Meet the panel of adjudicators who will judge the 2023 Articulation Prize:
Casey Bailey is an award-winning writer, performer and educator. Birmingham Poet Laureate (2020-22), Casey’s poetry collection Please Do Not Touch was published in 2021. In 2022 he wrote a sold out debut play GrimeBoy and was awarded a Webby Award for The Ballad of The Peaky Blinders (2019). Casey was named as one of the Alfred Fagon Awards’ Black Champions of Theatre in 2021. He’s a fellow of the University of Worcester, and honorary doctorate in Education by Newman University.
Jo Baring is the Director of the Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art. Jo is the co-host of critically acclaimed art history podcast Sculpting Lives. In 2016 Jo set up the Ingram Prize to support artists in the early stages of their career. She is editor of Revisiting Modern British Art, published in October 2022 by Lund Humphries. She is a trustee of the Artists’ Collecting Society and a Board Director of Women of the Year.
Mark Bills has been Gainsborough’s House Director since 2013 when he initiated the capital project, Reviving an Artist’s Birthplace, A National Centre for Gainsborough. He has over thirty years’ experience in the museums and galleries sector after studying fine art at the Slade and art history postgraduate research at Manchester University. He has published widely on eighteenth and nineteenth century British art, and toured exhibitions internationally including the first exhibitions of Thomas Gainsborough in Holland, Germany, and Russia.
Sarah Brown is Director of The Lightbox, joining the organisation in December 2021. Previously she led Leeds Art Gallery as Principal Keeper overseeing all aspects of the artistic programme and was responsible for the capital refurbishment leading the reopening of Leeds Art Gallery. She has been a judge for the Paul Hamlyn Award and the Hepworth Sculpture Prize, has chaired the Northern Art Prize and has curated numerous exhibitions.
Jyll Bradley works with installation, film, drawing and sculpture to explore ideas of place, space and identity. Light has been a constant protagonist in her practice. Her acclaimed public realm commissions include Green/Light (for M.R.) for The Folkestone Triennial, Dutch/Light for Turner Contemporary, The Hop for The Hayward Gallery and Threshold for Kaunas, European Capital of Culture.
Jyll has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally and her work is held in numerous national and international private and public collections.
Dr Edwin Coomasaru
Dr Edwin Coomasaru is a Contributing Editor at British Art Studies, a historian of modern and contemporary UK and Sri Lankan art. He is writing a book on Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Northern Irish Art and co-edited a book on Imagining the Apocalypse: Art and the End Times (Courtauld Books Online, 2022). Coomasaru has been awarded postdoctoral and research fellowships at Edinburgh University, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and The Courtauld Institute of Art (where he earned his PhD).
Beccy is the founding Chief Executive of Voice 21. Before joining Voice 21, Beccy spent seven years facilitating educational collaboration as the founding CEO of Schools NorthEast. Before entering the education sector, Beccy led communications, campaigns and programmes for The Children's Commissioner for England, The Electoral Commission, The Hansard Society and BBC Parliament. Beccy is a trained Journalist and started her career captioning debates in the House of Commons for BBC Parliament.
Dr Gabriele Finaldi
Gabriele Finaldi has been Director of the National Gallery since August 2015. He was previously Deputy Director for Collections and Research at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, a position he took up in 2002. Prior to his role at the Prado, he was a curator at the National Gallery between 1992 and 2002, where he was responsible for the later Italian paintings in the collection (Caravaggio to Canaletto) and the Spanish collection (Bermejo to Goya). Finaldi studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he completed his doctorate in 1995 on the 17th-century Spanish painter who worked in Italy Jusepe de Ribera. He has curated exhibitions in Britain, Spain, Italy, Belgium and the US. He has written catalogues and scholarly articles on Velázquez and Zurbarán, Italian Baroque painting, religious iconography.
Ferren Gipson is a British-American art historian, writer, and textile artist. Her words can be found across mediums, including her books The Ultimate Art Museum (Phaidon) and Women’s Work (Frances Lincoln); articles (print and online); and the visual arts podcast Art Matters. She is a strong advocate for broadening the audience for art historical content. Within her textile practice, she explores themes of labour, matrilineal connections, materiality, and colour. She is currently a doctoral researcher at SOAS, University of London.
Dr Jim Harris
Dr Jim Harris is Teaching Curator at the Ashmolean Museum and a Research Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford, working to bring the collections of the Museum to bear on teaching, learning and research in the University. Originally trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he returned to study at the Courtauld Institute of Art, writing his PhD on the polychrome sculpture of Donatello. Jim is a regular contributor to Pause for Thought on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
Janie Hopkins is Head of Learning and Engagement within National Museums Scotland’s Leadership team and is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College. Prior to this Janie led Tramway; international, contemporary arts centre and oversaw festivals such as Celtic Connections and Glasgow International as well as acting as ambassador for Glasgow City of Music within the UNESCO Creative City Network. Prior to this Janie’s experience spans the cultural sector with a focus on participatory practice and promoting the transformational power of cultural engagement.
Simon Hucker is a Senior Specialist in Modern & Contemporary Art at Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers. Simon studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art and has worked in the London commercial art world since the late 1990s. Previous roles have included Co-Head of the Modern & Post-War British Art department at Sotheby’s, and Director at Jonathan Clark Fine Art. He has written extensively on Modern and Contemporary art – including a monograph on the British sculptor George Kennethson.
Rachel Jones is an artist working in painting, installation, sound and performance, exploring a sense of self as a visual, visceral experience. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Mixing It Up: Painting Today at the Hayward Gallery (2021) and solo exhibitions at the Chisenhale Gallery (2022) and at the Long Museum in Shanghai (March 2023). She was an artist in residence at The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas (2019) and the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art (2016).
Dr Klara Kemp-Welch
Dr Klara Kemp-Welch is Reader in 20th Century Modernism at The Courtauld Institute of Art and works on intersections between modern and contemporary art and politics. She was educated at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies and University College London. Her publications include Antipolitics in Central European Art. Reticence as Dissidence under Post-Totalitarian Rule 1956-1989 (2014) and Networking the Bloc. Experimental Art in Eastern Europe 1965-1989 (2019). She is currently writing a monograph on contemporary art, migration and mobility in the European Union.
Olivia Laing is a writer and critic. She’s the author of six books, translated into 19 languages. Her novel Crudo (2018) won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and in 2018 she was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction. She’s written catalogue essays on a variety of contemporary artists and her collected essays on art were published as Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency in 2020. Her latest book is Everybody (2021).
Dinu Li is a Cornwall-based artist and academic, teaching at Falmouth University. He works in the moving image, sculptural assemblage, performance and photography. Li has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His work features in many publications and monographs, including The Chinese Art Book showcasing artworks by 200 significant Chinese artists since the Shang Dynasty (Phaidon, 2013). Li has received several accolades as an academic and won the national AoP Lecturer of the Year award (2019).
Harold Offeh is an artist working in performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. Offeh is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of histories. He studied Critical Fine Art Practice at The University of Brighton, MA Fine Art Photography at the Royal College of Art and completed his PhD by practice exploring the activation of Black Album covers through durational performance. He is a Tutor in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art.
Fabian Peake is a London-based artist and a poet. Peake went to Chelsea College of Art (1958 – 1963) and the Royal College of Art (1963 – 1966). He has visited and lectured in many colleges around the world and worked at Manchester Metropolitan University Fine Art Department for many years. Notable exhibitions of include shows in Dallas, Texas and in Leon, Mexico; and Jaqueline Martins gallery, Brussels. Currently, he is showing work at Hauser and Wirth gallery in Bruton, Somerset.
David Roberts is a collector of contemporary art and Founder of the Roberts Institute of Art (RIA), a non-profit contemporary arts organisation that commissions performance art, runs a residency programme in Scotland and collaborates with national partners on exhibitions to research and share the David and Indrė Roberts Collection. He is married to artist Indrė Šerpytytė.
Dr Stephen Whiteman
Stephen Whiteman is Reader in the Art and Architecture of China at The Courtauld, University of London and Honorary Associate in Art History at The University of Sydney. A specialist in the visual and spatial cultures of early modern and modern China and Southeast Asia, and has written extensively on digital methods in art and architectural history. He is author and editor of five books, including the award-winning Where Dragon Veins Meet: The Kangxi Emperor and His Estate at Rehe.
Michael Shrive is Assistant Curator at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire (National Trust / Rothschild Collections). He read history at the University of Essex and in 2016 graduated with an MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors from the University of Buckingham. His particular interest is in 18th and 19th century furniture. He contributed to the publication Jean-Henri Riesener: Cabinetmaker to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (2020) and has published in Furniture History (2019 and 2021). He previously worked as a curatorial intern at Royal Collection Trust and has contributed to the National Trust’s Furniture Research and Cataloguing Project.