These members of a globally significant art community set the high standard of the fair, ensuring you can buy from our artists with the confidence that you are investing in the best of emerging talent.
Rebecca Wilson is Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art. She was formerly a Director at the Saatchi Gallery, London, where she was instrumental in the launch of the gallery’s online presence.
In 2007 she created New Sensations, a prize for art students which identifies and supports the most exciting emerging artists in the UK.
Prior to joining the Saatchi Gallery, Rebecca worked for 14 years in book and art magazine publishing: she was editor of ArtReview, and before that deputy editor of Modern Painters. She has over 10 years of experience working with emerging artists.
Liz Gilmore is the founding director of Jerwood Gallery, which opened to the public in Hastings in March 2012. Liz directs the critically acclaimed exhibition programme at the gallery. Previous exhibitions have showcased work by many British artists including Gillian Ayres, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Marcus Harvey, Rachel Howard, Chantal Joffe, Ansel Krut, Keith Tyson and Rose Wylie, Previously Liz was Head of Visual Arts for Arts Council England, SE, where she played a key role in nurturing the development of a network of coastal galleries. An art historian and gallery specialist by training, Liz is also an experienced educationalist, university lecturer and cultural consultant, notably working with artists to establish and lead an acclaimed informal learning programme at the National Gallery, London.
Alison Bevan (née Lloyd) is Director of the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) in Bristol – England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art, housed in a spectacular purpose-built Grade II* listed Gallery. She joined the RWA in September 2013 and is passionate about putting this “jewel in the crown of England’s exhibiting venues” at the heart of the region’s cultural life.
After graduating in Art History from Nottingham University in 1986, she spent a 14-year career in public galleries in Wales, latterly at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, where she was Exhibitions Officer. From 1999 to 2013, she was Director of Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, which specialises in exhibiting the work of the Newlyn, Lamorna and St Ives colonies (1880-1940), a subject on which has become regarded as an expert and has lectured in the UK, USA and France.
Mary Griffiths is Senior Curator (Modern and Contemporary Art) at the Whitworth, The University of Manchester. Previously she has worked at Manchester Art Galleries, the Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent and the National Media Museum in Bradford. At the Whitworth, she curates exhibitions and develops the modern and contemporary collection. Recent exhibitions include Marina Abramovic Presents… (2009, co-curated), Projections: Works from The Artangel Collection (2011), Nikhil Chopra: Coal on Cotton (2013), Cornelia Parker (2015), Richter/Pärt (2015, co-curated). She is currently curating Raqs Media Collective’s first major UK exhibition, opening 29 September 2017.
Mary has been a member of the Arts Council Collection Acquisitions and Advisory Committee (2012/13), a judge for the Paul Hamlyn Awards for Visual Arts (2014), and is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for Wales in Venice. Mary is an artist with works in several collections, including the Arts Council Collection. She studied English at Newcastle University, Museum Studies at the University of Manchester, and Fine Art (MA) at Manchester Metropolitan University.