Judges for the 2019 Awards

Judges will be looking for technical expertise and creative excellence. The judges are not obliged to enter into any discussion of their choices and their decisions will be final.


2019 Awards Judges

Caroline Gordon MFA

Caroline Gordon MFA

Caroline JONES

Caroline Jones is a painter and art tutor living in the Nelson region. Majoring in Painting and Theory of Art, she had a classical training at Rhodes University in South Africa where she completed her Master's Degree in Fine Art in 1995.

Working in oils, often on a large scale, with her own preferred subject matter being cityscapes, NZ landscapes, and colour and light abstract paintings. Regarding painting as a means of visual communication, and taking delight in the magic of the mark, Jones thinks that art can help people respond to social, emotional, and even spiritual dilemmas in a nonverbal way.

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David Ryan

MA. BFA. Grad.Dip.Edu.

David is a full time professional artist and former senior lecturer in art at RMIT University, Melbourne. With over two decades of teaching experience and over 23 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland and Nelson including Whitespace Gallery, Auckland, The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, and the Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, and over 31 curated group exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia and Germany including the Australian National Gallery, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and the National Galleries of Victoria and NSW.


Derek Ball

Derek is a senior practitioner whose career in art began with an Honours Diploma in painting from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, followed by the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at Otago University when he first started experimenting with sculpture.  After teaching at a Colllege of Further Education in England, Derek enrolled in the graduate programme at San Francisco Art Institute to study the potential of plastics in sculpture.  After graduating with a Master of Fine Art degree, he stayed on in San Francisco making a living from kinetic sculpture.  On returning to New Zealand he took the position of Head of Sculpture at Otago Polytechnic School of Art where he was instrumental in the development of degree programmes.  It was in Dunedin that Derek and his wife brought up their two sons before “retiring” to Nelson to devote his time to the development of his cast resin landscape sculptures, seen locally at Catchment Gallery and Kereru Gallery.

Derek has undertaken numerous commissions, notably a wind sculpture in the Library Plaza, Dunedin, a motorised kinetic sculpture in the Dunedin hospital ward block foyer and the “Gallery of Following Faces” and other sculptural illusions at Puzzling World, Wanaka. Exhibitions include solo shows at Bosshard Galleries, Dunedin, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore, CSA Gallery, Christchurch and South Coast Gallery, Wellington as well as participation in numerous group shows.