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2016 external selection panel

Each selector was given the applicants bio and 3 images they had sent along with their submission document. The exhibition was just under 50% over subscribed making the selection challenging for our selection panel.

Colin Wilkin BA, MA

Colin lives and works on the Suffolk/Essex border and is inspired by the surrounding landscape. Having studied at Brighton University for his BA and then the Royal College of Art for his MA, Colin has exhibited at the Britten-Pears Library during the Aldeburgh Festival, The Fry Art Gallery, Gainsborough’s House and the Curwen & New Academy Gallery.

Iris Weaver of The Fry Gallery has kindly written a few words about Colin’s work…

“Colin Wilkin is principally a landscape watercolour artist in the tradition of Eric Ravilious. He inhabits the same spaces which inspired Ravilious to paint a number of his early watercolours. He also lives, and has done since childhood, in the same part of rural north west Essex. So it is not surprising that when you look at Colin’s work one is reminded of that modern master of English watercolour.”

Véronique Chance PhD

Véronique is an artist whose practice is mainly photography and video based, but also maintains strong links with sculpture and performance practices. Her interests lie in the relationship between the physical presence of the body and its presence as a screen image, through which she examines the impact of visual media technologies on our perceptions of the body as a physical presence.

Véronique is based in London and her work has been shown across the United Kingdom and abroad including China, Canada, Korea, Italy, Spain, Belgium and France. 

Previously an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts, London, she passed her PhD in Art at Goldsmiths College, London in October 2012 and has recently been appointed as Course Leader of the MA Fine Art and MA Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Elizabeth Armstrong BA, MSc, MBPsS, FRSA

Elizabeth graduated from Sussex University where she studied History and History of Art. She founded and was the Head of Cambridge Arts & Sciences Independent Sixth Form College (CATS) and Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA) for 23 years and Co-Founder of Cambridge Education Group (CEG), global education specialists. 

During her headship Elizabeth designed and founded Cambridge's first independent Art Foundation Course and later went on to establish the town's first Independent Drama Foundation Course in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Elizabeth has devoted her life's work to the education of teenagers and young adults, energetically pursuing her ideals and promoting art in education; she has been a teacher, mentor and remains a committed educationalist. 
Her specialist interests include the importance of art in education, approaches to artistic training and learning through art. She is a sponsor of local art, music and drama organisations and a member of the Royal Society of Arts.

Jonas Almgren

Jonas is the CEO of Artfinder, a curated marketplace for art where art lovers can buy directly from independent artists and galleries. Before becoming CEO at Artfinder, Jonas started the VIP Art Fair and Oneartworld in New York. Before this Jonas had a professional background in Silicon Valley, where he helped technology startups through the early stages to exits. He is a computer engineer by training, and spent a couple of years at SICS (Swedish Institute of Computer Science) after graduating from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.  Jonas is also an avid long distance runner, and a passionate art lover and collector.