Tony Ellwood AM (VIC)
Director, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
Tony is a leading figure in the Australian arts sector and Director of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). He began his career as an Aboriginal Art Coordinator, working at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Kununurra; then worked as a Curator at the NGV, specialising in major international curatorial projects. He was Director, Bendigo Art Gallery; Deputy Director -International Art, NGV and Director of the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) prior to returning to the NGV as Director in August 2012.
Under Tony Ellwood’s stewardship, the National Gallery of Victoria has become the most visited gallery in Australia.
Tony has been on several state and Commonwealth boards, including the Visions of Australia Committee, Museums Australia National Board, Victorian College of the Arts Board and Academic committee; the Art Exhibitions Australia Board and the Japan-Australia Foundation Board. Tony was also on the selection committees for the 2005 and 2009 Venice Biennales. Tony was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia and Doctor of Arts honoris causa (RMIT University) in 2018. In 2019 Honorary Doctorate (Deakin University) and Doctor of Letters honoris causa (La Trobe University).
Michael Reid OAM (NSW)
Chairman & Director, Michael Reid Galleries
Michael is a successful, hard-working, highly focused, of average height, fat, near of sight, follically challenged, dyslexic, meat-eating, art dealer who is lightly brushed by high functioning low level autism. He has four art galleries – being two in Sydney, one in Berlin and another in Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter of NSW. In addition to the physical spaces, Michael has two online platforms Michael Reid CLAY & Michael Reid Object. Michael is currently scouting for space to open a gallery in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
His art gallery that will turn into a Four Pillars bar after 5pm, entitled Art Bar – will be soft opening in Sydney when COVID permits.
Michael received an Order of Australia in January 2016 for his services to the art world.
Artist: Adam Cullen (1965-2021)
Title: Michael Reid
Date: 2011 National Portrait Prize
Amber Koroluk-Stephenson (TAS)
Amber Koroluk-Stephenson is a visual artist based in nipaluna/Hobart whose practice draws on the intersections between natural and built environments to explore complexities surrounding Australian identity and landscape, structures of facade, and paradoxes of taming or staging the landscape. Working across painting, sculpture and collage, her work plays on the contrasts between natural and artificial, interior and exterior, the familiar and strange to fulfil the human desire to connect with nature and make visible what is out of sight.
Since graduating from the Tasmanian School of Art in 2010, Amber has held numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally. Her work has been selected for a number of Australian prizes including The Churchie National Emerging Artist Prize, Tidal National Art Award, Redlands Art Award, Albany Art Prize, Portia Geach Award, Ravenswood Art Prize and Glover Prize. She has received several grants and awards for her practice, including an Australia Council ArtStart Grant, a NAVA Australian Artists’ Grant and numerous Arts Tasmania Grants. Amber has also received numerous studio residencies including Contemporary Art Tasmania, Arts Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris and Glover Country.