2022 Judging panel

  • Bowness 2022 - Rosemary Laing
  • Bowness 2022 - Hannah Presley
  • 2021 Judge - Anouska Phizacklea

The MGA Foundation is thrilled to announce that MGA Director, Anouska Phizacklea, will be joined on the judging panel by preeminent photo-based artist Rosemary Laing and Director of Agency and Senior Curator, Museums and Collections at University of Melbourne, Hannah Presley. 

Rosemary Laing (1959– ) is a Sydney-based artist who has been working with the performative potential of photography since the 1980s. She is internationally recognised for her large-scale photographs depicting images of choreographed actions, and physical interventions undertaken through in-situ installation works. She has exhibited extensively since 1978 both in Australia and overseas, and her works are held in collections around the world, including: De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne; and North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. Surveys of Laing’s work have been held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (2005) and TarraWarra Museum of Art in Healesville (2017). Her photographs have been included in major exhibitions such as the main exhibition of the 2007 Venice Biennale, as well as the 2008 Biennale of Sydney. A monograph, written by Abigail Solomon-Godeau was published by Prestel, New York in 2012, and in 2019 Laing received the Overseas Photographer Award at the 35th Higashikawa Awards in Hokkaido, Japan.

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).

Hannah Presley is an Aboriginal curator based in Melbourne. She is a Director of Agency and Senior Curator, Museums and Collections at University of Melbourne. Presley was recently curator of Indigenous Art at National Gallery of Victoria and is the curator of Primavera 2021 at Museum of Contemporary Art and Observance at Buxton Contemporary (with Sam Comte), 2022. Presley was the inaugural Yalingwa curator at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, where she curated A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness in 2018 and was First Nations Assistant Curator for Tracey Moffatt at the 57th Venice Biennale. 

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