JUST A FEW OF OUR ESTEEMED JUDGES...

 
 
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gavin turk

Global

Gavin Turk is a British born, international artist. He's pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture now taken for granted, including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of rubbish in art.

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Sarah Martin

Global

Sarah Martin is Head of Exhibitions at Turner Contemporary in Margate. Over the 10 years she's been with Turner Contemporary, Sarah has worked on projects, exhibitions and commissions with renowned artists, including Daniel Buren, Alex Katz, Edmund de Waal and Laura Ford. Sarah has also worked for Camden Arts Centre and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

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Bruce McLean

UK

Bruce McLean is a leading figure in the British contemporary art scene. The Scottish artist is highly regarded and his sculptures, paintings and performance art have influenced artists locally and abroad. Bruce has held over 100 solo shows. He has also exhibited at prominent international shows like Documenta and the Venice Biennale.

What they say

What do you do?
I am a sculptor. Everything I do or make is part of my enquiry into what sculpture could be
Artwork that first blew your mind?
Spoon Woman by Alberto Giacometti, which I saw at the age of 8 in 1952
Favourite art ‘ism’?
I designed the invisible Museum of Isms

 
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touria El Glaoui

Middle East & Africa

Touria El Glaoui is Founding Director of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, which takes place in London, New York and Marrakech every year. She has been named one of Forbes’ 100 most powerful women in Africa, and by New African as one of the most influential Africans in business. She has spoken widely on contemporary African art and women in leadership around the world.

What they say

What do you love about art?
Art makes you feel it all. It’s like my pilates class, it makes me bend and stretch in all directions both physically and mentally, but once I’m done I feel anew
Artwork that first blew your mind?
Number one will always be the work of my artist father. Then the paintings and drawings that depict Moroccan life and culture by Matisse 1952
Favourite art ‘ism’?
Does feminism and womanism count? These movements have and continue to inspire some badass work by female artists

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Beatrice Hodgkin

Global

Beatrice Hodgkin is Deputy Editor of the Financial Times How To Spend It magazine. She joined How To Spend It after a 4-year stint as Culture Editor at Conde Nast's Easy Living magazine. Beatrice has also published several books, the most recent being 'Affordable Contemporary Art: a Guide to Buying and Collecting'.

What they say

What do you do?
I spend my days surrounded by images and news of temptingly luxurious things, places and adventures that I'd love to own or enjoy, but can't quite afford...
Artwork that first blew your mind?
A tie - between the provocative sexual power play in Man Ray's Anatomies, and the furious, complex, confused beauty of Sophie Calle's Take Care of Yourself
Favourite art ‘ism’?
Dada. Legit madness.

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RICHARD WILSON

Global

Richard Wilson is one of Britain’s most renowned sculptors. He has been nominated twice for the Turner Prize and has represented Britain in the Sydney, Sao Paulo, Venice and Aperto Biennial, plus the Yokohama and Aichi Triennal. Richard has exhibited widely nationally and internationally for over 40 years and has made major museum exhibitions and public works in countries as diverse as Japan, China, Hong Kong USA, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Australia and Iraq. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 2006.

 

 
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Rachael Thomas

Europe

Rachael Thomas is Senior Curator and Head of Exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin. Rachael also lectures on the role of the curator and has published her writing widely, in various publications and exhibition catalogues. She has been awarded a Millennium Fellowship to write papers on contemporary art practice for Tate Britain

What they say

What do you do?
Support, Collaborate and Organise; so that artists can exhibit and the public can be inspired and enjoy seeing art
What do you love about art?
Art is my passion. Art changes how we view the world and life. It has endless powers of possibility and wonder
Favourite art ‘-ism’?
Activism and Feminism

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Princess Alia Al-Senussi

Middle East & Africa

Princess Alia Al-Senussi is on the board of various non-profit arts committees and museum patron groups. She previously chaired the Tate Young Patrons and sits on the Council of the ICA amongst other roles. Alia is also a founding member of the Tate’s Acquisitions Committee for the Middle East and Africa. She works professionally for Art Basel as a representative for both the UK and the Middle East.

What they say

Artwork that first blew your mind?
Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project
Your surreal go-to object?
Curlicue mustache. The Walrus defined
Favourite art ‘-ism’?
Liberalism, with an intolerance to evil. Art must be politics in the current atmosphere

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Fatoş Üstek

Global

Fatoş Üstek is a London-based curator and writer. She has previously curated miart Talks 2018, Milano; Art Night 2017, East London; and fig-2, 50 projects in 50 weeks, 2015, ICA Studio, London. Üstek is chief-juror for the Celeste Prize 2017, jury for the sculpture section at the 2017 Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice. She is founding member of Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA); Art Nights Trustee, member of Block Universe Advisory Board, member of AICA UK, and ICI Alumni. She curates, lectures and publishes internationally.

What they say

What do you do?
I read, write, dream, dance, travel, and enjoy pushing boundaries, achieving beyond the probable
Artwork that first blew your mind?
Ayse Erkmen's Sculptures on Air, 1997
Your surreal go-to object?
Stones - I have a collection

 
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Emily Tobin

UK

Emily Tobin is the Arts Editor and Deputy Features Editor at House & Garden in London. She has worked at the magazine for seven years and is Editor of the annual Living with Art supplement.

What they say

What do you do?
I’m the arts editor at House & Garden so I spend my days looking at beautiful things and writing about them
Your surreal go-to object?
It’s a toss-up between Dali’s Mae West Lips sofa or his Rainy Taxi
Favourite art ‘-ism’?
I’ve always had a soft-spot for the strangeness of Mannerism but Fauvism is hard to beat

Holly Fraser

Global

Holly Fraser is Editor of Hunger magazine, a biannual style and culture publication that covers fashion, art and documentary. She studied Art at Camberwell College of Art before completing a degree in Journalism at London College of Communication. Before moving to Hunger five years ago, Holly worked for publications like Dazed, Tatler and Grazia.

What they say

What do you do?
I edit Hunger magazine and spend most of my time interviewing people or obsessively watching true crime documentaries
What do you love about art?
I love the power it has to transport you. I’ve spent hours staring at paintings in my own little world, imaging how they came to be
Artwork that first blew your mind?
Jeff Koons’s Puppy. Saw it in the early 90s when I was a child and couldn’t get my head around the scale and how beautiful I found it

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Claire Meadows

Global

Claire Meadows is Editor in Chief and Founder of After Nyne Magazine, one of the UK’s best-regarded coffee table arts publications. She is a regular commentator on BBC Radio Oxford and writes on arts/social issues for the Huffington Post. She’s also a published poet.

What they say

What do you love about art?
Its power to cross boundaries, start conversations, inspire, disgust, evoke, provoke and never stop innovating
Artwork that first blew your mind?
ohn Atkinson Grimshaw's picture of Hull Docks. We used to have a framed print of it above our mantle piece and as a child I used to love watching the light change in the picture at different times of the day. I'm from Hull, so nowadays the painting makes me feel connected to the culture that existed there long before it became the City of Culture
Favourite art ‘-ism’?
Expressionism - and not just in paintings. I love the German influence on film that came out of that era (e.g. Nosferatu). I'm happiest when surrounded by coffee, blankets, rainstorms and films made before 1960