We are delighted to present our selection committee for The Other Art Fair Bristol 2015.
Helen has been director of Spike Island, Bristol, since September 2010. Previously she was Curator at Ikon, Birmingham for 5 years, working on exhibitions and offsite projects as well as the development of Ikon Eastside, a second gallery based in a former factory building in Digbeth, an industrial area of the city.
At Spike Island she has curated exhibitions with Haroon Mirza, Becky Beasley, Laure Prouvost, Dewar and Gicquel, Ciara Phillips and Corita Kent, Ivan Seal, Jessica Warboys, Cevdet Erek, Andy Holden and Aurelien Fromart.
In 2014 she was a judge for the Turner Prize and the Contemporary Art Society’s Museums Award and in 2013 was a selector for the Paul Hamlyn Artist’s Awards. She is chair of Visual Arts South West, on the advisory board of the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and serves on the acquisition committee for Frac Midi-Pyrénées 2012-15.
Image credit: Joanna Dudderidge 2012
A leading artist to emerge from Bristol's infamous graffiti scene, Sickboy's humorous and subversive street exploits have placed him firmly in the upper echelons of the British street art movement. One of the first UK artists to use a logo in place of a tag, Sickboy's iconic red and yellow temple and "Save The Youth" slogan appear on walls and wheelie bins worldwide. A pioneer in the graffiti scene to exchange the traditional tag for a colourful moniker, the artist explains 'the temple icon has become what people know me best for. It is meant to represent love and positivity in the shape of a building. The colours are there to make you happy, and my graffiti is not supposed to push you away or make you feel isolated. I want everyone to be in on the party."
The multi-disciplinary artist has built one of the largest bodies of street art works to date, being tipped by the leading financial press as one of the movement's most bankable artists. Formally trained at art school, the artist's current practice includes interactive installation, abstract narrative painting, film and light sculpture, audience participation and public intervention. With appearances in Banksy's Oscar nominated Exit Through The Gift Shop and 2008's Stay Free public installation staged outside the Tate Modern earning him undisputed global recognition. Since 2008, Sickboy has boasted over four solo exhibitions in the UK and internationally including his most recent showcase Make It Last Forever at The Outsiders London.
Sickboy is currently based between his London and Barcelona studios, exhibiting and curating across emerging international art fairs and self-funded projects worldwide.
Paul Hobson is the Director of Modern Art Oxford. Working for more than twenty years in the arts sector in London, previous positions include senior roles at the Contemporary Art Society and The Showroom, the Serpentine Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts. Paul read History at Oxford University and holds postgraduate degrees in aesthetics and contemporary visual theory as well as arts management and policy.
Cherie Federico is the Director of Aesthetica Magazine which was founded in 2003. Aesthetica Magazine is one of the leading British art and culture publications with 180,000 readers in print and digital. The publication has national and international distribution, a presence in all major galleries and is exported to 20 countries.
A strong believer in clean design, striking photography, critically engaging content, Cherie is a key protagonist of bringing the best new contemporary talent to the fore alongside established practitioners. She is also the Director of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, which is a BAFTA qualifying festival and screens films from over 40 countries, as well as attracting key industry from across the sector.
In addition to this, Cherie is also the Director of the Aesthetica Art Prize, which champions new talent and has 3,500 applications with artists from across the world with artists going on to be commissioned by Absolut Vodka, Channel 4 and participate in biennales and exhibitions worldwide, as well as works being purchased for corporate collections such as Hiscox.