Jimmy Lek (London): Singapore-born founder and organiser of the ArtGemini Prize and PhotoX. Former owner of All Seasons Tours Ltd which he sold in 2004. Jimmy is a fine arts enthusiasts and has worked for many years on various art projects including exhibitions at the AAF Singapore 2015, Singapore Art Fair 2014, AAF London and the 20/21 International Art Fair, London. In 2010, he organised the acclaimed exhibition Animal Kingdom: Paintings by Li Fuyuan, in partnership with the Museum of East Asian Art, UK.
Sajid Rizvi (London): Chair, ArtGemini Prize Selection Committee and Judges’ Panel, Founder Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, EAPGroup International Media. Owns and publishes Art Criticism Today, Eastern Art Report and East Asia Journal, East Asian Europe and Saffron Books.
Jo Baring (London): Jo Baring is the Director of The Ingram Collection, the biggest publicly accessible private collection of Modern British art in the UK. She also runs the Ingram Collection’s Young Contemporary Talent programme which supports emerging artistic talent, through purchasing, exhibitions and mentoring.Previously, Jo was a Director of Christie’s U.K and Head of Department, 20th Century British Art, Christie’s South Kensington. She read Modern History at Brasenose College, Oxford and holds an M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Jo is a member of the ArtGeminiPrize judging panel.
Dr Michael Pritchard (UK): Chief Executive of The Royal Photographic Society. He is a photographic historian and was a photography specialist at Christie’s, with a PhD in history of photography. Michael has been a selector on a number of international competitions, including the HIPA Awards, Travel Photography of the Year, Spider Awards, Terry O’Neill Award, and several student photography competitions. He lectures internationally and publishes regularly on photography. Michael is a member of the PhotoX judging panel.
Thorsten von Overgaard (Denmark): Thorsten is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait and documentary photography, known for writings about photography, as an educator and international photo competition judge.
Zoe Whishaw (UK): Zoe is a commercial photography consultant and mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers and photo agencies.She has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography. Zoe is a member of the ArtGemini Prize 2014 judges’ panel.
Chan Kok Hua (Singapore): Chinese art gallerist (Sin Hua Gallery) and collector established over 30 years, Mr Chan has been dubbed ‘The most successful Chinese ink painting dealer in Singapore’. Sin Hua Gallery has organised many art exhibitions, including the highly acclaimed ‘Qiu Zhai Collection’ featuring 128 pieces spanning 100 years after the 1840 Opium War at the art museum of Poly Auction, Beijing, in 2010.
Vanessa Champion (UK): Vanessa is a published international photojournalist, writer and marketing director. Ness has run a gallery, arts events, workshops and is a judge on art and photography competitions. She owns the luxury print brand ARGENTA Creative and is Founder of PhotoAid Global. Passionate about photography and communication, she is pleased to be running PhotoX 2017 and working with a terrific team.
Rebecca Hossack (London): An established gallerist and champion for innovative contemporary art for 25 years. With three galleries in London and New York, Rebecca was judge and host for the ArtGemini Prize 2013.
Sarah Ryan (UK): Fine art graduate and founder of New Blood Art in 2004, an online contemporary art gallery that sells original work by selected emerging artists. New Blood Art has a strong track record for identifying emerging artists who go on to do well. Sarah was a member of the ArtGemini Prize 2013 Judges’ Panel.
May Kim (UK): Co-founder of ArtOneSpace and previously curator at Mokspace, London. She holds an MA in Art History from SOAS and is now working as an independent curator and artists’ agent specialising in Korean art.
Dr Phil Shaw (UK): Phil studied printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London. In 2000, he was awarded a Doctorate in Printmaking from Middlesex University, where he has taught since 1980. He is a hugely successful artist whose prints appear in collections around the world. His recent work The Group of Eight an edition of 10 prints, was commissioned by Prime Minister of the UK and presented to the eight world leaders attending the 2013 G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. Phil is a member of the ArtGemini Prize 2014 judging panel.
Angus Pryor (UK): Angus studied at the Wimbledon School of Art and followed by an award of a MA at the Kent Institute of Art & Design. He is now Head of School for Art & Design at the University of Gloucestershire and co-director of the Arts Group, Plastic Propaganda.
Cristina Cellini Antonini (UK): A protagonist of the London contemporary art scene, Cristina Cellini Antonini is best known as the founder of the ARTROOMS – International Contemporary Art Fair for Independent Artists and of Le Dame Art Gallery. She is a respected arts industry veteran who has organised arts festivals in Italy and worked across several continents. Cristina is a member of the ArtGeminiPrize judging panel.
Viv Lawes (UK): Viv holds an MA Fine & Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute (University of Manchester) and a BA History of Art from University of York. She is lecturer and tutor in the Humanities Faculty at City & Guilds of London Art School and a visiting lecturer at Institut d’Etudes Superieures des Arts (IESA) and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Viv is a senior UK consultant to One East Asia International Art Management and a member of the ArtGemini Prize 2014 judging panel.
Dr Christina Bradstreet (UK): Dr. Christina Bradstreet is Honorary Secretary of the Association of Art Historians. She works for the National Gallery, where she organises and teaches adult learning courses and events. She was previously Director of Careers at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is currently publishing a book on scent in nineteenth-century art.
Pamela Kember-Tong (UK): Head of Arts and Learning at Asia House. She studied Art History and worked previously at the Ashmolean Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. A past judge for the Sovereign Art Prize, Hong Kong as well as Bloomberg’s Emerging Artists, Hong Kong. She returned to London in 2009 to continue a PhD and is on the Advisory Board of the Asia Art Archive, based in Hong Kong [www.aaa.org.hk] and a recent contributing editor for Benezit’s Dictionary of Asian Artists (New York NY 2012).
Estelle Lovatt (UK): Art Critic Estelle Lovatt FRSA trained as a painter before going over to the other side of the canvas and becoming a freelance art critic seen and heard on BBC Radio and TV, Sky News, Al Jazeera and CNN. She is also an Art History lecturer at Hampstead School of Art, London. Follow her art news on Twitter: @EstelleLovatt
Isabel H Langtry, Sculptor, Art Judge and Principal of Hampstead School of Art (London): Isabel studied at the Faculty of Art and Design at Hull University, Yorkshire, and then at St Martin’s School of Art, London, where her postgraduate studies under Katherine Gili, “probably the most important British sculptor today”, and the great painter Alan Gouk, shaped her sculptural discipline. She likens her time there to working under Pissarro and Julio Gonzalez, in the buzz, creativity and rigour of learning. Her first major exhibition was held at the Whitechapel Education Gallery, Whitechapel High Street, London. She has worked with architects as well as scientists and is acclaimed for her series of recent commissions with Studio E Architects’ new building, Larmenier School in Brook Green, and Chameleon International Headquarters, Ealing. Isabel is a busy Art Judge and the Principal of Hampstead School of Art, London. www.hampstead-school-of-art.org
Hania Farrell (London): Hania studied interior design at BUC (Beirut), Pratt Institute (New York) and Charpentier (Paris). She was awarded ArtGeminiPrize 2016 (1st Prize Photography & Digital category) for Minecrafting. Recent shows include Beirut Art Fair 2014 & 2015, Singapore Art Fair 2014, The Taylor Photographic Portrait Prize 2016, as well as commissions for Beirut Art Week (Air France 2014; VERTU 2015) and TEAL London 2013. Hania is a member of PhotoX judging panel.
Prof. Brian Griffin D.Univ. (BCU) Hon. FRPS.: Brian Griffin is one of the most unconventional, renowned and influential creative portrait photographers working in Britain today, his work is featured in many museum collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery London, Art Museum Reykjavik Iceland, Arts Council London and Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany. A much-revered photographer, Brian received the “Freedom of the city of Arles, France” in 1987 and went on to publish the seminal book “Work” in 1988 with a one-man show at the National Portrait Gallery. He has been decorated with accolades recognizing his influence on the photographic world, including receiving the “Centenary Medal” from the Royal Photographic Society in recognition of a lifetime achievement in photography. October 2017 will see the publication of “Gig” a book on the history of his music photography.
David Kilpatrick: Esteemed photography magazine editor and publisher David Kilpatrick set up Icon Publications Ltd in 1987 with his wife Shirley to publish photographic magazines and has done so ever since. Icon currently publishes Cameracraft and Master Photography (f2 Freelance Photographer merged with Cameracraft which replaces it as the title). He was Associate Editor of Photo Technique and then went freelance, contracting as editor of The Photographer. A few years later he had a chance to buy a local photography business in partnership with a friend of his who subsequently bought him out enabling him to buy a Nottinghamshire farmhouse and convert the range of barns into studio, offices and darkroom. After many successful years him and his wife moved north of the border to Scotland, to set up one of the first digital bureaux, producing magazines, books, leaflets and catalogues and specialised in the technical side of a new workflow.
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