2019 Judges

Nicholas Harding

A finalist in the Archibald Prize 18 times, Nicholas Harding won the Archibald Prize and the Dobell Drawing Prize in 2001, and in 2005 Nicholas was Highly Commended and won the People’s Choice Award.

In 2015, Nicholas was awarded People’s Choice Award in the National Artists’ Self Portrait Prize.

In 2017, Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits, a survey exhibition of portrait paintings and drawings was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

Dawn Oelrich

Dawn Oelrich, BA(Art History), BBus (QUT), DC (USC) is the Director at Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG)

With over 20 years working in visual arts in Queensland, most recently as Curator at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Dawn was delighted to move to Tasmania and take up the role as Director of Burnie Regional Art Gallery. The largest regional art gallery in the northwest, BRAG has a 40-year history providing thought-provoking exhibitions, supporting artists and engaging the community.

Prior to moving to Burnie, Dawn was Curator at the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery for twelve years and she sat on several committees including the Master Planning Committee, all new building committees and the Vice Chancellors Art Advisory Committee (VCAAC).

Earlier in her career Dawn was the Exhibitions Coordinator at Redcliffe City Gallery, from 1995 to 2003, and a past board member of the Regional Galleries Association of Queensland (RGAQ), a member of the National Standards Review Committee and committee member of the national University Art Museums Association (UAMA). Recently Dawn has become a committee member of Australian Museum and Galleries Association Inc. Tasmania.

Tess Campbell

Tess Campbell is a well-respected media artist and freelance videographer based in nipaluna/Hobart, Tasmania. Tess collaborated with Sam Mountford in 2018 and won the TPP Portrait Prize, with a video portrait titled The Rest.

Tess regularly collaborates with artists and film makers and has worked in dance, performance and community projects. Her own practice is preoccupied with speculative fiction in film; combining fiction with other supernatural or futuristic themes.

In 2015 Tess completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, majoring in Electronic Media. She has exhibited her work at many Hobart galleries including Contemporary Arts Tasmania, Visual Bulk Ari and MONA (Museum of Old and New Art).

Tess has been shortlisted in many prizes including two Tasmanian Portrait Prize exhibitions, Tidal, Devonport Regional Arts Prize and received the UTAS Creative Arts Honours Scholarship in 2018, the Deans Roll of Excellence UTAS in 2015 and an overseas travel scholarship in 2013.