Bridget Guthrie Painting Judge 2017
Bridget Guthrie has been Director of the Tamworth Regional Gallery and Powerstation Museum since 2015. She has worked in gallery and cultural roles in local government for more than 16 years at Coonamble, Walgett and Albury. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Graduate diploma in Museum Studies through Deakin University. Bridget's professional experience has included curating over 50 visual arts and museum exhibitions.
Robin King Pottery Judge 2017
Originally from Tamworth, Robin King has been making sculptural ceramics, functional objects and porcelain jewellery for more than 25 years. After studying fine art and sculpture (UNSW) Robin followed the usual path of working in her studio, exhibiting sculptural works, doing a spot of teaching ceramics, developed tableware and tile ranges, as well as working in art sales and administration. Being obsessed with ceramics for years has taken Robin all over the world to ceramic centres such as Stoke-on- Trent, Limoges and Jingdezhen where she studied mass production, designed for manufacturers, and developed her own work which draws upon traditions but also applies industrial techniques. She has been commissioned to make limited edition ceramics for galleries and retailers and has had a number of pieces collected by regional galleries. Nowadays Robin’s creative expression includes photography and painting alongside working in clay.
Nicci Parry-Jones Photography Judge 2017
Nicci Parry-Jones has been the Arts Project Officer for Arts North West since 2008. While she may well be better known for her pottery work over 20 years in the New England North West, she also has a keen interest in photography. Her awards include Reserve Champion Black and White Photography, Glen Innes Annual Show (2015) First Prize Photography Colour Enlargement, Glen Innes Annual Show (2013) First Prize Photography, Ashford Lands Council Art Show (2013) and Champion Colour Print, Photography Section, Glen Innes Annual Show (2010).
Nicci has a BA in Art History and Communication and has completed studies in photography and digital media.
Kate Armstrong Children's Artwork Judge 2017
Kate Armstrong is the Education Officer at Tamworth Regional Gallery and Tamworth Powerstation Museum. In this role she engages with the community of the Tamworth Region, as well as national institutions, to bring arts and culture into focus. Kate works with school aged students, tertiary students, arts practitioners, adults, access and disability support clients, and students in regional and remote schools. She studied at Macquarie University, Newcastle University and Newcastle Art School and has worked in the Education and The Arts for over fifteen years. Her work has been exhibited at various Newcastle galleries