2021 Pre-Selection Panellists | Youth Awards

JAMIE MCGLEAVE

Currently working as General Manager at Propel Youth Arts WA, the peak body for youth arts in Western Australia, Jamie McGleave has been entrenched in Perth’s creative sector for over 15 years and has taken on various roles as arts practitioner and arts worker.

Upon completing Bachelors of Arts in Performance Studies at Curtin University and Arts Management at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Jamie spent nine years in venue management and logistical roles at His Majesty’s Theatre, the State Theatre Centre of WA and the Perth International Arts Festival, Jamie also worked as Communications & Development Manager at STRUT Dance, where he had significant input in the changes and rebranding of that organisation as a national entity.

Photo credit | Zal Kanga

CRAIG SOULSBY

Craig Soulsby is a professional artist from Perth, Western Australia. He began his artistic career freelancing as a videogame artist while working at a tattoo studio. More recently, Craig has worked as a visual effects artist on film and TV productions as well as teaching art and freelancing as a portrait artist. Craig has been a finalist in the Lester Prize for Portraiture 3 times.

KAREN SABITAY

Born Dallas, Texas; lived in USA, France, England and Queensland before settling in Perth, Western Australia. Graduated with Class of ’79 at MLC, straight into WACAE to become a Primary School teacher with majors in Art and Psychology. Full circle teaching experience from Junior Primary Coordinator in remote Derby District High School, to JS Arts Specialist in Geraldton, Beechboro Primary and Scotch College in Perth.

Later 21 years as Arts Specialist at Scotch College, which afforded me two long service breaks with amazing travel and learning opportunities including a mosaic course in Ravenna Italy, taught the traditional technique using smalti from Venice, with an axe and lime putty. Travel, art and photography have featured predominantly in my life.

Diverse teaching experiences across a range of schools, including a Fine Arts Academy here in Perth and as an Educational Tour Guide with Sculptures by the Sea, have instilled in me a passion for learning of the Arts and through the Arts.”

ARTPOD is a Centre for Creative Arts, set up with its point of difference (pod) being the combination of professional artists with an arts educator, to enrich the arts experience of all students irrespective of age, ability, confidence and arts awareness. It supports enriched learning in an intimate, creative space for growing ideas, exploring mixed media and making connections.

2021 Judges | Youth Awards

DR BRUCE SLATTER

Dr Bruce Slatter is Discipline Lead of Art in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. He has a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours, a Masters from Curtin University and a PhD in Art from RMIT. Bruce is a previous winner of the Bankwest Art Prize (sculpture), Sculpture by the Sea (Cottesloe) and the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. He has work in several public collections, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, Bankwest Art Collection, City of Perth, Woollahra City Council, RMIT University and Curtin University.

SALLY QUIN

Sally Quin is Curator, the University of Western Australia Art Collection. Her research has focused on early modern Italian women artists, Properzia de’ Rossi and Plautilla Nelli; and more recently Modernist women artists, including German émigré painter Elise Blumann. She has also curated exhibitions and produced monographs on contemporary artists, including photographer Kevin Ballantine and potter Stewart Scambler. She has previously held positions at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Gallery Central, Perth; and has lectured within Art History at the School of Design, UWA.

THELMA JOHN

I grew up in Perth on Nyoongar Boodja. I graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Visual Art majoring in photography, which led to a career curating and managing exhibitions in Darwin, Fremantle Arts Centre and Gallery Central at TAFE. I see curating as an art form in itself. By tapping into what artists are making or what communities are talking about, an idea for an exhibition emerges.

I worked 5 years at the contemporary artspace in Darwin (24HR Art) where building audiences for contemporary art was crucial for survival so exhibitions needed to be accessible, inclusive and relevant. Living in the NT also brought me into contact with traditional Aboriginal art and people.

The understanding and experience I gained enabled me to successfully deliver experimental residencies with Aboriginal artists/Buddhist monks and curate shows with black and white artists together before it was widely practiced. Later I curated the first four Revealed emerging Aboriginal art exhibitions.

At NMTAFE I manage the Gallery Central exhibition, NMTAFE Art Collection and residency program as well as curate some of the exhibitions. I nurture students as gallery trainees and with their own exhibitions in our Shopfront. It is a privilege to spend my time surrounded by art and ideas.

Photo credit | Eva Fernandez