Judgment Calls

See the personalities, opinions and interactions that made the Judgment Calls Forum in these edited excerpts from proceedings of the Judgment Calls Forum. Including some unpublished comments, these five videos illuminate the ideas that arose on the day and that feature in Issue 24.

Panelists include: Glenn Barkley, Deborah Kelly, Stephen Little, Terence Maloon, John McDonald, Idris Murphy, Jolanta Nowak, Raquel Ormella, John Peart and Ruth Waller. Co-conveners: Joe Frost and Richard Morecroft.


Art in Australia

John McDonald on Art Criticism

Glenn Barkley on Curating


Video production by Wallaby Way Creative.


  1. Posted August 17, 2013 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    I’m really pleased to be hearing this dialogue, it’s well overdue and I hope it prompts further discussion. Great to see some honesty regarding where Australia is experiencing some problems about its engagement with Art. I particularly enjoyed the comparison with Japan’s exhibition audience. I have been a practising artist for about 30 years and I think this is the first time I’ve heard this kind of scrutiny. There is a great deal of frustration felt by artists out here based on conversations I’ve had with other long-term practising artists. We are witnessing the gradual erosion of the Arts and these kinds of forums bringing the various elements of the Visual Arts together is crucial if we are going to have the industry survive. Thanks to Artist Profile for promoting this event, we need many more of these discussions on a more widespread scale if anything is to change..

  2. Posted August 21, 2013 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Great to have this discussion (any discussion actually) about the practice of art, about the taboo subject of judgment, value and taste and its relationship to art institutions. Artists just work on through, but its good to feel part of a cultural context after all. I liked Idris Murphy taking issue with ‘interesting’ and pointing up the danger of nihilism. Also Ruth Waller talking about judgments below the level of language, and a whole body response to making. The revelations about the way art institutions’ judgments are made, may not surprise many of us but the honesty of the disclosure surprised and delighted me. Thanks to Joe Frost for his editing and summing up. Thank you Artist Profile for a really good issue.

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