Young Masters Art Prize Judging Panel 2014

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 StandardThe GuardianThe 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.

Dr Charles Saumarez Smith CBE

Dr Charles Saumarez Smith CBE is a British art historian. He was educated at Marlborough and King’s College, Cambridge, where he was a scholar and got a double first in history and history of art. After graduating, he spent a year at Harvard University as a Henry Fellow studying at the Fogg Art Museum and then returned to the Warburg Institute as a postgraduate student.

In 1979, he was elected Christie’s Research Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge and, in 1982, he joined the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum as an Assistant Keeper with special responsibility for V&A/RCA MA in the History of Design. In 1990, he was appointed Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 1994, he was appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery and, in 2002, Director of the National Gallery.

In 2007, Charles was appointed Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, where he has concentrated on the renovation of the Keeper’s House and the development of plans for Burlington Gardens in the lead-up to the RA’s 250th. anniversary in 2018, including a major fund-raising campaign and successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. He is a Professor of Cultural History at Queen Mary, University of London and a Trustee of the Prince’s Drawing School, the Public Catalogue Foundation and Charleston.   In 2008, Charles was awarded a CBE.

Roy Bolton

A 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.

Werner Grub

Werner is a London based German collector who has been collecting art for more than 20 years. Werner’s substantial collection has an international focus but he always comes back to emerging artists who are based in London. Taking a proactive approach to his interest, he enjoys providing connectivity within his international network where appropriate. Werner is a founding partner at the independent merchant bank Richmond Park Partners LLP.

Ben Austin

Ben is the Founder and Director of the curatorial art PR company Fluff PR. He is a regular contributor for Artlyst, where he covers exhibitions and the international art fairs.  He studied History of Art at University, grew up in the art world, and cut his teeth in his mother gallery, the Catto Gallery, Hampstead. He went onto to run the sister gallery, Catto Contemporary in Shoreditch were he was responsible for helping to launch the careers of many artists and showed Anthony Micallef and Banksy in a curated exhibition entitled ‘Perverse Pop’ back in 2001.

Ben Austin then worked at Art Review, before setting himself up as an independent curator and through Austin Enterprises he staged the infamous Frieze opening night House in 2007, which featured art on loan from the Saatchi Gallery.  Other curated shows include, ‘Light Divided’ at The Blouin Institute (Aug 08), ‘Unnatural Selection’ at The London and Newcastle Project Space (July 10) and ‘Art Britannia’ – The Design District – Miami Basel (Dec 13). This show featured artists shown in New Order at the Saatchi Gallery, such as Charlie Billingham, James Capper and Mary Ramsden. The exhibition also featured a ‘mini show’ within a show, showcasing a ‘Salon’ wall taken from the Lion & Lamb pub in the East End of London; the star piece in this ‘Salon’ show was a Fiona Rae.

Daisy McMullan

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.

Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize Judging Panel 2014

Daniella Wells joined the Crafts Council in 2002 to launch the inaugural COLLECT at the V&A. In 2009 she was integral to the re-launch and growth of COLLECT into the Saatchi Gallery as well as overseeing the production of Origin at Somerset House in 2008 and 2009. For 2014 Daniella takes the role of Show Director, taking the event into its 11th year. After studying Ceramics at Central Saint Martins Daniella worked briefly at Tussaud’s Studios (Merlin Group) before joining Janice Blackburn at Sotheby’s producing selling exhibitions of contemporary decorative arts in New York and London from 1998- 2002.

Preston Fitzgeraldhas been collecting contemporary ceramics for over twenty years starting in New York City and now based in London. He mixes contemporary ceramics with many pieces of antique ceramics. He has curated contemporary craft and design exhibitions including working with The Royal College of Art, The Flow Gallery, London and Terra Delft Gallery, Holland. After post-graduate degrees at Christie’s Education and Sotheby’s Institute of Art Preston worked with Janice Blackburn at Sotheby’s contemporary decorative arts selling exhibitions. He recently spoke at The National Centre for Craft and Design study day, ‘The Studio Potter’ regarding collecting contemporary ceramics.

Maylis Grand is an avid collector of ceramic art. Originally from France, Maylis moved to London aged 20 to study Economics and Business at the LSE. She quickly developed a strong interest in the cosmetic industry and got her first job at Christian Dior in London. Cycling to work she spotted a red glazed 1900 Vase de Sevres in Dering Street and used her first bonus to buy it, £800!  Then she met James, an art sensitive paratrooper and together they mixed and matched their respective tastes for ceramics; Islamic art (James was brought up in Iran), Art Deco & Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts (Maylis discovered with delight the strong link between the 3 movements), studio pottery too with Bernard Leach in Cornwall (where the family goes on holiday) and Lucie Rie. The final touch to these influences came when Laurence Grand, James’s father, introduced Maylis to Staffordshire figures. “Dear Maylis, it has to be an acquired taste”. James & Maylis’s collection lives amongst their 4 children … or the other way around. The only exception is Maylis’s most prized possession, a turn of the century barbotine with exquisite 3D pink magnolia flowers. Tucked away in the parents’ bathroom, it brings enchantment to the art of showering. Maylis’s current position as Head of Private Label for a major French perfumery chain allows her to manage her taste in other’s creativity. The prize is the gift of her husband. 

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