Artist turns judge for Show

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ A Kar­ratha-based artist has been flown to Perth to judge one of the big­gest art awards on the Perth cal­en­dar.

Yianni Johns was in­vited by the Royal Art So­ci­ety to judge the 2015 Royal Perth Show Art Ex­hi­bi­tion.

About 150 works of have been se­lected from hun­dreds of ap­pli­cants vy­ing for a place in this ex­hi­bi­tion.

Johns, an ac­tive mem­ber of Dampier Arts Stu­dio, said he was ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity.

“This is the first time I have been asked to judge, but hav­ing been a cu­ra­tor of many public art gal­leries, that’s kind of like be­ing a judge I think,” he said.

“I was se­lec­tor on the na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant Gos­ford Art Prize three years out of the last 10.”

Johns has per­son­ally cu­rated more than 80 ex­hi­bi­tions in Syd­ney and its sur­round­ing ar­eas.

He was also cu­ra­tor of the Su­per Art Pro­ject, with 24 gal­leries and 64 artists work­ing in the one cen­tre.

That pro­ject won him an Aus­tralia Day Arts and Cul­ture Award in 2010.

Johns left town last Mon­day to be­gin the task.

Pic­ture: Yianni Johns

Yianni Johns at work in his stu­dio while on a Redgate Artist Res­i­dency Bei­jing in China last year.

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