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 the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Prior to that she was Director of the South Australian School of Art Gallery (SASA Gallery) at the University of South Australia. Mary has worked in the Australian arts sector for over twenty years and has held curatorial, arts management, and academic positions. She has written extensively about Australian art including co-authoring Hossein Valamanesh: Out of Nothingness with Ian North, and Irrunytju Arts based on twenty months in the field.