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Meet the Jurors

The panel of judges was headed each year by Louis Singh, director of Beaux Arts Gallery London. In addition, four experts from the contemporary art world were also invited to participate, bringing the total on the panel to five. Members have included established artists, gallery owners, art critics and writers, art dealers, art enthusiasts involved with our selected charity, and celebrities who may or may not be publicly recognized as accomplished artists.

The judges were volunteers who generously donated their time and expertise, viewing thousands of entries online to create a shortlist which they then view in person. The final selection will be comprised of 180-200 artworks in various mediums.

The 2013 Summer Selection Committee

Jonas Almgreen PhotoJonas Almgren, CEO of Artfinder

Jonas Almgren is a Swedish entrepreneur with experience as an engineering executive and a passion for art that has led him from the Silicon Valley and New York to London.

He started VIP Art Fair in 2010 and is currently the CEO of Artfinder an online resource for discovering and buying art.

Kath Cockshaw PhotoKath Cockshaw, Independent Visual Arts Producer

Kath Cockshaw is an independent producer, curator and fundraiser, working across the public, commercial and charity sectors. She initiates and manages partnerships to develop new projects and campaigns, working with artists, museums, charities, commercial and government organisations and global brands.

Kath has produced over fifty public exhibitions, working with high profile international and British artists including Turner Prize Winners and Royal Academicians. As a curator for regional museums and galleries (1998-2005), she managed, promoted and raised funds for exhibitions, education and events and managed museums' contemporary and historic fine art collections. Kath also writes to commission on a variety of subjects for exhibition catalogues and media publications.

Ezra Konvitz PhotoEzra Konvitz, Co-Founder of ArtStack

Ezra Konvitz is the Co-Founder of ArtStack, the social media platform for art. ArtStack is a new way to discover, share and remember art, dubbed 'Instagram for art' in Nowness. The community includes leading artists, curators, museum directors, collectors, gallerists and art enthusiasts in 185+ countries, and is used by international museums and galleries to connect with their audiences and find new artists.

He previously worked at the Serpentine Gallery; he holds an MPhil on the social development of avant-garde movements and an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University, as well as an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he studied postmodernism in France.

Estelle Lovatt PhotoEstelle Lovatt FRSA, Art Critic

Estelle Lovatt is a freelance art critic. She has the unique experience of both sides of the canvas; having trained as a painter and read art history Estelle is able to judge works of art with expert opinion. Estelle reviews and comments on art stories across BBC Radio and television as well as various independent radio stations throughout Great Britain. She is the art and exhibition reviewer for BBC Radio 2’s flagship arts programme, ‘The Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman’, and writes for numerous art magazines and newspapers including Art of England magazine. She lectures on Art History at the Hampstead School of Art and teaches drawing and painting at the Insight School of Art.

She also writes art exhibition catalogues, which includes ‘Henry Moore at Work’; ‘Isis’, by Halcyon Gallery’s sculptor Simon Gudgeon (the first major public sculpture installation in a Royal Park, London, for over 50 years); and Jane McAdam Freud’s, ‘Family Matters’, catalogue.

Louis Singh, Beaux Arts - London

Louis Singh was but 10 when his family moved their gallery business from St Ives to Bath and has spent his entire working life immersed in the world of contemporary art and gallery management.

Beaux Arts London, opened in Cork Street in 1993 and over the past three decades has developed a reputation for exhibiting the best of Modern British and contemporary painters and sculptors.

The gallery's focus is evenly divided between nurturing talent among the current generation of emerging artists - selected for their innovative practice as much as the aesthetic qualities of their work - and showing the work of established artists such as John Hoyland and John Bellany.

Since 2009 Louis has generously supported the Cork Street Open Exhibition, participating in the selection of artwork and offering much appreciated advice and guidance.

The 2013 Winter Show Selection Committee

Nadia Attura Nadia Attura, Fina Art Photographer - London Stefanie Bergot, ArTbridge - London
Estelle Lovatt Photo Estelle Lovatt, Art Critic - London Sam Phillips Photo Sam Phillips, Arts Writer - London
Louis Singh Louis Singh, Director of the Beaux Arts Gallery, London

The 2012 Selection Committee

Bridget Coaker Bridget Coaker, night picture editor on the Guardian and Observer manager of Troika Photos Edward Lucie-Smith Edward Lucie-Smith, Author, critic and art historian
Sergei Reviakin Sergei Reviakin, Author and member of the International Association of Art Critics and Art Historians Louis Singh Louis Singh, Director of the Beaux Arts Gallery, London

The 2011 Selection Committee

Stuart Semple Stuart Semple, British painter, curator and columnist for Art of England Giles Baker-Smith Giles Baker-Smith, Founder of The Blue Gallery and GBS Fine Art Consultancy and Dealership
Martin Newman Martin Newman, art critic and assistant news editor at the Daily Mirror Laura Noble Laura Noble, London based Artist, Writer and Director of Diemar/Noble Photography
Louis Singh Louis Singh, Director of the Beaux Arts Gallery, London

The 2010 Selection Committee

Louis Singh, Associate Director Beaux Arts Gallery - London Mark Foxwell, Printer - Genesis Imaging
Lisa Sharpe, Art Dealer Ben Hanly, Modern and Contemporary Art Specialist
Susan Stockwell, International Contemporary Artist.

The 2009 Selection Committee

Louis Singh, Associate Director Beaux Arts Gallery - London Angela Conner, International Sculptor
Moussy Salem, Contemporary Art Dealer Richard Martin, Founder & Chairman of Children of Peace, Former Art Dealer
Sir John Bird, Founder of the Big Issue, Art Enthusiast & Artist

The 2008 Selection Committee

John Hurt, Actor & Artist Sir John Bird, Founder of the Big Issue & Artist
Eddie Chambers, Professor of Art History, Art Critic & Writer Peter Suchin, Contemporary Art Critic, Painter & Curator

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Entry Details

Key Dates - August Show

02 Jun Deadline for Entries
21 Jun Shortlist of Works Announced
22-31 Jul Optional Delivery of Shortlisted Works to Parcel Post
04-05 Aug Delivery of Shortlisted Works to Cork Street Gallery
06 Aug Final Selection of Works Announced, Exhibition Hung
08 Aug Thursday: Ticketed Private View
09 Aug Exhibition Opens
14 Aug Artist's Reception
16 Aug Final Day of Exhibition
16-17 Aug Collection of Unsold Work Optional Return of Unsold Work to Transport Partner
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