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The judging panel

Meet the diverse judging panel behind this year’s Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award

PhotographyJess GoughTextKate Neave

For its milestone fifth anniversary Converse x Dazed are thrilled to announce their diverse judging panel bringing together some of the most respected names in the arts. Our judges are delighted to lend their support to the artists of tomorrow. The judges will select five artists from the applicants who are each commissioned £1000 to produce work for an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2015. Ultimately the judges will select one winner of the £5000 prize.


Tim Marlow is Director of Artistic Programmes at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts. He is responsible for creative vision at this well-respected institution founded and run by artists. Previously Marlow held the post of Director of Exhibitions at White Cube for ten years. He is well known for his TV and radio arts documentaries and has an in-depth knowledge of art history and contemporary art.


Francesca Gavin is Visual Arts Editor at Dazed, a Contributing Editor at Artsy, AnOther and Sleek magazines and Art Editor of Twin magazine. She is the author of numerous books on contemporary art including The Book of Hearts, 100 New Artists, Creative Space and Street Renegades. She is the curator of the Soho House Group and has curated exhibitions internationally including The New Psychedelica at MU, Eindhoven, E-Vapor-8 at 319 Scholes, New York and Site Gallery, Sheffield and The Dark Cube at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.


Javier Peres runs legendary Peres Projects in Berlin. The art-world-wild-child is responsible for bringing artists including the brave and provocative Dash Snow, Dan Colen, Terence Koh and Bruce La Bruce to international acclaim. His influence as a gallerist and critical tastemaker has been validated by the inclusion of his artists in top exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Tate Triennial and Turner Prize.


Sarah McCrory is well known for supporting and showcasing emerging young and underrepresented artists who then make their name internationally. After spending two years as curator of Frieze Projects, Sarah is now the director of Glasgow International Festival, a world-renowned biennial festival of contemporary art. The 2014 festival featured 150 artists from 24 countries in over 50 venues across the city.


José Parlá has received critical acclaim for his works, which lie at the boundary between abstraction and calligraphy. Composed from layers of paint, gestural drawing and found ephemera, his work evokes the histories of urban environments. Parlá is a documentarian of city life. Using the backdrop of world cities, he re-makes in paint what can appear to be photorealist fragments of what he sees in the chaos and rush of the metropolis.


London based musician and artist Steven Claydon’s artwork is concerned with how materials move from raw matter to cultural artifact. Informed by his musical career his works - which can include sculpture, video, assemblage, and painting - are often examining or challenging commonly held beliefs about history and authority. Claydon has exhibited internationally at galleries including Tate Modern, Hayward Gallery, firstsite and the State Museum Hermitage, St. Petersberg.

For details on how to apply click here