Artentwine Sculpture Biennial is proud to announce a highly esteemed Judging panel for 2018. The installation of the selected artworks will be sited by Curator Patrick Sutczak and judged in-situ.
Dr Natasha Cica will head the judging panel for the 2018 Tasmanian Artentwine Sculpture and Exhibition Awards.
Tasmanian-born Dr Cica is the former director and CEO of the Heidi Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne. She has been widely acclaimed as one of Australia’s 100 most influential women.
Before taking up her appointment with Heidi in 2017 Dr Cica was founding director of the Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society at the University of Tasmania.
She has been an advisor to the Tasmanian Government on cultural policy and to the Alcorso Foundation which fosters cultural exchange between Europe and Australia, and was a member of the steering committee of Arts Tasmania’s Design Island Programme.
Dr Cica has long been a strong advocate for the cultural sector, writing for a wide range of publications including the Sydney Morning Herald Quarterly Essay, Australian Financial Review and Griffith Review.
She has degrees in law and arts from the Australian National University, King’s College London and the university of Cambridge.
Michael Edwards brings to his judging role for Artentwine extensive experience in nurturing and promoting contemporary artists and their work through his position as Director of Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania (CAST).
The Hobart-based arts administrator and curator has been director of CAST since 2004. Before this role he was Touring Manager for the National Exhibitions Touring Support Australia (NETS) touring exhibitions programme.
During his career Michael has been involved on numerous advisory panels and working committees both locally and nationally.
Presently he is a volunteer for the University of Tasmania’s Plimsoll Gallery Committee; Contributing Editor, Tasmania for Artlink; Treasurer for Contemporary Art Organisations Australia and a member of the Hobart City Council’s Arts Advisory and Public Art Special Committees and Arts Tasmania’s gallery advisory panel.
The third member of the judging panel, Ashleigh Whatling arrived in Tasmania last year from South Australia to take up her new role as Curator of Visual Art and Design at Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.
She is responsible for researching and developing the various collections within the gallery and planning new permanent exhibitions.
In a recent press interview she said she was relishing the prospect of updating the context of future exhibitions, exploring the interaction between 19th century paintings and modernist furniture, for example.
Prior to taking up her role with QVMAG Ms Whatling was Curatorial Assistant at the Anne and Gordon Samsung Museum of Art at the University of South Australia.
She graduated in 2011 with Double Masters degrees in Art History and Museum and Curatorial Studies from the University of Adelaide.