Art Consulting Association of Australia

About the ACAA

Our mission

Our mission is to enhance and strengthen the commercial aspects of art consulting. We believe that the establishment and maintenance of a set of ethical standards is fundamental to sustained growth and commercial success of the industry.

Our members

As an association we welcome a wide variety of consultants as members who specialise in a range of different fields which include, but are not limited to, advisory services, valuation, collections management, arts writing, curatorial services and research. A complete list of our current members can be viewed in our members listing.

Policy Document

ACAA Policy document is a working document designed for association members. It is to facilitate the growth and development of the association and to assist members in understanding our structure, aims and purpose. It is anticipated that the document will grow and significantly alter with time.

Download ACAA Policy Document - PDF version (107KB)


The Constitution sets out the ACAA's objectives, along with guidelines, rules and regulations governing membership and meetings, as well as the responsibilities of the Executive Committee.

Download ACAA Constitution - PDF version (57KB)

Our Supporters


Brigitte Banziger

Brigitte Banziger holds an MA in Latin, philosophy and literary criticism from the University of Zurich. She has worked as public relations manager for SUISA, the Swiss Copyright Society for songwriters, composers and music publishers; the media office of the University of Zurich and in various other marketing and public relations manager roles. Since 2003, she has been running Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants together with David Hulme.

The company is an Approved Service Provider for the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association.   

Brenda Colahan (Treasurer)

BA (Hons) Fine Arts and Archaeology, University of Sydney; Graduate Certificate of Adult Education, University of Technology, Sydney; ACAA Registered Valuer; Approved Valuer Cultural Gift Program; Diploma of Diamond Tecnology; Diploma of Gemmology; Member National Council of Jewellery Valuers NSW (Fine Arts Division) 

1998 - present, Brenda Colahan Fine Art, Independent Fine Art Advisors and Valuers
2004 - 2013, Art Equity, Independent Fine Art Advisor and Valuer
2004 – 2007 Art Equity, Consulting Gallery Manager
1991 - 1993, Phillips Auctioneers, Sydney, Specialist
1989 - 1991, Holland Fine Art Gallery, Double Bay, Gallery Assistant

BCFA specialises in independent fine art valuation, and advice on procurement, collection management and resale. 

Brenda Colahan is an ACAA Registered Valuer, and is an Approved Valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program in Australian and International painting, drawing, prints, sculpture after 1880; Australian photography after 1900; Indigenous art after 1970. 

David Hulme (President)

David Hulme was educated at King Williams College Private School in the Isle of Man. He has over ten years experience in Australian art, both from a gallery perspective and working as valuer and art consultant in his own business. David Hulme is an approved valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program in the areas of Australian art including paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture 1900-2000. He is also a regular contributor to the Australian Art Market Report and the Australian Art Sales Digest. Since 2003, he has been running Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants together with Brigitte Banziger.

The company is an Approved Service Provider for the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association.


Adrian Newstead

1971 B.Sc.Agr Sydney University 

2003-present Adrian Newstead Fine Art Consultancy
2007 Managing Director Deutscher Menzies, Menzies Art Brands
2003-2007 Head Aboriginal Art Department, Lawson~Menzies auction house
2005-2009 Board Member Aboriginal Benefits Foundation
1998-2004 Board Member Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association (Art.Trade)
1998-2000, 2001-2002  National President, Art.Trade
2004-2005 Board Member Aboriginal Tourism Australia
1996-present Approved Government Valuer Cultural Gifts Program (Aboriginal Art Pre-contact to the Present Day)
1992 – 1996 Founding Member Austrade Visual Art Export Panel
1991-1996 Chairman Woollahra Council Paddington Gateway Working Party 
1990-1996 President of the Paddington-Darlinghurst Chamber of Commerce
1981 Founded Coo-ee Art Gallery, Paddington NSW

Jane Raffan

Grad. Dip. Env. Law (Ethical Dealing & Cultural Heritage), University of Sydney 
BA. Hons. Fine Arts (Australian Art), University of Sydney

2009 – present: Principal, ArtiFacts Art Services & Aboriginal Art Consultancy
2001 – 2008: Shapiro Gallery & Auctioneers, Sydney: General Manager; Head of Aboriginal Art
1996 – 2001: Phillips International Auctioneers, Australia: General Manager
1993 – 1995: Art Gallery of New South Wales: Deputy Registrar; Head of Collection Management
1990 – 1992: Art Gallery of New South Wales: Assistant Registrar; Cataloguer Special Projects

Jane Raffan is an approved Valuer for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program. ArtiFacts delivers dependable and expert advice to help collectors navigate the Australian art market, and in particular, the highly diverse and complex field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. 

Anna Waldmann

MA in Fine Arts, University of Sydney

Anna offers specialist advice for corporate and private collections, public commissions, valuations, policy development and management of art prizes and competitions.
Director of Visual Arts at the Australia Council for the Arts 
Curator at the Art Gallery of NSW
Manager (Visual Arts and Crafts and Museums and Galleries) at the NSW Ministry for the Arts.

Editorial Advisory Board of Art & Australia; 
Visiting Fellow at the College of Fine Arts University of NSW;
Councillor on the Power Institute for Art & Visual Culture Foundation University of Sydney;
Member of the Art Committee of Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park (GASP!) in Hobart;
Approved Valuer of contemporary Australian art for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.