The selection panel for 2018/19 is:
Polly Bielecka – Director, Pangolin Gallery
Polly Bielecka worked for The Fleming Collection, one of the most renowned, privately-owned collections of Scottish Art, before being invited to set up Pangolin London. Bielecka set the gallery up from scratch, swiftly positioning Pangolin London as a leading sculpture specialist. Helping to build relationships with acclaimed contemporary British sculptors from Damien Hirst to David Bailey and the artist estates of Ralph Brown, Geoffrey Clarke and Lynn Chadwick. She has orchestrated a dynamic and original exhibition programme including Women Make Sculpture, Exorcising the Fear,Sculptors’ Drawings, Sculpture in the Sixtiesand Sculpture in the Home.She holds a Masters in History of Art from the University of Edinburgh.
Zoe Laughlin - Director, Institute of Making, UCL
Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library project. She holds an MA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and obtained a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King's College London. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter to large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Wellcome Collection. Her work has also been shown in London’s Science Museum and is included in the new permanent collection of The Design Museum. Her particular areas of interest and resaerch are currently Materials Farming, The Performativity of Matter and the sound and taste of materials. She can often be found giving theatrical demonstration lectures or making programmes for both radio and television.
Claire Mander - Director + Curator, theCoLAB (Chair)
Claire Mander is a contemporary sculpture curator with a particular interest in site-specific commissions, sculpture in the landscape and women artists. theCoLAB is artistic advisor for Morecambe Bay Partnership’s Headlands to Headspace: Landscape Art Commissions (Heritage Lottery funded). She curatedSculpture Shock: site-specific commissions in the subterranean, ambulatory and historic contexts, SKULPTUR showcasing the work of 17 Nordic sculptors across three sites in London, Boyle Family World Series commission, Joseph Hillier’s digitalrendition and Conception, Execution and Reception: William Pye, Richard Wilson and Richard Deacon on public art commissions. She is Chair of the Steering Committee and a Trustee of UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She sits on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Arts Grants Panel and is member of AICA and AAH. She holds an MA (Distinction) from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MA Hons in French and History of Art from Edinburgh University.
Anne Rawcliffe-King – Advisor, theCoLAB
Committed to the importance of the visual arts and sculpture in particular, Anne trained as a sculptor and has always worked in the creative industries. She was Director of the then Royal British Society of Sculptors (now the RSS) for fifteen years. She has a longstanding interest in public art and devised and launched FIRST@108, a well established successful public art award and served on Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Public Art Advisory Panel for over a decade. She is a supporter of the aims and objectives of theCoLAB and is acting as its consultant.
Sam Wilkinson – UCL Culture, Head of Public Art
Sam Wilkinson is Head of Public Art UCL Culture and has worked as an art consultant and commissioner specialising on working with artists in the public realm for over 25 years. Her projects include being the curator in residence for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) with artist Neville Gabie during the construction of the Olympic Park; art consultant on the North West Cambridge Development for the University of Cambridge. She also supported a range of large-scale development companies on the form and delivery of their arts and cultural programmes.