2021 Judges

Chief Judge: Marco Corsini CV

Marco Corsini is a Melbourne based artist, educator and writer. Marco is also the founder of Melbourne Art Class, a vibrant Melbourne art school, taught by a team of leading art educators and artists.  Marco is the editor of the Melbourne Art Class blog, which has been awarded as one of Melbourne’s top blogs and influencers for the past four years. Marco’s work has been exhibited in Australia and in Europe. His paintings often feature the landscape and his immediate environment. Using shifts in viewpoint and perspective, the works explore perception and also the nature of painting and representation.  Alongside a phenomenological interest in consciousness, the work also incorporates personal motifs, indicating the artist’s own presence.

2002 The University of Melbourne Master of Creative Arts
1997 The University of Melbourne Bachelor of Education – Visual Art

Assistant Judge: Barbara McManus CV

Barbara has spent many years on the teaching staff of the Victorian Artists’ Society and was made a fellow of that Society in 1990. In constant demand for workshops, demonstrations and adjudicating art shows around Australia, including the Camberwell Art Show. She has been the recipient of more than 50 awards including, in 1986, the coveted A.M.E. Bale Overseas Scholarship. During this time her work was included in the International Pastel Exhibition in Lille, France. Her work is in private and corporate collections in Switzerland, UK, USA and Australia. Winner of the inaugural A.G.R.A. ‘Aspects of Excellence Medallion’ in 2000 and has been a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. She has tutored groups overseas in China (1991), The Silk Road (1995) and Greece (2002).

Assistant Judge: Rob Candy

Rob began painting watercolours at Ku-ring-gai Arts Centre during the 1980’s with Owen Thompson, and at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales with Frederic Bates OAM. He has a degree in Geography and this informs his analysis of and appreciation for the landscape. He is a passionate traveller and has taken numerous groups through China, India, Turkey and Indochina. Rob has been a featured artist in the Australian Artist magazine most recently in 2012 and previously in October 1996, June 2002, September 2004 and November 2005. He is the current President of the Watercolour Society of Victoria and is a member of The Australian Watercolour Institute since 2005, Associate Member of the Royal Art Society of NSW, Watercolour Society of Victoria and the Victorian Artists Society. Rob has judged many art shows including Lane Cove Art Society.