The deadline for submitting your work for the Young Portrait Artist Awards is fast approaching (Fri 29 January) and we have already received some lovely pieces which would look lovely on display in our riverside cafe gallery. Out of all the entrants, 15 will be selected by a panel of judges to be displayed throughout the gallery from Sat 05 March to Fri 01 April.
Not only will the winners get their work exhibited, one finalist from each age group (7-11 years, 12-15 years and 16-18 years) will also receive a prize sponsored by Pullingers and a place at an arts workshop with artist Jonathan Thompson. The award winners will be announced at the Spark Festival on the 18 March 2016.
So who are these panel of expert judges? Let’s meet them:
Caroline is an experienced freelance arts manager and visual artist. Caroline was the Director for the New Ashgate Gallery in 2015 on maternity cover, roles included developing business strategy, managing programming, curation and partnerships with organisations including Crafts Council. In 2014 Caroline also worked as a freelance project manager for Guildford Borough Council and completed a 15 month residency with Ochre Print Studio. From 2005- 2013, Caroline was the Arts Officer for Guildford Borough (maternity cover), Visual Arts Officer (job share) and Surrey Artists Open Studios Coordinator for Surrey Arts. Caroline works on the steering group of Open Studios network and Ochre Print Studio.
Her own work is inspired by everyday occurrences, movement in animals, nativity, the subtleness of life surrounding us and how each of these characters make their way through life.
Jonathan Parsons is known for the diversity of his practice, which includes installation, sculpture, found objects, drawing, painting and fabrication. He was selected for the British Art Show 5 (2000) and was one of the youngest artists to be included in the notorious Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts (1997), which toured to Berlin and New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: New Paintings, New Art Projects, London (2014) and Zed’s Dead, Loewe Contemporary, London (2012). Recent group exhibitions include: Autocatalytic Future Games, No Format Gallery, London (2015), Geographies, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan (2015), Mind the Map, London Transport Museum (2012) and Meanwhile, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2012).
In 2016, Jonathan will curate the exhibition Seeing Round Corners at Margate’s Turner Contemporary which will run from 21 May to 25 September. Jonathan is also a lecturer in Fine Arts at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
Jonathan Thompson is a Painter-Printmaker and guitarist who produces limited edition etchings. The images depict a journey that evoke a sense of the sublime using the landscape or a narrative to create prints within the British Visionary tradition. He has received several awards for his work at the Mall Galleries and Camberwell College of Arts London where he graduated in BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting in 1985, Postgraduate Printmaking 1986 & MA Printmaking in 2000. Jonathan is also the Learning Support Manager at the University for the Creative Arts Farnham campus which helps to promote inclusive learning.
Jonathan is a resident artist at Farnham Maltings and is part of the Surrey Artists’ Open Studios network, so keep your eyes peeled for when you can next visit his studios.
The judges are all looking forward to seeing your work!