The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize will be appraised by some of the top arts industry professionals in the state.
Paula Silbert, who judged the exhibition in 2014, has been invited to judge again and she will be joined by Dr Duncan McKay, Public Art Program Coordinator at the City of Perth.
Paula Silbert is an arts consultant and curator who mentors emerging, mid-career and leading artists, and she advises local and state government, state and commercial galleries, and regional and urban arts centres.
Ms Silbert also works with public artists developing landmark works in hospitals and schools, and is an experienced curator developing the St John of God Hospital Murdoch Art Collection and policy in its inaugural seven years. She also initiated and directed W.A.’s first Fringe Festival and ran the Crafts Council of WA.
Duncan McKay has been active in Western Australian visual arts since the late 1990s. He is an artist, arts administrator, arts researcher, teacher and published author. Dr McKay has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours from the University of Western Australia, a Master of Creative Arts from Curtin University, and a Doctorate in the Sociology of Art from Edith Cowan University.
He has previously shown his work at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and John Curtin Gallery, as well as at key artist run initiatives in Perth, such as Kurb and Free Range. Since early 2014, Dr McKay has been Public Art Program Coordinator at the City of Perth. In this role he has finalised the City of Perth’s first Public Art Strategy and related Policies, and convened the City’s new Public Art Advisory Panel of industry experts.
CEO John Walker said the judges would bring their vast expertise to the exhibition and provide valuable feedback to local artists
“This is an exciting opportunity for local artists to have their work exposed to some of the leading arts experts in the country,” he said.
“Both Ms Silbert and Dr McKay have international exposure and a vast experience judging art exhibitions, and entrants will have the opportunity to meet the judges at the exclusive awards night and gain insight from them.
“The judges, together with Ms Dvorak and City staff will ensure a high quality exhibition to ensure the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize continues to build its reputation as one of the best regional art prizes in Australia.”