Our Judges

Our judges in are in the process of choosing our prize winners from the finalists selected and displayed on this site. The winners will be announced later in the summer, and the award will be conferred at the private view at Burgh House on 17th February 2021.

Emma Baudey

Emma is a freelance art consultant, having 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 is a 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 lives in Camden with her partner and 7 year old daughter.

Elena Chimonas

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 degree before working as a sports photographer. We are delighted to add Elena to our esteemed panel of judges. 

Mark Francis

​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.

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 Rowley

​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.

Elena Shchukina

Elena owns Gallery Shchukina and is a Patron of the Royal Academy, a patron of the Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park and member of the Exhibition Circle. 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 2020.

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 Spaull

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. 

Tim Wright

​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

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