The BAM Art Prize is designed to promote awareness of the arts in the Northern Rivers by presenting a national art prize within the region.

The winner will be featured on the cover of BAM.


Open to all artists nationwide, this new, non-acquisitive prize is for works of art in any medium.

The inaugural prize will be presented on November 9, 2018. A finalists exhibition will be held at Byron Bay's Thomgallery in November.

Byron Bay’s leading art gallery, Thomgallery features contemporary art and sculptures from renowned local and international artists and sculptors.

First Prize and Highly Commended Award winners will be featured in the summer 2018 issue of BAM. All Finalists will be featured digitally.


To enter the prize, click here:


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 Susi Muddiman OAM.

Susi Muddiman OAM.

 Sharne Wolff.

Sharne Wolff.

 Simha Koether.

Simha Koether.


Susi Muddiman OAM.

Susi Muddiman is Director of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, northern New South Wales. She has 20 years’ experience as a Director of three of the state’s leading regional galleries.
Susi completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland and a Diploma in Australian Studies, specialising in Australian Art. She was elected as President of the Regional Galleries Association of NSW for several years as well as the national Committee of the Print Council of Australia Inc.

She has contributed to many committees, judging panels and advisory roles, and curated numerous exhibitions, many of which have enjoyed national tours, including Surface Tension: the art of Euan Macleod 1999-2009, The Glass: Michael Zavros, and Private Assembly: a contemporary collection from Hong Kong. Susi was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List 2015. The citation for the honour was 'for service to the museums and galleries of New South Wales'.


Sharne Wolff.

Sharne Wolff is a freelance arts writer from Lennox Head. Sharne's writing has been published in numerous places including Art Monthly, Art Guide, The Guardian, The Australian Financial Review, Imprint and Byron Arts Magazine. She also writes regular art columns for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Art Life blog. She recently co-curated From Here to There: Australian art and walking at Lismore Regional Gallery. She is the Associate Editor of BAM.


Simha Koether.

Simha Koether is a ceramic artist, independent curator and founder of Vivid Tours International - specialising in cultural travel and practice-led art retreats.

Simha obtained qualifications in Restoration and Conservation of Paintings, from the Palazzo Spinelli Institute of Art and Restoration in Florence, Italy, Jewellery Design and Production Methods from the Art Institute of Florence and has a Bachelor of Creative Industries from Charles Darwin University.  

Simha has worked in the cultural industries sector as a Visual Arts Manager developing Visions of Australia national touring exhibitions, curating, and developed the Artback NT Artist-in-Resident program.

During her management of The Hermannsburg Potters she oversaw the pottery enterprise and provided masterclasses. Artworks under Simha’s tutorship have been exhibited at contemporary art galleries nationally and subsequently acquired by public institutions including the Queensland Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia.

In 2015 she was engaged as a mentor at Hermannsburg, facilitating ceramic workshops for a commission of 20 largescale ceramic works by the National Gallery of Victoria for the exhibition Our Land is Alive.

Simha has served on several boards and external panels including Artist Run Initiatives, represented the NT as a member of the (NETS) National Exhibition Touring Support Agency, a panelist at the Regional Arts Australia Conference, and is a current Peer Assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts.  

She is a practicing artist working from her studio in Byron Bay. Vivid Tours International is the co-presenter of the inaugural BAM Art Prize.