The 2017 Brisbane Art Prize Judging panel include highly respected members of Brisbane’s Visual Arts industry. This panel reflects diverse aspects of this industry and thus optimizes a fair judging process. They have long careers engaged in Australian contemporary art and the international art market.
Bruce Heiser is the director of Heiser Gallery, one of Brisbane’s leading contemporary art spaces, located in the Fortitude Valley precinct. The gallery exhibits significant Australian artists with international reputations including Guan Wei, Noel McKenna and Lisa Roet alongside interesting emerging artists such as Tyza Stewart, Dali Li, Glenn Barkley and Emma Lindsay. The gallery also deals in important secondary market works and has placed major compositions by Ian Fairweather, Jon Molvig and Howard Arkley and historically significant Queensland topographical pictures with major collections Australia wide. Bruce Heiser is involved in a number of community initiatives and currently serves on the Queensland selection committee for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship.
For six years Christine Lohman served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of The Arts Centre Gold Coast, home to one of Australia’s most prominent public Regional Galleries. The Gallery conducts two significant annual prizes: The Gold Coast Art Prize and The Josephine Ulrich and Win Schubert Photography Award.
Christine is a passionate devotee of visual arts and has in her collection a range of treasured works from Zimbabwe street artists to Picasso and major Australian artists. More recently she has favoured collecting emerging and mid-career artists such as the incredibly talented Dean Home. She enjoys supporting artists, has a discerning eye and a broad knowledge of the visual arts industry. She has an extensive background in corporate communication and has engaged in many roles as a director and advisor to a range of Boards.
Phil Brown is Arts Editor at The Courier-Mail newspaper and a weekly columnist whose articles and columns appear in Qweekend magazine in The Courier-Mail, and in the lifestyle magazine Brisbane News. Phil Brown was chairman of the Brisbane Writers Festival from 2005 to 2008, has been a judge in the poetry prize at the Somerset Celebration of Literature and for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards fiction prize. Phil has been writing on the visual arts since 1981. He has interviewed Margaret Olley, Jeffrey Smart, William Robinson, David Rankin, David Lynch, Tim Storrier, Barry Humphries and many others. A career that has spanned Queensland, Sydney and Melbourne. Phil was painted for the Archibald by my friend, Brisbane artist John Grimsdale. Phil’s portrait has also been painted by Carolyn Magerl and the expressionist painter, the late Gil Jamieson.