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ABOUT

THE GREENWAY ART PRIZE

A notable event on the Inner West arts and culture calendar, the GreenWay Art Prize celebrates the qualities of the Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay–a precious 5.8km urban environmental and sustainable transport corridor in Sydney’s Inner West.

The GreenWay follows the route of the Inner West Light Rail and Hawthorne Canal and features bike paths and foreshore walks, cultural and historical sites, cafes, bushcare sites and a range of parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.

 

The Art Prize was established in 2010 to capture the essence of the Greenway through visual art and to celebrate the vibrancy, creativity and community spirit of the Inner West.

This is a national prize, open to all artists submitting work within the terms of the prize.

This mural, commissioned by Inner West Council and created by artists Tim "Phibs" de Haan, Kevin James May and Joanne Cassady, pays respect to the history and heritage of Aboriginal people. This short film introduced by Mayor Darcy Byrne, is a behind the scenes look and window into an essential facet of the GreenWay story.

2024  JUDGES
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Christiane Keys-Statham

Curator, cultural strategist
and project manager
 

Christiane lives and works on Gadigal, Wangal and Dharug land, and acknowledges Elders, past and present. She also holds deep respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ continuing connection to Country.

 

For two decades, Christiane has worked as a curator and project manager of public art projects, temporary and permanent, and as a cultural researcher and strategist. She has worked in Europe, Central Asia and Australia in collaboration with artists, scientists, professionals and diverse communities.

 

Christiane is currently a PHD Candidate at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, researching the intersections of cultural and ecological infrastructures in Parramatta/Burramatta, and the relationships between different forms of cultural infrastructures, such as public art and the forthcoming Powerhouse Parramatta.

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James Powditch

Artist 
 


James is a mixed media artist living and working in Sydney's Inner West. He has been a multi-finalist in the Moran, Archibald, Wynne, and Sulman Prizes and winner of the Blake and Mosman Art Prize.  In 2023 his portrait of actor Sam Neill was a finalist in the Archibald Prize.
 

Before pursuing a career as a full-time artist James was a construction and prop builder for the Sydney Dance Company and the Sydney Theatre Company where he honed the skills needed to craft his unique blend of collage, assemblage, and painting with a strong pop aesthetic.
 

In recent years James has been a regular guest artist at Dulwich Hill High School of Visual Arts and has shared his talents with his kids local primary school in Annandale. James is passionate about public education and the role that art can play in our kids' lives.

*** Our judges acknowledge the Cadigal People of the Eora Nation as the traditional and spiritual custodians of the land on which their Sydney-based projects have been produced.

ART PRIZE TEAM 
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Tara Morelos
 

Tara is an independent curator and cultural producer.

 

She was the Creative Director of Sculpture in the Vineyards, a longstanding outdoor sculpture exhibition and cultural event in the Hunter Valley and Director of dLux MediaArts, where she designed and delivered an annual program of exhibitions and socially engaged art and technology programs for young people.

 

In 2017 Tara founded ARTeConnect – a network of artists, educators and social entrepreneurs working creatively with technology to produce innovative educational programs and unique art events and experiences. 
 

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Jennifer McNamara

Jennifer is the Founder and Director of Art Est. Art School and Gallery, established 2008.

 

Art Est. is Sydney’s leading independent art school, offering 8-week art courses and workshops for adults, teens, and children. Over the years, it has gained a reputation for supporting, educating, and employing local creatives and artists.

 

With a long history and connection to the Inner West community, Art Est. has been a proud partner to 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 Art Est. activities.

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Jennifer Aaron
 

Jennifer has been a resident of Leichhardt and Lilyfield for 45 years. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Leichhardt Annandale Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years and is very passionate about Leichhardt and making it a desired destination.

 

Jennifer has been involved in many community activities and organisations including the former Leichhardt Precinct Committee, Festa, Moorambilla Voices and has worked in a voluntary capacity in Leichhardt as a Justice of the Peace for more than 10 years.

GreenWay Art Prize gratefully acknowledges the following
 

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