Caroline Cuthbert is an art dealer who was a Director at the Antony D’Offay Gallery and worked for Tate Britain.
She is on the board of the Kenneth Armitage Foundation.
Stephen Feeke is Curator for the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire.
Stephen read History of Art at the University of Leeds, before working at the Henry Moore Institute where he was involved in making a diverse programme of exhibitions of ancient, modern and contemporary sculpture. He has lectured regularly for the Museums Association and was on the editorial panel of the Museums Journal. He has written for a wide range of exhibition catalogues and publications, most recently on the sculptors Sir Anthony Caro and Michael Dean.
Stephen is a curatorial advisor to an annual exhibition of new sculpture called Bold Tendencies in Peckham and sits on the Committee for the Chipperfield Bequest.
Leonora Gummer managed ACS from July 2011 until early 2015.
She was previously based at the British Pictures and Old Masters department in Sotheby’s, where she worked for four years with the department management team.
Leonora studied History of Art at St. Andrew’s University, where she specialised in studying 19th Century British art.
Maggi Hambling CBE
Maggi Hambling is a British contemporary painter and sculptor.
She studied at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing from 1960 under Cedric Morris, then at Ipswich School of Art (1962–4), Camberwell (1964-7), and finally the Slade School of Art, graduating in 1969. In 1995, she was awarded the Jerwood Painting Prize along with Patrick Caulfield. In the same year she was awarded an OBE for her services to painting.
Maggi was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 New Year Honours.
Neil Lawson Baker
Artist and Photographer
Neil Lawson Baker is the Chairman of the National Open Art Competition.
He attended the Merchant Taylors' School in Northwood, Middlesex as a day boy and then went on to Guy's Hospital in London where he qualified as a dental surgeon. Wishing to further his career, he went on to study medicine and qualified as a doctor in 1969 at St George's Hospital at Hyde Park Corner in the heart of London's West End (the building is now the Lanesborough Hotel).Lawson Baker then went on to work at The 31 Wilton Place Practice where he became senior partner and continued as a leading Dental Surgeon for a further 40 years, specialising in high quality restorative dentistry. He also founded The Oral Hygiene Centre at No1 Devonshire Place in the heart of London's Harley Street area. This was the first truly preventive dental practice of its type founded in 1978 and it certainly helped to pioneer preventive dentistry. He retired from practice at the age of 70 years – calling it "a career change" – into the art world.
Neil used his medical and dentistry knowledge to fund his passion for art and travelled the world visiting galleries and acquiring contemporary art for his home in London. He developed a keen eye and formed a great interest, initially in the sculpture of Rodin and his school of followers, later moving to more contemporary schools.
His artistic passion was helped by meeting Adrien Maeght, the famous French art gallery and museum owner, who happened to be competing alongside Neil in the Paris – Nice vintage car rally in 1970 (Neil was a keen competitions driver in vintage cars). Invitations to visit the Galerie Maeght in Rue du Bac in Paris and later the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence to see paintings, sculpture and lithography by Picasso, Miró, Léger, Calder, Arp and many others, had a huge influence on what was to come.
After years of viewing and collecting, in 1987, during his recovery from a serious illness, Neil began to model sculptures as recuperative therapy. His surgeon's eye–hand skills were helped by a lesson from Kees Verkade, the well-known Dutch sculptor. Kees showed Neil how to model in wax. Neil soon found himself meeting Eric Gibbard at the Burleighfield Foundry who had done work for the Tate Gallery, Elizabeth Frink, Philip Jackson, and Oscar Nemon, indeed Eric cast every bronze of Barbara Hepworth's after 1952.
Eric became Neil's friend and mentor and took him to Paris to meet Charles Pinellis at the famous Susse-Fondeur foundry in Arcueil. As a result he soon produced many bronze sculptures both in the UK and France and began selling to private collectors and then to corporate clients.
Many of his works can now be found in public places both in the UK and abroad. His sculptures may be seen in the entrance to the offices of the Houses of Parliament at Westminster; at British Gas Headquarters in Reading and Loughborough; in The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange; near Albert Bridge at Sterling House on the River Thames; at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur; at Beirut University College in Lebanon and many other important sites. His most recent work was commissioned in 2014 by Seaward Properties and installed in Church Square in East Street Chichester, West Sussex. It is a bronze Mother and Child called 'Nurture'
Neil was also responsible for the sculpture unveiled by HM The Queen with President Mitterrand when they opened the Channel Tunnel in May 1994.
Late in 2003 Neil began to use colour and work on two dimensional pieces for the first time. His contemporary works of art are mostly abstract and vibrant and he is prolific in his output.
Neil uses Conté, watercolour and acrylic interchangeably. Many of the works are reminiscent of the art of the jazz musician (he was the lead saxophonist in his own swing band for some years, supporting more well-known bands) Neil moves his brush through the world of colour with great virtuosity. He paints as he played, with freedom and fluidity.
Since 2007, Neil has also been exploring the world of high resolution photography as a fine-art form producing a distinct style of work notably of Venice, Buenos Aires and London.
In 2006, Neil was appointed to the Board of The Arts Club in London and in 2007, Neil was appointed Chairman of the Trustees of the The Chichester Art Trust which manages and stages The National Open Art Competition and its Exhibitions both in Chichester and London.
Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy
Tim Marlow is a writer, broadcaster and art historian. He currently serves at the Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts, and is a Trustee of Sadler's Wells Theatre and of the Imperial War Museum.
He previously held the position of Director of Exhibitions at White Cube and Creative Director of Sculpture at Goodwood.
John Martin studied at Camberwell School of Art before going to Edinburgh University to study History of Art.
In 1992 he opened his gallery in Albemarle Street specialising in contemporary and 20th century painting and sculpture which he has continued to run successfully for over twenty years, recently opening a second space in Chelsea in 2014. In 2007 he founded the Middle East’s first contemporary art fair, Art Dubai, for which he was Fair Director for four years until 2010. During this period he initiated the Global Art Forum, the Abraaj Capital Art Prize and Contemparabia, a cultural itinerary aimed at international museum groups, collectors and press. He has been involved in various advisory committees including The Gulf Cultural Council (Doha), the Shubbak Festival and is a director of Brown’s London Art Weekend.
Robert O’Byrne is a writer specialising in the fine and decorative arts
and former Vice-President of the Irish Georgian Society
Art Historian and Curator
Toby Treves, formerly a curator of twentieth century British art at Tate.
He is CEO of the Modern Art Press, Trustee of the Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation and author of the forthcoming Peter Lanyon catalogue raisonne
William Packer is a contemporary artist, and member of the New English Art Club.
He studied at Wimbledon Art School and at Brighton College of Art. Closely involved in the British art world throughout his career, he was principal art critic on the Financial Times from 1974 until 2004. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy, Annely Juda, Angela Flowers, Piers Feetham Gallery, W H Patterson, Cadogan Contemporary and the Mall Galleries.
William is a member of the New English Art Club, Small Paintings Group and the International Association of Art Critics, and honorary member of the Pastel Society and the Royal Society of British Artists.
Pierre is a Partner at Constantine Cannon. He focuses on commercial transactions and dispute resolution involving art, antiques and design; financing transactions secured by works of art; taxation of works of art and intellectual property.
His clients include commercial art galleries, art collectors, auctioneers, museums, cultural charities and foundations, artists. Pierre is a regular contributor to legal journals and a regular speaker at conferences in the UK and abroad. He also lectures on art law at the Sotheby’s Institute, the University of Lyon, London School of Economics and Christie’s Education. He is also a Trustee of the World Monuments Fund in Britain.
Pierre has lived in three countries and speaks four languages.