Judges

Ben Quilty

Ben Quilty is an artist acclaimed for portraiture, still lifes as well as landscape. He won the Archibald Prize in 2011 with a portrait of Australian artist Margaret Ollie & The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2009 for a painting of Jimmy Barnes.

In 2011 he was a war artist for Australian War Memorial attached to the ADF observing their activities in Afghanistan, following in the footsteps of Arthur Streeton, George Lambert and Frederick McCubbin.

Eleonora Triguboff

Eleonora Triguboff is Director of ARTAND having been editor of the national art magazine, Art & Australia until 2015 when she gifted it to the Victorian College of the Arts at Melbourne University. Eleanora established a career as a sculptor in the 1980s, exhibiting in New York, Europe and Japan. In 2003 she became publisher and editor-in-chief of the quarterly publication Art & Australia.

In this role, she developed initiatives such as the Art & Australia/ANZ Private Bank Contemporary Art Award, the Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces and Art & Australia Emerging Writers Program, an annual 25/25 magazine with Noise, and the New Word Order writing competition for secondary school students, now Artwrite, with the Art Gallery of NSW.

Ms Triguboff set up the Dot Publishing imprint to produce art and design titles, the first of which – Current: contemporary art from Australia and New Zealand – was launched in November 2008. She is a council member of the Animal Protection Institute.

Dr Mary Knights

Dr Mary Knights is Senior Curator of Art at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Mary has recently returned to Tasmanian after 12 years in South Australia where she was Director, SASA Gallery. Prior to that she was Adjunct Lecturer at South Australian School of Art, and Manager and Arts Coordinator at Irrunytju Arts, an art centre in a remote Aboriginal community in WA.

Mary has worked in a number of arts positions in a range of organisations including state and local government and has gained experience in curatorial practice, gallery management, exhibition program development, funding and policy development, literature prize and art prize management, literature event coordination, public art, teaching, mentoring and supporting artists professional development.