Basil Sellers AM
Generous philanthropist Basil Sellers donates to numerous charities and initiatives, many of which combine his passion for sport and art. He has an impressive art collection, and has lost count of the number of times he has watched the final quarter of the 2012 Sydney v. Hawthorn grand final. Basil divides his time between Europe and Australia.
Kelly Gellatly is director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art. She was previously curator, contemporary art at the National Gallery of Victoria and has also worked as a curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Australia. While her days as an avid member of the VFL junior supporters league and dedication to the Wide world of sport on television are far behind her, her family’s connections to Carlton (both the place and the team) run deep—barracking for a team other than the Blues amounts to ex-communication.
Robert Cook is curator of modern and contemporary photography and design at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Cursed with a slow metabolism and an addiction to cashew nuts, Robert sees exercise as nothing more than a necessary evil. Grinding out the kilometres on foot and on bike, he refuses to accept that he will not defy the odds and someday inhabit the physique of Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), in Chariots of fire.
Michael Hawker AM
Michael Hawker’s distinguished career in financial services spanned almost thirty years, and his work with not-for-profit organisations has been just as committed. He founded the Australian Business and Community Network charity and chairs the George Institute for Global Health. He is also a trustee of Giant Steps, a school for autistic children in Gladesville, New South Wales. In 2009, he was awarded an Order of Australia for services to business and to the community. In recent years, Hawker has become a dedicated collector of contemporary Australian art. Additionally, he knows a thing or two about rugby—a veteran of twenty-five international test matches, he is the current chairman of the Australian Rugby Union.
Chris McAuliffe is an art historian and curator. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and Harvard University, he has published extensively on Australian art and curated the exhibitions Eyes on the ball: art and Australian rules football (1996) and Game on! (2006). Chris was director of the Potter between 2000 and 2013 and now works for the Sellers Group on the Basil Sellers Art Prize. He has not once received a sporting award of any kind but as a member of the Harcourt Lawn Bowls Club achieved the unique feat of two perfect eight scores in a single game.
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE
Since 1999, Liz Ann Macgregor has been director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. In 2011 she received an OBE for services to contemporary art and the same year added the Australia Council Visual Arts Medal to her list of honours. Liz’s passion for bringing artists’ work into the wider public arena has led her to establish ambitious programs in Sydney and across New South Wales. It is as an ambassador and fan of the Sydney Swans that Liz’s sporting passion emerges.