2019 judges

Meet the Judges


The Judging panel for the Women’s Art Prize Tasmania is composed of experienced, skilled artists, art workers and members of the Tasmanian art community. They are responsible for judging the Acquisitive and Emerging Prizes.

Meet our judges for 2019.



Catherine Wolfhagen

Catherine Wolfhagen is the Public Art Program Officer with Arts Tasmania and has over 30 years of experience working in the Arts and Cultural Heritage, both in the public and private sectors. She has served as a member of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, was a founding Board member of Sawtooth Gallery in Launceston and currently sits on the Cultural Activities Acquisition Sub-Committee for the University of Tasmania.

Catherine graduated from the University of Tasmania, Hobart with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and then completed a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies in 1991 from Deakin University, Melbourne. Catherine worked as an arts administrator for a commercial gallery, Sherman Galleries, Sydney before returning to Tasmania. Since 1996 she has worked as a freelance curator on such projects as distance, six Tasmanian artists, Sherman Galleries (1999); Ephemeral Sculpture Project, Queen Victoria Museum; Art Gallery, Launceston (2001); Art/History, Woolmers Estate, Longford for Ten Days on the Island festival (2003); New Deities: Art; the Cult of Celebrity, Devonport Regional Gallery, Plimsoll Gallery Hobart and toured interstate (2007-08); Primed, Academy Gallery, Launceston (2010); The Skullbone Experiment: A Paradigm of Art and Nature, QVMAG, Launceston and COFA, Sydney (2014).

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David Burnett

David Burnett has been Curator, International Art at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art since 2002 and has contributed to the development of curatorial direction, exhibition strategies and acquisition program for the two sites of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.

He was involved with the Millennium Arts Project–Queensland Cultural Centre as Curator, Public Art from 2005-2006 and the commissioning of major works for GOMA and the State Library of Queensland. He has been active in the curatorial development of major exhibitions including the Andy Warhol retrospective for December 2007-March 2008 and has been a member of the curatorial teams for recent exhibitions such as 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams from the Centre Pompidou, Paris and Matisse: Drawing Life, Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces form the Prado and California Design 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way He has regularly published essays for Gallery publications and catalogues and coordinates the management and display of the historical International Collections at the Queensland Art Gallery. His most recent curatorial project has been the exhibition, Seen + Heard: Works and Multiples from the Collection 15 March – 3 August 2014 and prior to his recent departure from QAGOMA was part of the curatorial team for QAGOMA’s Gerhard Richter exhibition.

David has also had extensive experience in judging and consulting for metropolitan and regional art prizes and competitions in addition to the curatorial direction for the commissioning of public art works for the Brisbane International Airport Corporation.


Karen Revie

Karen Revie is a writer, visual artist and educator who lives and works in Launceston, Tasmania.  She has worked in arts for many years with the firm belief that art has the power to effect positive personal and cultural change. 

Karen is creative director in her own arts consultancy The Holographic Lounge where she regularly manages video production projects as well as digitally projected exhibitions for new media artists.  Her short film project Floodscapes won the 2018 Resilient Australia Award and was highly commended as one of three finalists on a national level.

Karen has presented creative projects for BOFA, Falls Music & Arts Festival, Streets Alive, QVMAG, TMAG, Artentwine and City of Launceston to name a few. Karen has written numerous articles for ABC Online as a freelance arts journalist and in 2012 her writings were published in a recording by Annexe Theatre. 

Karen's artistic process involves the investigation of magic in science and science in magic.

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Richard Mulvaney

Richard Mulvaney has been involved in the museum sector for 35 years. He has held a number of senior positions in museums and art galleries across Australia and was Director of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, between 2010-2018. During that time he was involved with a range of art acquisitions and exhibitions following the opening of the refurbished art gallery in the original QVMAG building in 2011.

During his time in Tasmania he was a member of several arts organisations including President Museums and Galleries (Tas), Vice President Museums and Galleries (Australia) and the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board. He is currently on the Conservation Committee of the Port Arthur Historic Sites Management Authority.


Dom Geraghty

Dom Geraghty is Professor of Life Sciences in the College of Health and Medicine at the University of Tasmania. He is currently on secondment to the College of Arts, Law and Education as Acting Head of the School of Creative Arts. Dom has held a number of leadership roles at the University over a 27 year period, including Acting Chair of Academic Senate and Deputy Dean of Graduate Research.

He is a mentor of early career academics and has chaired several national early career fellowship panels. Prior to missing out on a place in the national College of Art and Design (Ireland) in 1976, he studied pottery and ceramics and wanted to be jewellery designer. He has accrued a lot of Tasmanian art!


Frances Butler

Frances Butler is an independent producer, curator and writer. She has worked as an arts manager for 25+ years. Frances coordinated the City of Hobart Art Prize from 2010-2016; was principal researcher for TMAG John Glover and the Colonial Picturesque and was Creative Producer at the Salamanca Arts Centre. She produced and directed A Tasmanian Requiem, and is currently curating Irene Briant - A Survey, which opens at the Long Gallery, SAC in January 2019.