Meet the

Justine Olsen

Curator of Decorative Art and Design at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Justine Olsen has been Curator of Decorative Art and Design at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, since 2010. Through freelancing and holding the same curatorial role at Auckland War Memorial Museum (1987-1994) she has seen generational shifts in craft practice.

Justine has extensive experience in developing exhibitions, collections and writing across art and design both contemporary and historically. Her particular interest focusses on 20th and the 21st century craft and how art and design operate within local and global spheres.

Eva Czernis-Ryl

Curator, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney

Eva Czernis-Ryl is an award-winning curator at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney who is responsible for the extensive collections of Australian and European glass, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery and textiles, both historical and contemporary. Eva’s research interests focus on connections between decorative and fine arts, craft, design, science, technology and contemporary culture, and she has published in areas ranging from German Baroque sculpture to Australian studio practice and contemporary Italian design. Eva has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions including Inspired! Design Across TimeA Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity and Fantastical Worlds which is currently on display at the Powerhouse Museum. She is an Expert Examiner for the Australian Government’s National Cultural Heritage Committee, a Copland Foundation Attingham Scholar (2015 and 2017) and holds a position on the Editorial Board of Garland magazine.


Jessica Loughlin

2018 FUSE Glass Prize Winner

Jessica Loughlin is known for her quiet understated approach to kiln formed glass. Her artworks prompt a mediative reverie influenced by her fascination with the beauty of emptiness. Loughlin has been practicing for over 20 years during which she has exhibited in numerous international and national exhibitions. As well as the 2018 FUSE Glass Prize, her work has also been awarded the Tom Malone Art Prize in both 2004 and 2007 and the Ranamok Prize. Her work is part of major public collections around the world including National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Corning Museum of Glass NY USA, Mobile Museum of Art AL, USA, MUDAC Lausanne, Switzerland and Victorian and Albert Museum, London UK.

Robert Cook

Curator of 20th Century Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Robert Cook is Curator of 20th Century Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. He has been the manager of the Tom Malone Prize since its inception in 2003. Cook’s most recent design exhibition for AGWA is Family Resemblance featuring works in ceramics by Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Gwyn Hanssen Piggot, Sandra Black, Gordon Baldwin, Margaret West and Ron Nagle in conversation with paintings and prints by Brent Harris. 

Brian Parkes

Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director at JamFactory

Brian has been with JamFactory since April 2010, having worked in art and design organisations for more than 20 years, and he is passionate about promoting the social, cultural and economic value of creativity and design. During ten years as Associate Director at Object Gallery in Sydney, he curated several important exhibitions including the landmark survey of contemporary Australian design; Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living.

In 2007 Brian was one of ten curators invited by Phaidon Press, London to contribute to &Fork, a book profiling 100 emerging product designers from around the world and in 2008 he was an Adjunct Curator for the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.

Brian is a graduate of the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart and also has a significant background in commercial management within museums and galleries. He managed the merchandising and retail operations at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1998-2000) and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (1995-98).