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The Judging Panel
The Blake Prize
Each year, the judging panel for The Blake Prize includes an Art Historian, a practicing artist and a theological scholar. Judges are appointed once so the panel changes each year. The judging process is mediated by the Blake Chairperson, an Observer (Blake Director) and the Blake Society General Manager.
The judging panel for the 62nd Blake Prize includes:
Tim Johnson has been exploring themes spirituality, religious imagination and humanness in his art practice for over 40 years. Tim’s work is influenced by a number of spiritual cultures including Buddhism and Indigenous Australia. His work has been included in major public and private collections in Australia and internationally. Tim is represented by Dominik Mersch Gallery in Sydney and Milani Gallery in Melbourne”.
Lisa Havilah is the Director of Carriageworks, Sydney. Carriageworks produces and presents a contemporary multi-arts program that engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The Centre’s program is artist led and emerges from its commitment to reflect social and cultural diversity. From 2005 – 2011 Lisa was the Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre. Under her directorship Campbelltown Arts Centre pioneered a multidisciplinary contemporary arts program, bringing together artists and communities across disciplines to examine ideas through the processes of producing contemporary art. Lisa was previously Assistant Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (1998–2004). Curatorial projects include Anita & Beyond (2003), For Matthew & Others: Journeys with Schizophrenia (2006). What I think About When I think about Dancing (2009) and Edge of Elsewhere Edge of Elsewhere (2010-12), a three-year project produced for Sydney Festival that commissioned artists from Australia, Asia and the Pacific to develop new work in partnership with suburban communities. She has lectured in Management and Organisation (Master of Fine Arts) at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW. Previously she has been the Chair of Arts NSW’s Western Sydney Program which was responsible for the implementation of the NSW Government Strategy to deliver arts and cultural infrastructure across Western Sydney.
Dr Jay Johnston is Senior Lecturer (Art History and Art Education), College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales and Senior Lecturer (Studies in Religion), University of Sydney. She researches in the areas of religious aesthetics, esoteric traditions, contemporary art, curatorial studies and Continental philosophy of religion. Publications include Angels of Desire: Esoteric Bodies, Aesthetics and Ethics (Equinox 2008) and the edited anthology with Geoffrey Samuel Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between Mind and Body (Routledge 2013). She is the Primary Chief Investigator for the project: The Function of Images in Magical Papyri and Artefacts of Ritual Power from Late Antiquity funded by the Australian Research Council (2012-2014) and a member of in.site: Contemporary Curatorial and Education Research (www.insite.unsw.edu.au).
The Blake Poetry Prize
The judging panel for the Blake Poetry Prize consists of up to three experienced, Australian poets. The panel is jointly appointed by the Blake Society and NSW Writers’ Centre. Judges are also appointed once. The judging process in mediated by the NSW Writers’ Centre in consultation with the Blake Society.
The judging panel for the 6th Blake Poetry Prize includes:
Robert Adamson is one of Australia’s leading poets. He has written 20 books, mostly collections of poetry but also a few autobiographies. His work has been translated into several languages and is internationally published. He won the Blake Poetry Prize in 2011. Adamson on the prize: “Of all the prizes for poetry the Blake is the one, like its namesake, it stands for something more than its generous bounty. It vibrates with Blake’s unique vision”.
Michelle Cahill is the author of two collections of poetry and two chapbooks and the co-editor of Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann, 2013).
She was highly commended in the Blake Poetry Prize, the Wesley Michel Wright Prize and received the Val Vallis Award. She edits Mascara Literary Review. In 2013 she is the CAL/UOW International Poetry Fellow at Kingston University, London.
Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet. In 2010 she won the Poets Union Youth Fellowship, and she was the Australian Poetry Fellow for 2011-2012. She was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award to pursue a Doctorate of Creative Arts at UWS in 2011. Her first collection, Burning Rice, was published in the New Voices Series 2012 by Australian Poetry.