2023 Pre-Selection Panellists | Youth Awards


Miranda Johnson is a writer and curator from Boorloo (Perth). She is a founding member of Cool Change Contemporary and was previously co-director of Moana Project Space. Miranda was the Hatched Curatorial Fellow at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Miranda is a visual arts writer for local arts publication Seesaw Magazine. Her writing has been published in exhibition catalogues and journals in Australia, Taiwan, Canada, Germany and the UK. She graduated with a Masters (Distinction) in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, London in 2015, and in 2017 was a participant in the Australia Council’s Venice Biennale professional development program.


Yabini Kickett (Esther McDowell) is a descendant of the Kickett and Hayden families of the Bibulmun/Noongar Nation. Having grown up with an artist and poet mother, as well as a photographer and land conservationist father, her practice is heavily rooted in language, endemic plants, family, totemic relations and found objects from country. Yabini had always shown an interest in visual arts. During her childhood she and her sister Emily-Jane would often go bush with their parents in search of native orchids, naturally they have featured in much of her work, holding much personal and cultural importance to her.  In late 2017 Yabini participated in the National Indigenous Arts Leadership program at the National Gallery, this experience helped foster lasting relationships and deeply encouraged her to pursue working within Visual Arts. Currently Yabini is experimenting with textiles, and found objects, with a focus on animal remains from hunting and road kill. The resulting works are often about place and the solastalgia associated with the destruction of country.


Tim Meakins is a Perth (Boorloo) based Artist and Designer. Tim is 1/2 of TERMSOFSERVICE. A collaborative design practice with NYC based designer Simran Singh. Working across sculpture, painting, print, animation and publishing, he employs a visual grammar drawn from the history (and present) of computer graphics/operating systems and cartoons to create intensely energetic propositions around the ever-mutating forms, limits, plasticity, optical register and possibilities of digital and analogue states-of-being.

2023 Judges | Youth Awards


Carla Adams is a contemporary artist working in Perth, Australia. Her work incorporates sculpture, textiles, research and book-making to navigate the complexities of relationships from an embodied, female perspective.

Adams’ work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of WA, Turner Galleries, Bus Projects (Melbourne), FELTSpace (Adelaide), ARTBAR at The Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Verge Gallery (Sydney) and Blindside (Melbourne). Adams’ work was selected for the 2013 Hatched National Graduate Exhibition at PICA; she was a finalist in the 2017 and 2020 Joondalup Invitation Art Awards.

She is currently represented by Aster + Asha Gallery.


Nathan Beard is a multi-disciplinary artist who draws from his Australian-Thai heritage to unpack the slippery influences of culture and memory. Beard’s work adapts intimate exchanges with family and their archives alongside broader cultural signifiers of ‘Thainess’ to offer a unique and personal articulation of the complexities surrounding authenticity and diasporic identity.

Recent exhibitions include A Puzzlement, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2022), Husk, Futures (2022), Low Yield Fruit, sweet pea (2022), White Gilt 2.0, Firstdraft (2020), A dense intimacy (with Lindy Lee), Bus Projects (2019) and WA Focus: Nathan Beard, Art Gallery of Western Australia (2017).

In 2022 Beard completed an Australia Council residency at ACME Studios, London. He has been a finalist in the Ramsay Art Prize (2021) and the churchie emerging art prize (2020), and participated in the 4A Beijing Studio Program (2017). He is represented by sweet pea and Aster + Asha Gallery.


Giorgia Mack has diverse experience in the Australian arts and cultural sector having worked within varied organisations promoting and activating a wide range of art forms through interdisciplinary projects and exhibitions on a national level. Her career has led her to work in a number of well-recognised organisations including The Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Lester Prize and Sculpture by the Sea. She currently works for Barking Gecko as the Philanthropy Manager, bringing theatre to life for children and families. Giorgia is completing a Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) degree, where she received the Sculpture, Performance and Installation Prize for Excellence. Beyond her formal roles, she co-founded The Farm Margaret River, an initiative that provides artist-in-residence opportunities to multidisciplinary creatives in West Australia’s South West region.