Meet our judges

We were very lucky to have a three-judge panel to choose the winning artworks. Our judges did an incredible job, sorting through over 80 submissions and working together to select the final 15 pieces. Thirteen of those pieces will be used in the 2021 calendar, while 2 will be used in our annual Christmas cards. This has become a Wintringham tradition that many of our clients, staff and supporters look forward to receiving every year.

To help you all get to know our judges a bit better, we asked them to tell us a bit about themselves and what they liked about the Art Space and judging this year's pieces.

Lyndy and Lucinda White

Lyndy White is a philanthropist and one of the founders of the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation. Lyndy has always had a strong interest in the arts and worked at the Victorian Artist’s Society earlier in her career. The family’s youngest daughter, Lucinda, is the Foundation’s Administrator and a Director, Lucinda also has a passion for the creative sector, working as a Graphic Designer for 10 years prior to joining the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation. The Peter and Lyndy White Foundation was founded by Peter White OAM and Lyndy White to assist the lives of people disadvantaged through personal, social or cultural circumstances. The Foundation has distributed over $57 million in grants for charitable purposes in Victoria since its inception in 2005.

"We think the Art Space is a wonderful opportunity for residents to express their emotions and learn new skills, especially during this difficult time – we think the artists should be extremely proud of the standard and diversity of works they have produced. Art provides an outlet for expression, learning and satisfaction, and it is wonderful that Wintringham encourages this," says Lucinda.

"It was really lovely to hear the stories behind the artworks, and the joy and pride that the artists feel in creating their artworks plus the relief that it provided them whilst we were all experiencing the COVID lockdown."

Dot Lipmann AM

Dot Lipmann AM is an artist and long-time volunteer at Wintringham. Dot has tirelessly volunteered at Wintringham's McLean Lodge every weekend for thirty years. She is known for being able to rapidly connect with people who have experienced homelessness and having a talent for overcoming barriers to help them. Her efforts earned her an Australian Day honour with an Order of Australia (AM).

 

Dot trained in Fine Arts Painting at RMIT between 1967–70. She has had 16 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions

Dot and her husband, Wintringham CEO/Founder Bryan Lipmann AM have funded the Wintringham Art Show since the inaugural show in 2014. The show came about after Dot encouraged Wintringham's artists to show at Collingwood Gallery, where she has shown since 2008.

"The art show has generated a lot of excitement every year for anyone who wants to have a go. It also gives the many artists who live at Wintringham a chance to exhibit their work in a gallery. All submitted pieces are shown, which I think is a democratic attitude not found in commercial galleries. As a result some amazing pieces have been created. I've been a volunteer curator in the art show since 2014, and love watching the communal joy the show generates."

Michael Deschepper

Michael is Wintringham’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, having joined the organisation as Chief Financial Officer in 2008. A chartered accountant and qualified estate agent, prior to joining Wintringham he accumulated 20 years financial and commercial experience in the corporate sector, including a seven year period working in senior finance roles in the United Kingdom and European Union.

 

Working at Wintringham has confirmed for Michael a deep appreciation that the most vulnerable in our community have a right to access to housing and support, tailored to the need of each individual.  He passionately works to achieve this outcome through his leadership roles at Wintringham and as Director and board member of Council to Homeless Persons and Community Housing Industry Association Victoria.

"The art show is a great initiative as it allows our clients to express and proudly present their artistic talent; skills that due to circumstance and life’s journey, have often had little opportunity to be displayed prior to engaging with Wintringham."

"Being part of the judging process for 2020 was great fun and I was especially grateful that my fellow judges brought an artistic lens to the conversation.  I commend the artists for the high quality of their work, it made our task of selecting the chosen few very challenging.  It was also a great reminder that art can be interpreted and appreciated in many ways so I also encourage all visitors to vote for the People’s Choice Award during the voting period of 3–9 August."

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