Meet the Jury


Julia Morison

Julia Morison’s diverse practice spans a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture and installation. In each of these modes of expression, Morison investigates the possibilities of dense logic systems to create geometric structures, worlds full of symbols bursting with organic life, or both at the same time. Julia Morison was also appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours. She is alumni of Wellington Polytechnic School of Design and Canterbury School of Fine Arts. She was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in 1988 and the prestigious Moët & Chandon residency in France in 1990. A major survey exhibition in 2006-07, ‘A loop around a loop’ followed her announcement as a New Zealand Art Laureate in 2005. She has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and internationally, and her work is held in many New Zealand public gallery collections including the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.


Michel Tuffery

Michel Tuffery is a New Zealand-based artist of Samoan, Rarotongan and Ma’ohi Tahitian heritage. Within his art practice he plays the role of working “in between” people and places, and focusing a fresh lens on environmental, community, cultural and art historical divides. Tuffery is a passionate educator who openly shares his kauapapa and knowledge to empower our youth through residencies and workshops for school-aged children in New Zealand and abroad. He exhibits worldwide and has undertaken research and community residencies throughout the USA, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Asia, India, Australia, as well as Aotearoa and the Pacific. In 2008 Michel was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to art—his ongoing rewards come from enriching communities through his art.


R.M. Naeem

R.M. Naeem is one of the finest visual artist and painter from Pakistan. Upon completing his BFA in 1993 as a distinction student at the National College of Arts Lahore, subsequently held the position of assistant professor at his alma mater. In the past nineteen years, he has held eleven solo shows both in Pakistan and abroad and curated various international shows. In addition, his work has been exhibited in numerous group shows nationally and internationally, including The Asian Art Biennale Dhaka Bangladesh, The International Artists’ Biennale Iran, The Pyeongtack International Art Festival Lake Museum Korea, Art Expo Malaysia 2010, Slick Art Fair Paris 2010 France and in 2011 AAF Affordable Art Fair Singapore, 2012 Art Melbourne, Australia. His work has also been showcased in India, Oman, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, USA, China, UK, Norway, Srilanka, and Canada.

R.M. Naeem is a founding mentor of ArtBeat in Pakistan with The Little Art. He also runs Studio RM to support young and emerging artists, and currently lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.


Joanne Webber

Born in New Zealand, Joanne works from her studio in Christchurch. She completed a BA (Hons) in 2009, studying Philosophy of Art, Art History and History. Her paintings are informed by a variety of subjects, including history, advertising and a massive concern for the natural environment. With an interest in fine detail, work is defined by the use of bold design which dances on the canvas and draws the eye around the scene. Joanne often uses irony to comment on events which produces quirky and thought provoking works.

“As an artist I feel honoured and fortunate enough to be able to express my identity and culture through my art. Using the form of hei-tiki I can express and acknowledge my mixed heritage – Māori (Ngāpuhi) and NZ European. I combine the shape of the hei-tiki with taonga and objects remembered from my childhood in a way that displays my representation of what it means to be a New Zealander with Māori and Pākehā whakapapa. I have a strong commitment to the conservation of the natural world, in particular all waterways including the ocean, and this is often present in my work.”


Kathy Ready

Originating from Whangarei, Kathy completed her B.A. (Fine Arts) with Honours in Perth, Australia.  Driven by a love of colour and the open interpretation that abstraction brings, Kathy’s paintings are an emotive response to the world around her.  She likes to create accessible and visually appealing works of art, that make a meaningful connection with the viewer.  Now based in Auckland, Kathy has been exhibiting both nationally and internationally since 1996, has been a finalist in the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award twice, and was commissioned to do two paintings for the foyer of the Hilton, in Queenstown.


Khalid Albaih

Khalid Albaih is a creative cultural producer who plans, designs, organises and manages artistic projects that have a cultural impact on the public that will interact with them. He has also been a political cartoonist since 2011and was named one of the top 5 cartoonists in the world in 2018 by The Independent. He publishes his cartoons on social media under “Khartoon!,” a wordplay on cartoon and Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.

He has published widely in international publications including The New York Time, The Atlantic, PRI, and NPR, BBC, in addition, Albaih has published his written social and political commentary in publications such as The Guardian, CNN and Al Jazeera. Khalid has been hosted in various TV shows and news programs around the world as a trusted commentator on political events around the world.