Sue is Managing Director of Women in Art CIC. She has degrees in History of Art from the University of East Anglia and University College London. After a career of writing and curating in London, Sue returned to her native Suffolk in 2017 and opened an art studio.
Having founded the Holly Bush Prize, Sue's team have now set up Women in Art, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company whose sole aim is to help women artists with their careers. Sue's passion is Art and Artists and she loves nothing more than to help good artists work towards fulfilling their artistic aims and potential.
JESS DE ZILVA
Jess de Zilva is a London based painter of psychological allegories and Artistic Director of Women in Art CIC
She was born in London where she spent her early years with her Sri Lankan father, Liechtensteiner mother and her siblings. As the family divided, her life continued in Liechtenstein and in Switzerland where she completed her foundation art studies.
In 2001 Jess returned to London to study Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts, then took break from the art world to re-evaluate where she was heading. She earned a living painting and decorating and studied specialist paint effects & faux painting, all the while learning a great deal about materials and processes. In 2015 she began focusing on classical painting methods and techniques, including portrait painting, and studied at the Sarum Studio, Atelier of Fine Art, in Salisbury under the tutelage of Nicholas Beer.
Jess has evolved into a realist painter whose psychological allegories bring traditional portraiture into magical scenes.
She regularly exhibits and is a member of the artist group ArtCan.
Making the Difficult Decisions
Susan has an extensive background in regeneration programmes in the UK and in International Development projects around the world. When she directed UK Central Government programmes in the deprived inner cities during the ‘90s she was instrumental in persuading politicians and Civil Servants of the role the arts and creative industries had in creating a critical impetus for wider inward investment and regeneration. This is exemplified in her work in Hackney where she identified Shoreditch and Hoxton as prime locations for cultural and artistic hubs that could create a critical mass and catalyst for wider development. Susan’s work in Deptford followed a similar pattern where she actively worked to harness the potential of artists in the area to create a creative and educational centre in the heart of Deptford Creek.
Susan has served as a Non-Executive Director on several public and NHS Boards. She now writes fiction, plays the piano, and writes music in Camden. A passionate art-lover, Susan has started collecting work by emerging artists. She has a special interest in art from Africa, the Caribbean and their diasporas and is particularly keen to widen the representation and visibility of women and minority artists within the art world.
Susan is a mentor and ambassador for the Amos Bursary, a Trustee of the Topsy Foundation, and a Storytelling Mentor to schoolchildren on behalf of the Ministry of Stories in Hoxton.
Elena is the owner of Camden Image Gallery, an independent, award-winning gallery in Camden displaying a range of artworks in all genres. The gallery, which opened in 2013, is available to hire to curators & artists from the UK and around the world, and welcoming artists at all stages in their career. Elena has an Arts and Design background and graduated with a degree in Photography from Coventry University before working as a sports photographer. We are delighted to add Elena to our esteemed panel of judges.
With 20 years in media Fiona has overseen the creation of award-winning television, radio and digital content for major broadcasters, including Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, the BBC's Culture Show, and landmark series like This World, Equator and Tropic of Capricorn.
After covering breaking news and pursuing investigations across continents she moved into arts, eventually steering competition format Portrait Artist of the Year from its first series to what is now the channel's highest rating programme.
Nurturing and promoting emerging talent has long been central to her work. It inspired her to take up painting herself, and she welcomes any opportunity to help others succeed and grow as artists.
Katie has a passion for contemporary art and design, with a commitment to supporting the professional development of artists and designers. With over 15 years’ experience in the gallery and museum sector, she has held positions in marketing, exhibitions install and curation, volunteer management, and commercial enterprise including events, venue hire and gallery retail.
Katie currently leads the Arts Programme team within Arts Students’ Union, University of Arts London, to deliver an extensive professional development programme to support students with their creative careers. The programme allows emerging creatives to develop and learn new skillsets, gain essential working experience, and have a greater understanding of potential career paths or possible income streams available to them. The programme includes a variety of activity such as talks, workshops, masterclasses, safe space crits, exhibitions, art fairs, markets, mentorships, and bursary opportunities. The programme is also centred around creating and maintaining valuable partnerships with organisations such as Truman Brewery, Cass Art, Affordable Art Fair, Christie’s and Metro Imaging.
Within the role Katie also directs Made in Arts London, a student-based initiative with creative enterprise at its core. The e-commerce platform supports UAL students to gain an understanding of marketing strategies and the realities of selling their artwork.
Katie’s goal is to provide a safe, supportive, and accessible environment to empower creatives to build their knowledge, and in turn build their confidence as they embark into the unpredictable world of being a professional creative!
We are pleased to welcome Simon to our judging panel.
He was the Daily Mirror’s TV critic and has held executive television roles at Fremantle, RDF and the BBC where he was Creative Head of Comedy and Head of Comedy North. Plus he is an expert in digital media after working for The Stylist Group as Social Content Director. More recently he was Head of Original Programming and Content for Africa Media Works’ Yanga TV, winning the channel a Screen Nation Award in 2019 for Favourite Black Broadcaster.
With nearly 25 years experience in front and behind the camera Simon has a well-deserved reputation as a broadcast ‘all-rounder’.
Simon is a regular contributor on BBC Radio London where he reviews podcast and films, he is also the co-founder of KidRated – a website where children review family days out and attractions.
Sumi Perera is a post-disciplinary artist who merges her medical and scientific background to her interactive artistic practice in creating interactive installations under the imprint SuPerPress Editions.
She obtained a MA from Camberwell College, University of Arts London in 2003-04 and has taught at Middlesex University on the MA Printmaking course and the Royal Academy’s short courses program.
Sumi has exhibited all over the globe and held numerous artist residencies. Her work is held in many public collections.
LADY FRANCES PETCHEY
Frances Segelman, aka Lady Petchey, is one of the most successful professional sculptors in Britain. An established sculptor of personalities from the world of entertainment, politics and sport, Frances is known for her sculptures of The Royal Family.
Frances said, 'I am delighted to sponsor the Lady Petchey Sculpture Prize, recognising the achievements of women in sculpture. As a self taught sculptor I know just how challenging it can be to succeed, and I hope this prize will encourage and inspire the next generation of women sculptors.'
GABRIELLE DU PLOOY
Gabrielle is the Managing Director at Zebra One Gallery Hampstead, London which opened in 1978 selling artworks from Modern Masters to Contemporary Art. Raised in the art world, Gabrielle has a lifetime of artistic expertise which she puts to maximum effect caring for her clients, managing the artists and representing the Events & Art Consultancy side of her business which spans all parts of the globe. We are delighted to have Gabrielle's support and expertise on hand for this year's prize.
Liberty is an Independent Curator and Artist working in photography, film and collage. Currently also managing the Estate of the late sculptor, Elly Thomas.
In 2012, Liberty set up The London Arts Board, an open-air art gallery dedicated to giving emerging artists the chance to have a solo exhibition in London. https://londonartsboard.blogspot.com/
She is a Curator at Video Strolls curating public discussions and screenings of artists’ films about place, people and journeying.
Previously, Liberty was Marketing Manager at Mall Galleries / Federation of British Artists where she was also Project Manager for The Columbia Threadneedle Prize and curated a number of events and exhibitions including the annual FBA Futures exhibition of graduate work.
Sue is Director of Programmes at Art Academy, London SE1 and has previously taught painting on the Foundation Course at the Hampstead Institute. As a practicing artist Sue paints in oil using neo-classical painting techniques and has had work shown in the Mall Galleries, as part of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Annual Exhibition and in the Federation of British Artists’ Exhibition.
TERI ANN SCOBLE
Teri is a professional portrait painter
exhibiting with the NEAC (New English Art Club) — The Royal Society of Portrait Painters — The BP Portrait Award.
Winner of the 2017 Jackson’s Oil Painting Prize.
Teri enjoyed a long and successful career as theatre and TV choreographer—but now, rather than dancers—she concentrates on choreographing her paint brushes!
Teri’s portraits are in the main of the narrative style. For example, the portraits of two ladies chatting at the hairdressers (Mrs Damon and Mrs Healey) and two lads laughing and talking together while waiting for a bus (The 271 to Arsenal).
Notable portraits include Lord Julian Fellowes, Sir Vince Cable and Edward Watson MBE whose massive portrait is due for unveiling later this year.