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
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.
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.
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.
Artist & Writer
David Birkin’s work reflects on the ethics and aesthetics of contemporary conflict. Past projects include a collaboration with the courtroom sketch artist at Guantánamo and a skywriting performance over Manhattan. Birkin studied at Oxford University, the Slade and Whitney Museum ISP. He has written for Frieze, Cabinet and Ibraaz, and exhibited at The Mosaic Rooms, MOSTYN and Benaki Museum.
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 open. Democracy, 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.
Dr Itandehui Jansen
Filmmaker & Researcher, Edinburgh College of Art
Itandehui Jansen studied Directing at the Netherlands Film Academy and completed her PhD in Creative and Performing Arts at the Leiden University. She is currently Programme Director of Undergraduate Film and TV at Edinburgh College of Art. Her films have screened among others at IDFA, and the Oaxaca Film Festival.
Curator & Co-Founder of The Decorators
Mariana Pestana is an architect and curator who co-founded the collective The Decorators, a practice that rehearses possible futures through curatorial projects and interventions in the public realm. Mariana recently curated the exhibitions The Future Starts Here, at the V&A Museum and Eco Visionaries: Art and Architecture After the Anthropocene at MAAT. She lectured spatial design at Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Arts, and Design Interactions at the Royal College of Arts.
Michelle Williams Gamaker
Artist/Fine Art 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.
Artist & Creative Producer, Doncaster 20-22.
Encompassing performance and new media, Stubbs’ work explores power, technology and identity and has been commissioned by Bedford, Folkestone & Tainan. He has won many prizes for his films, exhibited at TATE, Baltic, ACMI and the Science Museum. He was made a Fleck Fellow for Banff Art Centre and Honorary Prof. in Liverpool and Sydney.
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.
Curator, Open Eye Gallery
Thomas Dukes is the curator of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool – a space to explore photography’s unique ability to connect, tell stories, reflect on humanity and to celebrate diversity and creativity. An MA in Arts, Aesthetics & Cultural Institutions at Liverpool University led to an internship with Karen Newman, an ongoing inspiration in visual media.