2017 Judges

Angus Trumble was born and raised in Melbourne. He studied Fine Arts and History at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1986. In summer of 1987, he was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. He studied for a year at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, graduating MA (University of Melbourne) in 1993. From 1987 to 1991 he served as aide to Dr J. Davis McCaughey, AC, Governor of Victoria. In 1994 Angus won a Fulbright Scholarship for further study at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

In January 1996 Angus was appointed Associate Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide, and was promoted Curator in 1998. He curated and wrote the catalogue of a number of exhibitions, including Bohemian London: Camden Town and Bloomsbury Paintings in Adelaide and Love & Death: Art in the Age of Queen Victoria, which toured to Sydney, Brisbane, and Auckland, New Zealand, in 2002.

Angus was appointed Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art in May 2003, and served in that capacity until January 2014 (and from 2008 as Senior Curator). He is the author of A Brief History of the Smile (2003), and The Finger: A Handbook (2010). His latest book (co-edited with Professor Andrea Wolk Rager of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio), Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century, was shortlisted for the 2013 Spears Book Awards in London. He is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Burlington Magazine, the Paris Review, Esopus Magazine, and the Australian Book Review.

Angus took up his appointment as Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia in February 2014.


Betty Nolan is the owner and founder of the Nolan Art Gallery & School. She has qualifications in Art and Education from the University of Newcastle as well as the University of Tasmania. She is committed to connecting those interested in the visual arts with expert art tuition as well as providing a supportive venue for artists to show their work.

She is predominantly a painter and works in oils and watercolours.


Caleb Clifford was the Major Prize Winner of the 2016 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portrait Prize with his entry; a photograph of his brother.

Caleb Clifford finished college in Launceston in 2016 and has received a number of accolades for his photography and painting including being a Finalist in the Birchalls Student Contemporary Art Prize in 2015.

His commitment to his practice is demonstrated in time spent working as a gallery assistant at Gallery Pejean and participating in summer schools at the National Gallery of Australian Art and Tasmanian Academy of the Arts University College Program in 2016.