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2023 Judging Panel

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Hanging Art Judge

Kent Buchanan has been working in the arts industry for the past 24 years in a variety of roles. He is currently Curator of Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo and is responsible for a range of curatorial projects relating to both the Dubbo Regional Gallery and Dubbo Regional Museum. He has curated many exhibitions as well as managing and installing hundreds of touring exhibitions.


Prior to this role, Kent was Education/Public Programs Officer at Dubbo Regional Gallery for seven years, during this time presenting a range of lectures on many aspects of the visual arts. Kent holds a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) from College of Fine Arts, UNSW, and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) from Charles Sturt University. His curatorial projects include A Child’s Eyes: Van Sowerwine, William Lamson, Adaptation: Louise Hearman & Louise Weaver, Juan Ford: The Instant and Fall-in!: Enlistment and World War One, and 2°: Euan Macleod and Rodney Pople.

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Printmaking Judge

Tim Winters made his first linocut at art school, using his father’s lino cutting tools and printing inks. He says he became addicted to the smells of the lino and the inks.

Initially Tim trained and worked as an interior designer, during which time he collaborated with art consultants putting together corporate art collections. This led him to a desire to be on the other side – to be a maker rather than an advisor. He moved to rural NSW, put together a series of paintings and inserted himself into the world of art. 

Tim describes himself as a project driven artist, working across drawing, illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, 2D and 3D design and a little bit of writing. Currently he works mainly with collagraphs.

Tim Winters has exhibited widely and had creative, research, and teaching residencies in Australia, France, Italy, Japan, Portugal and the UK, including a time as International Visiting Artist (Printmaking) at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Photography Judge

Alina Maclean is a freelance portrait photographer and TAFE photography teacher based in the NSW Central West. She has a background in fashion and commercial photography gained from many years of working in leading photography studios across Sydney. 


Alina holds a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) majoring in photography and creative direction and has won a number of awards in Australian photography exhibitions and competitions. Her work has been published in Vogue Italia five times.


Alina says: “I’m lucky to have worked with so many great teams over the years who taught me so much and gave me the opportunity to explore and grow in the photography industry, something I now try to pass onto other creatives.”

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Ceramics Judge

Susie McMeekin began potting in 1978 and is one of only a few second-generation potters working in Australia. Her father, Ivan McMeekin, established the Sturt Pottery and was one of the founding members of Potters Society of Australia, now known as The Australian Ceramics Association.

In 1989 Susie established her own workshop in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. While evolving her own style, she still adheres to the concept of using as many local materials as possible. A great love of simplicity is the underpinning feature of Susie McMeekin’s work. With good shapes and good glazes she demonstrates a true understanding of the method and skills needed to be a true practitioner of the craft.

Susie McMeekin has had 11 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and major regional galleries. Her work has been featured in more than 50 group exhibitions in China, Singapore, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Susie McMeekin’s pottery is held in the collections of many national and international museums.  

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