Curator & Judge

Mark Bagally

Mark Bagally

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Appointed Judge — Mark Bagally

The appointed judge for the 2024 Eltham Art Show is current President of the Victorian Artists Society (VAS), Mark Bagally.

Mark is an experienced full-time artist from the Surf Coast of Victoria and for the past two years has been the head exhibitions curator for the VAS. He is currently the National Vice President of the Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).

Mark has sound practical knowledge of 3D art by virtue of his curating experience at the VAS.

Assistant Judge — Gay Cuthbert

Gay completed an Art History degree with honours at LaTrobe University followed by a graduate diploma in Arts Management and a Master of Art History at the University of Melbourne. Her area of study focused on Modernism in Melbourne in the 1930’s and ‘40’s and how it emerged from European avant garde art movements.

After working as a consultant art historian she was employed at Melbourne University as a sessional tutor and guest lecturer. She has recently published a biography on Moya Dyring, a Melbourne artist and the subject of her Master’s thesis “Paintings from Paris”.

Gay has been a guide at the Heide Gallery for twenty-five years and spent several years working with Eltham College overseeing the ceramics, woodwork and glass works for their Art Shows.

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Paul Cacioli 
Ph.D. Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Appointed Curator — Paul Cacioli

Paul did his post- doctorate at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, working on anti-anaphylactic drugs. He was a research fellow at La Trobe University working on anti-cancer drugs and then moved to CSIRO where he joined the applied polymer group.

After CSIRO, Paul spent 10 years in Malaysia with Ansell, one year in Sri Lanka and three years in America. On his return home, he worked in global medical marketing and R&D for prominent and start-up businesses.

Paul started blacksmithing as a hobby over 18 years ago and has worked with other media, such as papier mâché, clay and glass, but found that creating art out of steel using a hammer and anvil challenging and exciting.

He began his journey in blacksmithing by taking a beginner’s course with Oskar Huecherig at Mont Delancey and after the course he returned each Sunday to learn more. Paul is now skilled in both traditional and modern methods of blacksmithing but still thinks he has a lot to learn.

Paul belongs to the Wandin Blacksmiths at Mont Delancey Homestead and curates the annual exhibition “Art on the Hill” there in September each year. Over the past 10 years he has also been teaching basic blacksmithing.

Paul is a member of the Association of Sculptors of Victoria (ASV) and of the Victorian Artists Society and the Contemporary Artists Society.

Paul has been the ASV’s coordinator for the sculpture exhibition at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show for over 6 years.

Paul has been awarded several prizes for his work.