Rózsa Farkas is Founder, Curator & Editor of Arcadia Missa, an independent research and curatorial project based in Peckham, South East London. The project takes a number of forms: a main gallery programme; parallel programming; publications and off-site projects. In mid-2014 Arcadia Missa began to invite curators, artists and international project spaces to collaborate on the parallel gallery programme, and Arcadia Missa Publications currently have three separate series: the journal How to Sleep Faster (and its online counterpart howtosleepfaster.net), Artist Books, and Anthology.
Rózsa nominated Takeshi Shiomitsu
David Mabb is Programme Leader of MFA Fine Art (Studio Practice) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. As an artist, he works with appropriated imagery to rethink the political implications of different aesthetic forms in modern art and design history. Recent work has focussed on the designs of 19th Century English interior designer, writer and socialist William Morris. His work has recently been exhibited at the William Morris Gallery, London (2015); Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea (2014); Tate Britain, London (2012). His curatorial projects include Utopia Ltd. (with Mary-Ruth Walsh) at Wexford Art Centre and the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2011).“Ministering to the Swinish Luxury of the Rich” at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2004).
David nominated Joey Holder
Ellen Mara De Wachter is an independent writer and curator based in London. After working at the British Museum and the Barbican Art Gallery, she was curator at Zabludowicz Collection until 2013. In 2013-15 she was Curator of Public Collection Development at the Contemporary Art Society, where she was responsible for CAS’s acquisitions scheme for museums across the UK. She has taught at the Royal College of Art, the Royal Academy Schools, Goldsmiths College, Brighton University, Newcastle University among other schools. Her writing has been published in exhibition catalogues and she is a regular contributor to Frieze. She is currently authoring a book about the art of collaboration, due to be published in Spring 2017 by Phaidon.
Ellen nominated Berry Patten
Fatos Üstek is an independent curator and writer based in London, she was born in Ankara, Turkey. As Art Fund Curator she recently delivered fig-2, a visual arts programme of 50 weeks composed of 50 projects at ICA Studio throughout 2015. Ustek is associate curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, a member of AICA Tr and regular contributor to international art magazines and catalogues. She is a member of the Block Universe Advisory Board, an alumni of Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. She has curated an opera in five acts at DRAF, London; an exhibition trilogy entitled Now Expanded that took place at Kunstfabrik, Berlin; Tent, Rotterdam and DRAF, London among various group shows in Europe, Far East and Turkey.
Fatos nominated Manuel Mathieu
George Vasey is an independent curator and writer. He is also curator of the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland where he developed 'NGCA Presents...', a regular & roving events programme including reading group, symposia, screenings and networking events for artists in the region. He regularly writes catalogue and exhibition texts for galleries and artists; his writing has appeared in Art Review, Frieze, Apollo, Kaleidoscope and Art Monthly. In 2013 he was writer in residence at the Jerwood Space, London.
George nominated Johann Arens