HIDDEN 2021 Curator

Kath Fries

Kath Fries is a Sydney-based curator, artist, researcher and writer. She has a PhD from Sydney College of the Arts, USyd. Kath is interested in the shifting ways that our senses are entangled with our material and immaterial surroundings, specifically how site-responsive practices engage with layered histories to open up new perspectives and interconnections. Kath was awarded the 2017 North Sydney Art Prize Sculpture Award and a 2014-2017 Australian Post-Graduate Award. Over the past 12 years Kath has been involved in exhibitions at artist-run galleries, community spaces, local government initiatives and education institutions, working as an artist, curator, researcher, board member, lecturer, writer and mentor to emerging artists.

HIDDEN 2021 Judges

Sculptures - Elyse Goldfinch

Elyse Goldfinch is a curator and writer based in Sydney. In the last four years she has curated, co-curated and produced over 20 solo and group exhibitions, working with national and international artists. Elyse is Assistant Curator at Artspace Sydney, where she co-curated ‘52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS’ and the 2019 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship. Her curatorial practice draws on themes relating to failure and resilience, language and humour, power and vulnerability. Elyse writes for print and online art journals including Ocula, Art + Australia, and un Magazine, alongside contributing texts to Angelica Mesiti and Mel O’Callaghan’s monographs and the National Gallery of Australia’s upcoming ‘Know My Name’ catalogue.

Sculptures - Tim Silver 

Tim Silver is a multidisciplinary artist, who has been exhibiting internationally for more than a decade. Originally from Hobart, Tim is based in Sydney and represented by Sullivan+Strumpf. Exploring the interface of time and decay, Tim’s practice occupies a space between the beautiful, political and poetic, as his work precipitates a poignant awareness of the preciousness and fragility of human life. Tim has a Master of Fine Arts by research from the College of Fine Arts UNSW and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, USyd. Tim’s works are held in collections including Artbank, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Australia Council for the Arts; Mint Museum, North Carolina, US; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Ten Cubed Collection, Melbourne and University of Queensland Art Museum Collection. Photo Credit: Nick DeLorenzo

Films - Talia Smith

Talia Smith is an artist and curator of Samoan, Cook Island and New Zealand European heritage. Her practice examines themes of time, memory, ruin and the landscape. Talia has recently curated at Artbank Sydney, Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne, Ideas Platform Artspace Sydney and Cement Fondu Sydney. In 2020 she will curate the Churchie Emerging Art Prize  and undertake a residency with Basis in Germany. Talia was Artbank’s 2018 emerging curator, Firstdraft’s emerging curator in 2017, and in 2016 she participated in the 4A’s Curators Intensive. She is currently undertaking her Masters of Fine Arts (Research) at UNSW and works as Studio & Exhibition Programs Officer for Peacock Gallery, Auburn.

Students - Wendy Ramsay

Wendy Ramsay is a visual arts educator and the Co-President of the NSW Visual Arts and Design Educators Association (VADEA NSW). Wendy coordinates professional learning in collaboration with the VADEA executive and project officers, K-6 artmaking workshops, senior visual arts student forums and annual conferences. She is a subject coordinator and lecturer at UTS and UNSW. Wendy is interested in generative collaborative exchanges and how working more widely with arts communities and galleries can inspire innovative education approaches. Wendy has represented VADEA and DET as a conference and symposia presenter in state, national and international contexts, developing and publishing educational resources. In 2016 Wendy received the Professional Teachers’ Council NSW Outstanding Professional Service Award.

Additional Award Judges

Western Sydney Artist Award - Kristina Tito

Kristina Tito is an arts and cultural producer and artist living and working on Dharug land. She is of European and Chinese heritage and has worked across ceramics, drawing, painting and performance. Currently Kristina is exploring familial oral stories and memories of growing up on the Murray-Darling River system through embodied movement reflecting on themes of settler culture, trauma and belonging. She has worked in the arts sector for over 15 years and is the Arts and Cultural Projects Producer for Cumberland Council. Kristina has held positions at The Big Anxiety Festival, Outlandish Arts, Accessible Arts NSW and Macquarie Hospital’s ‘Project Insideout’, and has sat on Milkcrate Theatre’s Artistic Advisory Committee. She studied fine arts at the National Art School and art theory and philosophy at UNSW Art and Design and the University of NSW.

First Nations Artist Award - Julie Clarke-Jones

Julie Clarke-Jones is a proud Dharug woman, consultant, educator, mentor, dancer and the Director of Dharug Strategic Management Group. She has worked extensively across Indigenous Early Childhood, Health, Aged Care and Education. Julie is deeply invested in supporting Aboriginal Culture, its truth, power, ability to heal, continuity and preservation. She is the founder of ‘Gumadah Byalla – Spirits Talking’, sharing unique and authentic experience of walking on Nura (Country) with respect and humility, to foster better relationships and understandings between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians. Julie is also the Co-Founder of Bubuwul Gumada Dance and Performance Group, and she works as a cultural representative at several Western Sydney Schools.

Artist at the Armory Award -  Tony Nesbitt

Tony Nesbitt is the Manager, Events & Activations, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Newington Armory, located in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct, has evolved from its military-industrial origins into a unique arts precinct including a theatre, outdoor amphitheatre and artist studios. The studios are well-equipped with work benches, seating, studio lighting, ventilation and exhaust, clean up areas, easels, shelving and specialised equipment including a kiln, aquatint cupboard and chemical workroom. The wood and metal workshops are equipped with a range of manual and power tools including saws, drills, grinders, sanders and MIG and oxyacetylene welding equipment. A restored 1897 Federation brick cottage, houses the artist in residence program - with three bedrooms, lounge/dining room, well-equipped kitchen, bathroom, office (with phone an Internet) and laundry. The Armory precinct is bordered to the east by the Newington Nature Reserve, a woodland and wetland area of high ecological value and to the north by the Parramatta River. 

Cumberland Council Professional Development Award - Michael Brown

Michael Brown is the Gallery Director and Cultural Services Coordinator, Cumberland Council.

Cumberland Council is developing a new multi-purpose community centre, library, arts and cultural facility in Granville, due for completion in 2020. The new $23 million purpose built community facility will be located at the Granville Memorial Park site, at the location of the former Granville Youth and Community Recreation Centre.