Judges

Ikebana Gallery Award provides Ikebana students with a unique opportunity to be assessed by remarkable judges. 

LESLEY J. KEHOE  

Lesley J. Kehoe BA (HONS)., MA., FRAS is recognized as one of the leading specialist Japanese Art dealers in the world. She is the most important dealer in the Southern Hemisphere and is responsible for creating a significant level of awareness of Japanese Art in Australia. Her work has contributed substantially to Australia-Japan relations and her past sponsorship of Australian netsuke carvers has seen their works acquired by the Imperial Palace in Japan. Her work with contemporary lacquer master Unryuan Kitamura Tatsuo has seen his work in the V&A London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and in Australia’s major national institutions.

Fully fluent in Japanese language and culture, Lesley has provided consultant services at senior level for major Australian and Japanese corporations and projects, and has held academic positions at major Melbourne tertiary institutions. With an unequalled reputation for scholarship in Japanese Art she is a regular lecturer and writer contributing internationally. This includes features in Australian and Asian print media, guest appearances on broadcast media in Asia and Australia, and lectures for private clubs, professional associations and national galleries in Australia, Britain and the USA.

Since 1986 Lesley Kehoe Galleries has participated by invitation in major exhibitions in Japan, Los Angeles, Sydney, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Chicago, London and New York. Lesley is an accredited Valuer for the Federal Government Arts Incentive Scheme. She has co-curated an exhibition of contemporary lacquer work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and was the Foundation Curator of the Pauline Gandel Collection of Japanese Lacquer.

Asked to comment on her significant career, she will attribute it all to serendipity; to significant mentors in Japan; to a strong work ethic inherited from her parents; to wise advice from her German host father; a commitment to excellence; to courage and resilience and belief in a dream.

As owner and director of Lesley Kehoe Galleries, her work today, based on international reputation, concentrates on providing acquisition and curatorial services to major private collectors; to finding opportunities for young artists from both cultures; to increasing the awareness of international art in Australia, and in continuing her educational role of promoting a deeper understanding of Japanese art and culture within Australia.

Reference
Lesley Kehoe Galleries   http://www.kehoe.com.au

YOSHIHO KOBAYASHI

Dr Kobayashi is a prominent Ikebana researcher in Japan and has published many academic works on Ikebana including an influential book, "Hana no seiritsu to tenkai" (Izumi Shoin, 2007). Dr Kobayashi is an Associate Professor at Outemon Gakuin University and is also a president of International Society of Ikebana Studies.  

SUSAN M. RENOUF


   











Susan Renouf is a strategic management consultant, specialising in the fashion industry, arts and arts events, and retailing. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of RMIT University, in Fashion & Textiles, and chairs the Industry Advisory Group for the school, acting as an expert advisor on industry matters. She consults to large and small companies in retailing in Australian fashion, in Events management and public relations, and is a public speaker on leadership and retail management and ethical business. 

Susan mentors CEO’s and senior executives, particularly in leadership and strategic management. She also works with teams in the Arts Sector on Brand image and development.

She currently sits on the Board of the Australian String Quartet.

Susan was Chair of the Melbourne Retail Advisory Board, (a joint initiative of the Victorian State Government and the City of Melbourne.) from 2009 to 2015.

Between 2005 and 2009 she was Deputy Executive Chair of the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, and spent 11 years consulting to the Festival re strategic growth, financial management and brand development. She has been intimately involved with its growth and success.

She was an inaugural chair of the Australian Fashion Awards, representing the Fashion Industries Association, and was for many years chair of the panel for the Melbourne Fashion Festival Designer Award, supported by Woolmark. 

Susan has a particular interest in the Arts, and is a patron of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne Recital Centre,The Australian String Quartet, and the Kimberley Foundation.


She has grown up with a love of flowers and floral art, instigated by her father who lived in Japan when she was a child, and her mother who was renowned for her flower growing, and arrangements.

KEN SMITH










1. Still-life 1, 2011.  Acrylic on panel,  60 x 70  cm.
2. Pink Plank,  2011.  Oil on canvas,   51 x 92  cm.

Studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and also has a Master of Arts (Research) from Monash University. Ken is a painter predominately of still life and landscape images that combine representational and abstract elements to evoke attitudes towards place, time, and space.  
Ken has held 10 solo exhibitions and been involved in over 60 group exhibitions. 

Ken was a Lecturer in Drawing within the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University where he also supervised Higher Degree candidates. He has works in private collections around the world and in the following public collections in Australia; Artbank, Arbitration Commission, Commonwealth Bank, Bundaberg Arts Centre, Devonport Gallery and Arts Centre, Grafton Regional Gallery, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Leeuwin Estate, McPhersons Ltd, The Hutchins School, Hobart.

Ken is represented by Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne, www.flg.com.au

HIROE SWEN










Hiroe Swen was born in Kyoto, Japan. She studied painting and batik textile dyeing before taking up ceramics at the Kyoto Crafts Institute as well as being apprenticed to Master potter Heihachiro Hayasaki from 1957 to 1962. 

Swen has been exhibiting in Australia since the year of her arrival (1968). She was the subject of a major retrospective in 2000 (Craft ACT Gallery, Canberra) and a survey of recent work was held at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery (2008). Swen lives and works in Queanbeyan, New South Wales.

Swen is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost ceramic artists. From 1981 to 1998 she was a lecturer at the ANU School of Art, and in 1998 following her retirement from full-time teaching was made a Visiting Fellow. Her work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, all state galleries and numerous regional, institutional, corporate and private collections throughout Australia.

References
Text: Canberra Museum and Gallery
Image: Craft Australia