This year’s judging panel are painter and printmaker Chris Orr, MBE, RA, Jim Moir, comedian, writer and artist (aka Vic Reeves) as well as Gillian Duke, MD Worton Hall Studios and CCA and CCAI’s Sasha Gibb.
Chris Orr was a student at the Royal College of Art 1964-1967. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1995, made Professor of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art 1998-2008 and Treasurer of the Royal Academy 2014-18. He has taught in many art schools, was awarded an MBE and made Professor Emeritus in 2008. Chris has exhibited extensively throughout the world and has work in public collections including The British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Science Museum, Tate Britain and Victoria and Albert Museum.
Jim Moir has been selling paintings, drawings and prints since the early 1980’s. His work was exhibited at Grayson Perry’s Art Club Exhibition, as well as the Biscuit Factory (Newcastle), The Grosvenor Art Gallery London), RA Summer Exhibition (3 times), Manchester Art Gallery and various other UK galleries. Jim is much loved for his comedy roles with Bob Mortimer such as Vic Reeves Big Night Out (1990), Shooting Stars (1993 – 2011) and House of Fools (2014). The anarchic foundation for much of his comedy has created comparisons with radical art movements such as Dada. His approach is refreshingly impulsive and his work often incorporates elements that are unsettling or bizarre. ‘Art school’s not a bad place to start in comedy’, says Moir, ‘like Roxy Music and the Sex Pistols, all forward-thinking music came out of art school because it’s a forward-thinking place to be.’