2021 Judging Panel

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Hanging Art Judge

Bradley Hammond is Director at Orange Regional Art Gallery, having previously been the Curator of the gallery's Art & Health Strategy since 2011. Prior to that he was Education and Public Programs Officer at Bathurst Regional Gallery from 2007 to 2010. 

He has curated numerous exhibitions for public galleries and written for exhibition catalogues and articles . He holds a masters of Visual Arts from Monash University and a degree in Fine Art (Honours) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg . 

Bradley's paintings, drawings and video pieces have been exhibited in Australia, Africa and Europe. 

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Photography Judge

Steven is an artist, curator and educator who works across multiple arts organisations in NSW. He has travelled extensively having lived and worked in Perth, London and Sydney. In a desire to broaden his art practice, career and most importantly life, Steven chose to make a move into the Central West in 2018.


Steven has a BFA, Hons, MFA in Photomedia. He is a lecturer at the National Art School and the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. He was a board member with the ACP from 2016-2019 and currently sits on several regional arts advisory panels. Steven has written for creative publications, received numerous art residencies, been a finalist in national photographic prizes and exhibits often. Steven now works for Arts OutWest as Communications Officer.

Recent exhibitions include Plant + Human with the Australian Centre for Photography and Build That Wall where he installed a 3-day durational performance work for Cementa 2019. He created the inaugural STAMPER Analogue Photography Festival in Hill End in 2020 and is currently exhibiting a new show, DARK, in collaboration with artist Wendy Sharpe, at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

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Ceramics Judge

Milena Sallustio is an artist, educator and curator of fine arts and ceramics. She teaches students of all levels at Western Institute of TAFE as well as Aboriginal community members from Dubbo. She has travelled to teach in North West NSW and given classes by satellite to people living in remote areas. Milena also mentors young people who wish to achieve excellence in art in its many forms.


Milena holds a BA Fine Arts degree from Charles Sturt University, a Ceramics Diploma from ANU Canberra School of Art, and a Fine Arts Adv Diploma from TAFE NSW, receiving a Highest Achievement in Fine Arts award from TAFE NSW in 2004.


Milena has travelled widely overseas to observe cultural aesthetics, most notably in Italy and Morocco. She has studied in Jingdezhen, China at ‘The Pottery Workshop’ residency with other ANU students.

Dubbo Regional Council has purchased her work as gifts for Dubbo’s sister cities, Minokamo, Japan, and Wujiang, China.


Milena regularly exhibits her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout NSW. She was one of a group of four artists to receive a grant from Regional Arts NSW Ministry for the Arts for the exhibition ‘Imperfect Symmetry’, sponsored by Western Plains Cultural Centre.


Milena focuses on looking at how the individual can sustain the 'self' in a complex social environment. She explores these issues through symbolic imagery and objects.

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Orana Arts Prize/ABC Western Plains Prize

Born in Cuba, Alicia grew up and lived much of her life in New York City, before moving to Australia 15 years ago. Alicia’s interest in fine art stemmed from studying Art History as an undergraduate at Rutgers University.


Following a few years working as an investment banker, she went back to school for her Masters in 17th Century Spanish Art at Syracuse University. She went on to fill several creative industry roles: manager of a commercial arts publication, art dealer and commercial gallery director (Director of Arcadia Gallery of Fine Arts in New York).


She and her family are now firmly established in Wellington NSW. Alicia’s focus is on brokering opportunities through strategic partnerships and projects, enriching and supporting communities with the development of the arts, and growing audiences for all art forms.