Thank you to Judges Jan and Carl Altmann along with Kim Cottrell for contributing their expertise

to the 2021 Dardanup Art Spectacular.

Jan Altmann

Jan Altmann has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Murdoch University. She is now semi-retired, but spent many years teaching English, Literature, Art History, Visual Literacy, Cultural Theory and Women’s Studies.

She has written many Art Reviews and catalogue essays. In 2011she published a book of poetry critiquing the language and archetypes in attitudes to women entitled Wisdom and Wildness: Two Creations of Eve.

In 1999 she edited the catalogue for a major exhibition of Women’s Art entitled Rebirth, which was held to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage in Western Australia. 

She presented a paper at a seminar to mark the same occasion. She co-authored a book on Western Australian women’s art of the colonial era entitled Out of the Sitting Room: Western Australian Women’s Art 1829-1914.

In 1996 she presented a paper entitled Space and the Discourse of Gender in Women’s Art at the Australian Women’s Studies Association Conference. She is a committee member of the Society of Women Writers of WA.

Carl Altmann

Carl has a master’s degree in Art Education and Art History. For over twenty years he was a full- time lecturer of tertiary Art. Before that he was an advisory Art teacher for the Education Department specialising in the program for gifted children. He lectures in Art History for MALA (Mature Adults Learning Association) and for the Friends of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (UWA).

He has become recognized as a judge for city and regional Art Exhibitions from Morawa in the north to Kalgoorlie in the east and down south. He has been a judge for the Black Swan Art Prize  ($50,000) and the Collie Art Prize ($50,000).

Carl has frequently exhibited my own artworks which are in collections locally, nationally and internationally.

Apart from being guest speaker at exhibitions and conducting workshops, he gives tours of Art exhibitions and collections; he is a member of the committee for the Friends of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia. He was a co-founder for the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture He encourages people to become involved in the Arts at any level. It is important to realise the simple task of viewing Art is therapy …. Good for the soul and the mind.

Kim Cottrell AAIPP

My journey as a photographer began in the late 1970’s when I inherited my father’s Nikon S2 rangefinder camera. Being asked to photograph a friend’s wedding was the start of photography as a career.

Until then I was just an interested, self taught amateur. Soon I was working as a stringer for a Perth wedding studio and the first part of my education began.

But my appetite for learning led me to Mount Lawley TAFE where I completed a Diploma of Applied Science in Photography, majoring in Illustrative photography with a Scientific photography minor, graduating in 1994. I joined the Australian Institute of Professional Photography – AIPP – in 1991, gained my Associateship in 1997 and was active on the AIPP State Council for a number of years.

I have gained eight silver (four with distinction) at the annual Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA’s).I am now a Retired Member of AIPP Since graduating from TAFE, I worked as a freelance photographer until about 2010.

My photographic work has involved: wedding and portrait photography, documentary reportage of festivals, events, conventions and seminars, corporate portraiture, figure studies and modelling folios, interiors and exteriors of houses, shops and buildings for auction catalogues, advertising and awards nominations, and aerial photography.

Generally I have concentrated on the “people pictures” area of photography, fine art photography, especially black and white nudes, is one of my passions.

My images have been published in the following books:
AIPP Professional Photography Awards 1994 (1995)
AIPP 21st Professional Photography Awards (1998)
Western Australia: A Spirit of Challenge (2002)
Bicycling Australia Where to Ride Perth (2008)
Australian Photography (2009)