Curator - Elli Walsh

Arts Writer

Elli Walsh is Deputy Editor of Artist Profile magazine and a freelance arts writer based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. After graduating from the University of New South Wales with a First Class Honours degree in Art History/Theory assisted by the Honours Year Scholarship, as well as an Arts degree with High Distinction majoring in English Literature, Elli was Assistant Editor at ARTAND Australia until it was gifted to the VCA in 2015. She has worked in Sydney galleries Sullivan+Strumpf and Arthouse Gallery, and has been Deputy Editor of Artist Profile magazine since January 2018. Elli has also contributed to several books, including Artists’ Choice, Chinese Zodiac, Tony Albert monograph, An Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, (all Dott Publishing), and Melinda Schawel: Second Chances (Flinders Lane Gallery). In addition to numerous exhibition catalogue essays, Elli’s writing has appeared in Vault Magazine, ARTAND Australia, Artist Profile and Art Almanac. She has a research background and special interest in hyperrealism, Posthumanism and psychoanalysis in art and cultural theory.

Judge - John McDonald

Art Critic

John McDonald is an art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, a post he has held – on and off – for almost thirty years. He has written for many Australian and international publications, worked as an editor and publisher; and lectured at colleges and galleries around the country. He was Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia from 1999-2000, acting as curator for the exhibition, Federation: Australian Art & Society 1901-2000. From 2002-04 he was director of Newcontemporaries, a non-commercial gallery in Sydney. John has written numerous monographs on and has been curator for a wide range of exhibitions.

Judge – Joshua Yeldham


“Drawing from a deep spiritual affiliation with the land and a reverential love of nature, Joshua Yeldham’s art practice forms a complex interplay between narrative and myth, imagination and experience. Working across painting, photography, drawing and sculpture, the artist has developed a singular aesthetic that often conflates these various mediums, such as his characteristic oil paintings with sculptural assemblages on board or his pierced and carved photographs. His distinctive visual language fuses the physical elements of the landscape with the metaphysical modalities of history and mythology.”