Artist turns judge for Show
■ 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.
Yianni Johns at work in his studio while on a Redgate Artist Residency Beijing in China last year.