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 CommitteeJonas 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, 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, 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 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, Fina Art Photographer - London||Stefanie Bergot, ArTbridge - London|
|Estelle Lovatt, Art Critic - London||Sam Phillips, Arts Writer - London|
|Louis Singh, Director of the Beaux Arts Gallery, London
The 2012 Selection Committee
|Bridget Coaker, night picture editor on the Guardian and Observer manager of Troika Photos||Edward Lucie-Smith, Author, critic and art historian|
|Sergei Reviakin, Author and member of the International Association of Art Critics and Art Historians||Louis Singh, Director of the Beaux Arts Gallery, London
The 2011 Selection Committee
|Stuart Semple, British painter, curator and columnist for Art of England||Giles Baker-Smith, Founder of The Blue Gallery and GBS Fine Art Consultancy and Dealership|
|Martin Newman, art critic and assistant news editor at the Daily Mirror||Laura Noble, London based Artist, Writer and Director of Diemar/Noble Photography
|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|