Kurt Beers is Director of BEERS London gallery and author of 100 Painters of Tomorrow. In 2012, he opened BEERS London in London’s vibrant East Central art district, and the gallery has been acknowledged as one of most exciting young spaces in London, being subsequently listed in Blouin Media’s ‘500 Best Galleries Worldwide’ in 2015 & 2016. In 2014, Beers wrote the seminal 100 Painters of Tomorrow, published by Thames & Hudson, which launched a number of young artist’s into the international art world. The forthcoming 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow builds upon what is now intended as a series of art publications, and is due for release in autumn 2018.
Beers has a background in Canadian politics, working for several Members of Parliament as well as former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark between 2000-2002. Following this, Beers joined the Royal Canada Mounted Police (RCMP) and worked as a Police Constable in North Vancouver, Canada. Beers holds a BA in Political Science with a Minor in History from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). Following this, he completed a Masters Degree in Communications at City University, (London, UK), before pursuing his lifelong dream of working within the art world.
Anne Ellegood is the Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum. Previously she was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. and Associate Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. She recently organized the first North American retrospective of the work of Jimmie Durham, which opened at the Hammer in January 2017, and travels to the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Remai Modern in Saskatoon through 2018.
Selected group shows include Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology (2014); Made in L.A. 2012; and All of this and nothing (2011). She has organized numerous solo exhibitions, including recent projects with Kevin Beasley, Charles Gaines, Judith Hopf, John Outterbridge, Pedro Reyes, Francis Upritchard, and Lily van der Stokker. Ellegood is currently co-curating the Hammer’s biennial of Los Angeles-based artists, Made in LA, with Erin Christovale, for summer 2018.
Francesca Gavin is a writer and curator based in London. She was the co-curator of The Historical Exhibition of Manifesta11 in Zurich, and has curated shows internationally including the Palais de Tokyo, Site Sheffield and MU, Eindhoeven. She is the author of five books and is a contributing editor at Kaleidoscope, Sleek, Twin, Art Papers, AnOther and regularly writes for publications including The Financial Times. Her monthly radio show Rough Version, on the relationship between art and music, is on NTS.live.
David Huber is a critic and editor based in New York. A frequent contributor to Artforum and contributing editor at Metropolis, his writing on architecture and art has appeared in GARAGE, Log, Harvard Design Magazine, PIN-UP, Pacific Standard, and other publications. He holds degrees from the Cooper Union and the CUNY Graduate Center.
Professor Jiang Jiehong is Head of Research at School of Art, and Director of the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts, Birmingham City University. He has extensive research and curatorial experience in contemporary Chinese art and visual culture. Jiang was Lead Curator for the Guangzhou Triennial: the Unseen (co-curated with Jonathan Watkins, 2012), the Asia Triennial Manchester: Harmonious Society (2014), and most recently in 2016, he curated the Shadow Never Lies (with Mark Nash, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum), the Distant Unknown: Contemporary Art from Britain (OCAT Shanghai) and Everyday Legend (Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum).
Jiang’s book publications include Burden or Legacy: from the Chinese Cultural Revolution to Contemporary Art (Hong Kong University Press, 2007), the Revolution Continues: New Art from China (Jonathan Cape, 2008), Red: China’s Cultural Revolution (Jonathan Cape, 2010) and An Era without Memory: Chinese Contemporary Photography on Urban Transformation (Thames and Hudson, 2015), and he is Principal Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Intellect).
Currently, Jiang is curating the First Thailand Biennale, Edge of the Wonderland, opens in November 2018.
Natalie King is an Australian curator with more than two decades of expertise in international contemporary art. Current roles include curator of Tracey Moffatt: My Horizon, Australian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017 and Senior Research Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Previously, she was Chief Curator of Melbourne Biennial Lab, Senior Curator of MPavilion and Director of Utopia@Asialink. King holds a Master of Arts degree from Monash University and has completed the Dunlop Asia Leadership Program.
She has curated major projects at the National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta; Whisper in My Mask: TarraWarra Biennial 2014 and the 13th Dong Gang International Photo Festival, Korea. She has also curated exhibitions at the Singapore Art Museum; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; National Museum of Art, Osaka; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan. She has published interviews with Ai Wei Wei, Joseph Kosuth, Candice Breitz, Hou Hanru, Pussy Riot, Destiny Deacon, Bill Henson, Carolyn Christov Bakargiev, Massimiliano Gioni, Cai Guo Qiang amongst others. King is widely published in arts media including Flash Art, Art and Australia and Art Asia Pacific.
Curator and art historian, Clare Lilley is Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), awarded UK Museum of the Year in 2014. An authority on modern and contemporary sculpture, her recent curated and published work with artists includes Ai Weiwei, Fiona Banner, Alfredo Jaar, Amar Kanwar, KAWS, Yinka Shonibare MBE, William Turnbull, James Turrell and Bill Viola.
Since 2012 she has curated Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park, London. Clare sits on the Advisory Committee of the Government Art Collection and is an invited member of the UK Women Leaders in Museums Network. Clare regularly appears in national and international media to comment on contemporary art and the role of the museum in society. She has been a panelist or presented papers at The China Museum, Beijing; the ICA and Francis Crick Institute, London; the Kyiv Sculpture Project, Ukraine; Museo Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; the Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg and Cape Town Art Fair, South Africa; and the Sydney Opera House, Australia.
Stefan Simchowitz (born in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 8, 1970) is a Los Angeles-based art collector, art curator, and art advisor. He is a vocal proponent of social media as a legitimate vector for discovering, distributing, and popularizing the fine arts, primarily using Facebook and Instagram as platforms for self-promotion, discovering new artists, and endorsing those he already manages.
Supporters see his method as concerned with diversifying the number of systems which recognize and produce credible artists. A number of them, including, but not limited to Sterling Ruby, Oscar Murillo, Lucien Smith, Petra Cortright, Zachary Armstrong, Kour Pour, Jon Rafman, and Marc Horowitz have all been advised by Stefan Simchowitz. In November 2015, he was ranked #95 in Art Review Magazine’s POWER 100, a list of 2015’s “most influential people in the contemporary artworld.”
Anita Zabludowicz OBE was born in Newcastle and now lives in London with her husband, Poju, and their four children. Anita studied Fine Art & History of Art in Newcastle’s College of Arts & Technology and subsequently spent ten years working as a project manager in interior architecture before going back to study Modern Art & Auctioneering at Christies. From the mid-1990s Anita and her husband have embarked on a number of philanthropic activities and together they founded the Zabludowicz Collection to collect international emerging art and create a public platform to examine contemporary art practices.
Anita is Trustee Emeritus of Camden Arts Centre, Honorary President at BFAMI and also a Tate Foundation Honorary Member. Anita was awarded an OBE for her services to Art and Philanthropy in 2016.