Current Prize > Selectors & Judges


The works for exhibition will be shortlisted by:

Marcus Cope, co-founder and curator of The Marmite Prize for Painting.
Aoife Ruane, Director, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland.
Jane Hayes Greenwood, Artist & Director, Block 336, London, UK.
Daniel Sturgis, Artist, Curator & Course Director in Painting, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK.
Colin Martin, Artist & School Principal, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland.


Following the initial shortlisting of works for exhibition the works will be judged by:

Phillip Allen (UK)
Brian Cheeswright (UK)
Vanessa Jackson RA (UK)
Mark O'Kelly (IRELAND)

Phillip Allen

spacerPhillip Allen, Tonic for Choice
spacerOil on Board, 2015

Phillip Allen lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include: The Approach Gallery (2014) London and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2013).
Recent Group shows include: Ghetto Anglaise, Observer Building (2016) Hastings, From Fly on the Wall to Fly in the Soup, Paris 2014, British Art Show IV (2006) and Classified BP Exhibit Tate Britain (2005). Phillip is also programme coordinator for the Turp’s Studio Painting Programme and one of the editors for Turp’s Banana painting magazine. He’s a tutor at the Royal College of Art and Wimbledon College of Art.

Brian Cheeswright

spacerBrian Cheeswright, Friends of Dorothy
oil on canvas,  60 x 46 cm, 2014

Brian Cheeswright ( b.1978, Harrow) was the winner of the Marmite Prize for Painting IV (2012-2013)

I'm painting in order to discover if I can make paintings. My work is heaped in the detritus of the day: bits of memory, conversations, dreams, frustrations. I'm also still battling with that old hackneyed abstraction versus figuration thing too. Every picture is a sort of failure, but leads to a new question.

Vanessa Jackson

spacerVanessa Jackson, Homage a Matisse
oil on canvas,  213 x 183 cm, 2014
Vanessa Jackson RA (b. Peaslake, 1953) lives and works in London.
Educated at St Martins School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Jackson has shown nationally and internationally and recent shows have included Rough Cut and Faceted a solo show with Marcelle Joseph Projects, and a three-person show, Abstract Geometry at Rook and Raven, both 2014. Distressed Geometry at Kunstraum Baden/Zurich, a group show of Swiss and British artists commissioned a temporary wall painting from Jackson, and Simply Painting, curated by Jim Mooney, touring from Inverness/Thurso and Aberdeen 2015/2016. Shows in the last few years have included studio1.1, and  Wall Painting commissions for the Café Gallery CGP Throwing Shapes and Vertigo in Three Parts for Sadler’s Wells Theatre. A book of her wall paintings OFF THE WALL was published in 2014 by the Pavillionary Press. Her practice has been included in Painting, Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel Gallery, edited by Terry Myers, and Contemporary British Women Artists in their own words IB Taurus, edited by Rebecca Fortnum. Jackson was a participant in the ICA talk The Trouble with Painting. Jackson is back full time in the studio after 35 years dedicated to lecturing, as Head of Painting at Winchester School of Art, and then Research and MA tutor at he Royal College of Art and most recently Senior Tutor at the Royal Academy Schools . She is presently chair of the Abbey Council and a member of the British School at Rome Fine Art Faculty. She was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2015

Mark O'Kelly

spacerMark O'Kelly, Strauss Khan , oil on linen 2015
spacerInstallation view, What is and What Might Be, Highlanes Gallery, 2015

Mark O’Kelly
(b.1968) lives and works in Dublin and Limerick. He is a lecturer in Fine Art at Limerick School of Art and Design. He is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art (1992) and of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (1990). Exhibiting paintings, vitrines and installations, his work is the outcome of a practice of image research that explores the space between the photographic document and the cosmetic image. The studio based painting practice at the core of this work has provided the foundation for a series of specifically conceived installations addressing theories of representation, reproduction and quotation.

Forthcoming solo exhibition:,
Empireland, Project Arts Centre, curated by Tessa Giblin, Dublin, 2016.