JANE Watters announced as Judge


Arts in the Valley is delighted to welcome highly noted art curator and judge, Jane

Watters, as one of the Judges for the $20,000 art prizes of Visual Arts in the Valley

2022. Jane Watters is the Director, Galleries of the National Trust of Australia (NSW)

and the SH Ervin Gallery, Gadigal land (Sydney), roles she has held since 2001.


The SH Ervin Gallery is one of the nation’s leading public art institutions, presenting the

work of Australian artists, past and present in engaging exhibitions. She is generally

credited with developing the excellent name of the galleries for presenting important

exhibitions and programs that span historical and contemporary Australian art and

recognise the contributions of Australian women and First Nations artists. She has

curated many important exhibitions, managed major touring exhibitions and has judged

many art prizes including the Portia Geach Memorial Award, NSW Parliament Plein Air

Painting Prize, Calleen Art Prize and Gallipoli Art Prize.  Her formal education was in

visual arts, art administration and education, including being an alumnus of the Museum

Leadership Program and recipient of two Gordon Darling Travel Grants. She has

worked in the commercial gallery sector and served on the board of Regional & Public

Galleries Association of NSW. She is an advocate of contemporary, modern and

historical Australian artists and cultural heritage and supports the Uluru Statement.


We are very pleased and honoured to welcome Jane Watters as a 2022 Judge.