2019 Judges

Headshot - Katrina Sedgwick.jpg
Headshot - Hannah Presley.jpeg
Photographer: Giulia McGauran

Photographer: Giulia McGauran

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2017 Judges

  • Jason Smith
    Director, Geelong Gallery

  • Beverly Knight
    Executive Director, Alcaston Gallery

  • Reko Rennie
    Australian artist

  • Richard Ennis
    Curator Exhibition Program, Incinerator Gallery

  • Simon Spain (Young Artists category judge)
    Creative arts producer 



Katrina Sedgwick
director and ceo of acmi

Katrina Sedgwick has been the Director and CEO of ACMI since early 2015. Previously, she was the Head of Arts for ABC TV and ABC Arts online from 2012 – 14 and from 2002 to 2011, as founding Director/CEO of the biennial Adelaide Film Festival, and founding director of the AFF Investment Fund.

She has an extensive background as a performer, creative producer and festival director. She was a producer for the Adelaide Festival of Arts (1996, 1998 and 2000) and the artistic director of Come Out ‘99 and Adelaide Fringe 2002. She is currently on the Board of Back to Back Theatre, the Australian Film Television & Radio School and the Creative State Advisory Board. She was a member of the Creative Industries Taskforce and a former board member of Chunky Move, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Art Gallery of SA, and Chair of the South Australian Youth Arts Board.

hannah presley
curator, australian centre of contemporary art

Hannah Presley is an Aboriginal curator based in Melbourne, she is currently the inaugural curator for the Yalingwa program at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Presley was First Nations Curatorial Assistant for My Horizon: Tracey Moffatt at the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017.

Her practice focuses on the development of creative projects with Aboriginal artists, working closely with artists, learning about the techniques, history and community that informs their making to help guide her curatorial process.

Recent curatorial projects include A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, 2018, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Every Second Feels Like A Century, (with Debbie Pryor), 2017, West Space, Melbourne.

raafat ishak
artist and head of painting, Vca

Raafat Ishak was born in Cairo in 1967 and migrated to Australia in 1982. Raafat ‘s practice spans painting, sculpture, installation and site-specific drawing.

Recent individual exhibitions include Chicken River, Gertrude Contemporary and Withdrawal Courtesies, Sutton Gallery, 2018 . Recent group exhibitions include Overdrawn, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne and Ninyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, 2018; 100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art, The Barjeel Collection, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris, 2017; A decolonial geographic, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport, 2017; and Painting, More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2016 .

Raafat’s work is held in many significant public and private collections, he is a founding member of Ocular Lab Inc and is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne. Raafat is currently head of Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Simon Spain
Founder, Art Play

(Judging Young Artists Prize)

Simon Spain is a teaching artist who has been working with children, families and young people for over thirty years. He established ArtPlay in Melbourne in 2004 and created an extraordinary new offering for children in the city. Simon has presented at each of the four International Teaching Artist Conferences around the world and is the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Community Arts and Cultural Development Fellowship 2017-9. He is currently completing a PhD at RMIT, is chair of Regional Arts Australia and runs a residency and development program for teaching artists in Tasmania. Simon is a passionate advocate of children as artists and believes creativity has a transformative power to support social justice through individual and community agency.