Godfrey Barker (Chair)
Godfrey Barker is a well-renowned art historian and journalist. He has written for many of the leading newspapers including the Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. He lectures for Sotheby’s and Christie’s and has completed, The Rich and the Price of Art, a book that he is currently adapting for a TV series.
Colin Wiggins can be described as art historian, curator and practising artist in his own right. He began his career in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum before moving to the National Gallery, London, where he now works in the Education Department. While at the National Gallery he has curated exhibitions for a number of artists, including Anthony Caro, Peter Blake and Bridget Riley. As a printmaker, he addresses the gap between the artistic traditions of Europe and Japan.
Roy is respected Art Historian and Fine Art Dealer who has earned popular recognition from his participation in the BBC 2 series, Show Me the Monet. Roy honed his expertise as Head of Department for Old Master & British Pictures at Christie’s, before establishing his own gallery, Sphinx Fine Art, in Kensington, which specialises in Old Master Paintings and Russian Art. Bolton has written and published widely on art and architecture from early Renaissance to the 21st century.
Winner of the 2002 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Adam Dant produces richly detailed brush and ink drawings. His fascination with the printed image and the satirical nature of his work, has prompted art critics to draw comparisons between Dant and the 18th-century figures, Jonathan Swift and William Hogarth. He studied at the Royal College of Art and the MS University Faculty of Fine Arts, India. Dant’s drawings can be found in public and private collections, including The Arts Council Collection, V&A, Museum of London, MoMA, Deutsche Bank and the San Diego Museum of Art.He has exhibited in many reputable establishments including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Dant discusses the idea of the Young Masters Art Prize in relation to his own work in this insightful video here.
Belgian art connoisseur Alain Servais began collecting in the early 1990s and has since amassed an impressive body of international work with a focus on emerging contemporary artists. The collection of 20th-century and contemporary art are displayed in his gallery in northern Brussels. In 2010, Alain Servais acquired Dream Vacation by Ghost of a Dream – the 2009 Young Masters Art Prize winners. Alain Servais is also part Owner of European Art Tour Company. Servais is on the Global Patrons Council for Art Basel.
Anke was originally director and multi-lingual auctioneer of philatelic auction house Robson Lowe Ltd, which merged with Christie’s in 1980. She joined Christie’s in 1980 to open up new markets and collecting areas. Adler-Slottke curated pre-sale exhibitions devoted to 20th-century paintings and contemporary art in emerging markets, such as Russia, Ukraine, China, India and Dubai.
Ghost of a Dream
Ghost of a Dream is the collaborative project of Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom. Ghost of a Dream works with sculpture and installation to embody the essence of opulence, through construction of materials that end up in the trash. Ghost of a Dream has exhibited internationally including a solo project at VOLTA NY, 2010 presented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery. In 2011 The Cynthia Corbett Gallery presented Ghost of a Dream as part of Bologna Art First, If One Winter’s Day a Traveller, curated by Julia Draganovic; where the artists installed a site specific work at Santa Maria della Saluta, Bologna. In Fall 2011, Ghost of a Dream took part in Art Prize 2011, Grand Rapids, MI, USA the world’s largest open art contest. Ghost of a Dream completed a residency at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska January – March 2012 and have recently been selected for the prestigious Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, New York which runs May 2012 – March 2013. The artist collaborative Ghost of a Dream were the joint winners of the inaugural Young Masters Art Prize, 2009.
Daisy McMullan (Curator)
Daisy is an independent curator and the Associate Director of the Young Masters Art Prize 2014. Working across a wide variety of projects, her practice includes curating exhibitions, writing, programming and research. With a background in fine art, she completed an MA in Curating at Chelsea College of Art & Design 2011/12. Following the MA, she received the Ashley Family Foundation Research Fellowship at CHELSEA space, Chelsea College of Art & Design for 2012/13. She was then awarded the Chelsea Arts Club Trust Research Fellowship for 2013/14.
Daisy has curated numerous exhibitions including the Young Masters Art Prize 2012 in two parts and the Young Masters Tour 2013. Daisy is the co-curator of a contemporary textiles project The Geometrics with Dr Emma Neuberg of the Slow Textiles Group. Her current research specialises in curating contemporary textiles.
Daria Khan (Curator)
Daria Khan’s well-respected curatorial practice spans an international arena. Khan studied art history before completing an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art. During 2006–8 Daria worked at the Cazeau-Bweraudiere Gallery in Paris, organising an exhibition of Modern art at Alfa Bank in Moscow, Russia. In 2011 Daria curated SVOBODA at Spazio Carbonesi, Bologna, an exhibition that investigated the ways in which ‘freedom’ is articulated and understood by contemporary Russian artists. It presented a rigorous conceptual exploration of the nature of ‘freedom’ in relation to Russia’s past and Soviet heritage. She has also curated Twin Mind, at Spazio Carbonesi, an exhibition which raises the question of coincidences in art.