Judges

Basil Sellers AM

Basil, a businessman and philanthropist, has made his career breathing life into ailing companies. He has fittingly been described as the 'turnaround king'. A recognised art collector, Basil divides his time between Europe and Australia (or wherever the Sydney Swans are playing that weekend).

Dr Chris McAuliffe

Chris McAuliffe is the director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art. He has researched extensively on the relationship of art and sport and curated Eyes on the ball: Images of Australian Rules football in 1996. He is a former board member of the St Kilda Bowling Club. Chris follows sport of all kinds. Most recently, he witnessed the Australian mineral water drinking and the world bullboar sausage eating championship.

Amy Barrett-Lennard

Since 2006 Amy has been the director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. She has a wealth of curatorial and arts management experience, having been the curator at the Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery in Kalgoorlie and the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. As director of Melbourne’s Linden Centre for Contemporary Art between 2001 and 2006, Amy brought dynamism and innovation to the organisation. Amy studied at the University of Western Australia, and went on to postgraduate study at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London.

Layne Beachley

As a youngster Layne thrived on an array of competitive sports, but at 16 years of age she set her sights on surfing. In 1998, she achieved the first of six consecutive Association of Surfing Professionals Women’s World Champion titles (seven in total), the greatest number of consecutive victories. Now retired from professional surfing, Layne, director of Beach Brands, divides her time between media work and her Aim for the Stars Foundation, created to support and promote the academic, sporting, community and cultural dreams of young women across Australia.

Michael Brand

Born in Canberra, Michael has undertaken an illustrious career in the United States and was appointed director of the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in 2005. An art historian specialising in Indian and Islamic art and architecture with a doctorate from Harvard, Michael left Australia in 2000 to take up the position of director at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In Australia, Michael had previously served as the assistant director of the Queensland Art Gallery (1996-2000) and head of Asian art at the Australian National Gallery (1988-96).

Michael played Aussie Rules, cricket and tennis as a child and has recently given up running in favour of cycling (but refuses to wear any of that bizarre official bike gear). He is a life-long St Kilda fan who really was at the 1966 Grand Final.

Julie Ewington

Julie is currently curatorial manager of Australian art at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art and also works as a writer, curator and broadcaster. Specialising in contemporary Australian and Southeast Asian art, Julie has held positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and Canberra School of Art Gallery. For many years she taught art history in Australian universities and in 1999-2000 was a visiting fellow at the Australian National University.