Meet the judges

Primary schools judging panel

Bob and Roberta Smith, Artist

Bob and Roberta Smith RA

Artist

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.

Rebecca Lyons, Director of Learning and Collections

Rebecca Lyons

Director of Learning and Collections

Rebecca Lyons is the Director of Collections & Learning at the Royal Academy. She has worked as a Curator, in Higher Education and in Museum Education across the arts and heritage sector over the past 22 years and is also the Chair of Governors for a primary school in east London.

Sofía Clausse, RA Schools Student

Sofía Clausse

RA Schools Student

Sofía Clausse is a second year student at the Royal Academy Schools. Born in Argentina, she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. Her work explores questions of repetition, time, and language by using painting, letterforms, tools and systems.

Millie Layton, RA Schools Student

Millie Layton

RA Schools Student

Millie Layton is currently studying at the Royal Academy Schools and previously studied Sculpture and Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of art. Her practice involves sculpture and short fiction and she looks forward to a collaborative show in the Royal Academy’s Weston studios in July 2020.

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

Secondary schools judging panel

Cathie Pilkington, Artist

Cathie Pilkington RA

Artist

Cathie Pilkington is a London-based sculptor and figurative artist. Her work combines intensively modelled and painted sculptures within immersive installations, comprising a diverse array of props, materials and furniture. Her site-responsive installations are balanced ambivalently between chaos and precision and have been described as a kind of art historical fly-tipping.

Pilkington became Professor of Sculpture for the Royal Academy Schools in 2016, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include The Value of the Paw at the V&A Museum of Childhood in 2012; Life Room: Anatomy of a Doll at the Royal Academy Schools, 2017; Doll for Petra, at the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, 2017; her Working from Home intervention at Dorich House Museum in 2018 and Pallant House Gallery 2019, and The Covering at Karsten Schubert Gallery, 2020.

Eliza Bonham Carter, Curator & Head of RA Schools

Eliza Bonham Carter

Curator & Head of RA Schools

Currently Curator & Head of the Royal Academy Schools in London, a position she has held since 2006, Eliza Bonham Carter was previously Head of the Department of Fine Art at The University of Reading. Prior to her appointment at Reading, Bonham Carter taught at Loughborough School of Art and at De Montfort University (DMU). She has been visiting lecturer at numerous Universities.

A member of the Faculty of Fine Art at the British School at Rome (BSR), from 2007-11 Bonham Carter is currently a member of the Council of the BSR. She is also a trustee of Camden Arts Centre, the Artists General Benevolent Institution. She was Abbey Major Scholar at the British School at Rome 1988-9. She was London and South East Regional Chair National Association of Fine Art Education and steering group member 2002-2004.

Eliza Bonham Carter studied painting at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design and completed her MA at the Royal College of Art.

Catinca Malaimare, RA Schools Student

Catinca Malaimare

RA Schools Student

Catinca Malaimare is a performance artist studying at the Royal Academy Schools. Born in Romania, she graduated from a degree in Fine Art and Curatorial Studies in the UK. In Spring 2019 she was awarded a residency at TUA Geidai (Tokyo, Japan). Her practice explores different resonances and affects created by contemporary technologies.

James Lomax, RA Schools Student

James Lomax

RA Schools Student

James Lomax is an artist who works across multiple mediums with a specific focus on sculpture, he is currently in his second year of the Royal Academy Schools Programme. James exhibits internationally, he has recently undertaken a research residency at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, and has upcoming shows at Salón Acme Art Fair in Mexico City and Premiums at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.