2022 Pre-Selection Panellists | Main Awards.

We are thrilled to present this year’s Pre-Selection Panellists. This dynamic group of professionals will select the 40 Finalists for the 2022 Lester Prize to be exhibited at The Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) from 1 October – 13 November 2022.


Dr Clarissa Ball is an art historian with particular interests in late nineteenth and twentieth-century art and photography. She is currently the Head of the History of Art at The University of Western Australia, where she is also the Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies. In 2018 she was appointed to the position of Deputy Director of the International Consortium, University Based Institutes of Advanced Studies. She previously held the positions of Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Fine Arts at UWA (2009-2005). In 2019, Dr Ball was appointed to the Board of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.


Amy Barrett-Lennard has been Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) since April 2006, during which time PICA has become one of the region’s leading contemporary arts organisations. As a dynamic leader, as well as writer and curator, she has brought vision and vitality to a range of arts organisations across Australia and internationally. A regular contributor to the broader national and international arts communities, Amy has chaired and sat on numerous boards and panels, participated in forums and published texts on a diverse range of contemporary arts practices.


Linton Partington is a Founding Director of Linton & Kay Galleries which was established in 1998. He has made a significant contribution to the representation of artists from around Australia and internationally at numerous galleries across Perth. He is also Managing Director of Voxlab Pty Ltd, a multidisciplinary arts company which creates public art installations, sculpture, conceptual and integrated artworks in WA. It is also involved in Policy development, consultancy and strategic planning for arts and culture.


Bahar Sayed is the curatorial assistant at The Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), a freelance writer and film hobbyist. Born and raised in Wanneroo, on Whadjuk Nyoongar Boodjar, Bahar undertook further study in the Eastern States before returning to Perth in early 2020. Bahar’s background is in theological scholarship, art criticism and community organizing. She has arrived in the arts industry through her creative and community practice. Her work has been featured in UnMagazine, Fremantle Arts Centre, Runway Magazine, Running Dog, West Space Gallery, among others.


Tyrown Waigana is an artist and designer with Australian indigenous heritage. His background can be traced to Wandandi Noongar people from south-west Western Australia and Ait Koedal people from Saibai Island in the Torres Strait. His practice includes graphic design, illustration, painting, animation and sculpture. Waigana takes on a variety of projects, from corporate commissions looking for indigenous styled graphics to highly conceptual fine art and much more. He enjoys taking on projects that allow him to grow as an artist and all-round creative


Isobel Wise is the Associate Curator of Australian and Western Australian Art Post 1970 at The Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA). Specialising in art and material culture collections, she is interested in supporting meaningful experiences with art through exhibitions and collection development. Prior to her current role Isobel worked at the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia, and as the Curator of the City of Perth Art Collection. Returning to AGWA in 2021, where her career began in curatorial support roles almost two decades earlier, Isobel enjoys working in spaces where the vision and skill of artists intersect with one another and with audiences.

Our Pre-Selection and Judging process.

  • The Pre-Selection Panel members and Judges for both the Adult Awards and Youth Awards change every year. They are a group of independent experts in their respective fields with no commercial association with The Lester Prize.
  • During the Pre-Selection process, the panel is never provided the name or location of the artist (just the artwork image, title, dimensions and medium on screen).
  • Unfortunately, due to the large volume of submissions, we are unable to provide individual feedback to entrants.
  • This is the same process that many art prizes both in Australia and overseas undertake, and one that the Prize has followed since its inception.
  • Our Pre-Selection and Judging processes are fully transparent and something we are very proud of as we work hard to ensure there is no bias, personal, political or financial influence in the selection of our Finalists and Winners.
  • We are unable to enter into any correspondence about the selection of the Finalists and Winners.
  • We stand by and support all our Finalists, and respect the decisions made by our independent Pre-Selection Panellists and Judges.