2021 Judges to be announced soon…
Chris Saines | Queensland
Director: Queensland Art Gallery | Museum of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
Chris Saines CNZM is Director of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, Australia. He has worked for over 35 years in leading galleries in Australia and New Zealand as a director, curatorial and collection manager, educator and curator.
As Director of QAGOMA since 2013, he has overseen major exhibitions by top international artists Cai Guo-Qiang, David Lynch, Cindy Sherman, Yayoi Kusama, Gerhard Richter and Patricia Piccinini. He has driven record attendance for the Gallery and steered the eighth and ninth editions of the flagship exhibition series, The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. His current focus is to reinvigorate the original Queensland Art Gallery building and drive the creation of a dedicated all ages learning centre for the Gallery.
Previously, Chris was Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand from 1996–2013. He is currently Chair of the Council of Australian Art Museum Directors, has judged major national art prizes, and sat on the selection panels for both Australia and New Zealand’s representation at the Venice Biennale.
Fiona Lowry | Sydney
Born in 1974 in Sydney, Australia, Lowry received her BFA (hons) from the Sydney College of the Arts. A regular exhibitor in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, she won the prestigious Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, in 2014 as well as the Moran Portrait Prize (2008) and in 2013 the Fleurieu Landscape Prize.
Her work is held in a number of public collections including the National Gallery in Canberra, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Portrait Gallery, Artbank, the University of Queensland Art Museum and the Macquarie Bank Collection.
Her work ‘The ties that bind’ is currently on display in Bodies of Art, at the National Gallery in Canberra.
Jarrod Rawlins | Hobart
Senior Curator: Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
Jarrod Rawlins is Senior Curator at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Associate Artistic Director for the Dark Mofo festival in Hobart, Tasmania.
Since his appointment in 2013 Jarrod has worked on exhibitions, performances, and new commissions, with many artists including Christoph Büchel, Matthew Barney, Simon Denny, Gilbert & George, Marina Abramovic, Hermann Nitsch, Mike Parr, Anthony McCall, Mat Collishaw, United Visual Artists, Marco Fusinato, Alfredo Jaar, Daniel Boyd.
Before moving to Tasmania (2013), Jarrod was the owner and co-founder of Uplands Gallery in Melbourne (2000-2010), then KalimanRawlins (2011-2013). Jarrod is a graduate of the Art History program at the University of Melbourne. He was also a tutor and part-time lecturer in art history and theory at the University of Melbourne and The Victorian College of the Arts.