Art Competition Judges
We are delighted to introduce you to the judging panel for Palliative Care Australia’s 2019 Art Competition, ‘To Infinity & Beyond’
Ron Bradfield Jnr
Ron is of the Bardi-Jawi mob from around Cape Leveque – north of Broome – in Western Australia. He has a wealth of professional experience from serving in the Australian Navy for two decades, through to being the indigenous development manager for Artsource (WA’s peak artists’ body). He is currently the primary face behind Yarns R Us, using storytelling and a range of cultural activities to promote positive relationships and experiences with Aboriginal peoples, and better share our collective stories. Ron is also a founding member of Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, and he works closely with Magabala Books and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. Ron believes that art itself is a “yarn” and that the visual artists he works with have some of the most amazing stories he has ever heard.
Ron works with regional and indigenous artists and community members across WA, often exploring ideas and hearing what people have to say in their own home towns. He believes ordinary people have extraordinary stories and experiences and these are often missed because they’re stories that are too close to home. Ron captures the feelings of those who live in regional and remote WA. He specialises in indigenous, regional and remote communities and actively encourages the coming together of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in trying to solve some of the difficulties facing our contemporary Australian society.
Sosan is a final year Medical Student from the University of Wollongong. She also has a degree in the Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, Canada.
Sosan was the recipient of the People’s Choice award in the 2018 Online Art Competition “What matters most during the Holiday Season?”.
Sosan has loved art since she was a little girl; an interest she attributes to her beautiful, talented and creative mother. Sosan took up art courses throughout high school to learn different techniques and expose herself to the history of art. Given the academically challenging nature of the profession Sosan has chosen to pursue, there are times when she finds herself getting overwhelmed and always turns to visual arts to not only relax but also express how she is feeling.
Although Sosan loves Medicine and everything that it has to offer; Art has always been such a big part of her life and she hopes to incorporate it into her profession in the future by utilising it to improve health literacy and patient/ doctor wellbeing. Sosan looks forward to seeing your art works this year and reading about what each piece means to you.
Christopher Young was born in small-town New Zealand in the mid-seventies. After finishing his studies he moved to Germany in 1996 before settling in Western Australia in 2002.
Isolation is a recurring theme in his life and work – the remoteness of growing up in semi-rural New Zealand, the loneliness of living in Germany as a poor German speaker and lately the geographic and ideological seclusion of life in Australia, have all coloured his artistic practice.
Lately he has been exploring end-of-life cultural experiences; how people respond to such experiences; and the environments and institutions they encounter. This work will be shown in a series of exhibitions, commencing at the Perth Centre for Photography from September 13, 2019.
He exhibits on a regular basis, living and working in Margaret River. You can view his work at zebra-factory.com