2017 PRIZE

Image: Esme Buxton, We are nature, 2017.   Image courtesy and © the artist

Roderick Simpson

Environment Commissioner at the Greater Sydney Commission and is Associate Professor in the Urbanism Program at the University of Sydney. He has worked for the Commonwealth and provided consultancy services to state and local governments in planning and urban design.

Mr Simpson led the urban design for the City of Sydney Sustainable Sydney 2030 strategy with the SGS consortium. He was instrumental in the development of BASIX and PRECINX. He is a member of various housing, transport and architectural design review panels including the UrbanGrowth Design Directorate.

Perdita Phillips 

Perdita Phillips is a Western Australian artist, writer, editor and researcher who works across a range of media on issues surrounding the environment and non-human worlds. Recent exhibitions include We must catch up (solo, Paper Mountain 2017), Radical Ecologies (PICA 2016),  - Global Warming and its Environmental Impact, Worldwide site specific works curated by AININ for artCOP21 (Paris 2015), Novel Ecologies (The Cross Arts Projects 2013) and enhancement: MAKING SENSE (i3S, Universidade do Porto 2016)

Vandana Ram

Vandana Ram is the director of the Canterbury Bankstown Arts Centre. She has worked at local, state and federal levels in the areas of arts management and facilitation of cultural practice for thirty years. As both an arts manager and community based artist she has initiated a vast range of cultural programs mainly focusing on women and young people from culturally diverse backgrounds. She was awarded the Minister’s Award for Women in Local Government in 2014.

Vandana is also a visual artist whose practice explores questions of identity, memory and migration.

Elyse Goldfinch 


Elyse Goldfinch is an independent curator and writer based in Sydney. Her curatorial practice is particularly drawn from expanded and experimental relationships between art, science, ecologies and new materialism. She has curated extensively and has written for both online and print publications. Elyse currently works as Executive Assistant & Curatorial Liaison at Artspace. She holds a Bachelor of Art Theory (Hons.) from UNSW Art & Design and is currently completing her Masters of Art Curating at the University of Sydney.

Jennifer McNamara

Art Est.

Jennifer McNamara is the Founder and Director of Art Est. Art School and Gallery, established 2008.
Art Est. has four teaching studios and an art gallery, and has just expanded to open a new, dedicated ceramics studio. Art Est. delivers classes taught by practicing artists and educators in a range of media for adults and children.

Located in an inspiring warehouse adjacent to the GreenWay in Lords Road Leichhardt, Art Est has been the host venue for the GreenWay Art Prize since its inception in 2009.

Jennifer holds a BA from Canberra University. Her background in museum public programs, arts festivals and event marketing in Sydney, Japan and London, combined with her passion for the visual arts brings an added dimension to what we do at Art Est.

Nick Chapman

GreenWay Place Manager

Nick first got involved in the GreenWay in 2001 as a local resident and was awarded 2012 Ashfield Citizen of the Year in recognition of his voluntary contribution to the GreenWay.  He has spent the last 10 years working in local government place management and sustainability education at UTS. Appointed GreenWay Place Manager in 2012 and now based at the Inner West Council, Nick oversees all aspects of the Program which includes place making, active travel, urban biodiversity, sustainability education, arts and culture. He views the Art Prize as one of the GreenWay’s signature achievements and continues to be amazed by the community’s capacity to celebrate the GreenWay in such a passionate and creative way through art.