2017 Judges

2017 Judges

Wendy Teakel

Wendy Teakel is a Canberra based artist who works from her studio at Murrumbateman. Her practice includes sculpture, installation, painting and drawing. Her work is held in major national, regional and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Museum and Gallery, The National Glass Gallery Wagga. She has exhibited extensively in Australia and Thailand. She has practiced professionally since 1980. Wendy holds a Diploma of Art (Charles Sturt University 1980), a Postgraduate Diploma (Australian National University 1985) and a Masters by Research Project (RMIT 2004). She has lectured in art at the Australian National University full time since 1990 and is currently the Head of Sculpture at ANU.

2017 Judges

Dr Josh Wodak

Dr Josh Wodak is a researcher, artist and design educator in the Faculty of Art and Design, University of New South Wales. His work critically engages with cultural and ethical entanglements between environmental engineering and conservation biology as means to mitigate species extinction and biodiversity loss in the Anthropocene. He holds a BA (Honours) in Anthropology (Sydney University, 2002), a PhD in Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Research (Australian National University, 2011) and has exhibited his media art, sculpture and interactive installations in art galleries, museums and festivals across Australia and internationally.

2017 Judges

Joan Ross

Joan Ross is an established artist working across the platforms of video animation, print, sculpture and installation. She grew up in Western Sydney and is an alumna of UNSW Art & Design, where she has also worked as a lecturer. Joan’s work reconfigures the colonial Australian landscape, drawing attention to first contact and the complex, ongoing issues surrounding this. Joan has exhibited extensively since the mid-1980s, including numerous solo exhibitions locally and internationally. In 2016 her work was included in Today Tomorrow Yesterday at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in Hong Kong, as well as exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, UQ Art Museum and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.


Joan was included in Edmund Capon’s 2013 BBC TV series The Art of Australia and Hannah Gadsby’s Oz on ABC in 2014. Recently she was awarded the Glenfiddich Artist in Residency for 2016, which saw her spend four months living and working in the Scottish Highlands. Joan has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including Australia Council Projects and New Work grants. Her work is held in major public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Macquarie Group Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art.