Judges - 2019


Barry Keldoulis | Sydney

CEO and Group Fairs Director, Art Fairs Australia Pty Ltd

Barry Keldoulis has had more than three decades experience in the world of contemporary art. Barry started his career in New York where he worked as the Private Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Honorable Henry Geldzahler, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York, and the first Curator of 20th Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After 15 years in America and Europe, Barry returned to Australia where he worked at Djamu, a branch of the Australian Museum, dedicated to exhibiting their Indigenous collections alongside contemporary Indigenous art. Barry then entered the commercial world as a Senior Manager, Collections Development for Sherman Galleries.

In 2003, he opened his own gallery to fill a gap in opportunity for young artists to exhibit between artist-run spaces and the major commercial galleries. Artists from his stable are represented in all the state galleries and the National Gallery of Australia, and now exhibit in museums and private galleries around the world. In 2013 Barry was appointed the CEO and Director of Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s international art fair. Barry was also the Chairman of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), resigning in 2016 to run as a Senate candidate for the world’s first Arts Party, and is now its Federal Leader.


Joan Ross | Sydney


Joan Ross is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Her work reconfigures the Colonial Australian Landscape, drawing specific attention to first contact and the complex issues surrounding this that still are evident in Australia today.

Joan Ross has received numerous awards including the 2018 Mordant Family VR Commission for Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Her proposed work, titled “Did you ask the river?” will allow participants to explore an unsettling colonial landscape from the embodied perspective of an 18th century colonial woman.

Other recent prizes and grants include: winning the Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2017) and being a finalist again in 2018; winning the inaugural Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Sydney (2017); Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant (2017); and Glennfiddich Artists Residency Prize (2016).

Ross’ work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and the City of Sydney as well as numerous regional galleries and museums.


Janet Carding | Hobart

Director, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG)

A museum professional for three decades, Janet is originally from England where she obtained her degree from Cambridge University in History and Philosophy of Science, and a Masters from the University of London in History of Science and Medicine.

Her career in museums began with London’s Science Museum as a curator in the Medical History department. In 2004 Janet moved to Australia to take up the position of Assistant Director, Public Programs & Operations with the Australian Museum, Sydney. In 2010 Janet was appointed Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), one of Canada’s leading museums with encyclopedic collections in natural history and world cultures.

In April 2015 Janet returned to Australia to take up her current role as Director of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) in Hobart.

Janet is also Vice-Chair of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors; President of the Tasmanian branch of Museums Galleries Australia; and Board member of the Festival of Voices.