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THE JUDGE: Maryanne Coutts


Having studied at VCA between 1979 and 1981, the City Art Institute in 1984, in 1999 she completed a PhD at the University of Ballarat. She has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and overseas. In recent years she was awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Award in 2007 and has been a finalist in awards such as the Dobell Drawing Prize, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and the Kedumba Drawing Prize. Her work is held by several Australian regional and tertiary collections


Based in a lively drawing practice, Maryanne Coutts' work is increasingly an exploration of the relationship between drawing and time. Her work explores the fleeting and layered qualities of the passage of time through works on paper and animation as well as ritualistic daily projects such as Dress Code, where each day since 2013 she has made a drawing of what she wore that day.

More recently she was joint host of the 2020 SBS series "Life Drawing Live" alongside Wendy Sharpe and Rove McManus

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