Judges' Report 2011


Kelly Paterniti

Kelly is an actress who has a body of work from the industry, which deserves to be recognised in order to assist her with her development. The Atlantic Theatre Company will give a terrific structure for her work. Kelly is vivacious and sparky, an actress with great energy and vivacity. Kelly submitted a sound application.

Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood

Arianwen’s application was very impressive. Arianwen is clearly a very talented actress with vision and depth; she is versatile, intelligent and has already proved herself to be a creator of her own work. She is a self-starter, which offers her a pathway into the industry for her to fully realise her potential as an actress, and theatre maker or filmmaker.

Julian Curtis

Julian is a very charismatic and talented performer with focus and ambition, intelligence and depth. He has already proven himself in theatre and on screen in Australia and will benefit immensely from studying at Steppenwolf and an exposure to a wider international market.


James Drinkwater

The judges unanimously chose James Drinkwater as the recipient of the 2011 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Painting. The judges believe that James Drinkwater is a young painter who shows great potential and commitment to the language of painting. The judges noted James’ consistent and thoughtful approach and the ongoing development of his work. Above all, the judging panel was impressed with his sensitive handling of the medium.


Sarah Contos

In selecting Sarah Contos as the 2011 recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Sculpture, the judges considered two key factors: Contos’ work to date, and the artist’s proposal that convincingly asserted the necessity of her first-hand interaction with indigenous craft and object-making traditions in Africa, USA and Canada. The judges were able to see clearly the potential for significant development in the artist’s practice in terms of its conceptual, aesthetic and material forms.

We believe that Contos presented a proposal that demonstrated a logical and timely expansion of her work, and we were able to easily see, through her current work and proposal why she is perfectly poised for this opportunity.


Valda Wilson

The 2011 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Singing has been won by soprano Valda Wilson, a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and currently a member of the young artist program of the highly esteemed Semperoper in Dresden. Recently, Valda sang at the memorial service for Joan Sutherland at Westminster Abbey with the Royal Opera orchestra under their director, Antonio Pappano, at the express wish of Sutherland's husband, conductor Richard Bonynge.

Valda has a voice of great beauty and flexibility, which is complemented by excellent musicality and a striking stage presence. The judging panel were most impressed by the quality of her performance and the undoubted promise she demonstrates for further development.