In 2014 we introduce a curatorium of programmers, directors, artists and curators drawn from across the country to review applications – Jeff Khan (Performance Space), Fiona Winning (Sydney Festival), Ric Spencer (Fremantle Arts Centre), Robert Cook (Art Gallery of WA), Leigh Robb (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts), and independents Dr David Williams, Julie Vulcan and Martyn Coutts.

The curatorium will assess and provide feedback on short-listed artists, with final decisions made by our co-curators Kelli Mccluskey and Sarah Rowbottam.

Jeff Khan is a curator and writer working across the visual arts, performance and dance. He is currently Artistic Director of Performance Space, Sydney, and has a particular interest in site-specific and socially-engaged practices. Jeff was the Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival from 2007-2010 and was Guest Curator of NEW12 (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2012) and Primavera 09 (Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009). As a writer, Jeff has contributed texts to numerous publications, journals and artists’ projects. He was a member of the Australia Council Dance Board from 2009-2011 is a current Board Member of Chunky Move.

Fiona Winning is Head of Programming at Sydney Festival. Prior to that she was an independent producer and consultant working in contemporary arts – across theatre, dance and visual cultures. She curated the 2011 Australian Theatre Forum Convictions + Connections; co- convened Siteworks 2009-12 (with Deborah Ely); and worked with the National Association for the Visual Arts and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority on strategic projects. She produced intercultural exchange projects with La Pocha Nostra (US/Mexico) and Pacitti Company (UK), co-curated/produced the Breathing Space exchange between Australian and UK artists with Helen Cole from Arnolfini in Bristol (UK), collaborated with Arts House on TransLab a national intercultural residency program and produced the inaugural LiveWorks Festival in and around CarriageWorks in 2008.

Ric Spencer is an artist and writer and is currently Curator at Fremantle Arts Centre.  From 2004-2010 he wrote art criticism for The West Australian newspaper and from 2000-2010 he lectured at Curtin University where he holds a Doctor of Creative Arts and is currently Adjunct Professor.  He has been involved in numerous art activities as a writer, artist and project manager, has exhibited in Australia, Asia and the UK and had his work published in Australian, UK and American arts journals.

Robert Cook is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Photography and Design at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.  Exhibitions for AGWA include Mari Funaki works, 1992-2009, Brutal, Tender, Human, Animal: Roger Ballen Photography and Swamp Op, Brent Harris.  External shows include Old School (neverlosethatfeeling) with Hannah Mathews for PICA, Don’t show me your poetry for Gertrude Contemporary Art and Primavera 2013 for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.  His writing has appeared here and there, and includes (under the name Bob Charles) the book Narcolepsy with Max Pam.

Julie Vulcan is a Sydney based interdisciplinary artist, director and curator working across performance, installation and durational work. She has created and toured recent work to Festival of Live Art (VIC), Metro Arts (QLD), Performatorium (CAN), SPILL Festival (UK), Rapid Pulse (USA), and Exist-ence 5 (QLD). Between 2010-14 Julie was Associate Director & Artistic Director/CEO at PACT centre for emerging artists. She is currently an Australia Council Cultural Leadership recipient for Live Art practice and exchange, and one half of collaborative duo SQUIDSILO.

David is a director, producer, performer, writer, and technician. He holds an Honours degree in Theatre from the University of Western Sydney (Nepean), a PhD from UNSW, and is a past winner of the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for Acting. A graduate of the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Development Program, his theatre works have won Helpmann, Green Room and Drover’s Awards. David has previously worked with Queensland Theatre Company, Belvoir, Branch Nebula, Sidetrack Performance Group, Sydney Theatre Company, Blast Theory, UTP and pvi collective. He was the founder of version 1.0, and produced and co-created all of the company’s work from 1998-2012. He is currently an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney and on the board of Arts on Tour. Recent and upcoming projects include Black Diggers (QTC/Sydney Festival), Quay to the City (ATYP), Beautiful One Day (Ilbijerri/Belvoir) and Quiet Faith (Vitalstatistix/HotHouse).

Martyn Coutts is an award winning Australian interdisciplinary artist concerned with ideas of the live, the interactive and the mediated body. His work has been shown in theatres, online, public space and galleries throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific. His works include Operation, Computer Boy and I Think I Can with Blood Policy, the Wayfarer series of works with Kate Richards, Thrashing Without Looking with Aphids, Visible City (the keynote project of the 2010 Melbourne Fringe) and SAC35 for Salamanca Arts Centre. As a video artist Martyn has worked with Arena Theatre Company, Is Theatre, Luke George, Sam Routledge, Stuck Pigs Squealing, Dancehouse, Kelly Ryall, Brian Lipson and in 2009 was the recipient of a Green Room award for his video design on The Harry Harlow Project. He has also dramaturged a number of critically acclaimed dance works with Stompin, Luke George, Brooke Stamp, Martin Del Amo, Paula Lay and Liesel Zink, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey. Martyn is a member of art collective Field Theory, an Associate Artist with Aphids and is the founder of online Live Art resource LALA.

Leigh Robb is the Curator at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. She previously worked at Thomas Dane Gallery, London and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. Leigh undertook her BA in Art History at the University of Queensland, Brisbane and her Masters in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She has curated numerous solo exhibitions including Jeppe Hein, John Gerrard, Thomas Rentmeister, Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont, as well as group exhibitions including Love of Diagrams and First Amongst Equals (Part I & II) and co-curated exhibitions including Alternating Currents – Japanese Art After March 11 and Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia & the UK.