Judging Process

All submissions we receive will be seen by our panel of expert judges, made up of professionals working in different areas of the art world.

Artworks Together is running throughout 2021, with public submissions opening on January 1st 2021. For a full breakdown of all our important dates, check out the Calendar on the About Page.

Meet The Judges

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Rachel Gadsden

Expressionist in approach, Rachel creates solo exhibitions, performances and collaborative social engagement art projects with disabled, vulnerable and mainstream individuals and communities nationally and internationally, through painting, performance, digital film and animation, with the object of developing cross-cultural dialogues considering universal notions of the human condition. Her artwork is underpinned by themes of fragility and resilience, a shared and positive sense of survival in the face of chronic health conditions, and the politics and mythologies surrounding disability. Part of the process of social and political change is about being open about impairment, and working to empower others to find a voice with which to challenge stigma through art. 

A multi award recipient, Rachel’s work has been exhibited and presented throughout UK & Europe and in Australia, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Brazil, Colombia, Hong Kong, Jordan, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the USA. Her artworks are represented in private and major art collections including HM The Queen, Royal Art Collection, UK Parliament, Mandela’s Walk to Freedom, SA, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, The National Paralympic Heritage Trust, and Hyundai. Gadsden has received major award commissions for 4 Paralympic Games, Beijing, London, Sochi and Brazil, and has undertaken 5 commissions for UK Parliament.


Rachel has a BA (hons) and MA in Fine Art, and in 2016 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from London South Bank University for her work.

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Tony Heaton OBE

Is a practising Sculptor, Chair of Shape Arts and Consultant/Advisor to many major cultural organisations, including: The British Council, Tate and the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries.


He is the initiator of NDACA – the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive. 


His sculpture, Gold Lamé, recently occupied The Liverpool Plinth and is currently installed at the Riverside Museum, Glasgow. His ‘Monument to the Unintended Performer’ was installed on the Big 4 at the entrance to Channel 4 TV Centre in celebration of the 2012 Paralympics. 

His sculpture ‘Squarinthecircle?’ is situated outside the school of architecture, Portsmouth University.


He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, 2013, for services to the arts and the disability arts movement and has an Alumni Award from Lancaster University and honorary Doctorates from both the University of Leicester and the new University Bucks.  

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Alison Lapper MBE

Alison Lapper was born in Burton on Trent in1965 with a condition called phocomelia, this resulted in her being born without any arms and shortened legs.  Alison spent her childhood and teenage years in specialist institutions. During this time the school experimented with prosthetic limbs to try and ‘normalise’ the children to help them ‘fit in’ with society.  After years of operations, falls and struggling, Alison decided to ditch these and be herself.


At 17 Alison spent two years in an assessment centre where she learned to drive and was taught about life, how to cook, shop, take care of herself and how to be independent.

Aged 19 Alison moved to Shepherds Bush London, it was here that she learned to live!!  She went shopping, clubbing and even got married - for a short time.  It was in London that she began to study art and completed a Pre-Foundation and then a Foundation Course.

In 1990 Alison got a placement at University of Brighton to do a degree in Fine Arts so she moved to Sussex.  After graduating in 1993 with a first-class honours degree in Fine Arts, Alison became a full member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) of which she still is today.  In 2014 Alison was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Brighton, she is still regularly involved with them as an alumnus. 

In the year 2000 Alison gave birth to her son Parys, of whom she called her greatest achievement.  During this time, she was approached by sculptor Marc Quinn and his controversial statue 'Alison Lapper Pregnant' was created.  It spent 18 months on the fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square in 2005, raising disability awareness and prompting widespread public debate. 

Alison has featured as a subject in many documentaries throughout her life and is now, amongst other things, pursuing a new career as a television presenter.  In 2016 she co-presented No Body's Perfect a documentary about body image for BBC4 with the photographer Rankin, followed by her own take on William Blake for Sky Arts in 2017. 


On the 13th August 2019, after several years of suffering with mental health issues, Parys tragically died of an accidental drug overdose.  Alison was utterly devastated and to this day remains completely heartbroken. Alison continues to campaign for people with mental health and drug issues.


As a well-known public figure, Alison regularly gives talks about her life and experiences.  She visits schools and colleges for children of all ages talking about art, diversity, acceptance and body image.  Alison is a charismatic after dinner speaker, appearing at many business and charities events.

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James Lingwood

James Lingwood has been Co-Director of Artangel with Michael Morris since 1991. 

Amongst over 100 Artangel projects produced over the past 30 or so years are Rachel Whiteread’s House (1993-94), Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 4 (1995), Ilya & Emilia Kabakov’s The Palace of Projects (1999), Michael Landy’s Break Down (2001), Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave (2001), , Francis Alÿs’s Seven Walks (2005), Roger Hiorns’ Seizure (2008-9), Susan Philipsz’s Surround Me (2010), Heiner Goebbels’ Stifter’s Dinge (2010-12), Ryoji Ikeda’s spectra (2014), INSIDE: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison (2016), Taryn Simon’s An Occupation of Loss (2018), Elizabeth Price’s SLOW DANS (2019) and Steve McQueen’s Year 3 project across London (2019).     Long-term Artangel projects outside the UK include Roni Horn’s Vatnasafn/Library of Water in Iceland, Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead in Detroit and Cristina Iglesias’ Tres Aguas in Toledo, Spain. 

As an independent curator, Lingwood has curated exhibition around the world with artists including Vija Celmins, Douglas Gordon, Susan Hiller, Juan Muñoz, Robert Smithson, Thomas Struth and Thomas Schütte et al.    He recently curated Richard Hamilton – Serial Obsessions for the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea, 2017-18; and Luigi Ghirri – The Map and The Territory; Photographs from the 1970s for museums in Germany, France and Spain.


He is a trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Holt/Smithson Foundation in the US.

Michael Morris

Michael Morris 

Since becoming Co-Directors in 1991, Michael Morris and James Lingwood have established Artangel as an international commissioning agency, producing extraordinary art in unexpected places by Clio Barnard, Jeremy Deller, PJ Harvey, Roni Horn, Miranda July, Mike Kelley, Michael Landy, Steve McQueen Rachel Whiteread and many others. 


Since 2016,  Artangel projects include Inside : Artists and Writers in Reading Prison,  Taryn Simon’s An Occupation of Loss, featuring professional mourners from 11 different countries, Evan Roth’s Red Linesnetwork, Jonathan Glazer’s lockdown film Strasbourg 1518 and Steve McQueen’s Year 3, an epic portrait of some 75,000 London children in collaboration with Tate Britain and A New Direction. 


During the 1980s, Michael was Director of Performing Arts at ICA, London, going on to set up the production company Cultural Industry (1988 – 2012).

Since 2007, Michael has been Artistic Advisor to the Manchester International Festival and served in similar advisory roles for 14-18 NOW , Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in Long Island, the Melbourne International Festival , the Pina Bausch Foundation and as aTrustee of Longplayer.

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Helen Pheby

Dr Helen Pheby is the Head of Curatorial Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an international centre for modern and contemporary art set in 500 acres of historic parkland, five galleries, and an 18th-century chapel. 


Helen’s research and practice is rooted in the belief that creativity is central to humanity, as well as a motivation to understand the potential of art and its institutions in the world.


Her offsite projects include A Place in Time (2016) at NIROX Sculpture Park in the UNESCO Cradle of Humankind, South Africa, and the Kyiv Sculpture Project (2012), the first open-air display of contemporary sculpture in Ukraine. She is the invited co-curator of the new entrance to Selfridges’ flagship London store and Chair of UP Projects.


1st Prize - £300

6 Judges Prizes

2nd Prize - £200

3rd Prize - £100


Our six judges will each choose a winner of a variety of professional art supplies to help continue and develop your artistic practice.  


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Wentworth Woodhouse Gallery

The competition will conclude in a digitally projected exhibition at the prestigious Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire on the 29th of May 2021.

Wentworth Woodhouse is a Grade I listed stately home with the longest façade of any country house in England. The Georgian house is set in 87 acres of gardens and grounds. 

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Virtual Gallery

The artists selected will exhibit their work in March 2021 in an online 3D exhibition which can be viewed worldwide. The virtual exhibition will feature several rooms filled with high quality images and descriptions of the work. This creates an immersive experience as you navigate through the rooms.