Meet the judges

Primary schools judging panel

Jane and Louise Wilson RA


Artist duo Jane and Louise Wilson have been working collaboratively for over two decades. The Wilson sisters work with photography, the moving image and installation. They were nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999 and have since held exhibitions in the UK, Europe and internationally.

Andria Zafirakou

2018 Global Teacher Prize Winner

Andria Zafirakou has been teaching Arts and Textiles at Alperton Community School in Brent, London, for 12 years. In 2018 she was the first UK teacher to become 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner. She is using her $1m prize money to set up a charity, Artists in Residence (AIR), which will connect artists with schools and encourage students to pursue creative careers.

Molly Bretton

RA Head of Families, Access and Schools

Molly joined the RA in 2012 and oversees creative learning programmes and resources for families, disabled visitors, community groups, teachers and students. Outside the RA, she works as an access consultant providing training and guidance for national and international cultural organisations looking to become more inclusive. Molly holds an MA in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BA in Fine Art from Newcastle University.

Rachel Jones

RA Schools student

Rachel is currently studying at Royal Academy Schools and previously completed a BA Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in the UK at various institutions including the Royal Scottish Academy and The Fleming Collection. She was artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in 2016 and will be artist in residence at The Chinati Foundation in the Summer of 2019.

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am and what a privilege it is for me to be part of the judging committee for this year’s Young Artists’ Summer Show.

I am looking forward to being blown away by the extraordinary young talent that we have in our world today.

Andria Zafirakou

Secondary schools judging panel

Bob and Roberta Smith RA


Bob and Roberta Smith is the pseudonym of the artist Patrick Brill. Born in London, he studied at the University of Reading (1981-1985) and Goldsmiths College (1991), going on to train as a sign painter in New York. He uses text to create colourful, political slogans on banners and placards that advocate the importance of creativity in education.

Bob and Roberta Smith will also be curating the exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Mark Hampson

Artist and Head of Fine Art Processes at the RA Schools

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1992 Mark has simultaneously combined a career as a painter-printmaker, exhibiting in museums and galleries internationally with significant roles in Art education. He has taught both in the USA and in the UK and before joining the RA was a senior lecturer in printmaking at the Royal College of Art. His passions are comic figuration, drawing, narrative painting and both history and future technologies. Recently his practice has evolved into investigating the potentials of iPad drawing, which has led to new experiences in collaboration with Apple.

Agnieszka Szczotka

RA Schools student

Agnieszka Szczotka is currently studying at the Royal Academy Schools. She holds a degree in sculpture from Camberwell College of Arts and works across a variety of mediums including video, performance, photography and language.

Richard Lockett

RA Schools student

Richard Lockett is a third year student at the Royal Academy Schools. Richard previously studied MA Computational Arts at Goldsmiths College and BA Fine Art within the sculpture department at the Slade School of Fine Art. His practice involves various media including painting, sculpture, photography and digital which often manifest as installation.

I am really looking forward to seeing the inventive and imaginative images from the young people who submit their work.

Bob and Roberta Smith RA