Our ten finalists are announced!

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Almost eight months have passed since we launched the Off the Wall street art competition and we have been astounded by the generosity of response from all of the local, national and international artists who have shown such great faith by entering the competition.

The response we received for the competition was diverse, exciting and of an extremely high calibre, and the Council and Selection Committee is extremely appreciative of all of the works entered by the artists.  So if you're one of them, thank you!

After much deliberation, conversation, passionate debate and a rigorous selection process, the Selection Committee is pleased to announce that our ten finalists are (in no particular order):

Louise Thrush
Brain Foetus
Jean Laine

The artists represent Tasmania, Victoria, France, Italy, Holland, Canada and Hong Kong.  Of the Tasmanian artists, two are from Launceston, one is from Devonport, and several of the international artists are either residing or studying in Launceston. 

The next challenge for our finalists will be to prepare for an exhibition at the Sawtooth Gallery in March 2014, where the winner will be announced and awarded the $2,000 cash prize.

Congratulations to all of our finalists!  And our heartfelt thanks to every artist that participated - best of luck with all of your artistic endeavours!


A who's who of the Selection Committee

Curious as to who our Selection Committee is?  Then read on!


Jamin is an Australian artist, based in Hobart. Jamin’s work challenges cultural myths, exploring slippages between identity, media, politics and popular culture. Through combining elements of street and protest culture with absurdity and ambivalence, he creates often wild reflections of contemporary mediated experience.

In 2011 Jamin was a recipient of the Rosamund McCulloch Studio Residency at the Cité International des Arts in Paris, where he spent four months researching Parisian street art and contributing his own work to the city’s walls.

In 2008 Jamin was selected for ‘Contemporary Australia: Optimism’, a major triennial exhibition presenting leading contemporary Australian art at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane. His solo exhibitions include: Inertia Force Change Inertia (Criterion Gallery, 2008), First We Take Paris, then We Take the World (Devonport Regional Gallery - Solo Commission 2007) and Tasmania: Explore the Possibilties (INFLIGHT, 2007). He is also regularly involved in group and curated exhibitions and projects around Australia, workshops with school and community groups and public and private commissions.

Jamin is also a founding member of Die Laughing Collective (2004) with Paicey and Empire. The collective produce large scale works both on and off the street. Die Laughing were invited to exhibit at the MAY’s Project in Sydney in 2006, and have been involved with both the 2006 and 2009 Retrospective exhibitions with MAY’s. Die Laughing Collective were invited to both the 2005 and 2006 Melbourne Stencil Festivals as featured artists.

Jamin is represented by Despard Gallery in Hobart. He was represented by Criterion Gallery from 2004 until their closure in 2011. Jamin was a Board member of Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania (CAST), Tasmania’s peak contemporary art body, from 2008-2012. Jamin served as a board member for INFLIGHT Artist Run Initiative from 2005-2009, where he was the Chair from 2006-2008. He was also a founding partner of Red Wall Gallery in 2005.

Jamin holds an MFA from the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania (2008), where he worked as a tutor and lecturer in Visual Communication, Core Studies and Painting from 2006 - 2011. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the Tasmanian College of Fine Art (formerly TSA).


Ben Miller has been an art and music educator for over 14 years. In this time he has been involved in many group exhibitions and several solo shows.

Miller has completed a BFA, BEd and MCA and works in various mediums, most notably, paint. Oil, spray paint, water colour and mixed media works explore anything and everything from industrialization and environmentalism to socially and politically charged commentaries.

Miller also works under various pseudonyms and enjoys collaborative works and community projects.


Fernando do Campo was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1987. Fernando is a graduate of the TCotA, University of Tasmania and the SofA, Australian National University, Canberra. From 2009-2013 he was the Director of Sawtooth ARI, Launceston and taught sessionally at the SVPA, University of Tasmania.

Fernando exhibits regularly in group shows nationally, and has presented solo projects in Canberra, Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including in 2012; a studio residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, an Arts Tasmania Individual’s grant, an Australia Council for the Arts (OZCO) Artstart grant and an OZCO Jump Mentorship with Paul O’Neill (UK). In early 2013 he presented a collective project at FELTspace, Adelaide and at MoMa (MONA, Hobart) as part of the Writing Project (OZCO) and mounted a major solo exhibition titled Onomatopoeia at the Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania.

Fernando was named the 2012 Young Tasmanian of the Year for his contribution to the Arts. During 2013 he managed the Australian Pavilion during the vernissage month of the 55th Venice Biennale, and undertook a three month studio residency with BMUKK, Vienna through the Austrian Ministry of Culture. Fernando lives and works in Tasmania and is represented by Mclemoi Gallery, Sydney.


Marisa Molin's career in the arts span over 13 years in jewellery, sculpture, design and arts administration. Over the last 8 years, Marisa has continuously developed an intricate collection of sculptural jewellery in response to the Tasmanian wilderness. She has three public art sculptures in Brisbane and Tasmania and is currently represented in six gallery stores nationally.

Marisa has undertaken numerous residencies and exhibitions in Tasmania and abroad as well as co-initiating and being resident jeweller at Brisbane’s MoB Workspace. She is currently the Director of Sawtooth ARI, whilst maintaining a jewellery and sculpture practice in Launceston.


Nathan Gelston is a street artist, graphic designer and web designer who resides in Hobart.


Damien Quilliam is the Curator of Contemporary Australian Art at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston.  Prior to this position, Damien was the Director of the Arts Alive Artist Run Initiative.  He holds a BCA (Hons) and BA from the University of Tasmania and has been the recipient of the Gordon Darling Foundation Domestic Travel Award.


Leanne Hurst is the Manager of Community, Tourism and Events at Launceston City Council.  She has worked in the field of community development for 17 years and believes passionately that the greatest rewards come from helping to find and clear the pathways that will enable a community to achieve its aspirations. 

Leanne has co-presented papers on the role of the arts in community engagement at: Junction (Australian Regional Arts Conference) in Launceston (2010); and, the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Asia Pacific Conference in Newcastle (2010).  Leanne received a Bachelor of Business in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the University of Tasmania.  She has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication from the University of Southern Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New England.  She hopes to one day complete her arts degree in History and Philosophy.


Fiona Ranson is Launceston City Council's Urban Design and Heritage Planner.  Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and a Bachelor of Environmental Design - University of Tasmania.

Fiona has had a life-long and enthusiastic interest in history, the built environment and the arts.  She has spent 15 years working in urban design and built heritage in Tasmania, while also tutoring and assessing in the areas of design and history and theory at the UTAS School of Architecture & Design.
Fiona spends her days dealing with the philosophical, practical and political issues inherent in the management of cultural heritage places and envisioning the future development of the city with a focus on sustainable development models.

She currently provides professional and technical advice to the Council, working as part of multi-disciplinary teams to advise developers in regard to heritage and urban design issues, and contributing to the development of both local and state heritage policy and planning provisions.

Fiona considers herself very lucky to live and work here in Launceston in a field that she loves.


Wendy Newton is the Youth and Community Officer at Launceston City Council and has over 18 years' experience in cultural and community development within corporate, local government and arts environments. 

During her time at Council, Wendy has written the Council’s policies on Arts and Cultural Development, Public Art, and Graffiti, and has been a key presenter at several national conferences on using the arts as an engagement tool.  In her previous role as Marketing Coordinator for the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, she worked on many significant touring exhibitions with partners such as the National Gallery of Australia, Monash Science Centre, and Ten Days on the Island.

Wendy is an author and an arts reviewer with Write Response, a team of independent Tasmanian writers, with feature articles that have appeared in major national magazines and newspapers.  She is a Full Member of the Australian Society of Authors, the Senior Vice-Chair of the Junction Arts Festival, and is a member of several Arts Tasmania Committees including the Tasmanian Literary Prizes and Assistance to Organisations Panel.

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