2015 Jury

Terry New

FRBS, President Royal British Society of Sculptors

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Terry was the Head of Fine Art and Head of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London from 1986 to 2011.  He is a practicing sculptor and has had solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, Martini Arte Internazionale, Turin, Italy and as well as having work in public and private collections including The Art Gallery of Western Australia and The Sharjah Art Museum and Merck, Sharp & Dohme, UK.  He is a Fellow and President of Royal British Society of Sculptors.  Terry chaired the jury. www.terrynew.com

Clare Burnett

Vice President Royal British Society of Sculptors

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Clare Burnett is a site-responsive artist based in London.  She makes pared-down, abstract artworks which encourage people to engage visually and conceptually with their surroundings. Previous projects include installations of works in West Norwood and Brompton Cemeteries, street works and paintings in Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation.  Last year Clare was artist-in-residence at Leighton House Museum where she had a major solo show.  She is Vice-President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. www.clareburnett.net

Richard Wilson R.A.

Artist

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Born in 1953, Wilson is internationally celebrated for his bold interventions in architectural space which draw heavily for their inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction.  Wilson represented Britain in the Sydney, Sao Paulo, Venice Biennials and Yokohama Triennial, was nominated for the Turner Prize on two occasions and was awarded the prestigious DAAD residency in Berlin 1992/3.

Wilson’s projects have generated universal critical acclaim. His seminal installation 20:50, a sea of reflective sump oil, which is permanently installed in the Saatchi Collection, was described as ‘one of the masterpieces of the modern age’. His commissioned contribution to Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture, 2008,titled Turning the Place Over, comprised a vast ovoid section of a façade that rotated three dimensionally on a spindle. His regional cultural Olympic exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill 2012 had a hydraulically teetering replica coach (The Italian Job) positioned at the edge of the buildings roof and he opened Slipstream, a major commission for Heathrow's T2, in April 2014.

Wilson was appointed Visiting Research Professor at the University of East London, elected as a member of the Royal Academy and awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Middlesex. Wilson is honorary professor of sculpture at the RA Schools. www.richardwilsonsculptor.com

Dave Beech

Art Critic, Curator, and Lecturer

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Dave Beech is a writer, curator and artist in the collective Freee. He studied painting at Leicester Polytechnic and then Cultural Theory at the Royal College of Art, where he researched the historical development of the concept of philistinism from Romanticism to Postmodernism. He has written widely on the politics of art, as well as the legacy of the Avant-Garde and Conceptualism. He has also contributed to debates on participation and art’s publics, in books such as ‘In Search of Art’s New Publics’ and ‘The Pedagogical Turn’, as well as being a founding editor of the journal ‘Art and the Public Sphere’. As an artist he has exhibited at the Istanbul Biennial in 2013 and the Liverpool Biennial in 2010. He also curated the exhibition ‘We Are Grammar’ at the Pratt Institute, New York 2011 (co-curator Paul O’Neill). 

Nina Wisnia

Artist and Curator

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Nina trained as a dancer at the Balett Akademien in Stockholm and then as a visual artist in London attending Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and The Royal College of Art. Nina has written and illustrated 4 books published by Editions du Rouergue in France and Sweden, for which she was awarded the Opal Book Prize and Bologna Book Fair Award.  Formerly a graphic designer in the Arnell Group in New York and London, she currently pursues her own artistic practice and is involved in a variety of modern and contemporary art projects.

Claire Mander

Curator

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Claire works with emerging and established contemporary artists and sculptors through collaborations and projects in both the public and private spheres.   She has extensive experience in working in various museums, auction houses (in London and Paris) and not-for-profit arts organisations.  Most recently, as Head of Contemporary she set up a contemporary gallery within an existing modern commercial gallery in London and curated exhibitions of work by contemporary artists working in all media.  She obtained her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2004. Claire is Deputy Director and Curator of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

2014 Jury

Terry New

FRBS, President Royal British Society of Sculptors

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Terry was the Head of Fine Art and Head of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London from 1986 to 2011.  He is a practicing sculptor and has had solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, Martini Arte Internazionale, Turin, Italy and as well as having work in public and private collections including The Art Gallery of Western Australia and The Sharjah Art Museum and Merck, Sharp & Dohme, UK.  He is a Fellow and President of Royal British Society of Sculptors.  Terry chaired the jury. www.terrynew.com

Clare Burnett

Vice President Royal British Society of Sculptors

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Clare Burnett is a site-responsive artist based in London.  She makes pared-down, abstract artworks which encourage people to engage visually and conceptually with their surroundings. Previous projects include installations of works in West Norwood and Brompton Cemeteries, street works and paintings in Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation.  Last year Clare was artist-in-residence at Leighton House Museum where she had a major solo show.  She is Vice-President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. www.clareburnett.net

Cornelia Parker

Artist

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For some years Cornelia Parker's work has been concerned with formalising things beyond our control and allowing the viewer to witness the transformation of the most ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary.  Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997, Cornelia Parker has became known for her installations and interventions, including Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View 1991 (Tate Modern) where she suspended the fragments of a garden shed, blown up for her by the British Army, and The Maybe, a collaboration with actress Tilda Swinton, at the Serpentine Gallery in 1995.She has works in the Tate Collection, MoMA NY, Metropolitan Museum, NY and in numerous public and private collections in Europe and the USA. In 2010 she was awarded an OBE and elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Sarah Kent

Critic

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Sarah Kent was visual arts editor of Time Out magazine for 30 years and now writes for The Arts Desk and appears on programmes such as Night Waves.  She studied painting at the Slade School and was an artist and lecturer until 1977, when she became Director of Exhibitions at the ICA where she staged over 50 exhibitions by established and less well known artists.

She has served on numerous juries including the Turner Prize, John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, New Contemporaries, the Royal British Society of Sculptors’ Bursary Award and the Arts Foundation Award for Arts Journalism. She has written catalogues for galleries such as the Hayward, ICA, Saatchi Gallery, White Cube and Haunch of Venison and books such as ‘Shark-Infested Waters: The Saatchi Collection of British Art in the 90’s’. 

Nina Wisnia

Artist and Curator

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Nina trained as a dancer at the Balett Akademien in Stockholm and then as a visual artist in London attending Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and The Royal College of Art. Nina has written and illustrated 4 books published by Editions du Rouergue in France and Sweden, for which she was awarded the Opal Book Prize and Bologna Book Fair Award.  Formerly a graphic designer in the Arnell Group in New York and London, she currently pursues her own artistic practice and is involved in a variety of modern and contemporary art projects.

Claire Mander

Curator

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Claire works with emerging and established contemporary artists and sculptors through collaborations and projects in both the public and private spheres.   She has extensive experience in working in various museums, auction houses (in London and Paris) and not-for-profit arts organisations.  Most recently, as Head of Contemporary she set up a contemporary gallery within an existing modern commercial gallery in London and curated exhibitions of work by contemporary artists working in all media.  She obtained her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2004. Claire is Deputy Director and Curator of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

2013 Jury

Terry New

FRBS, President Royal British Society of Sculptors

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Terry was the Head of Fine Art and Head of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London from 1986 to 2011.  He is a practicing sculptor and has had solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, Martini Arte Internazionale, Turin, Italy and as well as having work in public and private collections including The Art Gallery of Western Australia and The Sharjah Art Museum and Merck, Sharp & Dohme, UK.  He is a Fellow and President of Royal British Society of Sculptors.  Terry chaired the jury. www.terrynew.com

Richard Cork

Critic and Author

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Richard Cork is an award-winning art critic, historian, broadcaster and curator of major exhibitions at Tate, Royal Academy, Hayward Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery and museums elsewhere in Europe. His many books include a ground-breaking study of Vorticism, a pioneering history of Art Beyond The Gallery, a widely-praised monograph on David Bomberg, and A Bitter Truth: Avant-Garde Art and The Great War, winner of the Art Fund Award in 1995. Four acclaimed volumes of his critical writings on modern art were published by Yale in 2003, and in 2009 the Royal Academy published the catalogue of his exhibition Wild Thing: Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Gill. His new book is The Healing Presence of Art, a major history of western art in hospitals, ranging from Piero della Francesca and El Greco to Frida Kahlo and Naum Gabo, published by Yale in 2012.

Clare Burnett

Vice President Royal British Society of Sculptors

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Clare Burnett is a site-responsive artist based in London.  She makes pared-down, abstract artworks which encourage people to engage visually and conceptually with their surroundings. Previous projects include installations of works in West Norwood and Brompton Cemeteries, street works and paintings in Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation.  Last year Clare was artist-in-residence at Leighton House Museum where she had a major solo show.  She is Vice-President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. www.clareburnett.net

Ezra Konvitz

Co-Founder ArtStack

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Ezra Konvitz is the Co-Founder of ArtStack, the social platform for art. ArtStack is a new way to discover and share art with friends, professionals and an international community of art lovers - and is enabling emerging and established artists, curators and thought leaders to reach a global audience.  Ezra previously led on strategy at the Serpentine Gallery, London, and focused on media and technology clients as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company. He holds an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, an MPhil and a BA from the University of Cambridge. www.theartstack.com

Nina Wisnia

Artist and Curator

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Nina trained as a dancer at the Balett Akademien in Stockholm and then as a visual artist in London attending Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and The Royal College of Art. Nina has written and illustrated 4 books published by Editions du Rouergue in France and Sweden, for which she was awarded the Opal Book Prize and Bologna Book Fair Award.  Formerly a graphic designer in the Arnell Group in New York and London, she currently pursues her own artistic practice and is involved in a variety of modern and contemporary art projects.

Claire Mander

Curator

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Claire works with emerging and established contemporary artists and sculptors through collaborations and projects in both the public and private spheres.   She has extensive experience in working in various museums, auction houses (in London and Paris) and not-for-profit arts organisations.  Most recently, as Head of Contemporary she set up a contemporary gallery within an existing modern commercial gallery in London and curated exhibitions of work by contemporary artists working in all media.  She obtained her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2004. Claire is Deputy Director and Curator of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.