Basil Sellers AM
Eminent businessman and 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 is passionate about his beloved Sydney Swans. 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 sports 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.
Chris McAuliffe is Professor of Art (Practice-led research) at the School of Art, Australian National University. He also works for the Sellers Group on the Basil Sellers Art Prize. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and Harvard University, Chris has published extensively on Australian art and curated the exhibitions Eyes on the ball: art and Australian rules football (1996) and Game on! (2006). 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.
Maurice O’Riordan is a freelance arts writer and curator and was editor of Art Monthly Australia between 2008 and 2014. He is currently director of the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin. O’Riordan’s father, the late Maurice O’Riordan, was a professional hurler during the 1940s and 50s, and represented Cork in four All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships. While Maurice Junior’s sporting achievements have not been so illustrious, he did represent New South Wales in cross-country running as a lad.
Christine Clark is Manager of Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, where she is surrounded by portraits of Australian sporting greats past and present. Christine has curated many exhibitions in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, including Flash: Australian athletes in focus, as part of the cultural celebrations surrounding the 2006 Commonwealth Games, at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra and Silvershot Gallery, Melbourne.
Chris Langford played more than 300 games for the Hawthorn Football Club between the years 1983 and 1997, and has been a member of the AFL Commission since 1999. Chris has worked extensively in the property industry, most recently as co-founder of Newmark Capital. One of Chris’s formative experiences was attending a VFL Grand Final at the age of seven. The noise and passion emanating from the asbestos-roofed Southern Stand was unlike anything normally displayed by the citizens of the southern capital, and made an indelible impression on the young boy.