2016 Judges’ Comments

2016 Pre-selection Panel

  • Jenepher Duncan – Curator, Contemporary Australian Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
  • Helen Caroll – Curator, Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art
  • Reverend Ryan Green – Rector, Parish of Swanbourne—Mt Claremont

2016 Judges

  • Dr Petra Kayser – Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Prof. Ted Snell – Director, University of Western Australia Cultural Precinct
  • Rev. Dr Tom Elich – Director, Liturgy Brisbane

“We were really pleased to see such a diversity of works today: the use of various media including painting, photography, sculpture and video – and this wide range of approaches.

The works come from each artist’s distinct set of concerns and way of working, and many of them challenge conventions. The 44 works we see here – which were selected from 260 entries – address the subject of Resurrection in different ways, and none of them represent it in a literal way. The artists have taken an imaginative leap to show us what Resurrection means to them. We talked about devotional art, and whether the artwork has to be inspired by a religious sentiment or idea, or whether it’s the response of the viewer that defines the work as devotional. And it’s all of those things combined. The maker, the viewer and the circumstances create a complex web of interaction.

We judged the works on the artist’s response to the theme, visual impact, creativity and technical skill.

We have different backgrounds – that comes through in our responses, and we’ve all enjoyed the conversation we had around these artworks today. But we were unanimous when we chose the three winning works.

All of these are powerful statements about personal experience, expressed in such a way that they can take us somewhere, intellectually and emotionally.”

St John of God Health Care Prize Winner
$25,000 acquisitive

Megan Robert, 'The Bread Basket at Emmaus - then Flesh returned to Word'MEGAN ROBERT
The Bread Basket at Emmaus – then Flesh returned to Word
Bible paper and thread

Here is a whole bible, every printed page carefully rolled up and sewn into a basket in a long process of assemblage. The bread basket brings together word and sacrament, relating to the episode when the resurrected Christ walked with the disciples on the road to Emmaus and revealed himself when he broke bread at Supper.

The bread basket is a container but an empty vessel, it speaks of absence and presence, and we found that many possible readings and meanings can be drawn from this humble, yet complex object.

Highly Commended Prize Winner #1
Sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Perth
$5,000 non-acquisitive

Camilla Loveridge, 'Over Jerusalem'CAMILLA LOVERIDGE
Over Jerusalem
Oil, wax, polymer and paper fibre on marine ply

A beautifully worked, tactile painting of a landscape – which she described as ‘the burnt terrain of humanity and life’. Attached to the surface of the painting is a brittle white round shape, which makes the absent body of Christ, present through the host.


Highly Commended Prize Winner #2
Sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth
$5,000 non-acquisitive

Libby Byrne, 'Resurrection: A Daily Navigation'LIBBY BYRNE
Resurrection: A Daily Navigation
Pigment ink prints on Canon Rag Photographique, 310 gsm in a handmade box

A daily navigation is a set of 50 prints documenting a drawing process, beginning on Ash Wednesday, and continued every day until Easter Sunday. Libby set up this process in order to understand the journey towards Resurrection.

She photographed the changing drawing each day, recording its development, which includes scraping back paint, starting again, taking a new turn and transforming the image. This is a process, a meditation that requires time, observation, thought, and persistence.