Jonathan Watkins has been Director of Ikon Gallery since 1999.  Previously he worked for a number of years in London, as Curator of the Serpentine Gallery (1995-1997) and Director of Chisenhale Gallery (1990-1995).

He has written extensively on contemporary art and curated a number of large international exhibitions including the Biennale of Sydney (1998), Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art (Hayward Gallery, London 2001), Quotidiana (Castello di Rivoli, Turin 1999, Tate Triennial (2003), Shanghai Biennale (2006), Sharjah Biennial (2007), Negotiations (Today Art Museum, Beijing 2010) and the Guangzhou Triennial (2012). He was on the curatorial team for Europarte (Venice Biennale, 1997), Milano Europa 2000, (Palazzo di Triennale, Milan 2000), and Riwaq (Palestinian Biennial 2007). He curated the Iraqi Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2013.

Image: Ikon Gallery, Available at: https://ikon-gallery.org/about/the-team/

Shani Rhys James is one of Wales’ most celebrated artists who has won various prestigious awards such as the 2003 Jerwood Painting Prize, Royal eisteddfod Gold Medal for Fine Art and the BBC Wales Visual arts Award. In 1993 she won the Hunting/Observer Art Prize, achieved second place in the BP National Portrait Award in 1994 and in the same year was elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy.

Rhys James was made an MBE, for services to art, in the 2006 New Year’s Honours list. In 2007 she won the Glyndwr Award, presented by MOMA, and was awarded an honorary fellowship from University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. In 2008 she gained an honorary fellowship from Hereford College of Art.

Image: Shani Rhys James, BBC Available here

​Both Shani Rhys James & Jonathan Watkins will choose the main prize winner from the final exhibitionwhich will be announced on the opening night. The artists for the Beep2016 shows will be selected by elysium gallery director & Beep founder Jonathan Powell.

Shani Rhys James and Jonathan Watkins are well-respected artists and prominent lectures on many prestigious Art Schools. They are an implacable disciple, as well as a significant reputation in the art circles.

Due to their skills and high amount of expertise, they were chosen to be the judges for the beep 2016. They will review the work, and determine the winners of this year’s exhibition.

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