2020 Judge Announced


‘the churchie’ and the IMA are excited to announce the appointment of Mikala Tai, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney as the judge of the 2020 prize.

Mikala Tai will join a long legacy of arts leaders who have judged the churchie emerging art prize, giving emerging artists crucial exposure to important figures in Australian contemporary art.

As a curator, researcher, and academic specialising in contemporary Asian art, Tai has collaborated with local, national, and international organisations to strengthen ties between Australia and Asia.

Tai has received critical acclaim for her organisation of the performance program at Art Central Hong Kong. She has undertaken a number of independent curatorial projects including Trompe-l'œil, Sullivan + Strumpf Singapore;  Abdullah M.I. Syed: Diving Economy—Structures, Aicon Gallery, New York; Closing the Gap: Contemporary Indonesian Art, Melbourne International Fine Art; and Yang Yongliang: On the Quiet Water, Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne.

Tai has taught at universities across Melbourne and her writing can be found in several exhibition catalogues and periodicals such as Broadsheet Journal, Art Monthly Australasia, Photofile, Vault, and Ocula.

Entries for ‘the churchie’ 2020 have now closed and the finalists will be announced shortly. The selected finalists’ will have their work exhibited at the Institute of Modern Art 22 May–11 July, 2020.

Thanks to generous supporters, ‘the churchie’ offers a prize pool of $25,000 with the overall winner receiving a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize donated by long-standing sponsor, BSPN Architecture. A $5,000 Special Commendation prize sponsored by Fardoulys Constructions and two Commendation prizes of $1,000 sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services will be announced at the official opening celebrations Friday 22 May, from 6pm. A People’s Choice Award of $3,000 sponsored by Madison Cleaning Services will also be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibition.