2023 Judges



Inga Hanover Bio

Arts Rutherglen is delighted to welcome Inga Hanover, Arts Educator & Exhibition Officer at Wangaratta Art Gallery, as the Visual Art judge for the 2023 Tastes of Art Prize.

 “One of the many highlights of working in arts education as a gallery exhibition officer is meeting new artists, seeing diverse new works and the subsequent research into their practice so that I can meaningfully engage with the audience. I particularly look forward to the observations, interpretations and exchange of ideas that happens with each primary school group that comes through the gallery” .

There has been a constant thread of ‘home’ in Inga’s own artworks, both in her illustration and installation over the last decade with themes that reminisce on childhood, yearn for the things of the past and a ‘longing for home’. Over the last 13 years, she has continued a daily drawing practice. 

The skills and knowledge acquired when undertaking her Master’s at Monash University informed and enriched her  teaching practice, broadened her visual language and art critiquing skills.

Inga has had seven Solo Exhibitions and exhibited her works throughout North-East Victoria, regionally and overseas.


Kurt Hickling Bio

I have been a photographer since 1997 and began working for
the Herald-Sun for 2 years as a freelance photographer. 

In 1999 I became a professional storm chaser and correspondent for the Bureau of Meteorology collecting data and photographing lightning (Using Film) where my images were printed and displayed regularly and Montsalvat in Eltham, Melbourne which is an artists’ colony and historic buildings. 

Then in 2001 I moved to Chiltern with my family and pursued my photography in many aspects such as Portrait, Visual arts and commercial

Over the years I have run a number of courses and workshops covering storm photography, Astro photography, and the bioluminescent fungi at
the Mt Pilot National Park.

We have been running our photography business for a number of years now primarily wedding photography as well as commercial work which has proven successful. 

In March 2022 I began working with the Wangaratta Chronicle as the senior photographer along with Hickling Photography. 

November 2022 I was awarded the highest honor in Photography in Victoria at the Victorian Country Press Awards for best image overall. 

Kurt Hickling - Photography Judge 2023