2021 Judging panel

  • 2021 Judge - Del Kathern Barton
  • 2021 Judge - Anouska Phizacklea
  • 2021 Judge - Karen Quinlan

The MGA Foundation is thrilled to announce that MGA Director Anouska Phizacklea will be joined on the judging panel by award winning artist Del Kathryn Barton and Karen Quinlan AM, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Australia.

Meet the judges:

Del Kathryn Barton is a prominent Sydney-based artist who graduated from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in 1993. Best known for her intricate and colourful paintings, Barton’s practice also extends across sculpture, photography, collage, installation and film. Through her works, Barton explores sexuality, motherhood and the human form, while tapping into the world of dreams and the subconscious. Barton has been exhibited nationally and internationally including a survey exhibition at NGV in 2017. In 2008 and again in 2014 Barton won the Archibald Prize. She is also represented in the MGA Collection and has twice been a finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize.

Anouska Phizacklea (BA (hons), MA, MCom, CPA, GAICD) is Director of Monash Gallery of Art (MGA). Phizacklea has expertise across the visual, decorative and literary arts as well as finance and organisational development, with Masters Degrees in both Fine Arts and Commerce. She has held senior management positions at leading Victorian public institutions, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), and worked for many years in art research and valuations in galleries and auction houses in Melbourne and London. Since her appointment at MGA Phizacklea has curated group and single artist exhibitions with leading Australian practitioners including Allusion & Illusion: the fantastical world of Valerie Sparks (2018), Robyn Stacey: as still as life (2018), The Tucker portraits (2020) and commissioning exhibitions Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind (2020) and STAGES: photography through the pandemic (2021).

Karen Quinlan AM has been the Director of the National Portrait Gallery since December 2018. Quinlan commenced her curatorial career in 1994 at the National Gallery of Victoria before becoming Curator of the Bendigo Art Gallery in 1996. Quinlan served as the Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery from 2000 until 2018 and was instrumental in working with international cultural institutions, attracting high profile exhibitions to regional Victoria. This initiative enabled Bendigo and the surrounding region to benefit socially, culturally and economically throughout her tenure. Before moving to the ACT, Quinlan was a Professor of Practice and Director of the La Trobe Art Institute La Trobe University; a former Trustee of the State Library of Victoria; and Board Member and former Chair of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria. Quinlan has also previously been a board member of the Victorian Foundation of Living Australian Artists, for the National Gallery of Victoria and the VA Melbourne Fashion Festival. Quinlan was recently invited to be Patron of the Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation based in Canberra.

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