Mandorla 2018 Judges Announced

20 December, 2017

The Judges for the 2018 Mandorla Art Award have been announced.  The judging panel determines the prize winners from the shortlisted artworks to be displayed at the Finalists Exhibition in June 2018 at Turner Galleries.  Consisting of two arts professionals and one theologian the panel is looking for artistic excellence and demonstrated responses to the 2018 theme.


“And then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rev 21:1-2).


Dr Stefano Carboni, Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia

Jarrod McKenna, Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church and co-founder of #LoveMakesAWay

Anne Ryan, Curator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


The committee is excited to have such an amazing mix of experts forming the judging panel for 2018 including a high profile social justice activist, Curator of the AGNSW’s Archibald, Wynn and Sulman Prizes; and internationally renowned Art Gallery Director.  They will choose the prize winners from the shortlisted artworks at the Finalists exhibition in June 2018.


Dr Stefano Carboni

In 2008, Stefano Carboni was appointed Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. He has been instrumental in the implementation and delivery of several major projects.

He was previously employed at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, where he was responsible for a large number of exhibitions, including the acclaimed Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 (2006-2007). His publications include Glass of the Sultans (2001); the prestigious Barr Award winner The Legacy of Genghis Khan; Courtly Arts and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 (2002); and Venice and the Islamic World. Another major publication is the catalogue of the Islamic glass collection in the National Museum of Kuwait.


Jarrod McKenna

Jarrod McKenna is the Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church, World Vision Middle East and Eastern Europe’s consultant on nonviolent social change, the co-founder of the #LoveMakesAWay movement, the largest faith based civil disobedience movement in Australia’s history, and is the co-founder of First Home Project, where he lives with recently arrived refugees. As well as Jarrod’s theological studies, he initially studied Fine Arts at Curtin University and exhibited with David Bowie in MOMA in 2000. Jarrod occasionally mentions this because it makes it sounds incredibly cool. Did I mention Bowie?



Anne Ryan

Anne Ryan is Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings & Watercolours at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where she has organised a number of exhibitions and publications on Australian art on artists including Fred Williams, David Aspden and Lloyd Rees, and Australian printmaking. She studied at the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales, and was the Sarah and William Holmes Scholar in the Departments of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum in 2001-02. She was the curator of the 2014 and 2016 Dobell Australian drawing biennial exhibitions Drawing out and Close to home and curator of the annual Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes in 2015 and 2017.



About the Mandorla Art Award

The Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art is Australia’s most significant thematic religious art prize, attracting some of the country’s finest artists since its 1985 inception. For more information, visit

Entries for the 2018 award are currently open and will close on 12 March.  The Selection Panel will choose the artworks to be shown in the finalist’s exhibition, to be held at Turner Galleries in Perth from 1 – 30 June 2018.  Artists working in a range of mediums are encouraged to enter.  Following the finalists exhibition, selected works will be chosen to tour to New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery, St Mary’s Cathedral Perth and St John of God Healthcare.


Please contact Chairperson Angela McCarthy or Curator Kristy Gough for media interviews or photos.


Angela McCarthy                                                                                        Kristy Gough

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About St John of God Health Care


St John of God Health Care is a leading not for profit Catholic health care group, employing 9,300 caregivers across 13 hospitals, pathology, home nursing and Social Outreach and Advocacy services in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific. For more information, visit