A contemporary artist, an Indigenous art curator, and an academic make up the judging panel for the 2017 Hedland Art Awards, Australia’s richest non-acquisitive regional art prize.

Emilia Galatis, Tarryn Gill and Dr Ric Spencer have been selected by FORM and charged with the difficult task of selecting the recipients of the nine awards in the 2017 Hedland Art Awards.

Regional curator Kate Mullen said this year’s judging panel offers an excellent mix of experience and knowledge, and will provide a balanced critique of the artworks in this year’s awards.

“We’re incredibly lucky to have Tarryn Gill, Emilia Galatis and Dr Ric Spencer join us as judges for the 2017 Hedland Art Awards – together, they offer a very comprehensive breadth of experience in the field of contemporary art, particularly in WA” she said.

“Emilia’s extensive work in the Indigenous art sector across the State brings a deep understanding and cultural sensitivity to the panel; while Dr Ric Spencer’s broad academic and curatorial background will add a discerning and critical eye.

“Tarryn is a well-established exhibiting artist, with many solo and group shows, both here and abroad (Germany and the UK), and awards under her belt. Her professionalism and international success brings added rigour to the selection process.

“Each year the Hedland Art Awards attract hundreds of entries from Indigenous and non-Indigenous, emerging and established artists. It is undoubtedly a gruelling process for the judges, selecting nine winners from the vast selection of painting, sculpture, print, drawing and textile works.

“FORM would like to thank our principal partner BHP, as well as our supporting partners the Town of Port Hedland, Pilbara Development Commission, Pilbara Ports Authority, Port Hedland International Airport, IBN and Gateway Village for helping us deliver the 2017 Hedland Art Awards.”

Finalists for the 2017 Hedland Art Awards will be announced on Monday 2 October, and the awards will be presented at the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery on Friday 6 October.

For more information, visit the Courthouse Gallery’s website at www.courthousegallery.com.au or call the team on (08) 9173 1064.