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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.

Tim Marlow

RA Artistic Director

Tim Marlow has been the Artistic Director of the RA since 2014 and has worked with some of the most important and influential artists of our time. He is an award-winning radio and television broadcaster who has presented over 100 documentaries on British television. He has lectured, chaired and participated in panel discussions on art and culture around the world.

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.

Eliza Bonham Carter

Curator and Head of the RA Schools

Before becoming Head of the RA Schools in 2006, Eliza Bonham Carter taught at The University of Reading, Loughborough School of Art and at De Montfort University and acted as a visiting artist at numerous university art departments across the UK. She has a BA Fine Art from Ravensbourne College of Art & Design and an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, has exhibited widely and has work in both private and public collections.

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