One of the most important aspects of the competition to us are the judges we invite to select the final works each year. We have been fortunate enough to have had the very best art experts over the years, everyone from Gavin Turk to the inimitable Brian Sewell in 2013.
The judging is done completely impartially. It is an anonymous process with no names or biographies revealed to the judges at any time. We are open to all artists and actively encourage entry of all ages from 15 upwards. The oldest entrant was 91. Creativity does not recognise age and rightly so!
This year a new and esteemed panel will judge your work. We are proud to introduce you to:
Vanessa is a champion of global, cultural and ecological initiatives. As President and Founder of the Marrakech Biennale (formerly AIM Biennale) she is responsible for North Africa’s only trilingual arts festival, an event now entering its 5th edition – comprising visual art, literature and film programs featuring acclaimed international and Moroccan artists.
Prior to this, between 1999 and 2004, she was co-founding curator of the Wonderful Fund Collection. This involved 15 people investing in the fund with which works of contemporary art were purchased to reflect the pulse of the times. The Wonderful Fund Collection was exhibited at Pallant House Gallery in 2006.
Chris Orr MBE RA
Chris is an English artist and printmaker who has exhibited globally.
Chris studied at Ravensbourne and Hornsey Schools of Art and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1967 with an MA in Printmaking. He was made a fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1985, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in 1988, elected Royal Academician in 1995 and appointed Professor of Printmaking at The Royal College of Art 1998. Combining his work as a full-time artist with teaching, he has also taught at Cardiff College of Art, Central St Martins, and at the Royal College of Art, London.
Norman Ackroyd CBE RA
Norman attended Leeds College of Art from 1957 to 1961 and the Royal College of Art from 1961 to 1964 where he studied under Julian Trevelyan. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Art in 1988 and appointed Professor of Etching, University of the Arts, in 1994. He was elected Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 2000, and in 2007 was made CBE for services to Engraving and Printing.
Caroline is a British photographer working in social documentary, portraiture, and advertising. Her work has been published and exhibited worldwide. After graduating in Philosophy and French from Edinburgh University, Caroline worked mainly in developing countries on editorial assignments, NGO commissions, and personal projects, motivated by a faith in photography’s capacity to connect the viewer to the subject; to link worlds that often appear disconnected.
Caroline has always written as well as photographed, starting at 17 with articles in the Independent and Evening Standard. During 2009 she had a weekly photograph and interview column in the Guardian Weekend Magazine. In 2010, Caroline’s published her first book “A Child from Everywhere.”
David represents our generous sponsor Towry, the wealth adviser. He was also a judge last year and loved it so much he asked to be involved again!
Perhaps we should leave the last word to Brian Sewell who following his involvement last year, said.
“For the established artist it provides the opportunity to exhibit between group and one man shows.
For the young it is a stepping-stone. No serious working artist should ignore it.”