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Chief Judge

Karen Quinlan
Director, National Portrait Gallery Australia

Karen Quinlan AM has been the Director of the National Portrait Gallery since December 2018. Karen commenced her curatorial career in 1994 at the National Gallery of Victoria before becoming Curator of the Bendigo Art Gallery in 1996. 

Karen served as the Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery from 2000 until 2018 and was instrumental in working with international cultural institutions, attracting high profile exhibitions to regional Victoria. This initiative enabled Bendigo and the surrounding region to benefit socially, culturally and economically throughout her tenure.

Before moving to the ACT, Karen was a Professor of Practice and Director of the La Trobe Art Institute La Trobe University; a former Trustee of the State Library of Victoria; and Board Member and former Chair of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria. Karen has also previously been a board member of the Victorian Foundation of Living Australian Artists, for the National Gallery of Victoria and the VA Melbourne Fashion Festival. Karen was recently invited to be Patron of the Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation based in Canberra


Finalist Judges

Avril Quaill
Acting Head, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement, Queensland Museum Network

Avril Quaill is a Quandamooka woman whose ancestral lands are the Moreton Bay islands of Brisbane. She is Acting Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement with the Queensland Museum Network.

As a curator Avril Quaill held significant curatorial positions with the National Gallery of Australia; Queensland Art Gallery and the Quandamooka Festival. She is a Founding Member of the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative in Sydney and was the first indigenous Artistic Director of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

Campbell Gray
Director, The University of Queensland Art Museum

Campbell Gray is the current director of the University of Queensland Art Museum. Previously he was a director of the Museum of Art at Brigham Young University in Utah for 14 years.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Art History from the University of Sussex and has extensive experience in the higher education sector.

Next Gen Judge

Stay tuned. We will be announcing the Next Gen judge shortly.