Founder and Director
Sue has degrees in History of Art from the University of East Anglia and University College London. Her career thus far has been spent writing and curating in London but in 2017 she returned to her native Suffolk and opened an art studio.
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.
Assistant to Director and Communications Manager
Emily graduated from University College London, with a BA in Philosophy and History of Art. Emily has worked for several organisations that aim to make visual art accessible to a wide audience, and believes that art is great vehicle for social change. She joined Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize with the vision and drive to help manage our expanding entrant base and improve our digital output.
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.
Emma previously spent 10 years as a corporate curator for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and 5 years as a valuer specialising in modern, contemporary and old master prints at Christie’s, London. She is passionate about the transformative power of art; and is a firm believer in its capacity to inspire, heal and connect both individuals and communities. Aside from collection management and coordination of exhibitions, Emma has experience of funding and managing multiple educational and community art projects. She has advised individuals on their private art collections and acts as an advisor for Art of Kindness - an online art sales platform. She was a long time trustee for the charity Artbox that promotes and supports disabled artists. Emma is also passionate about yoga; like art, yoga has the potential to create connection, meaning and intimacy in a world that experiences much suffering. She teaches individual and group yoga classes and, together with her partner and 8 year old daughter, she splits her time between North London and the Cotswolds.
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.
Mark is director of Burgh House and Hampstead Museum, an independent arts and heritage charity and museum supporting artists, musicians and writers in the heart of Hampstead Village. The House specialises in celebrating the rich artistic heritage of the area. Mark is an historian with over 10 years’ experience in the arts and heritage sector, a trustee of the Association of Independent Museums and chair of the London Historic Houses Organisation. Ecclestone Art has a long association with Burgh House, its Peggy Jay Gallery and Mark - who has had the opportunity to see many of the artists we have represented over the last few years - we are very pleased that he will be judging for us again in 2020.
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.
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 Marketing and Development Manager at the Mall Galleries in London. She is responsible for promoting all aspects of the FBA and Mall Galleries, including the Call for Entries for the Federation's open exhibitions, events and workshops, as well as the Galleries' annual exhibitions programme. Liberty has been involved in Project Management for a number of FBA-organised exhibitions, such as FBA Futures, The Threadneedle Prize and Still Alive.
She studied Sculpture at Camberwell College of Art and continues to make art and curate exhibitions at her own gallery.
Owner of digital platform Art Strategics Ltd, Elena Shchukina is a Patron of the Royal Academy. She is also a member of the Association of Women Art Dealers, and more recently founded Women in Art Fair one of our main sponsors for 2021.
Women in Art Fair is an initiative dedicated to redressing the gender imbalance in the art industry. WIAF seeks to create a positive global platform from which self-identified female artists are given an opportunity to show their work, and contribute to the developing exchange of ideas around gender, sexuality and culture.
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.
Artist, Tutor and Artistic Consultant – Tim graduated in Fine Art from Middlesex University. He is represented by the Pontone Gallery in London and has exhibited extensively both internationally and in the UK. He has long experience of teaching and lecturing particularly at the Chelsea School of Art. From 2011 until 2013 he was engaged as painting consultant on the Mike Leigh directed film Mr Turner. He taught the actor Timothy Spall to paint in order for him to prepare for the role, and when filming began, advised him and other actors on set.
In his own practice Tim concentrates on his figure paintings where he explores ideas about how people present themselves, how groups interact, notions of stillness and display, and the clothed and unclothed. His latest work shows contemporary figures acting out poses and scenarios derived from baroque and rococo models