Portrait of Britain 2021 Judges

Each year Portrait of Britain is judged by a panel of key industry leaders from across the UK.

Judges from this year include gallery directors, curators, and festival directors of international repute.  Together, they will select the 200 shortlisted images to be published in the Portrait of Britain Vol. 4 Book, and 100 winning images that will be exhibited on JCDecaux screens.

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Laura Noble

Artist, Director of L A Noble Gallery & FIX Photo Festival

Laura Noble is an artist, collector and the Director of L A Noble Gallery (LANG) in London and FIX Photo Festival. She represents emerging and established artists and champions them through LANG exhibitions, festivals and museums in the UK and abroad. She curates both at LANG and independently at venues globally. Laura works with organisations promoting photography, residency programmes and also as a portfolio reviewer at photo festivals worldwide. She launched FIX Photo Festival in 2016 which with worldwide recognition, opportunities and participation have just completed its fourth edition. 

Her extensive writing on art includes the book of The Art of Collecting Photography which is a seminal guide to collecting photography, with primary essays in many monographs and anthologies. As an avid collector, Laura prides herself on discovering new talent, developing projects, driving education in the arts and writes extensively on art and photography in numerous journals. Her blog has a global following with personal thoughts and opinions on the art world and art practice.  She is currently working on a new book about photography inclusivity and representation, which will launch alongside a global touring exhibition.

Laura lectures on all aspects of collecting photography, professional and gallery practice. Her advice on professional practice and the art market is also keenly received at several museums, universities and institutions around the world. Committed to helping emerging photographers she runs workshops, mentoring and one-to-one portfolio reviews in person and online for photographers at every stage of their career. Laura is committed to inclusivity in the arts through her projects, writing, exhibitions and participation.

Eddie Otchere

Photographer, Author, Curator and Educator

Eddie OTCHERE (b.1974) is a London-born photographer, author, curator and educator whose solo and collaborative projects engage with Black culture and Street photography, documenting spaces and people that represent the social fabric of the Black diaspora. These investigations document the construction of movements, revealing the entrenched human desire to express through dance, art, graffiti and poetry (the four tenets of Hip Hop) OTCHERE has exhibited, performed and presented projects at institutions within the UK and abroad including National Portrait Gallery, London. Brighton Festival, Brighton. SouthBank Centre, London. Photofusion, Lonndon. International Centre of Photography, New York and the Museum of London.

Tracy Marshall

Director of Bristol Photo Festival and of Northern Narratives

Tracy Marshall- Grant is an Arts Director & Producer specializing in the production of photography exhibitions, festivals, education projects and workshops. She is Director of Bristol Photo Festival and of Northern Narratives- the non-venue-based photography production company- she previously directed LOOK Photo Biennial, was Director of Development at Open Eye Gallery Liverpool and Executive Director at Belfast Exposed

Tracy also produces and curates’ international exhibitions, working with established and emerging photographers. She has a rich background in the role and vitality of photographic archives, which inspires much of her work. An intrinsic part of her curatorial work is the development of projects which seek to harness retrospective series of work from international photographers and set them alongside the work of emerging photographers.

Tracy has a previous career as Director of Development for a number of international Arts organisations covering the development of work for classical music, visual arts and literature. Prior to this, she had also been a Director of Campaigns for health, social welfare and education charities across UK & Ireland.

Nadine Persaud

Deputy Director, Photoworks

Nadine Persaud is Deputy Director of Photoworks, strategically supporting the organisation in its work to make photography accessible to broad and diverse audiences. She recently completed an MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at UAL where her work was focused on notions of Black Britishness and the Black diaspora and prior to this worked at 1854 Media/British Journal of Photography in audience development.

Nadine has over 15 years’ experience in the creative industries and has held senior positions at Sony Music, Universal and Atlantic Records where she worked alongside talent including Paloma Faith, Laura Mvula, Björk and Usher. In 2015, Nadine founded an independent record label and management company Salute The Sun where she was responsible for art direction and marketing for developing artists including Barney Artist, Louis Culture and Jaz Karis.

Nicola Shipley

Co-Founder and Director of GRAIN Projects

Nicola Shipley is a Producer, Curator, Mentor and Consultant specialising in contemporary photography. She trained as an art historian, has an MA in History of Art, and a background in the visual arts, including in commissioning, exhibitions, collections, public art, artists education and professional development.

She is co-founder and Director of GRAIN Projects, based in Birmingham UK. GRAIN is a platform for contemporary photography and a hub and network for practitioners. Part of the national photography network GRAIN collaborates with arts and photography organisations, galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Nicola is responsible for commissioning new work, developing and curating exhibition and publication projects and producing professional development programmes including masterclasses, busaries, mentoring, internships, portfolio reviews and training. In her capacity at GRAIN she also co-produces events and symposia including the biannual national conference ‘The State of Photography’.

Recent projects have included working with Edgar Martins, Anthony Luvera, Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid, Nilupa Yasmin, Sam Ivin, Kate Peters, Lydia Goldblatt, Tom Hunter, Mark Power, Murray Ballard and Sam Laughlin.

Nicola is on the board of Photofusion and is a mentor for Redeye Lightbox. In 2020 she was invited to select the Source magazine BA photography awards and in 2019 was one of the selectors for the Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery.

David Drake

Director, Ffotogallery

Since 2009, David Drake has been Director of Ffotogallery, the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales. Ffotogallery’s work involves exhibitions, print and online publishing, and an extensive education programme. Ffotogallery has been the lead agency for two pan-European cooperation projects, European Prospects and A Woman’s Work. David is also Founder Director of the biennial Diffusion – Cardiff International Festival of Photography, this year in its fifth edition, and was Project Director for Wales’ pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015. In 2017/18, Ffotogallery collaborated with the Nazar Foundation on a project called Dreamtigers as part of the UK-India programme. Building on relationships formed with Indian photographers and curators, five artists have subsequently been commissioned during lockdown to create and present new work for a follow-up programme in partnership with Chennai Photo Biennale, funded by the British Council India. Between 2018 and 2021, David was Curator of The Place I Call Home, a major UK-Gulf exhibition commissioned by the British Council which toured to eleven venues in seven countries.

Mariama Attah

Curator, Open Eye Gallery

Mariama Attah is a photography curator, writer and lecturer with a particular interest in overlooked visual histories, and understanding how photography and visual culture can be used to amplify underrepresented voices. Mariama is curator of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. She was previously Assistant Editor of Foam Magazine. Prior to this, she was Curator of Photoworks, where she was responsible for developing and curating programs and events including Brighton Photo Biennial and was also Commissioning and Managing Editor of the yearly magazine Photoworks Annual.

Ben Harman

Director, Stills Gallery

Ben Harman is the Director of Stills, a photography gallery with production facilities based in the heart of Edinburgh. His curated exhibitions for Stills have included presentations of work by Anna Atkins, Margaret Watkins, kennardphillipps, Joseph McKenzie, Cindy Sherman, Lewis Baltz and Jo Spence. Since April 2020, Ben has been hosting the Stills podcast, Photography Down The Line. From 2003-13, Ben was Curator of Contemporary Art for Glasgow Museums where he curated numerous temporary exhibitions and collection displays for the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). From 2007-12, Ben was Lead Curator on Glasgow’s Art Fund International collecting project

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