Meet the
judges

Tina Oldknow

FUSE Glass Prize 2016 Judge - Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at Corning Museum of Glass, New York from 2000 – 2015

Recently retired as Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass, Corning Museum of Glass, New York, Oldknow is credited with the curation of the inaugural display of the Museum’s Contemporary Art + Design Wing, the largest space in the world devoted to the display and demonstration of contemporary art and design in glass. She also oversaw the complete reinstallation of the galleries with modern and contemporary glass from 1900-2000.

Prior to her tenure at the Corning Museum, Oldknow held curatorial and advisory positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, and the Seattle Art Museum. She holds a B.A. in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.A. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Lisa Slade

FUSE Glass Prize 2016 Judge - Assistant Director, Artistic Programs at the Art Gallery of South Australia and Curator of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.

Lisa Slade is Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, at the Art Gallery of South Australia. From 2011 until mid-2015 she was Project Curator at the Art Gallery, during which time she curated The Extreme Climate of Nicholas Folland and Heartland: Contemporary Art from South Australia. She also managed the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art in both 2012 and 2014.

Lisa currently lectures in several postgraduate courses delivered by the University of Adelaide in collaboration with the Art Gallery of South Australia and has written and published reviews, academic essays, catalogue entries and monographs. She is currently developing an exhibition for the Art Gallery of South Australia titled Sappers and Shrapnel, which brings together trench art and contemporary art.

Dr Robert Bell

FUSE Glass Prize 2016 Judge - Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the National Gallery of Australia since 2000

Dr Bell has been Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design at the National Gallery of Australia since this position (and curatorial department) was inaugurated in 2000. He is responsible for contributing to the Gallery’s policy, exhibitions, research and collections programs in the areas of Australian and international decorative arts and design, which include more than 12,000 works in contemporary and historical ceramics, glass, textiles, metalwork, jewellery, furniture, industrial design, costume and theatre arts. Dr Bell was born in Perth. He joined the Art Gallery of WA Australia as its inaugural curator of craft and design, and from 1978 to 2000 was responsible for the development of its craft and design and collections and exhibitions. He holds a PhD from the ANU and 2003 was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the decorative arts in Australia.

In 2010 Dr Bell was awarded an AM for service to contemporary craft and design as a curator and advocate, and to the Art Gallery of WA and the National Gallery of Australia.

Brian Parkes

FUSE Glass Prize 2016 Judge - 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).

Margot Osborne

FUSE Glass Prize 2016 Judge - Independent Australian arts writer and curator and author of several books on glass artists including the 2005 survey Australian Glass Today.

Adelaide writer and curator Margot Osborne has authored widely on Australian art and design since the 1980s, writing books including the recent 2015 SALA artist monograph Giles Bettison: Pattern and Perception published by Wakefield Press, as a contributor to key art magazine and journals including ArtlinkArt Monthly and Craft Arts International, and as a former art critic for the Adelaide Review and The Advertiser.

In 2013 she contributed a chapter on Australian kiln-formed glass to Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific North-West, published by Tacoma Museum of Glass. She is a former curator at JamFactory, Adelaide and in 2013 was co-curator with Brian Parkes and Margaret Hancock Davis of Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory. In 2015 she was a recipient of an Australian Design Honour from the Australian Design Centre (formerly Object) Sydney. Her professional career spans more than forty years, working in Sydney and Adelaide with a wide range of arts organisations, including the Adelaide Festival, CACSA, SALA Festival, Adelaide Central School of Art, Arts NSW, University of NSW and the Australia Council.