Mandorla Selection Panel and Judges 2022

Selection Panel

Photo Bohdan Warchomij.


Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA, is Honorary Professor in the School of Arts & Humanities at Edith Cowan University. Over the past three decades he has contributed to the national arts agenda as Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Artbank, the Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee, University Art Museums Australia and as a board member of the National Association for the Visual Arts. He is currently on the boards of ANAT and the Fremantle Biennale. Ted is a commentator on the arts for ABC radio and television, Perth art reviewer for The Australian and is a regular contributor to local and national journals. He has published books and has curated numerous exhibitions, many of which document the visual culture of Western Australia.


Susanna is an artist and Associate Professor at Curtin University, Western Australia where she is currently acting Dean of Research in the Faculty of Humanities. She completed a PhD at RMIT University in 2014 and continues to explore ideas of mobility, mapping, distance and proximity in her creative practice. Susanna has received several awards including the Linden Prize; runner up in the Fremantle Print Award; the Burnie Print Prize and the Bankwest Art Prize. Susanna’s work is included in major collections including the National Gallery Australia; Art Gallery of WA; Murdoch Art Collection; Artbank Australia; BankWest Collection; City of Fremantle Art Collection; Cruthers Collection; Edith Cowan University Art Collection; Kerry Stokes Collection; City of Joondalup Collection; Burnie Regional Gallery Tasmania; Wesfarmers Collection; The Royal Perth Hospital Art Collection; The University of Western Australia Art Collection and the Janet Holmes á Court Collection. Susanna is a member of the Print Council of Australia, and is a Director on the Board of Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).


Glenn Morrison is associate professor at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia, lecturing in systematic and pastoral theology.  He is the author of A Theology of Alterity: Levinas, von Balthasar and Trinitarian Praxis, Duquesne University Press, 2013, and published in journals such as The Heythrop Journal, Irish Theological Quarterly, the Journal of Ecumenical Studies and the Australian eJournal of Theology. His research interests include Continental Thought, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, Pastoral Theology and Spirituality. 


Photo Saul Steed. 


Chris Malcolm has been curating and designing contemporary art exhibitions for over 25 years. He worked as a professional artist 1982 – 1991 and started working with Curtin University’s Art Collection in 1989. He was closely involved in the design and development of the John Curtin Gallery which opened in 1998 as Australia’s largest University Art Museum. He has curated exhibitions interrogating many issues, collaborating with leading researchers across a broad range of disciplines from nanotechnology to radio astronomy and was a Founding Curator of BEAP the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2002–2007 and has curated over 15 major international exhibitions for the Perth International Arts Festival.


Erin Coates is an artist and creative producer living in Boorloo/Perth. She has worked as a freelance curator to stage exhibitions in unconventional and found sites and also held the role of Special Projects Curator for Fremantle Arts Centre for over a decade, where she worked on a number of key Western Australian exhibitions and national touring projects. Erin has been a creative producer for screen-based artworks and short films and was recently awarded a WA Screen Culture Award for Innovation in Moving Image and Installation Art. In her art practice, Erin works across drawing, video and sculpture and her work is held in major collections, including at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Wesfarmers Collection, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, Janet Holmes à Court Collection and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. A solo survey exhibition of her video and film work was recently held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and she is a participant in rīvus: 23rd Biennale of Sydney. Erin holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, Canada.


Ros Fairless is an Anglican priest living on Whadjuk Noongar country near Walyalup/Fremantle.

Ros sensed a call to ministry while working as an Intensive Care nurse, and in 2011 was accepted as a candidate for Formation in the Anglican Diocese of Perth. She completed a Bachelor of Theology at Murdoch University, Perth, winning both the Brickhill Prize (2012), and St Ephraim of Syria Prize (2014), and was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2015.

While working as a parish priest and chaplain in hospitals and aged care, Ros discovered the joy of theological reflection and self-discovery through art, and also began a personal journey of learning about Australia’s First Nations peoples. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies at Murdoch University in 2021, and recently became the Convenor for the Aboriginal Ministry Working Group, an advocacy group within the Anglican Social Responsibilities Commission, Perth.

Ros combines theological reflection and trauma-informed principles from Creative Arts Therapies to facilitate the creation of art, liturgy, and ritual. She is adept at accompanying others in ‘going beyond language’ and tapping into the remarkable human capacity for post-traumatic healing, growth, and meaningful connection-making.