together award-winning educational standards and solid creative industry professional resumés. We believe practical experience teamed with a commitment to student-responsive teaching provides the best educational outcomes. We’re proud of the credibility our industry connections bring us, but we’re also focused on providing a sound learning environment.

Wayne Thompson

Type Designer 

Wayne is a type designer with a national profile and is the principal of Australian Type Foundry. 
He has over 100 original typefaces to his credit and a long list of leading advertising and branding agency clients. His custom type projects include the ABC, Holden, Triple J, McDonalds, National Rugby League, NRMA, Gloria Jeans, the ICC Cricket World Cup and Breville. Before specialising in type design, Wayne spent many years as a designer and art director in leading  Newcastle advertising agencies.

Now an experienced design educator, Wayne is passionate about placing typography at the centre of good design practice. He has run type-based workshops around Australia and New Zealand, and presented at national and international design conferences.

Vanessa is a Co-Director of Pumphouse. Her career has been integrally involved in education and vocational training—twenty years as a design teacher and four years as Head Teacher of Design at Hunter TAFE. She is committed to ensuring that education be practical and relevant, believing a strong connection to industry is paramount to help shape the courses and workshops offered at Pumphouse.

Vanessa also has over twenty years experience as a graphic designer and art director, and is now Co-Director of Fivespice Creative, a content creative consultancy. Clients include Newpsych Psychologists, Rustica Newcastle, Newcastle Art Space, Continental Patisserie, and the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

Vanessa continues to share her skills and knowledge via Pumphouse, cultivating agile and progressive courses to futureproof designers and creatives.

Situated in a converted warehouse in the harbour-side Newcastle suburb of Wickham, Pumphouse is an open-plan space providing a flexible learning environment which can be easily customised for small classes. We are excited to be a part of the creative rejuvenation of this inner-city, formerly industrial, precinct. With great coffee, artist studios, cafes, and the beautiful Newcastle Harbour all withinan easy walk, Wickham is the perfect locale.

Vanessa Anton

Graphic Designer 

Vanessa is a Co-Director of Pumphouse. Her career has been integrally involved in education and vocational training—twenty years as a design teacher and four years as Head Teacher of Design at Hunter TAFE. She is committed to ensuring that education be practical and relevant, believing a strong connection to industry is paramount to help shape the courses and workshops offered at Pumphouse. Vanessa also has over twenty years experience as a graphic designer and art director,
and is now Co-Director of Fivespice Creative, a content creative consultancy. Clients include Newpsych Psychologists, Rustica Newcastle, Newcastle Art Space, Continental Patisserie, and the Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

Vanessa continues to share her skills and knowledge via Pumphouse, cultivating agile and progressive courses to futureproof designers and creatives.

Alison Smith

Co-Director

Co-Director of Pumphouse, Alison has worked across a range of creative industries including commercial media, advertising and design agencies, fine art, and art galleries. Ten years as a design studio production manager gave her insight into the skills designers require, how design meets client and market needs and expectations, along with creative thinking, and the importance of strategic workflow.

Alison’s aims for Pumphouse include equipping new designers with the industry skills they need, and helping existing practitioners to upskill, meeting the demands of a rapidly changing design industry.

Shane Williams

Photographer / Videographer

Shane is Principal and Creative Co-Director of Fivespice Creative, specialising in using integrated design, photography, video, digital and strategic thinking. He also spent eight years in sound production and event management, coordinating the successful Newcastle Music week event for Hunter TAFE. Shane’s experience extends into marketing and social media, providing professional photography and corporate videos. His clients include the Australian Baking Team, Newpsych Psychologists, Textbook Patisserie Boulangerie, Aboriginal Learning Circle, Rustica Newcastle, and the Cake, Bake and Sweets Show.

 

His other passion is a fascination with the forces of nature. His website `Striking Newcastle’ features stunning photographs of storms across Newcastle’s beaches, city and surrounds.

 

Shane will be delivering courses in photography and using mobile devices and technology effectively.

Wayne Thompson

Type Designer

Wayne is a type designer with a national profile and is the principal of Australian Type Foundry. 
He has over 100 original typefaces to his credit and a long list of leading advertising and branding agency clients. His custom type projects include the ABC, Holden, Triple J, McDonalds, National Rugby League, NRMA, Gloria Jeans, the ICC Cricket World Cup and Breville. Before specialising in type design, Wayne spent many years as a designer and art director in various advertising agencies.

Now an experienced design educator, Wayne is passionate about placing typography at the centre of good design practice. He has run type-based workshops around Australia and New Zealand, and presented at national and international design conferences.

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Situated in a converted warehouse in the harbour-side Newcastle suburb of Wickham, Pumphouse is an open-plan space providing a flexible learning environment which can be easily customised for small classes. We are excited to be a part of the creative rejuvenation of this inner-city, formerly industrial, precinct. With great coffee, artist studios, cafes, and the beautiful Newcastle Harbour all within an easy walk, Wickham is the perfect locale.