MEET THE JUDGES
D31 ART PRIZE 2021
Peter Samson graduated from Manchester College of Art in the early 1960s and went on to post-graduate painting studies at the Royal College. He started making moving image artworks on leaving the RCA – although remaining devoted to the discipline of drawing as a foundation to his work thereafter. Samson was also an early member of the London film-Makers Co-op during the 1970s, where his early works were regularly screened and he made good use of their technical facilities. The consummate draughtsman’s eye for detail and the ability to synthesise and explain form through the juxtaposition of light and shade is evident in much of Samson’s film works. Like his wife of many years, the painter Janet Samson, Samson remained faithful to the culture of the North and has been active in the region’s fine art film community for over 40 years and a participant in numerous film festivals across the UK and Europe – often with support from the Arts Council.
Mike Stubbs, artist / curator is the Artistic Director for Doncaster Creates. 12 years CEO of FACT, Liverpool, Stubbs commissioned and curated over 350 exhibition programmes all around the world. including White Noise for ACMI, Melbourne, the Nam June Paik retrospective with Tate Liverpool, working with many artists including Agnes Varda, Teching Hsieh & Pipilotti Rist, and is mentor to many emerging artists and curators. He is the co-founder of Abandon Normal Devices festival. Recent curated exhibitions: Strata, for York Art Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Art, Panama. Research includes: transport, art and ecology. He has won more than a dozen major international awards, including Barbara London Prize, Echigo Tsumari Trienalle.
He is Honorary Professor at Liverpool University & UTS, Sydney, made FRSA and awarded a Fleck Fellowship, Banff, Canada in 2002. Jury Memberships include, Nam June Paik prize, South Korea, CERN Collide award and arts residency, Oberhausen film Festival, Inaugral Chair, Minsheng A Tube Art Prize, Shanghai and Aesthetica Art and Film prizes.
He is also producing major new art commissions for Folekestone Trienalle and Bedford Creative Arts, both to be presented later this year.
Rosemary Firth is a hugely respected mixed media artist whose works have been exhibited widely around the UK as well as featured in magazines and on television. Her work has enjoyed a recent frenzy of acquisitions by discerning private collectors around the world after her very successful appearance on the iconic television program Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the year 2020 held at West Wycombe, United Kingdom. A well establishe artist and mentor, she is regularly solicitated to head various art events due to her decades of mentoring many aspiring artists. Her works are stunning, combining various techniques which give them a unique look and texture. Rosemary is definitely an artist to collect.
Creative Director and Designer
Leah is a young design entrepreneur that hosted and produced Doncaster’s first Fashion week. Her vision, passion and drive to regenerate Doncaster’s Creative industry has seen her become one of many Creative leaders in Doncaster, from developing the first creative studios, Queens Road Design Centre, to supporting the next generation of Creatives and delivering the biggest fashion event Doncaster has ever seen. Leah has a very eclectic background of creative job roles from Textiles design, Fashion management, Art archives and Creative Direction. Leah is progressing her skills by currently studying a MSc in Creative and Cultural industry management to be able to offer more professional support to the next generation of Artists and Designers.
Kim Farr is an Artist and curator born in Doncaster with a first-class BA honours degree in fine art and craft through Hull University .
She has worked in managerial positions within the building services industries and holiday home management whilst living in Cornwall. Always involved in voluntary positions within charities or as a committee member within various organisations in the UK.
One of her recent positions was joint chairperson/secretary for The New Fringe art group in Doncaster. Helping to redirect the organisation to where it is today.
As a curator
Kim has been involved in various exhibitions. projects, managing the Royal Photographic society exhibition ‘unframing our identities’ has been one of the largest to date. Kim also co-curated the "Togetherness exhibition" as well as the D31 art prize.
Sally Lockey is a creative director, producer and programmer with a wide range of experience working within the arts, culture, education and heritage sector enabling community programming, development, placemaking, learning and education
She is currently Project Director for Right Up Our Street, the Arts Council England Creative People and Places project for Doncaster.
Sally leads a team of staff, freelances and community groups to create, commission and produce a varied programme of arts and cultural activity
She has performed in a range of roles within Arts Council England, Higher Education settings and the private sector.
Sally has produced large scale arts, culture and educational activity and events including Doncaster’s annual Festival of Light, the Great North Runs ‘Great North Greats’ a project that celebrated the history of Tyneside through borough-wide sports, education and artistic programming as well as a project manage a 'Tandem' project delivered in partnership with cultural organisations in Arnhem, Netherlands and Magdeburg, Germany focusing on access and engagement for marginalised communities. Tandem is a cultural collaboration programme that strengthens civil society in Europe and its neighbouring regions.
Sally holds a Masters Degree Qualifications in Fine Art, Photography and Cultural Management.