2018 Anniversary Awards

2018 Anniversary Awards

This year's Judges

Visual Arts Panel

Isaac Julien

Isaac Julien is as acclaimed for his fluent, arresting films as his vibrant and inventive gallery installations. One of the objectives of his work is to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting and sculpture, and uniting them to construct a powerfully visual narrative. His works include Stones Against Diamonds (2015), PLAYTIME (2014), Ten Thousand Waves (2010) and Western Union: Small Boats (2007). He has exhibited worldwide including solo exhibitions at MAC Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016), MUAC (Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo), Mexico City (2016) and the De Pont Museum, Netherlands (2015).

Alice Rawsthorn

Alice is an award-winning design critic and the author of several books on design including Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, (Hamish Hamilton, 2013). From 1985 to 2001, she was an award-winning journalist for the Financial Times, working as a foreign correspondent in Paris. Alice was director of the Design Museum in London from 2001 until 2006, when she became design critic of the international edition of the New York Times. A trustee of Arts Council England from 2007 to 2013, Alice was previously ACE’s lead advisor on the visual arts and chair of the Turning Point review of the contemporary visual arts. Alice is the author of an acclaimed biography of the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Art curator, critic and historian of art Ulrich Obrist is currently artistic director at the Serpentine Galleries, London. He is the author of The Interview Project, an extensive ongoing project of interviews with the major cultural figures that have defined the 20th and 21st centuries. He is an advocate and archivist for artists, and has said "I really do think artists are the most important people on the planet, and if what I do is a utility and helps them, then that makes me happy. He lectures regularly at academic and art institutions internationally.

Craft/Design Panel

Philip Hughes

Director of Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales which he has expanded into a purpose built centre with three galleries, six artist studios, retail gallery and education and residency workshops. Philip has made a significant contribution to the development of craft in the UK, the gallery having a global reputation showing high profile commissions and exhibitions transforming the Centre into the one of the most important places for craft in the UK. He received an MBE in recognition for his services to art and craft.

Freddie Robins: teacher and artist - Royal College of Art

Freddie studied Constructed Textiles at Middlesex University and the Royal College of Art in London. At both institutions she specialised in knitted textiles and studied under John Allen. Currently senior Tutor and Reader in Textiles at the Royal College of Art she works to commission and exhibits nationally and internationally, her practice crossing the boundaries of art, design and craft. She uses knitting to explore pertinent contemporary issues of the domestic, gender and the human condition, as well as the cultural preconceptions surrounding knitting as a craft.

Corinne Julius : critic, curator craft and design

Corinne Julius is a critic and curator. She commentates on contemporary craft and design for the Evening Standard, Country Life, Blueprint, Crafts and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. She has been a judge for many applied arts and design awards, is Chair of Critics’ Circle Visual Arts & Architecture section and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 2008.

She is the founder –curator of Future Heritage, an annual exhibition of contemporary craft at Decorex and has recently curated Silver Speaks: Idea to Object at the V&A and Bloomin’ Jewels at CAA.

Literary Panel

Joe Dunthorne

Joe is a graduate of the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing MA, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. His poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies and has featured on Channel 4, and BBC Radio 3 and 4. A pamphlet collection, Joe Dunthorne: Faber New Poets 5 was published in 2010. His first novel, Submarine, the story of a dysfunctional family in Swansea narrated by Oliver Tate, aged 15, was published in 2008. It was made into a film which premiered at the London Film Festival in 2011. His second novel, Wild Abandon was published in 2011. It was shortlisted for the 2012 Wales Book of the Year Award.

Tim Liardet

Tim has produced ten collections of poetry to date and is Professor of Poetry at Bath Spa University. His third collection Competing with the Piano Tuner was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation and long-listed for the Whitbread Poetry Prize and The Blood Choir, his fifth collection, won an Arts Council England Writer’s Award as a collection-in-progress. His tenth collection—The World Before Snow—was published by Carcanet in March 2015 and was shortlisted for the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize.

Erica Wagner

Erica is a writer, editor, journalist and poet. A former literary editor of the Times between 1996 and 2013 she is currently a contributing writer to the New Statesman. Her books include Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of “Birthday Letters and Seizure.

Erica has judged many literary prizes such as the Man Booker in 2002 (when the winner was Yann Martel’s Life of Pi) and in 2014; the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the Forward Prize.

Performing Arts Panel

Andrew Comben

Andrew has been at the helm of the Brighton Dome and Festival since 2008 and has been credited with raising the profile of the annual festival and the company’s three year-round venues. He has introduced two particular initiatives at Brighton: a residencies for companies such as Hofesh Shechter, and the festival’s guest curating scheme, which has included sculptor Anish Kapoor, Aung San Suu Kyi, Laurie Anderson and Kate Tempest in 2017.

Comben has also held distinguished posts, as director of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at the Aldeburgh festival and head of artistic planning at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Joanna MacGregor

Joanna MacGregor combines her role as Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music with a busy career as a concert soloist, teacher and festival curator. She was the subject of a South Bank Show on ITV, and her performances are regularly broadcast on both television and radio world-wide. In Summer 2012 she performed at two BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and made her debut at Lincoln Center‘s ‘Mostly Mozart‘ Festival. Known for her Bach interpretations, she was invited by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to perform the Goldberg Variations at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2013.

Susannah Clapp

Susanna Clapp is a British writer and has been the Observer theatre critic since 1997 after working for a long period for BBC Radio 3 and a stint at the New Statesman. An editor and reader at Jonathan Cape in her earlier years, she was a founder of the London Review of books where she was assistant editor. She has written books about both Bruce Chatwin and Angela Carter and is literary editor of the estates of both.