Visual Arts Judging Panel 2020
Rob McHaffie is a Melbourne based artist born in 1978. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in drawing from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002. McHaffie’s art practice focuses around portraiture and personal narratives, he composes models using clay or collage to use as reference for drawings and oil paintings. Since graduating he has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in Melbourne at TCB Art In, Bus and Kings and is represented by Darren Knight Gallery in Sydney and Brett McDowell Gallery in New Zealand. McHaffie was a resident at Gertrude Contemporary Art Space in 2005/06. A keen traveller and observer of life, he has participated in studio residency’s in Paris at the Cite des Arts and Malaysia’s Rimbun Dahan and more recently made art in Bangkok for a year. His work is held in collections such as GOMA, Queensland, MCA, Sydney, and the Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne.
Narelle is an early career artist who finds joy in the messy unpredictability of ceramic process. As a resident of the Kingston Arts' Ceramic Studio in 2019, she delivered several public workshops that introduced her to the daring creativity of Kingston. Narelle has recently completed a 3-month residency at the European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC) in The Netherlands, made possible through generous support from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. She holds a BA, MA and BFA and has studied in Australia, The Netherlands and The United States. In 2018 she received the Clayworks’ Award for Excellence in Ceramics, and in 2019 she was a finalist in the Manningham Ceramic Art Award.
Julia Raath is a Textile Print Designer with extensive experience teaching design across the Higher and Vocational Education sectors in Australia and India. Throughout her teaching career she has maintained her creative practice and participated in group and solo exhibitions, markets and studio sales. After a 30-year career as a teacher and academic, Julie returned to the world of private enterprise, which includes working on a range of collaborative projects, design and product development with artisans in India and creating collections of printed textiles. Julia leads tours to India, which focus on traditional crafts and textiles and she facilitates print and fibre arts workshops at Sunshine Print Artspace.