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2024 Judges

Chief Judge

Bree Pickering
Director
National Portrait Gallery

Bree Pickering is the Director of the National Portrait Gallery and a highly regarded arts leader with experience in both the public and private gallery sectors.

Bree was formerly Director of the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), a position she has held since 2016. At MAMA, Bree designed and implemented the strategic and creative vision for the newly refurbished museum, establishing it as a nationally-recognised destination whilst also deepening its collaboration with and impact on the local community.

Prior to this, she was Executive Director of Vox Populi, a not-for-profit contemporary art space in Philadelphia and Cultural Program Manager for the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Bree is also an experienced curator with a distinguished catalogue of past exhibitions and programs behind her, and a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of artists and arts workers.

 

Bree Pickering

Finalist Judges

Francoise Lane
Artistic Director
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Francoise Lane joined Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CAIF) in 2022 as the fourth Artist Director steering the creative vision of CIAF.  She is of Meriam, Kaurareg and Irish descent and her maternal family are from Kerriri (Hammond Island) in the Torres Strait.

Prior to Francoise’s appointment at CIAF, she participated in the event as an artist, industry representative and curator. Francoise is a multi-disciplinary creative whose practise spans interior and textile design, visual and surface pattern art.

Christine Clark
Head of Curatorial and Collections
Museum of Brisbane

Christine has worked in curatorial and management roles at various institutions, including National Portrait Gallery, Australian National University and Queensland Art Gallery prior to her appointment at Museum of Brisbane.

While at the National Portrait Gallery she was part of the collaborative team that implemented the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Digital Portrait Award and the Darling Portrait Prize. Christine has curated numerous projects emphasising cross-cultural intersections and retelling national and shared histories, including those that have toured nationally.