The 2019 Jury consisted of 7 high-profile personalities from the Arts world, who combined expertise from curation to practising art, as well as academia and cultural journalism.
Andrea Harari is the Director of jaggedart in Marylebone, which she co-founded in 2001. The gallery is renowned for its innovative works of art as artists are invited to use the space in a dynamic way, creating site-specific installations. Harrari is also one of the Founding Members of ARTE BA, the contemporary art fair of Buenos Aires, and has organised the event since its inception in 1995. Andrea has curated and co-ordinated a number of exhibitions in the major museums and galleries of Buenos Aires. For four years, she was the manager at the Raab Boukamel Gallery on Cork Street and in 2010 was appointed as the London Manager for PINTA UK, the Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art Show.
Fernando Casasempere is a Chilean sculptor who has exhibited internationally, including a solo show Out of Sync at Somerset House in 2012 where he installed a monumental field of ceramic and steel flowers. The piece has now been permanently installed in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Casasempere’s work features is in international collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Museu Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago where he is the first artist to be honoured with an exhibition throughout the entire museum.
Frances Reynolds has built, over decades, a prominent trajectory as a benefactor for contemporary art in parallel with a successful career in finances. Her curatorial eye is clearly influenced by her personal multinational background, which binds the United Kingdom, Spain, Argentina and Brazil. In addition to contributing, as a patron and advisor, to the constitution of some of the most significant collections in the world – such as those of MoMA and Tate – Reynolds has been active in promoting independent initiatives and the democratisation of visual arts, notably through Fundación Arte Viva in Europe and Inclusartiz Institute in Brazil, both founded and run by her. The two charitable organisations undertake a variety of projects, from educational programmes for public schools to world-class art exhibitions, aimed at bringing art closer to all sections of society and encouraging cultural exchange.
James Nicholls is the Chairman of the Maddox Gallery Group. He is Art Critic and presenter for London Live TV and presenter of the prime-time programme ‘The Queen’s Paintings’ from Buckingham Palace. Nicholls has also been the Art Expert presenter for British Airways inflight for six years, and a contributor on art to a numerous international publications, television and radio programmes. He is a Patron of The Royal Academy of Arts, The National Portrait Gallery and The Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Dr Sarah Demelo is an art historian and the Curator of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), the largest such collection in public hands in Europe. Over the past twenty years, she has worked with numerous museums and collections in the UK and Canada, organising exhibitions on Latin American art and, more recently, modern and contemporary British art.
Sofia Fan is the current Manager of Visual Arts at Itaú Cultural in Brazil. Itaú Cultural has one of the largest and most impressive collections of Latin American art in the world. Fan is also part of the selection committee for Rumos, one of the largest and longest standing programmes in Brazil conducting cultural research and cataloguing manifestations in visual arts, film, dance, literature, theatre, and music. She also oversees the Visual Arts department in the organisation of exhibitions by artists such as Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica and Oscar Niemeyer. Other key exhibitions under her management include Calder and Brazilian art and Occupation Paulo Mendes da Rocha.
Vanessa Carlos is the Director of the Carlos/Ishikawa gallery, whose programme focuses on international artists including Oscar Murillo, Korakrit Arunanondchai and Pilvi Takala, who demonstrate multi-disciplinary and innovative practices. Carlos, who featured in Apollo’s ‘40 under 40’, founded Condo in 2016. Condo is a not-for-profit collaborative initiative encouraging galleries in cities across the world to stage exhibitions in each other’s spaces. This allows galleries to showcase their artists to new audiences, an innovative response to the difficulties of showing artists internationally. The project has expanded to New York, Shanghai, Mexico City and São Paulo.
All seven members of our esteemed Jury are eagerly looking forward to seeing how participating artists draw inspiration from Ibero-American arts and cultures, and to judging from among the 30 shortlisted artworks to select this year’s winners.