This year’s winning artists will be selected by an amazing panel of top industry experts. Here are the confirmed members so far:
Born in Mexico City, Sofia Casarin is an independent curator and writer based in London. Her research and writing interests span implications of decolonialism and post-identity in contemporary art, the relationship between the political and the aesthetic as well as the role of the artist as civic agent. She writes for several platforms and is content advisor for the Mexico-city-based publication diSONARE. Previously, she directed the Art Strategy department at Liaisons in Miami, where she focused on contemporary art activations and partnerships within the United States and Latin America; including the EFG ArtNexus Latin America Art Award in Bogotá, Lima, São Paulo, Buenos Aries, and Santiago de Chile. Formerly, she managed the visual arts initiatives at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Miami, and has independently advised on several cultural projects and private collections in the region. She holds a double BA in Art History and International Relations from Florida International University and is currently pursuing a post-graduate degree on Arts and Politics at Goldsmiths University of London.
Kasia Morawska is an award winning artist, gallery owner and co-founder of Jacobs & Morawska Fine Art Consulting. Throughout her illustrious career she has collaborated with artists such as Mark Leckey, Anton S. Kandinsky, Wiktor Dyndo, Tomasz Opasinski, Clayton Campbell, Darek Fortas, Kenji Hirasawa, Joseph Kucinski, Kevin Wayne and Ian Emes. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. She has also spearheaded major philanthropic projects and art exhibitions as far afield as Los Angeles and Warsaw, and worked in partnership with organisations like Forbes Magazine and the Maestro Foundation.
Cedric Christie lives and works in London. His work is a critical appraisal of colour and modernism as well as the exploration of the journey to form and meaning. After completing an apprenticeship in welding, Cedric used his knowledge of metal to make sculptures, which started the journey of his investigation of art and what it means to be an artist. His signature artworks, noted for their use of steel, scaffolding tube, snooker balls, cars, chalk lines, graphic text and the commercial fabrication process, have resulted in a string of solo shows and public art commissions both in the UK and internationally in Brussels, Antwerp and New York. Cedric has had three solo shows and curated a further two with Flowers Gallery; he is currently working on a new solo show for 2015 for Flowers Central, London. Cedric’s work is collected widely, notably in the collections of Anita Zabludowicz, David Roberts, Unilever, Derwent Valley Holdings and The University of Bedford. He has a wife, Amelia, and three children, Noah, Poppy and Talulla.
Alastair is arts editor and chief art critic of the Sunday Telegraph. He has written for an array of other publications, including The Spectator and Royal Academy magazine. He has been a judge of various art prizes, including Saatchi Gallery’s “Art Prize for Schools” (with 20,000 entrants from schools worldwide) and last year’s Griffin Art Prize.
DR Diego Giolitti is Visiting Professor in the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences within Richmond University. A trusted specialist in emerging art markets with a focus on Iranian and Russian contemporary art, Diego studied at the University of Venice as well as the University of Cambridge. He has worked as a lecturer at SOAS in London and the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice. He is an experienced gallery director, having worked in San Francisco, Amsterdam, Paris and his native Venice.