We are pleased to announce the Blake Prize judges for 2020; Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Maud Page and Kumi Taguchi.

Judging process for 66th Blake Prize:

The Blake Prize is widely respected for attracting national and international artist from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and career stages. This year, The Blake Prize attracted a record number of entries, over 1200 received, with only 86 entries shortlisted as finalists.

The finalist were shortlisted by a five-person internal panel with experience relevant to the prize selection. The panel was chosen by the Director, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and represented diverse age, academic and professional career stages. The internal panel viewed each entry using the artwork links and the statement provided by the entrant. This year artist’s names were not revealed to the internal panel, allowing a ‘blind judging’.

A three person external independent judging panel select the winner of The Blake Prize, The Blake Emerging Artist Prize and The Blake Established Artist Residency from the shortlist of finalists. The external judges refer to both the works installed in the exhibition (in situ) and the information and images provided in the entry form. The judging panel includes Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Maud Page and Kumi Taguchi.

Winners are announced to the public from 3pm on Saturday 13 February 2021.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Sri-Lankan born artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is a contemporary artist who experiments with figurative sculptural and painting practices to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion.

In 2019, he received a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship to recognise his outstanding talent and exceptional professional courage. He was also included in Thames and Hudson’s book, ‘100 Sculptors of Tomorrow’; a global survey of cutting edge, sculptural practice and included in the largest historical survey of LGBTQ Asian Art at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre.

Most recently, he has been appointed as the 2020 recipient of the Melbourne Art Foundation and HOTA Gallery Commission.

Photo by Anna Kucera

Maude Page

Maud Page is the Director Of Collections, and Deputy Director at the Art Gallery of NSW and joined them in 2017. Previously she has been deputy director, collection and exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane. She played a key leadership role in formulating the museum’s strategic direction and was instrumental in the realisation and curation of major exhibitions and projects, including the Asia Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art.

Her former role as senior curator of Pacific art saw her develop the most comprehensive collection of contemporary Pacific art in the region – a career focus begun working here at Casula Powerhouse on the exhibition Devotion: the religious, the domestic, the Pacific. Prior to her art galleries roles, she was a lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Sydney.

Kumi Taguchi

Kumi Taguchi is a presenter for ABCTV, including host of Compass, and is a regular host of major live events, including the Australian of the Year Awards.

In 2018, Kumi was the MC at the opening and closing ceremonies of The Invictus Games in Sydney, broadcasting to a global audience of 60 million.

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