We are delighted to present the Judging Panel for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019. The panel comprises influential art figures, including curators, academics and artists whose expertise spans all media.
Curator of Exhibitions & Research at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Alessandro Vincentelli is Curator of Exhibitions & Research at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. He previously worked as a Curator at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and at the Arts Council England. He initially trained in Social Anthropology before completing the Contemporary Curating Course at the Royal College of Art, London.
Co-founder & Managing Director of Aesthetica
Cherie Federico is the Editor of Aesthetica Magazine and the Director of the Aesthetica Art Prize. Originally from New York, Cherie moved to the UK in 2002 to study for her Masters Degree and since then has developed Aesthetica into an international brand alongside the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival and the Creative Writing Award. Click here to view a film about the latest Prize.
Edmund Clark’s work links issues of history, politics and representation through a range of references and forms including photography, video, documents, found images and other material. Clark has published six books and been exhibited widely including in major solo museum exhibitions at the International Center of Photography Museum, New York and the Imperial War Museum, London.
En Liang Khong
News and Comment Editor, Frieze Magazine
En Liang Khong is News and Comment Editor at frieze magazine. He is a regular arts reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement and Financial Times. He previously worked as a journalist at openDemocracy, specializing in Chinese human rights, and his writing on art and politics has also appeared in Prospect, the New Statesman and The New Inquiry. He is a former BBC Young Composer of the Year.
Co-curator, The Future Starts Here
Mariana Pestana works as a curator in the Design, Architecture and Digital Department at the V&A. Mariana has previously taught spatial and interactive design at Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, and Royal College of Arts. In 2013, she curated The Real and Other Fictions for the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and in 2016, This Time Tomorrow for the V&A at the World Economic Forum.
Michelle Williams Gamaker
Moving image & performance artist/Lecturer, Goldsmiths University
Michelle Williams Gamaker is a moving image and performance artist, whose works explore the fiction-making machine of 20th century British and Hollywood. She is a Lecturer in BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Chair of Trustees at Pavilion in Leeds and co-founder of the Women of Colour Index (WOCI) Reading Group.
Mike Stubbs is the Director at Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool. He previously was Head of Program for the Australian Centre of Moving Image and Melbourne and Senior Research Fellow, Dundee University. He has produced over 350 exhibition programmes and is also a moving image artist who has exhibited and been screened with Baltic, Tate, BBC and C4.
Dr. Samantha Broadhead
Head of Research, Leeds Arts University
Samantha has worked as an artist since the 1990s with an interest in widening participation in the arts. Recently, she has curated Ann O’Donnell: Modernist Jewellery Designer, which explored jewellery design in the 1950s and 1960s. Samantha also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning.
Dr. Beatrice Bertram
Senior Curator at York Art Gallery
Beatrice has recently joined the Gallery from the National Trust, where she worked on a major project at Petworth House in West Sussex. Previously, she curated the Watts 200 sequence of exhibitions as Curatorial Fellow at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, near Guildford, and held a Fellowship in the Prints and Drawings department at the British Museum.