Judges

  • Consuelo Cavaniglia

    Interdisciplinary artist Consuelo Cavaniglia has been announced as the Curator and Judge for the John Fries Award 2017. Consuelo has worked in a range of contemporary art spaces, universities, regional art centres and artist-led initiatives. Independent curatorial projects have consistently flanked her practice – she has developed projects in galleries, museums, commercial and public spaces. Currently based in Sydney, Consuelo is a lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and – Read More →

  • Melanie Oliver

    Melanie Oliver is Senior Curator and Programs Manager at The Dowse Art Museum in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Prior to this she was Director of The Physics Room in Christchurch (2012-2016). She worked as Assistant Curator at Artspace Sydney (2010/2011) and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (2007–2009). Oliver managed the Wellington project space Enjoy (2004–2007) and in 2008 curated a project for the One Day Sculpture series of public art commissions. She has – Read More →

  • Clothilde Bullen

    Clothilde Bullen is a Wardandi (Nyoongar)/Yamatji woman from Perth, Western Australia. She has an extensive career in Indigenous visual arts including curating a number of exhibitions and publishing extensively on Aboriginal art. She was the former Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia for over a decade, and prior to that was the manager of a commercial Indigenous gallery. Her most recent exhibition, Darkness on the Edge of – Read More →

  • Fiona Lowry

    Fiona Lowry is a multi award-winning artist who is best known for being awarded the 2014 Archibald prize for her painting of Penelope Seidler. Her contemporary portraiture and landscape paintings have been exhibited widely in Sydney in both group and solo exhibitions since 2001. In 2008, she gained recognition for winning the Moran Portrait Prize and in 2013, she won the Fleurieu Landscape Prize. Her work is held in a number of public collections including the – Read More →

  • Kath Fries

    Kath Fries is a Sydney-based artist who works with context-responsive processes. She is also a Viscopy board member, Chair of the John Fries Award committee and daughter of the late John Fries. Kath is currently a doctoral candidate at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Her practice-led research into embodied engagements with materiality explores how our senses are entangled with our surroundings.  She creates works for conventional gallery spaces and makes temporal – Read More →