Introducing Nyora Studio

In 2003, Nyora Studio (Nyora) opened its doors for the very first time. Located in Eltham, on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. Nyora Studio is an arts and crafts centre, a teaching and learning space that has hosted thousands of people.
What was once an orchard packing shed is now a creative studio for many who come to learn, teach or participate in the artist in residence program. The studio is the first space you’ll see when you visit Nyora.  Look for the big red doors.
Out the back you’ll find workshops where the magic continues, furniture making, coach building, sculpture and more.

The Nyora experience, changing lives one at a time 

Owned and operated by artists Emmy Mavroidis and Aldo Bilotta, Nyora is regarded by many as a special place, its unique in many ways.
While Nyora offers workshops in life drawing, sculpture, printing, individual mentoring, an artist in residence program and more. It’s the passion and commitment of Emmy and Aldo to give their students, teachers and visitors the best possible experience.
It is this, that sets them apart from others, the Nyora experience, changing lives one at a time.Letters of support from former students, leave no doubt that the Nyora experience really does transform lives, here’s what they said.


“…  a place where artists are nurtured and they’re individuality honoured and supported, Nyora’s influence has had a powerful and far-reaching effect, with many of its teaching artists and artists-in-residence establishing careers at the forefront of Australia’s contemporary art scene.” – E.Wagner, former student

“Nyora Studio has been a highlight in my creative life and attending workshops there since 2009 has been responsible for seeing me re-establish my art career, supported and encouraged me to expand my way of seeing; and then launch me into a full university pathway as a mature aged student.” – A.Sinclair, former student

“As a mentor, Emmy is humble, fun, perceptive and highly professional. She helped me to extend my skills and more importantly, build my confidence as an artist. This has been crucial to my recent successes. Her guidance and feedback on my work and her emotional support gave me the confidence to enter my paintings into competitions.  As a result, I have been a finalist in 3 national art competitions.” – S.Raz, former student

About Aldo and Emmy

Emmy Mavroidis

Born in Melbourne                                                                Currently studying at the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts, Master of Fine Art by Research 2021                                                            University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts, Master of Contemporary 2020                                            SEAS International Exhibition in Ionion Centre for Arts and Culture, Greece in 2016.
Established Nyora Studio Gallery in 2003
Developed the Nyora Studio Resident Artists Program
Mentors artists and hosts workshops in sculpture and life drawing
Diploma in Education 1992 at the University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) VCA, 1986


2020 Nillumbik Shire Commission for Art in the Time of COVID-19 2019 Winner, Arnold Block Leibler Award, Yering Station Sculpture Prize
2018 Lorne Sculpture Biennale small sculpture exhibition
2017 Montalto Sculpture Prize finalist                             
2016 Yering Station Sculpture Prize awarded winery choice award
2010 Nillumbik Prize, finalist (highly commended)
1985 Clifton Pugh Drawing Prize
1985 The Trustees of The National Gallery of Victoria Award

2015 Hutchins Drawing Prize, finalist

New South Wales
2014 Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, finalist
2013  & 2014  Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – semi-finalist.
1984 Alun leach Jones drawing Award


Aldo Bilotta

Born in Italy
Studied 1986 Bachelor of Art in Fine Art – (Sculpture) Victoria College Prahran
A sculptor and coach builder (woodwork) of vintage cars for museum and private collection, alongside bespoke furniture design
His studio is part of Nyora Studio Gallery and is a place, offering artists residencies where artistic projects are realised
He undertakes various commissions and projects such as sculptural commissions,  building of vintage cars, coach building and woodwork including Bugatti, Delage and many others


2018 Lorne Sculpture Biennale, finalist
2016 Yering Station Sculpture Prize, finalist
2016 Nillumbik Prize, Montsalvat Arts Centre
2016 Toorak Village Sculpture Prize, finalist
2016 Montalto Sculpture Prize, finalist, Red Hill

New South Wales
2017-18 Sculpture at Scenic World Blue Mountain, NSW finalist
2016 Tom Bass Figurative Sculpture Prize, finalist Juniper Hall Sydney