In addition to being a visual arts editor at Dazed & Confused and Twin Magazine and contributing editor at AnOther Magazine and NOWNESS, Francesca Gavin is an independent curator and an author of various books on contemporary styles in art. To the judging panel she brings a well-trained eye with an uncanny knack of spotting talent under the radar then watching it grow. After graduating from a BA in History of Art at the University of York, Francesca moved to London, where her interest in and understanding of art was fully honed. Her first books established a strong awareness for trends and developments in the contemporary visual-art language. Her most recent,100 New Artists (2011), is a thorough overview of the current art landscape that evaluates and discusses “artists that are creating the aesthetics of the next decade.” All the artists in the book were born after 1970.
For the Emerging Artists Award, Francesca is seeking out “new mediums, new ideas, newness.”