I’ve been shortlisted for the 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award. My story Red Belly will be published in the award anthology later in the year.
If you want to know something funny, a few days before I found out I was a finalist, I filed a magazine story on art prizes and the role they play in the art world. The basic point was not to take them too seriously, but I’m still going to take Michael Zavros’ advice to NAVA members to heart:
Peer assessment is really valuable in my opinion. Prizes where the work is considered by a curator or guest judge for pre-selection before the final means that a) someone has actually seen it and b) thought it worthy or interesting.
So my sincerest thanks to the Hunter Writers Centre and judge Ryan O’Neill.
When I was editing Art Collector magazine, the January issue always meant crazy times. So many stories and pic requests and photo shoots and balls in the air.
This year, as a freelancer, I have to say I loved working on the special summer issue and it was an absolute pleasure to contribute pieces on Kushana Bush, Monica Rohan, Yhonnie Scarce, Deb Mansfield and Noel McKenna.
And, of course, I love the Patricia Piccinini cover! I can’t wait to get Brisbane to see Curious Affection.
I’m now freelancing again, after taking a year off for some maternity leave.
It’s good to be back, but it might take a little while to knock off the rust.
I’ve been a regular contributor to the Australian Financial Review’s weekly Saleroom page since May last year, but I’ll be taking a bit of a break as I get ready for another baby. Hopefully I’ll be back down the track.
I recently finished up with Art Collector to focus on freelance art writing. Life has been busy. I had a news piece published in the Australian Financial Review and in August I travelled to Melbourne to report on the Melbourne Art Fair and Spring 1883 for Artnet.
While I was at the Melbourne Art Fair I also had the chance to interview artists Karl Wiebke and Richard Lewer for Art Collector’s YouTube channel.
I’m now working on a number of pieces for Australian and international publications that will be out soon.
I’m back at Art Collector this week, editing the upcoming April – June 2014 issue.
I’ve also been appointed editor of a new art & interior design magazine called Art Edit and am currently working on issue 2, due out in April.
I’m taking a maternity leave break from my post at Australian Art Collector, returning January 2014.
I’ll continue to be around on Twitter at @sightlined and on this blog, so keep in touch!