About us

 Contact Sheet is a community-focused photography, education and consultation business that invests in artists and the community. 

We support photographers to develop their artistic or commercial practices through education, skills development and mentorship.

We deliver, curate and manage community education and public art programs in collaboration with local councils, foundations, schools and community organisations.

  • Services for the public
    • Public exhibitions
    • Editioned artworks
    • Consultancy for home and workplace art installation
    • Community programs: Art and society
  • Services for photographers and artists
    • Mentorship, professional development and masterclasses
    • Gallery and facilities for hire
    • Curation and installation
    • Co-working space

Director and Founder - Paul McDonald 

Paul McDonald, Photography Educator, Contact Sheet Director and Founder

Paul McDonald is an experienced educator, manager and curator in the creative arts and is a practising documentary photographic artist. His photographic work has been published both nationally and internationally and his work has been exhibited in over 25 countries.

Paul gained experience as a team leader and senior manager in the private sector from 2000-2008. From 2008-2012 he held senior management positions (Associate Director) at Australian Centre for Photography. From 2012-2014 he was gallery Director at 10x8 gallery, Sydney. In 2014 he founded Contact Sheet gallery, St Leonards NSW, where he is currently self-employed as Director.

Paul completed his MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at University of the Arts London in December 2016 with Distinction. He currently is a lecturer at Macleay College teaching Photojournalism and News Photography.

Contact Sheet opened its doors in 2014. Since opening, presented over 40 exhibitions, a series of free public programs attracting an audience of over 5,000 visitors. As Director of Contact Sheet Paul has provided a structured mentoring program to over 40 clients, workshops for over 120 clients. He works in partnership with TWT Property Group, Bridging Hope Charity Foundation and Brand X.

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Mentorship and masterclass series

We deliver an engaging program of masterclasses and one-on-one mentorship options designed for photographers of all levels.

We limit the number of places in our courses so that we can provide sessions that are interactive, enjoyable and ‘hands-on’. 

We ensure that there are opportunities for all participants to receive individualised feedback. 

We use specialised photographers to teach a variety of photographic disciplines. We are uniquely placed to provide access to mentors and teachers who are leaders in their respective fields.

We also offer tailor-made programs to achieve your desired outcomes.

Co-working space
Located at the St Leonards Creative Precinct, our plant-filled co-working space is designed for photographers and people in the creative industries. We provide an open, collaborative and supportive environment that consists of workstations and client meeting areas, with access to kitchen and bathroom facilities.

We are proud to support living artists through exhibiting their original editioned works.

We provide emerging and established photographic artists with an opportunity to engage with new audiences and for people to view and collect their work. 

We draw from a pool of world-class curators to present new works through our popular series of thought provoking and inspiring exhibitions. 

All works can be viewed and purchased at our gallery or on online. We also offer a design consultancy service for purchasers of artworks who want advice about selection and installation of works in particular domestic or workplace spaces.


Community programs: Art and society
Our community-focused programs use photography to shine a light on contemporary social issues.

We provide scholarship programs and workshops for youth and people from disadvantaged backgrounds who have a keen interest in working in the arts. 

Our scholarship programs are subsidised by the fees raised from our other activities and support from our partners including TWT Creative Precinct, Brand X, Bridging Hope Foundation and other private philanthropists and corporate sponsors. 

Additional services for photographers

We offer additional support in editing and curating for exhibition and publications, all aspects of exhibition production and installation, and advice on business development including preparing grant applications.