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Curator

Cassandra Hard Lawrie

Cassandra Hard Lawrie

Cassandra Hard Lawrie is an Independent Curator, Sculptor and Installation Artist who has exhibited at the Tin Sheds, Incinerator Art Space, UWS Gallery, SCA Galleries, Penrith Regional Gallery, Government House and Laperouse Museum. She has been a finalist in the Willoughby Sculpture Prize 09, the UWS Sculpture Award 08, Blacktown City Art Prize 2012 and the Fishers Ghost Award 2012. In 2010, Cassandra graduated with a Master of Visual of Arts (Sculpture) from the University of Sydney. Cassandra has been the curator of Sculpture in the Vineyards (2009-11) and In Situ: The Mosman Festival of Sculpture and Installation for 2011 and 2013. She developed and directed the Hungry for Art Festival for the City of Ryde from 2012 to 2016. For this council, she has also curated the Youth Environment Prize 2013, the International Women’s Day Art Prize in 2013-16, and the Sustainable Waste 2 Art Prize in 2014-16. She has been invited to curate a number of themed exhibitions for galleries including the Peacock Gallery (Auburn) City Council and the Warringah Creative Space. For the Hungry for Art Festival program she curated the exhibitions Commodified, Animalised, Looking for Sound; Pure and Easy and Flushed, Red, Rubicund and Scarlet for the See Street Gallery. In 2015 Cassandra produced the collaborative public artwork Cloud Wishes for Bankstown Central. Cassandra has been the curator of HIDDEN - A Rookwood Sculpture Walk since 2011.

Judges

John Cheeseman

John Cheeseman

John Cheeseman is the Director of Mosman Art Gallery (Sydney, Australia), President of the Regional and Public Galleries of New South Wales (RPGNSW) and Board Member of AVICOM (the International Council of Museums International Committee for Image, Sound and New technologies). He was formerly the Director of Blacktown Arts Centre (Sydney, Australia) and in previous positions has been a cultural planner, cultural development officer, curator and practicing artist. John maintains a strong interest in supporting interpretive projects, cross-artform practices, social engagement and site specific works and is currently pursuing a range of projects focussed on East Asia and international exchange.

Sarah Gurich

Sarah Gurich

Sarah Gürich has been the Curator at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery since 2005. She is responsible for developing the Gallery’s highly respected program of exhibitions, and managing the celebrated Hill End Artists in Residence Program. Recent curatorial projects include: the Bathurst Possum Skin Cloak Project (2015), BRAG 200X200 (2015), Rosemary Valadon: A Sensual Life (2016), Mandy Martin: Home Ground (2016), and Anne Graham: Whispering and Rustling (2016). Between curatorial roles at BRAG, Sarah was the inaugural Exhibitions Manager at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (2012 - 2014) where she oversaw development of the new Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.

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