Judges

ARCHITECTURE

Hazel York

Architect / Partner
Hawkins\Brown

Hazel has been instrumental in the strategic design of award-winning projects such as the New Biochemistry Building for the University of Oxford and The Jarman Building at the University of Kent. She has previously worked as an architect within the Department for Education and Skills (as it was then), researching primary and secondary school design in the UK and abroad.

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Hazel’s interest in communication through different media has led to her current role leading and coordinating Hawkins\Brown’s approach to bids and competitions.

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Will Alsop OBE RA

Stirling Prize winning Architect / Director, aLL Design
aLL Design

Prof. Will Alsop OBE RA is a prominent architect and artist who established aLL Design in 2011. He was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize for Peckham Library, London and the first RIBA World Award for The Sharp Centre for Design (OCADU), Toronto, among numerous accolades for a multitude of projects. His core values are innovation and expression with an emphasis on enjoyment, with his practice founded principally to ‘make life better’.

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Will sits on architectural advisory boards for Wandsworth and Kensington & Chelsea Councils. He is also Professor of TU Vienna and Professor of Architecture at Canterbury School of Architecture, UCA.

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Saira Hussain

In 2011, Saira started Hussain Architectural Design at 22 years old in Burnley, after working some years in practice and completing her degree at Huddersfield University. HAD is now based throughout the UK, including Burnley, Blackburn, Manchester & London.

HAD has been nominated for over 30 awards over the last 7 years, and recently won two awards in the Architecture and Engineering categories for Build magazine.

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Saira is a strong believer in sustainable design and the use of clean technology to contribute to an improved future. She was always told that the Construction industry was ‘no place for a woman’ and has recently started to carry out design classes and talks at schools/colleges to encourage young females to join the industry.

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LONGLIST

Anna Bromwich

Art Consultant
Mall Galleries

Anna joined Mall Galleries in 2015 as an art consultant and is responsible for sourcing and commissioning art for private and corporate clients.

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She curates and co-manages Mall Galleries’ online gallery, Buy Art | Buy Now, and has curated exhibitions for the gallery in-house and off-site.  She forms part of the team behind FBA Futures, Mall Galleries’ annual showcase of emerging figurative artists.

Anna has worked for a number of commercial galleries in London and Paris and has taught at the French architecture university ENSAPB. She has previously acted as a judge for Jackson’s Open Painting Prize.  

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LONGLIST

Eleni Duke

Director
Curious Duke

Eleni graduated with a degree in History and Philosophy of Art from Kent University in 2008.

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After graduation Eleni worked for countless art galleries/organisations and community arts centres throughout London before opening the Curious Duke Gallery in 2011. Since then Eleni founded the Secret Art Prize in 2014, a yearly prize to source new exciting emerging artists. In 2017 Eleni launched a framing business specializing in truly bespoke and creative framing.

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LONGLIST

Celia Kinchington

Associate Director
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

In 2009 gallerist Cynthia Corbett launched the Young Masters Art Prize to celebrate artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past;

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knowing that artists today are not afraid, unlike their predecessors, to look back at history and its lessons. The Young Masters Art Prize operates as a not-for-profit initiative of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and is recognised as an exciting, high profile international competition that is highly innovative in its concept – to award contemporary art that embraces its past. The 2014 edition saw the launch of the first Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize for artists working in ceramics. In 2017, the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize was inaugurated to profile and reward emerging female artists. Young Masters celebrates its fifth edition and tenth anniversary in 2019.

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LONGLIST

Cristina Cellini Antonini

Founder & Director
Artrooms

Cristina Cellini Antonini is the founder and director of the Artrooms Fair and of Le Dame Art Gallery.

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Born in Rome, she was the Managing Director of the Chianti Festival (2001) and of the Fontanonestate (1999 – 2007), the historical festival of the “Estate Romana” and the founder of “Il Salto dell’Angelo”, a cultural organization committed to the promotion of performative and visual contemporary arts in Rome. In 2011 she moves to London, where with Chiara Canal she founds Le Dame Art Gallery and from 2015 with Francesco Fanelli, she founds the Artrooms Fair, the first international art fair free of charge for independent artists. Today, both Le Dame Art Gallery and the Artrooms Fair have branches in London and Rome.

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LONGLIST

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Founder
All About Photo

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking. She grew up in Paris, France and in London

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, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.

An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. Photo Curator, The PhotoPlace Gallery and The Young Photographer’s Award.

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel’s work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide like the Carroussel du Louvre (Paris, France), Rayko Photo Center (San Francisco, USA), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Maison de la Culture (Luxemburg), SFAC Galleries (San Francisco, USA), Europ’art’, (Geneva, Switzerland) Los Angeles Center of Photography (Los Angeles, USA), Fotofever Photography Art Fair, (Paris and Brussels), Le Pavé d’Orsay, (Paris, France)…

While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the launch of AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.

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LONGLIST

Tina Rose

Director
Craft Biennale

Tina is Director of Craft Biennale Scotland, a new international arts event which will launch in 2020. It is being developed by Really Interesting Objects

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(RIO) CIC, a social enterprise she founded in 2009, which is committed to promoting the value of craft and developing a deeper understanding of the art form.  RIO has established a track record for bringing together quality craft with innovative and unexpected approaches to engaging new audiences, often working cross art form, and with an element of activity focusing on reaching groups under represented in arts attendance.

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LONGLIST

Zavier Ellis

Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor in the United Kingdom in 1973. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University 1993-1996

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before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School 2003-2005. He is founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in Shoreditch, London. He was also co-founder and co-curator of the museum scale exhibition for emerging artists THE FUTURE CAN WAIT. As well as curating exhibitions globally (including Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome), Ellis has exhibited as an artist widely including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in notable collections including Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich and Soho House, London. Ellis has also published the iArtBook ‘100 London Artists’ with renowned critic, historian and curator Edward Lucie-Smith.

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ART

Yinka Shonibare MBE RA

Artist

Yinka was born in London in 1962 and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to the UK to study Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, London and Goldsmiths College, London, where he received his Masters in Fine Art.

Over the past decade, Yinka has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation.

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Working in painting, sculpture, photography, film and installation, Shonibare’s work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through a sharp political commentary of the tangled interrelationship between Africa, Europe and their respective economic and political histories. He uses wry citations of Western art history and literature to question the validity of contemporary cultural and national identities.

In 2002, Shonibare was commissioned by Okwui Enwezor to create one of his most recognised installations, Gallantry and Criminal Conversation for Documenta XI. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2004 and was awarded an MBE. In 2008, his mid-career survey commenced at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. In 2010, his first public art commission Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.

Shonibare was elected as a Royal Academician in 2013. His forthcoming new commission with the Public Art Fund, Wind Sculpture (SG) I, will open at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park from 7 March until 14 October 2018. His works are included in notable collections internationally.

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Kathleen Soriano

Kathleen Soriano began her career at the Royal Academy of Arts over 30 years ago.  In 1989 she joined the National Portrait Gallery, where as Director of Exhibitions & Collections she was responsible for national and international programmes. In 2004, Kathleen became one of the first cohort of Clore Leadership Fellows, working at the Southbank Centre and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

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She was appointed Director of Compton Verney, Warwickshire in 2006, and January 2009 saw her appointed Artistic Director at the Royal Academy. She eventually set up her own artistic advisory and strategic consultancy company in 2014. Kathleen has recently acted as Interim Director at Firstsite, Colchester and Artistic Director of the Jakober Foundation, Mallorca.

She has lectured and written extensively in her field, and her book Madam and Eve on women artists is due for publication in April 2018. Her broadcast activities include the four series of Portrait/Landscape Artist of the Year for SkyArts.

She is currently Chair of the Liverpool Biennial, and a specialist advisor for the National Trust. Previously she has held roles on the strategic committee of the Grand Palais, Paris, the Wellcome Collection exhibition advisory group, chaired the Churches Conservation Trust’s Art Advisory group, was a founder member of Women Leaders in Museums Network and is currently on the Advisory Board of 2 Temple Place and the editorial board of Apollo.

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Mark Cass

Founder and CEO
Cass Art

UK entrepreneur and art promoter Mark Cass is Founder and CEO of leading art supplies retailer, Cass Art and Chairman of the Cass Sculpture Foundation, a British charity devoted to the promotion of British sculpture. Mark’s family have been involved in art for over 150 years – his great uncle, Paul Cassirer, was an important art dealer in the 1920s and a promoter of the Impressionist movement in Europe. Wilfred Cass OBE established the Cass Sculpture Foundation in the 26-acre Goodwood Estate in West Sussex with his wife, Jeannette, in 1992.

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In 1979 Mark was co-owner of the Image Bank’s UK franchise, the world’s leading photographic agency supplying images to the creative community. Between 1987 and 2000 Mark worked in New York for Image Bank’s worldwide head-quarters. When Getty Images purchased image Bank from Kodak in 1999 Mark became SVP of Global Brands. In September 2001 Mark returned to the UK and founded Cass Art.

The company’s motto is “Let’s Fill this Town with Artists” and Mark’s mission is to encourage as many people as possible, from 3 to 103, to create art, with an emphasis on nurturing talent, and expression and art as a freedom by making the world’s top quality art materials accessible and affordable for all.

Cass Art secured investment from BGF in 2013 to expand into major cities nationally and develop its e-commerce platform. There are now 12 branches of Cass Art stores nationwide and a franchise in Qatar with plans keep expanding.

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Cherie Federico

Director / Editor-in-Chief
Aesthetica

Aesthetica is one of the UK’s leading art and culture publications with 340,000 readers in print and digital. A strong believer in clean design, striking photography and critically engaging content, Cherie is a key protagonist of bringing the best new contemporary talent to the fore alongside established practitioners.

Cherie is also the Director of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, a BAFTA-recognised event that screens films from over 40 countries, attracting key industry figures from across the sector.

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She is the Director of the Aesthetica Art Prize which champions new talent, with artists going on to be commissioned by leading brands (Channel 4, Absolut Vodka) and participate in biennales and exhibitions worldwide.

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SHORTLIST

Anna Bromwich

Art Consultant
Mall Galleries

Anna joined Mall Galleries in 2015 as an art consultant and is responsible for sourcing and commissioning art for private and corporate clients.

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She curates and co-manages Mall Galleries’ online gallery, Buy Art | Buy Now, and has curated exhibitions for the gallery in-house and off-site.  She forms part of the team behind FBA Futures, Mall Galleries’ annual showcase of emerging figurative artists.

Anna has worked for a number of commercial galleries in London and Paris and has taught at the French architecture university ENSAPB. She has previously acted as a judge for Jackson’s Open Painting Prize.  

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SHORTLIST

Barbara Murray

Barbara Murray is the current Chairman of the UK Coloured Pencil Society and a Silver Signature member, having exhibited in many exhibitions.

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As a passionate supporter of coloured pencils and cp art, her aim is to promote the recognition of coloured pencils as a fine art medium and support the work of other coloured pencil artists.

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Cristina Cellini Antonini

Founder & Director
Artrooms

Cristina Cellini Antonini is the founder and director of the Artrooms Fair and of Le Dame Art Gallery. Born in Rome, she was the Managing Director

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of the Chianti Festival (2001) and of the Fontanonestate (1999 – 2007), the historical festival of the “Estate Romana” and the founder of “Il Salto dell’Angelo”, a cultural organization committed to the promotion of performative and visual contemporary arts in Rome. In 2011 she moves to London, where with Chiara Canal she founds Le Dame Art Gallery and from 2015 with Francesco Fanelli, she founds the Artrooms Fair, the first international art fair free of charge for independent artists. Today, both Le Dame Art Gallery and the Artrooms Fair have branches in London and Rome.

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SHORTLIST

Cynthia Corbett

Associate Director
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

In 2009 gallerist Cynthia Corbett launched the Young Masters Art Prize to celebrate artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past;

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knowing that artists today are not afraid, unlike their predecessors, to look back at history and its lessons. The Young Masters Art Prize operates as a not-for-profit initiative of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and is recognised as an exciting, high profile international competition that is highly innovative in its concept – to award contemporary art that embraces its past. The 2014 edition saw the launch of the first Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize for artists working in ceramics. In 2017, the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize was inaugurated to profile and reward emerging female artists. Young Masters celebrates its fifth edition and tenth anniversary in 2019.

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SHORTLIST

Eleni Duke

Director
Curious Duke

Eleni graduated with a degree in History and Philosophy of Art from Kent University in 2008. After graduation Eleni worked for countless art galleries

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/organisations and community arts centres throughout London before opening the Curious Duke Gallery in 2011. Since then Eleni founded the Secret Art Prize in 2014, a yearly prize to source new exciting emerging artists. In 2017 Eleni launched a framing business specializing in truly bespoke and creative framing.

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SHORTLIST

Robert W. Mountjoy

Trustee
SWAc

Robert has exhibited extensively across the South West of England including with Cheltenham Group Exhibitions, the Royal West of England Academy, and the SWAc

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. He has also exhibited at The Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Mall Galleries, London. His Awards include the Arts Council of Great Britain Award for Painting (1982); Mail Marketing International First prize for most outstanding work in a water-based medium RWA (2002) and the Lynn Painter Stainer Award shortlist (2005).

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Sam Knowles

Sam Knowles is the curator of paintings and prints at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, the largest commercial art craft and design gallery in the UK.

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Housed in a two storey Victorian building the gallery was opened in 2002 and exhibits the work of many hundreds of artists at all stages of their careers and over the last ten years as curator Sam has worked with many of the most talented printmakers and painters in the country.

Sam is himself an artist having studied fine art at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury and at Newcastle University. Sam is particularly passionate about printmaking and continues his own art practice showing original prints in galleries and art fairs across the UK.

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Zavier Ellis

Zavier Ellis is founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in Shoreditch, London, specialising in emerging to mid-career artists.

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He was also co-founder and co-curator of THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, the museum scale exhibition for emerging artists. As well as curating exhibitions globally (including Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome), Ellis has exhibited as an artist widely including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in notable collections including Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich and Soho House, London. Ellis has also published the iArtBook ‘100 London Artists’ with renowned critic, historian and curator Edward Lucie-Smith.

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SUBMIT TO EMERGE ART

CRAFT

Rosy Greenlees OBE

Executive Director
Crafts Council

Rosy Greenlees OBE has been Executive Director of the Crafts Council since 2006. A national organisation promoting the value of craft and making to society, the Crafts Council has supported thousands of makers through its talent development programmes; brings high quality craft to an annual audience of over 3 million through its exhibitions, collection and events; and leads a national campaign for re-instating craft education in schools.

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Rosy spent her early career as a curator in regional galleries and on major public art projects before taking up senior management roles as Director of Visual Arts and Media, and Deputy Chief Executive at Eastern Arts Board; Cultural Strategy Manager, responsible for the Mayor of London’s first culture strategy; and founder Director of the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise, now known as the Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE), promoting links between higher education and cultural organisations.

Rosy has served on various advisory bodies including the Bristol and Bath Design Research Project, the Skills Commission and was a board member of Creative and Cultural Skills. Currently she is President of the World Crafts Council, a member of the Creative Industries Council and sits on the University of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design Faculty Advisory Board.

Rosy is a Fellow of the RSA, received an Honorary Fellowship from Arts University Bournemouth in 2015 and was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours 2017.

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Peter Layton

Executive Director
London Glassblowing

It’s difficult to know where to start with Peter Layton’s contribution to glass art. How do you condense more than half a century of boundary-pushing, skill, bravery and expertise into a few words?

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His impact is noted by both critic and layman alike as he has been at the forefront of British studio glass since the 1970s, and has contributed more than most to its promotion and burgeoning success.

Indeed, such is Peter’s commitment to the craft that he has dedicated almost as much time to nurturing others – developing the skills of the next generation by providing a truly unique environment for them to flourish. In the last 40 years, scores of talented glassmakers have worked under his tutelage, producing successful collaborative projects and individual works of glass art.

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Eleanor Lakelin

Maker in Wood

Eleanor is a British artist creating vessels and sculptural objects in wood. Her distinctive forms are developed in response to the passage of time etched into the fibres of the material. Eleanor explores her fascination with the natural properties of wood using a traditional woodworking lathe and centuries-old chisels and gouges, alongside modern sculpting techniques and tools.

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Eleanor’s work is exhibited internationally and featured in numerous prestigious private collections. Awards include the British Wood Awards, Bespoke Award for the Time & Texture installation at Forde Abbey, and she is a Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize nominee. Eleanor lives and works in London and is represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery.

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Ashraf Hanna

Ceramics and Glass Artist

Ashraf is an Egyptian born British artist, currently resident and working from his studio in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. He initially studied Theatre Design at Central Saint Martins, London before discovering clay in 1996.

After establishing a successful practice in studio ceramics, he gained a MA in ceramics and glass from The Royal College of Art in 2011. Ashraf uses the hand building process to create both individual and groups of vessels which are concerned with exploring line volume and space.

Ashraf won First Prize at the British Glass Biennale in 2015 and the Major Creative Wales Award in 2010. His work has featured in collections by the V&A, National Museum of Wales and Ernsting Stiftung Alter Hof Herding Glass Museum (Germany) to name but a few. He exhibits nationally and internationally.

 

 

Louis Thompson

Louis Thompson is an artist with over 25 years experience of working with glass. He completed his Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in 2011 and has been invited to work and teach with glass artists both in the UK and abroad. Louis was the recipient of two prestigious awards in 2012, the Jerwood Makers Prize Commission and the Best Exhibit Prize at the British Glass Biennale.

His work has been exhibited extensively at galleries in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA. He has been invited to create installations for various museums and international exhibitions and his work is held in permanent museum collections in Belgium, Germany, Japan and the USA. In 2015 Louis completed a residency at the prestigious Museum of Glass in Tacoma, USA with fellow artist Hanne Enemark. Louis completed two large scale installations at Salisbury Cathedral in 2016 and he continues to exhibit his work internationally.

SHORTLIST

Tina Rose

Director
Craft Biennale

Tina is Director of Craft Biennale Scotland, a new international arts event which will launch in 2020. It is being developed by Really Interesting Objects

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(RIO) CIC, a social enterprise she founded in 2009, which is committed to promoting the value of craft and developing a deeper understanding of the art form.  RIO has established a track record for bringing together quality craft with innovative and unexpected approaches to engaging new audiences, often working cross art form, and with an element of activity focusing on reaching groups under represented in arts attendance.

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Cynthia Corbett

Associate Director
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

In 2009 gallerist Cynthia Corbett launched the Young Masters Art Prize to celebrate artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past;

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knowing that artists today are not afraid, unlike their predecessors, to look back at history and its lessons. The Young Masters Art Prize operates as a not-for-profit initiative of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and is recognised as an exciting, high profile international competition that is highly innovative in its concept – to award contemporary art that embraces its past. The 2014 edition saw the launch of the first Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize for artists working in ceramics. In 2017, the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize was inaugurated to profile and reward emerging female artists. Young Masters celebrates its fifth edition and tenth anniversary in 2019.

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SUBMIT TO EMERGE CRAFT

CREATIVE WRITING

Eric Akoto

Founder / Editor-in-Chief
Litro Literary Magazine

Eric is the British born Ghanaian Editor and Publisher of Litro Magazine. Since 2005, Litro has published works by first time authors through to Nobel Laureates, helping to kickstart the careers of Richard House, Nikesh Shukla, Eleanor Catton, Stuart Evers and many more.

His passions lie in progressive conversations, freedom of expression, quality and independence in arts, good technology and above all, making crazy ideas and collaborations come to light.

Jade Chandler

Editorial Director
Harvill Secker

Jade joined the Harvill Secker imprint at Vintage (a division of Penguin Random House) in 2016, with the aim of building on the already enviable crime and thriller list, including bestsellers Jo Nesbo, Ruth Ware and prize-winning writers like Denise Mina and Abir Mukherjee. She is on the lookout for page-turning plots, clever concepts and dramatic gasp-inducing twists that—paired with high quality prose—make for perfect escapist reading.

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Before moving Harvill Secker, Jade worked for publishing house Little, Brown working with authors ranging from Scottish bestseller Alex Gray to Sunday Times bestseller Christobel Kent.

She also published the official novelisation of the hit TV show Broadchurch written by Sunday Times bestseller Erin Kelly in collaboration with series creator Chris Chibnall, and a collection of original Broadchurch ebook short stories, published alongside series two of the show.

New titles to be published by Jade in 2018 include, If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch, Star of the North by D.B. John and Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman.

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Sharmaine Lovegrove

Publisher
Dialogue Books

Sharmaine is the Publisher of Dialogue Books, the UK’s only inclusive imprint, part of Little, Brown Book Group and Hachette UK. Prior to going in-house, Sharmaine was the Co-founder and Publishing Director of Dialogue Scouting, the UK’s first book to film & TV scouting consultancy. She was also ELLE’s literary editor. Her path is drawn from all things innovative in storytelling.

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In 2008, Sharmaine set up her own bookshop as well as a creative agency in Berlin, having previously worked in PR, bookselling, event management and digital consultancy. Home is London, Her roots are Jamaican and books make her part of the world.

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Jennifer Kite-Powell

Contributor, Writer, Poet
Forbes

Jennifer is a writer, author and Forbes contributor. Her first book, Love, Lust, Longing and Truth was published in December 2017.

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Her work, short autobiographical stories set as poems, challenges the reader’s perception of poetry. As a writer, Jennifer likes to evoke a feeling, a smell or an emotion that leaves the reader on the edge of their seat or encourages them to think about the world around them.

Jennifer is also a technology and science journalist and writes about the intersection of tech and science with environment, culture, health, industry and agriculture.

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Judith Palmer

Judith Palmer is Director of The Poetry Society, a leading UK arts organisation that champions poetry for all ages

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, through a wide range of innovative education and commissioning programmes, performances, readings and campaigns.  She is also a Trustee of the Keats Foundation, and has worked previously as a writer, broadcaster, and arts event producer. She has curated major festival programmes and tours for venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Roundhouse, Arts Catalyst, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Barbican Centre, and The Women’s Library.

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SUBMIT TO EMERGE CREATIVE WRITING

DESIGN

Mark Sinclair

Deputy Editor
Creative Review

Creative Review is the best source of information, inspiration and creativity from within the world of design, advertising and visual arts. It is respected for cutting edge editorial, stunning visuals and quality production, and has developed a strong, inspired and loyal readership across the globe. Every issue focuses on one key part of society, from food or travel to entertainment, education or fashion, asking one big question – how is creativity changing your world?

 

Piers Roberts

Director
Designersblock

Piers Roberts founded Designersblock in 1998, an annual International showcase for creative entrepreneurs and emerging design talent. Designersblock pioneered the use of transitional architectural spaces and operated as the forerunner to the London Design Festival. Underpinning all his work is an interest in the role and the value of creativity in business. He works as an advisor on major cultural events, as a consultant to diverse businesses and as a public speaker.

Rosa Bertoli

Design Editor
Wallpaper* magazine

Born and raised in Italy, Rosa moved to London to study fashion journalism, gathering experience at publications such as the Guardian, Intersection, Soma Magazine and Amelia’s Magazine. She has worked at Wallpaper* since 2007, first as an assistant in the editorial office of Wallpaper* City Guides and later as special projects assistant and PA to the editor-in-chief.

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Rosa has commissioned projects from notable designers including Patricia Urquiola, Alfredo Häberli, Sebastian Herkner, Sabine Marcelis and Yves Bèhar. She sits on the judging panel of the Dutch Design Awards and the Design Guild Mark Award. She has also written for numerous English and Italian language publications and worked as a copywriter and consultant for fashion and design.

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Anna Bromwich

Art Consultant
Mall Galleries

Anna joined Mall Galleries in 2015 as an art consultant and is responsible for sourcing and commissioning art for private and corporate clients.

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She curates and co-manages Mall Galleries’ online gallery, Buy Art | Buy Now, and has curated exhibitions for the gallery in-house and off-site.  She forms part of the team behind FBA Futures, Mall Galleries’ annual showcase of emerging figurative artists.

Anna has worked for a number of commercial galleries in London and Paris and has taught at the French architecture university ENSAPB. She has previously acted as a judge for Jackson’s Open Painting Prize.  

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LONGLIST

Zavier Ellis

Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor in the United Kingdom in 1973. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University 1993-1996

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before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School 2003-2005. He is founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in Shoreditch, London. He was also co-founder and co-curator of the museum scale exhibition for emerging artists THE FUTURE CAN WAIT. As well as curating exhibitions globally (including Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome), Ellis has exhibited as an artist widely including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in notable collections including Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich and Soho House, London. Ellis has also published the iArtBook ‘100 London Artists’ with renowned critic, historian and curator Edward Lucie-Smith.

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LONGLIST

Tina Rose

Director
Craft Biennale

Tina Rose is Director of Craft Biennale Scotland, a new international arts event which will launch in 2020. It is being developed by Really Interesting Objects (RIO) CIC

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, a social enterprise she founded in 2009, which is committed to promoting the value of craft and developing a deeper understanding of the art form.  RIO has established a track record for bringing together quality craft with innovative and unexpected approaches to engaging new audiences, often working cross art form, and with an element of activity focusing on reaching groups under represented in arts attendance.

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LONGLIST

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Founder
All About Photo

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking. She grew up in Paris, France and in London

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, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.

An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. Photo Curator, The PhotoPlace Gallery and The Young Photographer’s Award.

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel’s work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide like the Carroussel du Louvre (Paris, France), Rayko Photo Center (San Francisco, USA), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Maison de la Culture (Luxemburg), SFAC Galleries (San Francisco, USA), Europ’art’, (Geneva, Switzerland) Los Angeles Center of Photography (Los Angeles, USA), Fotofever Photography Art Fair, (Paris and Brussels), Le Pavé d’Orsay, (Paris, France)…

While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the launch of AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.

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LONGLIST

Eleni Duke

Director
Curious Duke

Eleni graduated with a degree in History and Philosophy of Art from Kent University in 2008.

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After graduation Eleni worked for countless art galleries/organisations and community arts centres throughout London before opening the Curious Duke Gallery in 2011. Since then Eleni founded the Secret Art Prize in 2014, a yearly prize to source new exciting emerging artists. In 2017 Eleni launched a framing business specializing in truly bespoke and creative framing.

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LONGLIST

Celia Kinchington

Associate Director
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

In 2009 gallerist Cynthia Corbett launched the Young Masters Art Prize to celebrate artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past;

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knowing that artists today are not afraid, unlike their predecessors, to look back at history and its lessons. The Young Masters Art Prize operates as a not-for-profit initiative of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and is recognised as an exciting, high profile international competition that is highly innovative in its concept – to award contemporary art that embraces its past. The 2014 edition saw the launch of the first Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize for artists working in ceramics. In 2017, the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize was inaugurated to profile and reward emerging female artists. Young Masters celebrates its fifth edition and tenth anniversary in 2019.

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LONGLIST

Cristina Cellini Antonini

Founder & Director
Artrooms

Cristina Cellini Antonini is the founder and director of the Artrooms Fair and of Le Dame Art Gallery.

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Born in Rome, she was the Managing Director of the Chianti Festival (2001) and of the Fontanonestate (1999 – 2007), the historical festival of the “Estate Romana” and the founder of “Il Salto dell’Angelo”, a cultural organization committed to the promotion of performative and visual contemporary arts in Rome. In 2011 she moves to London, where with Chiara Canal she founds Le Dame Art Gallery and from 2015 with Francesco Fanelli, she founds the Artrooms Fair, the first international art fair free of charge for independent artists. Today, both Le Dame Art Gallery and the Artrooms Fair have branches in London and Rome.

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DIGITAL ART

Ghislaine Boddington

Creative Director
body>data>space

Ghislaine is an artist-curator, researcher and director, a specialist in body responsive technologies and immersion experiences. She is recognised as an international pioneer, having strongly advocated the use of the entire body as a digital interaction canvas for over 25 years.

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From a performing arts background, Ghislaine has directed numerous international projects, creating unique convergences between the physical body, telepresence, motion capture, robotics, wearables, sense/gesture tech and virtual worlds. Her work examines the representation of our physical selves and our identities in virtual environments and the hyper enhancement of our human senses through the digital transmission/reception of body data, such as touch, motion, biofeedback and gesture. She has created live links between thousands of participants/audiences across the world for educational, performing arts and creative industries usage since the mid-nineties.

A Reader in Digital Immersion at University of Greenwich, she is researching what she calls “The Internet of Bodies”, the evolution of our future multi-selves through tele-intuition, deep body connectivities (sensors/implants) and the rapid blending of the virtual/physical. Ghislaine has keynoted and presented in over 30 countries, surviving two TedX presentations. She is regularly featured on TV, radio and in the press, giving thought shifting inputs to BBC Business World and the New Scientist among others.

She sits on the Journal AI and Society editorial board (Springer) and is juror for international creative industries and digital arts competitions, such as the Speculative Concepts, Core77 Design Awards 2015. She is a Standing Committee member of DRHA (Digital Research in Humanities and the Arts) since 2006 and for RAN, the French digital arts network, since 2007. She is invited as a key innovator to governmental briefings/conferences in UK and beyond.

She is a co-founder of Women Shift Digital, a Reader at the Dept of Creative Professions and Digital Arts at the University of Greenwich and an Artist Research Fellow at ResCen, Middlesex University since 1999. She consults into Creative Industries sector on innovation and futures, at present as Creative Director of the Plexal Innovation Centre (Here East, Olympics Park London). A key activist in diversity she mentors the Stemettes and through Women Shift Digital. You can catch her co-presenting bi-weekly for BBC Click (BBC World Service Radio).

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Hamish Gardner

Middleweight Designer
The Beautiful Meme

Hamish Gardner makes up 12.5% of The Beautiful Meme, a creative studio in Whitechapel that believes in Tricksterism. He’s been awarded at D&AD, replaced 68 adverts on the London Tube with unbranded pictures of cats, created a digital herd of elephants that raised £50,000 for elephant preservation charities and in 2015 was elected onto the D&AD board of trustees. He’s interested in pigs and creating visual utopias.

James Lingwood

Co-Director
Artangel

Based in London, James Lingwood has been Co-Director of Artangel with Michael Morris since 1991. Amongst some 125 Artangel projects produced over the past 25 years are Rachel Whiteread’s House (1993-94), Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 4  (1994), Gabriel Orozco’s Empty Club (1996), Ilya & Emilia Kabakov’s The Palace of Projects (1999), Michael Landy’s Break Down (2001), Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave (2001), Gregor Schneider’s Die Familie Schneider (2004).

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Francis Alÿs’s Seven Walks (2005), Roger Hiorns’ Seizure (2008-9), Susan Philipsz’s Surround Me (2010), Heiner Goebbels’ Stifter’s Dinge (2010-12), Ryoji Ikeda’s spectra (2014), Dinh Q Lê’s The Colony (2016) and INSIDE: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison (2016), a site-specific exhibition with over 20 artists and writers including Robert Gober, Peter Dreher, Marlene Dumas, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Doris Salcedo and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Long-term Artangel projects outside the UK include Roni Horn’s Vatnasafn/Library of Water in Iceland, Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead in Detroit and Cristina Iglesias’ Tres Aguas in Toledo, Spain. In 2011, The Artangel Collection of Moving Image works was launched. It involves a programme of exhibitions in museums and galleries across the UK and an ongoing collaboration with Tate. Films and video installations in the collection include major works by Clio Barnard, Yael Bartana, Jeremy Deller, Douglas Gordon, Mike Kelley, Steve McQueen, Tony Oursler, Ben Rivers, Anri Sala and Lindsay Seers.

Prior to becoming Co-Director of Artangel, Lingwood was Curator of Exhibitions at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art. He has curated exhibitions for museums around the world including surveys of the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Vija Celmins, Douglas Gordon, Susan Hiller, Juan Muñoz, Juliao Sarmento, Robert Smithson, Thomas Struth and Thomas Schütte. He recently curated Richard Hamilton – Serial Obsessions for the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul.

In 2018, he is curating a survey of the photographs of Luigi Ghirri for the Folkwang Museum Essen, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Jeu de Paume in Paris in 2018/19.

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LONGLIST

Anna Bromwich

Art Consultant
Mall Galleries

Anna joined Mall Galleries in 2015 as an art consultant and is responsible for sourcing and commissioning art for private and corporate clients.

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She curates and co-manages Mall Galleries’ online gallery, Buy Art | Buy Now, and has curated exhibitions for the gallery in-house and off-site.  She forms part of the team behind FBA Futures, Mall Galleries’ annual showcase of emerging figurative artists.

Anna has worked for a number of commercial galleries in London and Paris and has taught at the French architecture university ENSAPB. She has previously acted as a judge for Jackson’s Open Painting Prize.  

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LONGLIST

Zavier Ellis

Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor in the United Kingdom in 1973. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University 1993-1996

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before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School 2003-2005. He is founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in Shoreditch, London. He was also co-founder and co-curator of the museum scale exhibition for emerging artists THE FUTURE CAN WAIT. As well as curating exhibitions globally (including Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome), Ellis has exhibited as an artist widely including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in notable collections including Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich and Soho House, London. Ellis has also published the iArtBook ‘100 London Artists’ with renowned critic, historian and curator Edward Lucie-Smith.

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LONGLIST

Tina Rose

Director
Craft Biennale

Tina Rose is Director of Craft Biennale Scotland, a new international arts event which will launch in 2020. It is being developed by Really Interesting Objects (RIO) CIC

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, a social enterprise she founded in 2009, which is committed to promoting the value of craft and developing a deeper understanding of the art form.  RIO has established a track record for bringing together quality craft with innovative and unexpected approaches to engaging new audiences, often working cross art form, and with an element of activity focusing on reaching groups under represented in arts attendance.

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LONGLIST

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Founder
All About Photo

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking. She grew up in Paris, France and in London

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, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.

An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. Photo Curator, The PhotoPlace Gallery and The Young Photographer’s Award.

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel’s work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide like the Carroussel du Louvre (Paris, France), Rayko Photo Center (San Francisco, USA), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Maison de la Culture (Luxemburg), SFAC Galleries (San Francisco, USA), Europ’art’, (Geneva, Switzerland) Los Angeles Center of Photography (Los Angeles, USA), Fotofever Photography Art Fair, (Paris and Brussels), Le Pavé d’Orsay, (Paris, France)…

While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the launch of AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.

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LONGLIST

Eleni Duke

Director
Curious Duke

Eleni graduated with a degree in History and Philosophy of Art from Kent University in 2008.

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After graduation Eleni worked for countless art galleries/organisations and community arts centres throughout London before opening the Curious Duke Gallery in 2011. Since then Eleni founded the Secret Art Prize in 2014, a yearly prize to source new exciting emerging artists. In 2017 Eleni launched a framing business specializing in truly bespoke and creative framing.

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LONGLIST

Celia Kinchington

Associate Director
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

In 2009 gallerist Cynthia Corbett launched the Young Masters Art Prize to celebrate artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past;

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knowing that artists today are not afraid, unlike their predecessors, to look back at history and its lessons. The Young Masters Art Prize operates as a not-for-profit initiative of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and is recognised as an exciting, high profile international competition that is highly innovative in its concept – to award contemporary art that embraces its past. The 2014 edition saw the launch of the first Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize for artists working in ceramics. In 2017, the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize was inaugurated to profile and reward emerging female artists. Young Masters celebrates its fifth edition and tenth anniversary in 2019.

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LONGLIST

Cristina Cellini Antonini

Founder & Director
Artrooms

Cristina Cellini Antonini is the founder and director of the Artrooms Fair and of Le Dame Art Gallery.

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Born in Rome, she was the Managing Director of the Chianti Festival (2001) and of the Fontanonestate (1999 – 2007), the historical festival of the “Estate Romana” and the founder of “Il Salto dell’Angelo”, a cultural organization committed to the promotion of performative and visual contemporary arts in Rome. In 2011 she moves to London, where with Chiara Canal she founds Le Dame Art Gallery and from 2015 with Francesco Fanelli, she founds the Artrooms Fair, the first international art fair free of charge for independent artists. Today, both Le Dame Art Gallery and the Artrooms Fair have branches in London and Rome.

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SUBMIT TO EMERGE DIGITAL ART

FASHION

Brigitte Stepputtis

Head of Couture
Vivienne Westwood

Brigitte Stepputtis is the Global Head of Couture at Vivienne Westwood with more than twenty years of experience in fashion design, tailoring and pattern cutting. She joined the label in 1990 and has contributed to the success and growth of the brand in various responsibilities, particularly with the Gold Label, Couture and Bridal collections.

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Brigitte is also on the board of Directors at the Ethical Fashion Forum and the German/British Forum and a member of the Medinge Group.

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Michelle De Conto

Business Development
British Fashion Council

Michelle has worked with world-known consumer goods, technology, luxury, fashion & lifestyle brands including LVMH Spirits, Lacoste, Chanel, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Ray-Ban, Sunglass Hut retailer and others.

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Michelle has managed brands and corporations to align their
communications efforts, re-think distribution, product design, and initiate a customer-centered
scheme. She builds brands and helps companies to re-focus their strategy by edifying their business models, value proposition, resources and marketing.

Internationally minded, she has worked in Sao Paulo, New York, Milan and Geneva in
addition to the UK, and has spent time in Asia and the Middle East managing projects.

She believes mentorship is key to help entrepreneurs and emerging designers to gain
insights and experience from their challenges by asking the right questions and provoking thoughts, by those who are not involved in the day-to-day running of the business and can bring a broader view. She believes mentorship, when done well, will accelerate entrepreneurs through
implementing Agile processes, designing business models and providing access to a network of
business support key to developing their business.

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LONGLIST

Anna Bromwich

Art Consultant
Mall Galleries

Anna joined Mall Galleries in 2015 as an art consultant and is responsible for sourcing and commissioning art for private and corporate clients.

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She curates and co-manages Mall Galleries’ online gallery, Buy Art | Buy Now, and has curated exhibitions for the gallery in-house and off-site.  She forms part of the team behind FBA Futures, Mall Galleries’ annual showcase of emerging figurative artists.

Anna has worked for a number of commercial galleries in London and Paris and has taught at the French architecture university ENSAPB. She has previously acted as a judge for Jackson’s Open Painting Prize.  

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LONGLIST

Zavier Ellis

Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor in the United Kingdom in 1973. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University 1993-1996

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before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School 2003-2005. He is founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in Shoreditch, London. He was also co-founder and co-curator of the museum scale exhibition for emerging artists THE FUTURE CAN WAIT. As well as curating exhibitions globally (including Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome), Ellis has exhibited as an artist widely including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in notable collections including Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich and Soho House, London. Ellis has also published the iArtBook ‘100 London Artists’ with renowned critic, historian and curator Edward Lucie-Smith.

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LONGLIST

Tina Rose

Director
Craft Biennale

Tina Rose is Director of Craft Biennale Scotland, a new international arts event which will launch in 2020. It is being developed by Really Interesting Objects (RIO) CIC

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, a social enterprise she founded in 2009, which is committed to promoting the value of craft and developing a deeper understanding of the art form.  RIO has established a track record for bringing together quality craft with innovative and unexpected approaches to engaging new audiences, often working cross art form, and with an element of activity focusing on reaching groups under represented in arts attendance.

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LONGLIST

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Founder
All About Photo

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking. She grew up in Paris, France and in London

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, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.

An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. Photo Curator, The PhotoPlace Gallery and The Young Photographer’s Award.

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel’s work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide like the Carroussel du Louvre (Paris, France), Rayko Photo Center (San Francisco, USA), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Maison de la Culture (Luxemburg), SFAC Galleries (San Francisco, USA), Europ’art’, (Geneva, Switzerland) Los Angeles Center of Photography (Los Angeles, USA), Fotofever Photography Art Fair, (Paris and Brussels), Le Pavé d’Orsay, (Paris, France)…

While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the launch of AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.

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LONGLIST

Eleni Duke

Director
Curious Duke

Eleni graduated with a degree in History and Philosophy of Art from Kent University in 2008.

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After graduation Eleni worked for countless art galleries/organisations and community arts centres throughout London before opening the Curious Duke Gallery in 2011. Since then Eleni founded the Secret Art Prize in 2014, a yearly prize to source new exciting emerging artists. In 2017 Eleni launched a framing business specializing in truly bespoke and creative framing.

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LONGLIST

Celia Kinchington

Associate Director
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

In 2009 gallerist Cynthia Corbett launched the Young Masters Art Prize to celebrate artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past;

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knowing that artists today are not afraid, unlike their predecessors, to look back at history and its lessons. The Young Masters Art Prize operates as a not-for-profit initiative of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and is recognised as an exciting, high profile international competition that is highly innovative in its concept – to award contemporary art that embraces its past. The 2014 edition saw the launch of the first Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize for artists working in ceramics. In 2017, the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize was inaugurated to profile and reward emerging female artists. Young Masters celebrates its fifth edition and tenth anniversary in 2019.

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LONGLIST

Cristina Cellini Antonini

Founder & Director
Artrooms

Cristina Cellini Antonini is the founder and director of the Artrooms Fair and of Le Dame Art Gallery.

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Born in Rome, she was the Managing Director of the Chianti Festival (2001) and of the Fontanonestate (1999 – 2007), the historical festival of the “Estate Romana” and the founder of “Il Salto dell’Angelo”, a cultural organization committed to the promotion of performative and visual contemporary arts in Rome. In 2011 she moves to London, where with Chiara Canal she founds Le Dame Art Gallery and from 2015 with Francesco Fanelli, she founds the Artrooms Fair, the first international art fair free of charge for independent artists. Today, both Le Dame Art Gallery and the Artrooms Fair have branches in London and Rome.

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SUBMIT TO EMERGE FASHION

FILM

Amanda Nevill CBE

CEO
BFI

Amanda Nevill is Chief Executive of the BFI, the UK’s lead body for film and a distributor of Lottery funding support with a combined cultural, creative and industrial role. As well as leading on formulating the screen sector response to Brexit, the BFI is spearheading change around inclusion and diversity, working to open up opportunity and access to the industry to all across the UK.

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Under Amanda’s stewardship the BFI has made huge headway in preserving the UK’s screen heritage and providing unprecedented digital access to our national film and TV collections including on the VoD platform, BFI Player. She is also incredibly proud of the BFI London Film Festival, which has become an internationally significant film festival not only for the world’s greatest filmmakers but also for exciting talented newcomers. Further to this, Amanda champions the hugely successful BFI Film Academies for talented 16-19 year olds across the UK, and led the vision for transforming BFI Southbank into a celebrated arts venue.

Amanda is hugely ambitious for the future; there is still much more to do to bring greater diversity into the heart of decision-making across the industry; and for fantastic cultural programmes to continue to ignite debate and make change happen.

Before joining the BFI, Amanda was Head of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (NMPFT) in Bradford for nine years, and previously Chief Executive of the Royal Photographic Society. She received a CBE in 2015.

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Mark Adams

Mark joined Edinburgh International Film Festival as Artistic Director in 2015. He was Chief Film Critic for respected film trade paper Screen International and was also film critic for The Sunday Mirror in the UK.

He attends most of the key film festivals around the world. As a film journalist and reviewer for more than 25 years, he has written for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Moving Pictures International, as well as many national newspapers in the UK.

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Mark has worked extensively in the film industry. He was Head of Programming at the National Film Theatre in London for six years; Director of Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, and has been programmed for film festivals around the world. Mark has also acted a consultant for various film organisations.

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Paul Mitchell

Producer and Director
Wilton Films

Paul has produced and directed some of the most important current affairs documentaries in the last quarter century for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Discovery, National geographic, ARTE and more.

His most recent project is the acclaimed BBC series, Inside Obama’s White House (2016).

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Just some of the other projects Mark has covered over the last 25 years include,
Documentary Director and Producer: The Iraq War (BBC/National Geographic, 2013), The Second Russian Revolution (BBC/Discovery, 1991), Watergate (BBC/Discovery, 1994), The Clintons: A Marriage of Power (Channel 4, 1997), The Alternative Rock and Roll Years (Discovery, 2004), Wideangle: Greetings from Grozny (PBS, 2002, which Secretary of State Colin Powell sent to President Bush after its transmission).

The Death of Yugoslavia (BBC, 1995) is no. 87 on the British Film Institute’s list of the 100 greatest British television programs of any genre ever to have been screened. Other films have won the du-Pont Columbia Journalism, the Peabody (four times), the Emmy, the BAFTA, the Royal Television Society, the New York Festival, and the Greirson awards.

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Charlotte Desai

Documentaries Commissioning Editor
Channel 4

Charlotte joined Channel 4 from Shine TV in summer 2017, where her focus was primarily on generating new business and winning commissions from various broadcasters across a range of genres, including documentaries and factual formats.

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She has previously worked in Factual at the BBC where her credits include the BAFTA-winning Trouble at the Top and films in the Wonderland strand. She was responsible for creating and delivering the critically-acclaimed ratings hit When Michael Portillo Became a Single Mum. After the BBC, Desai worked across a range of thought provoking Documentaries and Factual Entertainment juggernauts, including BAFTA-winning The Apprentice and The Choir. A commissioning spell followed at Sky Factual before returning to production, spending time in both development and executive producing roles. Her most recent Channel 4 credits include The Auction House and Quadruplets and Homeless. Working closely with Head of Documentaries, Nick Mirsky, Charlotte is looking for new ideas for Channel 4’s 9pm slot. This includes both multipart formats and documentaries with the potential to become returnable strands, and more focussed series and films which capture the concerns and preoccupations of contemporary Britain.

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Philip Ilson

Artistic Director
London Short Film Festival

Philip Ilson is the Artistic Director of the London Short Film Festival, which he co-founded in 2004. He is also the short film programmer for the BFI London Film Festival, and has worked as a freelance programmer at the East End Film Festival (London), Cork Film Festival (Ireland), the Branchage Festival (Jersey), Latitude festival, and Curzon Soho Cinema.

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SHORTLIST

Jie-Ming Chung

Co-Founder
Want The Film

Jie-Ming has 15 years of industry experience as co-founder of Want The Film, international controller at Universal Studios, media business transformation expert

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, owner of Blinker and Madiba consulting.

His recent clients/projects include NBCUniversal, Viacom, IMG and NBCUniversal International TV Productions.

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SHORTLIST

Mikkel Juel Iversen

Co-Founder
Want The Film

Mikkel has 13 years industry experience most recently as the co-founder of We Want Film and international insights director at Universal Studios.

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His experience spans advising studio heads on strategy to involvement in market launch of 100s film / TV series.

He also founded Under One Sky a collective of 250 volunteers supporting the homeless in London.

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SUBMIT TO EMERGE FILM

GAMING

Andy Payne

Videogames Entrepreneur & Investor

Andy is an experienced video games entrepreneur of 33 years and has worked with many of the world’s top studios & publishers, running Mastertronic from 1988 – 2015.  He chaired trade body Ukie from 2005-2015 and is still a board member.

He is a board advisor at games developer Bossa Studios and a founder of games industry charity, GamesAid, where he is now a Patron, as well as working closely with BAFTA to develop their presence in games. 

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Andy is a founder mobile & tablet specialist AppyNation and Good Shepherd, which is the world’s first equity based crowdfunding platform for games and movies.  Andy was founder of simulation specialists Just Flight and a VP of games charity, Special Effect.

Andy also sits on the Creative Industries Council, which reports directly to DCMS and BEIS as well as being a founder of the UK Crowdfunding Association.  Andy is chair of The British Esports Association and a board adviser to the world’s  biggest esports company, ESL. His current videogame project is an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm planned for release in 2019.

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Ella Romanos

Games Developer / Industry Consultant

Ella began working in games in 2008, setting up her first game development studio as a graduate. Over the last decade Ella has founded three development studios, focusing on work for hire and development of own and licensed IP, with teams of up to 25 people. Since 2014, Ella has also been providing strategic support as a consultant to other developers and organisations. With her background in programming and user experience design, and her experience in production, fundraising and company strategy.

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Ella works with a broad variety of companies to assist with the development of games and the games industry. She regularly contributes to the UK games industry through her position on the UKIE board, regularly speaking at industry events and writing articles published by various games press. Over the last 5 years she has been awarded finalist in the ‘Innovator Of The Year’ category for Women In Technology Awards, named in Develop’s ‘Top 30 under 30’, been a finalist in the TIGA Awards Leadership category and twice listed in MCV’s UK Top 100 Women in Games including as a finalist in the ‘Business Woman of the Year’ category.

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Kish Hirani

Games Consultant / Mentor

Kish Hirani marks 22 years in the games industry this year. He started as a software engineer, swiftly attaining technical director and equivalent roles at development studios and publishing houses like Acclaim, THQ and BBC Multimedia to name a few. In the second half of his career, he moved to platform holders starting with Microsoft then settling at Sony PlayStation for 8 years as their Head of Developer Services, developing and managing resources for all developer facing technical activities covering the historic PAL regions.

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He is currently a freelance tech consultant, mentor, advisor in the games industry, and has taken up the voluntary position of the first Chair of the UK advocacy group BAME in Games (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic), promoting ethnic minority diversity in the videogames industry. He is also on the board of Women in Game promoting diversity in workplace and helping with their soon-to-be-launched mentorship program.

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LONGLIST

Anna Bromwich

Art Consultant
Mall Galleries

Anna joined Mall Galleries in 2015 as an art consultant and is responsible for sourcing and commissioning art for private and corporate clients.

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She curates and co-manages Mall Galleries’ online gallery, Buy Art | Buy Now, and has curated exhibitions for the gallery in-house and off-site.  She forms part of the team behind FBA Futures, Mall Galleries’ annual showcase of emerging figurative artists.

Anna has worked for a number of commercial galleries in London and Paris and has taught at the French architecture university ENSAPB. She has previously acted as a judge for Jackson’s Open Painting Prize.  

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LONGLIST

Zavier Ellis

Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor in the United Kingdom in 1973. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University 1993-1996

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before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School 2003-2005. He is founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in Shoreditch, London. He was also co-founder and co-curator of the museum scale exhibition for emerging artists THE FUTURE CAN WAIT. As well as curating exhibitions globally (including Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome), Ellis has exhibited as an artist widely including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in notable collections including Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich and Soho House, London. Ellis has also published the iArtBook ‘100 London Artists’ with renowned critic, historian and curator Edward Lucie-Smith.

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Tina Rose

Director
Craft Biennale

Tina Rose is Director of Craft Biennale Scotland, a new international arts event which will launch in 2020. It is being developed by Really Interesting Objects (RIO) CIC

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, a social enterprise she founded in 2009, which is committed to promoting the value of craft and developing a deeper understanding of the art form.  RIO has established a track record for bringing together quality craft with innovative and unexpected approaches to engaging new audiences, often working cross art form, and with an element of activity focusing on reaching groups under represented in arts attendance.

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Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Founder
All About Photo

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking. She grew up in Paris, France and in London

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, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.

An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. Photo Curator, The PhotoPlace Gallery and The Young Photographer’s Award.

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel’s work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide like the Carroussel du Louvre (Paris, France), Rayko Photo Center (San Francisco, USA), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Maison de la Culture (Luxemburg), SFAC Galleries (San Francisco, USA), Europ’art’, (Geneva, Switzerland) Los Angeles Center of Photography (Los Angeles, USA), Fotofever Photography Art Fair, (Paris and Brussels), Le Pavé d’Orsay, (Paris, France)…

While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the launch of AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.

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Eleni Duke

Director
Curious Duke

Eleni graduated with a degree in History and Philosophy of Art from Kent University in 2008.

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After graduation Eleni worked for countless art galleries/organisations and community arts centres throughout London before opening the Curious Duke Gallery in 2011. Since then Eleni founded the Secret Art Prize in 2014, a yearly prize to source new exciting emerging artists. In 2017 Eleni launched a framing business specializing in truly bespoke and creative framing.

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LONGLIST

Celia Kinchington

Associate Director
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

In 2009 gallerist Cynthia Corbett launched the Young Masters Art Prize to celebrate artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past;

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knowing that artists today are not afraid, unlike their predecessors, to look back at history and its lessons. The Young Masters Art Prize operates as a not-for-profit initiative of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and is recognised as an exciting, high profile international competition that is highly innovative in its concept – to award contemporary art that embraces its past. The 2014 edition saw the launch of the first Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize for artists working in ceramics. In 2017, the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize was inaugurated to profile and reward emerging female artists. Young Masters celebrates its fifth edition and tenth anniversary in 2019.

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LONGLIST

Cristina Cellini Antonini

Founder & Director
Artrooms

Cristina Cellini Antonini is the founder and director of the Artrooms Fair and of Le Dame Art Gallery.

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Born in Rome, she was the Managing Director of the Chianti Festival (2001) and of the Fontanonestate (1999 – 2007), the historical festival of the “Estate Romana” and the founder of “Il Salto dell’Angelo”, a cultural organization committed to the promotion of performative and visual contemporary arts in Rome. In 2011 she moves to London, where with Chiara Canal she founds Le Dame Art Gallery and from 2015 with Francesco Fanelli, she founds the Artrooms Fair, the first international art fair free of charge for independent artists. Today, both Le Dame Art Gallery and the Artrooms Fair have branches in London and Rome.

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SUBMIT TO EMERGE GAMING

MUSIC

Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, FRAM, FTLC

Double Bassist / Founder and Artistic & Executive Director
Chineke! Foundation

Chi-chi is the Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of the Chineke! Foundation which supports, inspires and encourages Black and Minority Ethnic classical musicians working in the UK and Europe. The Chineke! Foundation champions change and celebrates diversity in the classical music industry through its two orchestras, the Chineke! Orchestra and Chineke! Junior Orchestra, as well as its educational and outreach work.

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Chi-chi has gained a reputation as one of the finest exponents of her instrument today. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and with Franco Petracchi in Rome and quickly found herself in high demand internationally. She is a founding member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and held the position of Principal double bass there for 30 years. She is also Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was made a Fellow in 1998.

As a broadcaster, Chi-chi presented BBC Radio 3 Requests for four years, she guests for the TV Proms and was Jury member of BBC2 TV’s Classical star.

Chi-chi is a trustee of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Mayor’s Music Fund, Tertis Foundation and is a Council member of the Royal Philharmonic Society. She served on the board of the Association of British Orchestras from 2008 to 2013.

In 2016, Chi-chi was appointed as an Honorary fellow of Trinity Laban Conservatoire in recognition of her pioneering contribution to music, in particular the inspiration she provides, the commitment she has shown and the contribution she has made to addressing inequalities within classical music in the UK. She was awarded the Association of British Orchestras Award in 2017 and was named Person of the Year at the Black British Business Awards in 2016.

Some of Chi-chi’s notable chamber recordings include Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet and Octet, Beethoven Septet, Hummel Piano quintet and Boccherini Sonatas. Her solo recording of Dittersdorf and Vanhal Concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra received critical acclaim. She is a dedicated advocate of the importance of music in everyone’s lives and is committed to teaching and sharing her love of music.

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Craig Hassall AM

Chief Executive
Royal Albert Hall

Craig Hassall has worked in the performing arts for 28 years and has recently been appointed CEO of the Royal Albert Hall. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Opera Australia, the national opera company. Craig also worked in London for nine years as CEO for the English National Ballet and as Chief Operating Officer of Raymond Gubbay Ltd, responsible for new business and collaborative ventures in the commercial field of classical music, opera and ballet. He also consulted on cultural aspects of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Craig was awarded an AM of the Order of Australia for services to the arts in the Australia Day Honours 2016. He served on many boards and is currently on the board of C4RD (Centre for Recent Drawing, London) and LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre).

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Jane Beese

Head of Music
The Roundhouse

Jane is the Head of Music at the Roundhouse. Her role involves overseeing the choreography and balance of the diary for 100+ shows per year in the Roundhouse, managing the team that produce the music projects in the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios and curating new festivals and series such as In The Round. The series started in January 2016 and has featured artists including Marianne Faithfull, Keaton Henson, Matthew E White, Mulatu Astatke, Ghetts and Julian Cope. She also oversees the programming of Rising festival, Ron Arad’s Curtain Call live performances, Rising Presents and On Mass.

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Jane was previously the Head of Contemporary Music at the Southbank Centre where she was responsible for the coordination and management of Meltdown Festivals curated by David Bowie, Patti Smith, Morrissey, Lee Scratch Perry and Robert Wyatt. She went on to direct and programme Meltdown festival from 2010 – 2015 with Richard Thompson, Ray Davies, Antony, James Lavelle and David Byrne as the artistic curators.

In a former life, Jane spent ten years working at 13 Artists, International Talent Booking and Asgard overseeing the international touring schedules of artists ranging from Radiohead and Skunk Anansie to Suede. She has also worked as a freelance programmer on corporate events such as T-Mobile Street Gigs working with artists such as Kasabian and Editors, and tour managed several artists including the legendary New York Dolls.

In 2009, she was nominated to the British Council’s Cultural Leadership programme and is on the Advisory Board of Nabokov Theatre. A graduate of London School of Economics in Government and History, she is committed to supporting the next generation of new artists in an ever-changing industry climate.

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Jacob Stolworthy

Digital Culture Writer
The Independent

Jacob is a digital and broadcast journalist whose experience includes culture reporting for The Independent, reviewing films on BBC Radio 1 and writing for The Independent, The Telegraph and Esquire.

LONGLIST

Anna Bromwich

Art Consultant
Mall Galleries

Anna joined Mall Galleries in 2015 as an art consultant and is responsible for sourcing and commissioning art for private and corporate clients.

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She curates and co-manages Mall Galleries’ online gallery, Buy Art | Buy Now, and has curated exhibitions for the gallery in-house and off-site.  She forms part of the team behind FBA Futures, Mall Galleries’ annual showcase of emerging figurative artists.

Anna has worked for a number of commercial galleries in London and Paris and has taught at the French architecture university ENSAPB. She has previously acted as a judge for Jackson’s Open Painting Prize.  

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LONGLIST

Zavier Ellis

Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor in the United Kingdom in 1973. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University 1993-1996

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before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School 2003-2005. He is founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in Shoreditch, London. He was also co-founder and co-curator of the museum scale exhibition for emerging artists THE FUTURE CAN WAIT. As well as curating exhibitions globally (including Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome), Ellis has exhibited as an artist widely including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in notable collections including Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich and Soho House, London. Ellis has also published the iArtBook ‘100 London Artists’ with renowned critic, historian and curator Edward Lucie-Smith.

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LONGLIST

Tina Rose

Director
Craft Biennale

Tina Rose is Director of Craft Biennale Scotland, a new international arts event which will launch in 2020. It is being developed by Really Interesting Objects (RIO) CIC

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, a social enterprise she founded in 2009, which is committed to promoting the value of craft and developing a deeper understanding of the art form.  RIO has established a track record for bringing together quality craft with innovative and unexpected approaches to engaging new audiences, often working cross art form, and with an element of activity focusing on reaching groups under represented in arts attendance.

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LONGLIST

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Founder
All About Photo

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking. She grew up in Paris, France and in London

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, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.

An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. Photo Curator, The PhotoPlace Gallery and The Young Photographer’s Award.

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel’s work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide like the Carroussel du Louvre (Paris, France), Rayko Photo Center (San Francisco, USA), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Maison de la Culture (Luxemburg), SFAC Galleries (San Francisco, USA), Europ’art’, (Geneva, Switzerland) Los Angeles Center of Photography (Los Angeles, USA), Fotofever Photography Art Fair, (Paris and Brussels), Le Pavé d’Orsay, (Paris, France)…

While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the launch of AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.

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LONGLIST

Eleni Duke

Director
Curious Duke

Eleni graduated with a degree in History and Philosophy of Art from Kent University in 2008.

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After graduation Eleni worked for countless art galleries/organisations and community arts centres throughout London before opening the Curious Duke Gallery in 2011. Since then Eleni founded the Secret Art Prize in 2014, a yearly prize to source new exciting emerging artists. In 2017 Eleni launched a framing business specializing in truly bespoke and creative framing.

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LONGLIST

Celia Kinchington

Associate Director
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

In 2009 gallerist Cynthia Corbett launched the Young Masters Art Prize to celebrate artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past;

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knowing that artists today are not afraid, unlike their predecessors, to look back at history and its lessons. The Young Masters Art Prize operates as a not-for-profit initiative of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and is recognised as an exciting, high profile international competition that is highly innovative in its concept – to award contemporary art that embraces its past. The 2014 edition saw the launch of the first Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize for artists working in ceramics. In 2017, the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize was inaugurated to profile and reward emerging female artists. Young Masters celebrates its fifth edition and tenth anniversary in 2019.

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LONGLIST

Cristina Cellini Antonini

Founder & Director
Artrooms

Cristina Cellini Antonini is the founder and director of the Artrooms Fair and of Le Dame Art Gallery.

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Born in Rome, she was the Managing Director of the Chianti Festival (2001) and of the Fontanonestate (1999 – 2007), the historical festival of the “Estate Romana” and the founder of “Il Salto dell’Angelo”, a cultural organization committed to the promotion of performative and visual contemporary arts in Rome. In 2011 she moves to London, where with Chiara Canal she founds Le Dame Art Gallery and from 2015 with Francesco Fanelli, she founds the Artrooms Fair, the first international art fair free of charge for independent artists. Today, both Le Dame Art Gallery and the Artrooms Fair have branches in London and Rome.

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PERFORMANCE

Peter Higgin

Co-founder / Director of Enrichment
punchdrunk

Peter is a founder member of punchdrunk. He is joint CEO of the company’s charity and oversees all artistic activities. In 2008, he established the company’s enrichment department, taking their innovative practice into educational and community settings. His work is diverse, from magical installations in primary schools to large participatory performances in found space and long form storytelling projects in a care home.

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Since 2008, the department has engaged over 100,000 participants. Peter has a strong belief pf the transformative power of punchdrunk’s practice and the importance of widening access to this work.

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Cathy Tyson

Actor / Founder
Pitch Lake Productions

Cathy is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated actor with over three decades of experience in the creative industries. She is known for her roles in film, television and theatre. She began her career at the Liverpool Everyman at the age of 17 before joining the RSC in 1984. She is best known for her role in Mona Lisa (1986) along side Bob Hoskins. In 2012, she finished a Degree in English and Drama at Brunel University.

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“Whilst a mature student at university, I dreamed of having a theatre company that would provide work for mature actresses. But I was too scared to tell anyone. I thought I would be laughed at. A couple of years after graduation and the dream is a reality in the form of Pitch Lake Productions. Now I am involved in a company I am proud of that will include developing work for mature actresses. I am ecstatic…to be part of a theatre company with great people who share some of the ideals I hold. Those ideals encompass story telling that creates new lead roles for BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) artists and fostering leadership skills in BAME artists.”

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Akram Khan

Artistic Director / Choreographer / Dancer
Akram Khan Company

In just over fifteen years, Akram has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as DESH, iTMOi, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees.

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His previous collaborators include the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, choreographers/dancers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Israel Galván, singer Kylie Minogue, visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip, writer Hanif Kureishi and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost.

Described by the Financial Times as an artist “who speaks tremendously of tremendous things”, a recent highlight of his career was the creation of a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Khan has won the Laurence Olivier Award, the Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award), the ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, the Fred and Adele Astaire Award, the Herald Archangel Award at Edinburgh International Festival, the South Bank Sky Arts Award and six Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Khan was awarded an MBE for services to dance in 2005. He is also an Honorary Graduate of Roehampton and De Montfort Universities, as well as University of London, and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban.

Khan is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells, London and Curve Leicester.

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In-Sook Chappell

Playwright / Filmmaker

In-Sook was born in South Korea but raised in England. She studied dance in New York at the Alvin Ailey School before moving into acting, and started writing in-between acting jobs. Her first play This Isn’t Romance was produced at the Soho Theatre after winning the Verity Bargate Award, and was commissioned as a screenplay by Film4, with In-Sook as writer/director. It was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and enjoyed a sell-out Korean production at the National Theatre Company Korea in summer 2017.

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Theatre includes Tales of the Harrow Road (Soho Theatre), Absence (Young Vic Theatre), P’yongyang (Finborough Theatre), The Free9 (National Theatre Connections). Mountains will open at the Royal Exchange Theatre early 2018 before going on a national tour. She is currently on attachment at the National Theatre Studio and developing a screenplay.

In-Sook has also made two short films as writer/director, Full and Kotchebi.

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Lynne Parker

Founder & Chief Executive
Funny Women

Award-winning producer and entrepreneur Lynne created Funny Women in 2002. Funny Women are now recognised as the leading experts in female comedy, helping women to perform, write and do business with humour. With the celebrated Funny Women Awards at the core of her business, Lynne runs events in London, Brighton, Manchester, Dublin and at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe.

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Lynne is a respected writer and facilitator and runs workshops on using humour in the workplace for boosting confidence and self-esteem, team-building and improving diversity. She regularly contributes to business and consumer publications including The Independent, Guardian and the Huffington Post.

Lynne won the ‘Inspirational Woman Award’ and the ‘NatWest Award’  for outstanding business success at E11Business Awards. She was recognised as one of ‘One Hundred Unseen Powerful Women who change the world’ for her work in arts and media at the Ladies Women in Business Awards. She is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women and Enterprise and sits on the working party for skills and education.

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Lisa Goldman

Writer / Script Consultant / Theatre Director

Lisa is a writer of drama and fiction. She is a script consultant and author of The No Rules Handbook for Writers. She is an award-winning director who has previously been Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of two new writing companies, the Red Room and Soho Theatre. She has developed, directed and produced a substantial body of influential new writing including hits such as Baghdad Wedding, The Bogus Woman, Piranha Heights, Stitching and Hoxton Story. Lisa teaches playwriting nationally and internationally and is passionate about supporting emerging talent.

LONGLIST

Anna Bromwich

Art Consultant
Mall Galleries

Anna joined Mall Galleries in 2015 as an art consultant and is responsible for sourcing and commissioning art for private and corporate clients.

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She curates and co-manages Mall Galleries’ online gallery, Buy Art | Buy Now, and has curated exhibitions for the gallery in-house and off-site.  She forms part of the team behind FBA Futures, Mall Galleries’ annual showcase of emerging figurative artists.

Anna has worked for a number of commercial galleries in London and Paris and has taught at the French architecture university ENSAPB. She has previously acted as a judge for Jackson’s Open Painting Prize.  

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LONGLIST

Zavier Ellis

Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor in the United Kingdom in 1973. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University 1993-1996

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before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School 2003-2005. He is founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in Shoreditch, London. He was also co-founder and co-curator of the museum scale exhibition for emerging artists THE FUTURE CAN WAIT. As well as curating exhibitions globally (including Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome), Ellis has exhibited as an artist widely including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in notable collections including Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich and Soho House, London. Ellis has also published the iArtBook ‘100 London Artists’ with renowned critic, historian and curator Edward Lucie-Smith.

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LONGLIST

Tina Rose

Director
Craft Biennale

Tina Rose is Director of Craft Biennale Scotland, a new international arts event which will launch in 2020. It is being developed by Really Interesting Objects (RIO) CIC

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, a social enterprise she founded in 2009, which is committed to promoting the value of craft and developing a deeper understanding of the art form.  RIO has established a track record for bringing together quality craft with innovative and unexpected approaches to engaging new audiences, often working cross art form, and with an element of activity focusing on reaching groups under represented in arts attendance.

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LONGLIST

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Founder
All About Photo

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking. She grew up in Paris, France and in London

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, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.

An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. Photo Curator, The PhotoPlace Gallery and The Young Photographer’s Award.

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel’s work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide like the Carroussel du Louvre (Paris, France), Rayko Photo Center (San Francisco, USA), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Maison de la Culture (Luxemburg), SFAC Galleries (San Francisco, USA), Europ’art’, (Geneva, Switzerland) Los Angeles Center of Photography (Los Angeles, USA), Fotofever Photography Art Fair, (Paris and Brussels), Le Pavé d’Orsay, (Paris, France)…

While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the launch of AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.

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LONGLIST

Eleni Duke

Director
Curious Duke

Eleni graduated with a degree in History and Philosophy of Art from Kent University in 2008.

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After graduation Eleni worked for countless art galleries/organisations and community arts centres throughout London before opening the Curious Duke Gallery in 2011. Since then Eleni founded the Secret Art Prize in 2014, a yearly prize to source new exciting emerging artists. In 2017 Eleni launched a framing business specializing in truly bespoke and creative framing.

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LONGLIST

Celia Kinchington

Associate Director
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

In 2009 gallerist Cynthia Corbett launched the Young Masters Art Prize to celebrate artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past;

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knowing that artists today are not afraid, unlike their predecessors, to look back at history and its lessons. The Young Masters Art Prize operates as a not-for-profit initiative of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and is recognised as an exciting, high profile international competition that is highly innovative in its concept – to award contemporary art that embraces its past. The 2014 edition saw the launch of the first Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize for artists working in ceramics. In 2017, the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize was inaugurated to profile and reward emerging female artists. Young Masters celebrates its fifth edition and tenth anniversary in 2019.

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LONGLIST

Cristina Cellini Antonini

Founder & Director
Artrooms

Cristina Cellini Antonini is the founder and director of the Artrooms Fair and of Le Dame Art Gallery.

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Born in Rome, she was the Managing Director of the Chianti Festival (2001) and of the Fontanonestate (1999 – 2007), the historical festival of the “Estate Romana” and the founder of “Il Salto dell’Angelo”, a cultural organization committed to the promotion of performative and visual contemporary arts in Rome. In 2011 she moves to London, where with Chiara Canal she founds Le Dame Art Gallery and from 2015 with Francesco Fanelli, she founds the Artrooms Fair, the first international art fair free of charge for independent artists. Today, both Le Dame Art Gallery and the Artrooms Fair have branches in London and Rome.

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SUBMIT TO EMERGE PERFORMANCE

PHOTOGRAPHY

Brett Rogers OBE

Brett Rogers is Director at The Photographers’ Gallery, founded in London’s Covent Garden in 1971 as the first public gallery in the UK dedicated to the medium. It remains a leader in the presentation and exploration of photography in all its forms, and has been instrumental in promoting photography’s pivotal and influential role in culture and society, ensuring its position as a significant art form.

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Over the years it has introduced such international photographers as Juergen Tellerm Robert Capa, Sebastiao Salgado, Andreas Gursky and Taryn sImon to British audiences, whilst championing home based practitioners including Martin Parr, Zineb Sedira, Nick Knight and Corinne Day.

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James Hill

Photographer
James Hill Photography

James has been a contract photographer for The New York Times since 1995 and his images have won many of photography’s most important prizes including, World Press Photo, the Pulitzer Prize, the Visa d’Or at Perpignan’s Visa Pour L’Image, and awards from The Overseas Press Club of America and the NPPA.

Originally a news and war photographer, with many years spent in conflict zones in the former USSR, the Middle East and Afghanistan, his work is now more feature and project based.

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James has published four books including Victory Day, an extensive portrait series of more than 500 Russian WWII veterans published with the support of the British Council. Days of San Isidro is a study on bullfighting and was commissioned by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His latest book, Somewhere Between War and Peace (published by Kehrer Verlag), is an examination of the emotional and artistic forces dominating a photographer’s career.

His work has been shown in solo exhibits in both state and commercial galleries worldwide. His photographs are also in the permanent collections of the Pushkin Museum, the Moscow Museum of Multimedia/Moscow House of Photography, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and institutional and private collections.

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Melissa DeWitt

Editor-in-Chief
Hotshoe Magazine

Melissa is Editor-in-Chief at Hotshoe Magazine, the UK’s leading photography magazine since 1977. Published four times a year, Hotshoe is repeatedly the first to spot and support innovative work. Their accessible features are not only the product of a powerful visual aesthetic but also strong writing and intelligent design.

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SHORTLIST

Michael Pritchard

Dr Michael Pritchard is Chief Executive and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. He is a photographic historian by training

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and for twenty years was a photographic specialist at Christie’s auction house. He has taught at MA level and lectures and broadcasts internationally on different aspects of photography and has authored several books. He has wide interest in historical and contemporary photography and has been a selector for many photography competitions and awards including the Terry O’Neill, HIPA and Spider B+W awards, Travel Photographer of the Year, the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year, and Weather Photographer of the Year.

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SHORTLIST

Michael Weir

Founder & Director
Belfast Photo Festival

Michael is curator and art critic, and since 2009 the Founder and Director of the Belfast Photo Festival.

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His focus is contemporary photography and he recently worked for Magnum Photos (New York), Young Art Taipei (Taiwan), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Singapore International Photography Festival (Singapore), East Wing (Dubai) and Chobi Mela (Bangladesh). He has also worked with artists such as Ai Wei Wei and Alec Soth.

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SHORTLIST

Nina Emett

Director
FotoDocument

Nina Emett is a documentary photographer and founding Director of unique arts social enterprise, FotoDocument,

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where she has worked as commissioner and curator since 2012.

Nina’s photography clients include The Independent, Amnesty International, The Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture, PwC, Brighton & Hove City Council among others. Nina is currently working on a long-term documentary project which focuses on lifting women in India out of poverty, published in September 2018 by Mapin.

Nina believes in the power of the visual narrative as an effective communication tool to engage people in powerful storylines which create a sense of active global citizenship. FotoDocument’s mission is to inspire, engage and effect behaviour change in a large and diverse audience through commissioning, curating and showcasing impactful photo essays and exhibitions which focus on solutions to key social and environmental issues. Their many exhibitions include: Oxo Tower Gallery, The House of Commons, Brighton Railway Station.

In 2015, Nina won a PEA Award (People Environment Achievement) on behalf of FotoDocument for their extensive One Planet City environmental project.

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SHORTLIST

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Founder
All About Photo

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking.

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She grew up in Paris, France and in London, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.

An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. Photo Curator, The PhotoPlace Gallery and The Young Photographer’s Award.

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel’s work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide like the Carroussel du Louvre (Paris, France), Rayko Photo Center (San Francisco, USA), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Maison de la Culture (Luxemburg), SFAC Galleries (San Francisco, USA), Europ’art’, (Geneva, Switzerland) Los Angeles Center of Photography (Los Angeles, USA), Fotofever Photography Art Fair, (Paris and Brussels), Le Pavé d’Orsay, (Paris, France)…

While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the launch of AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.

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SUBMIT TO EMERGE PHOTOGRAPHY

About Zealous

Our Network

Zealous was founded in 2011 to empower creatives. We recommend opportunities to our community based on their portfolios, and make it easier for organisations to source creative talent for projects, exhibitions, competitions and more.

Our Events

We’ve successfully run two large-scale interdisciplinary festivals (Zealous X). The latest showcased 115+ artists across 7 disciplines at Rich Mix, London, bringing 10,000 people to the space. Zealous also runs bimonthly meetups for the creative community.

Our Founder

Guy Armitage, was Guardian’s Creative Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, has discussed the world-changing potential of creativity at TEDx and in Forbes; speaks at conferences about the importance of diversity, has won the Tate Digital Art Hackathon in collaboration with Ai Wei-Wei and is a proud trustee of Firstsite in Colchester.

“We are incredibly grateful to Zealous for making our searching & selection process so simple. We look forward to working with Zealous again.”

Shakespeare’s Globe

“Zealous adapted their business model to my needs and got the campaign up and running very quickly.  A very professional business to work with.”

Richard Seager Arts Award

“I think the platform is great and I would definitely be keen to use it again in the future. I found it very straightforward to use and was surprised by the number of entries we had in such a short space of time.”

British Science Association

LONGLIST

Anna Bromwich

Art Consultant
Mall Galleries

Anna joined Mall Galleries in 2015 as an art consultant and is responsible for sourcing and commissioning art for private and corporate clients.

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She curates and co-manages Mall Galleries’ online gallery, Buy Art | Buy Now, and has curated exhibitions for the gallery in-house and off-site.  She forms part of the team behind FBA Futures, Mall Galleries’ annual showcase of emerging figurative artists.

Anna has worked for a number of commercial galleries in London and Paris and has taught at the French architecture university ENSAPB. She has previously acted as a judge for Jackson’s Open Painting Prize.  

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LONGLIST

Zavier Ellis

Zavier Ellis was born in Windsor in the United Kingdom in 1973. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University 1993-1996

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before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School 2003-2005. He is founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in Shoreditch, London. He was also co-founder and co-curator of the museum scale exhibition for emerging artists THE FUTURE CAN WAIT. As well as curating exhibitions globally (including Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome), Ellis has exhibited as an artist widely including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in notable collections including Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich and Soho House, London. Ellis has also published the iArtBook ‘100 London Artists’ with renowned critic, historian and curator Edward Lucie-Smith.

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LONGLIST

Tina Rose

Director
Craft Biennale

Tina Rose is Director of Craft Biennale Scotland, a new international arts event which will launch in 2020. It is being developed by Really Interesting Objects (RIO) CIC

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, a social enterprise she founded in 2009, which is committed to promoting the value of craft and developing a deeper understanding of the art form.  RIO has established a track record for bringing together quality craft with innovative and unexpected approaches to engaging new audiences, often working cross art form, and with an element of activity focusing on reaching groups under represented in arts attendance.

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LONGLIST

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel

Founder
All About Photo

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel is a professional photographer who specializes in Fine Art Photography and Printmaking. She grew up in Paris, France and in London

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, UK before she moved to the United States with her family in 2006. She decided to use her knowledge of the photography world to become the curator of the website, All About Photo, which she founded in 2013. Much more than a cultural agenda, All About Photo is a source of information for photographers and aficionados of photography as well as a showcase platform for talented artists.

An integral part of All About Photo is its annual awards competition, The Mind’s Eye, she has juried over the years with renowned photographers and curators such as Liu Bolin, Ann Jastrab, Ed Kashi, Eli Klein, Jules Maeght, Aline Smithson, Ami Vitale, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss and many more. She also juried competitions and shows for A Smith Gallery, Darkroom Gallery, Rayko Photo Center, L.A. Photo Curator, The PhotoPlace Gallery and The Young Photographer’s Award.

Sandrine Hermand-Grisel’s work has been published in books and magazines as well as exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide like the Carroussel du Louvre (Paris, France), Rayko Photo Center (San Francisco, USA), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), Maison de la Culture (Luxemburg), SFAC Galleries (San Francisco, USA), Europ’art’, (Geneva, Switzerland) Los Angeles Center of Photography (Los Angeles, USA), Fotofever Photography Art Fair, (Paris and Brussels), Le Pavé d’Orsay, (Paris, France)…

While still working on personal projects, she now spends most of her time discovering new talents for All About Photo. She is also working on the launch of AAP Magazine committed exclusively to the publication of portfolios.

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LONGLIST

Eleni Duke

Director
Curious Duke

Eleni graduated with a degree in History and Philosophy of Art from Kent University in 2008.

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After graduation Eleni worked for countless art galleries/organisations and community arts centres throughout London before opening the Curious Duke Gallery in 2011. Since then Eleni founded the Secret Art Prize in 2014, a yearly prize to source new exciting emerging artists. In 2017 Eleni launched a framing business specializing in truly bespoke and creative framing.

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LONGLIST

Celia Kinchington

Associate Director
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

In 2009 gallerist Cynthia Corbett launched the Young Masters Art Prize to celebrate artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past;

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knowing that artists today are not afraid, unlike their predecessors, to look back at history and its lessons. The Young Masters Art Prize operates as a not-for-profit initiative of the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and is recognised as an exciting, high profile international competition that is highly innovative in its concept – to award contemporary art that embraces its past. The 2014 edition saw the launch of the first Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize for artists working in ceramics. In 2017, the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize was inaugurated to profile and reward emerging female artists. Young Masters celebrates its fifth edition and tenth anniversary in 2019.

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LONGLIST

Cristina Cellini Antonini

Founder & Director
Artrooms

Cristina Cellini Antonini is the founder and director of the Artrooms Fair and of Le Dame Art Gallery.

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Born in Rome, she was the Managing Director of the Chianti Festival (2001) and of the Fontanonestate (1999 – 2007), the historical festival of the “Estate Romana” and the founder of “Il Salto dell’Angelo”, a cultural organization committed to the promotion of performative and visual contemporary arts in Rome. In 2011 she moves to London, where with Chiara Canal she founds Le Dame Art Gallery and from 2015 with Francesco Fanelli, she founds the Artrooms Fair, the first international art fair free of charge for independent artists. Today, both Le Dame Art Gallery and the Artrooms Fair have branches in London and Rome.

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