The finalists and winners of the York Culture Awards are determined by an independent panel of judges.


York Culture Awards 2018 - Judging Panel


Kit Monkman (Chair of the Judging Panel)
Managing Director, ViridianFX

Kit is a leading and prolific innovator across film, stage and public environments. He directed the visually experimental UK feature Macbeth (2018), and co-directed The Knife That Killed Me (2012). Along with long-time collaborator Tom Wexler, Kit also works as an installation artist in the interactive, public realm where their works have dramatically transformed many iconic spaces from London’s Trafalgar Square to Shanghai's Bund. Kit has also worked as a theatre and show designer with artists as diverse as Prince and DV8. Kit is the Managing Director of York-based ViridianFX. 


Charles Hutchinson
Arts Editor, York Press

Charles Hutchinson has worked at The Press (formerly The Yorkshire Evening Press and The Evening Press) longer than The Press building in Walmgate lasted, having joined in Autumn 1988. He is the arts editor and also a general feature writer, focusing on theatre, music, art, museums,  comedy and film. He contributes a weekly arts slot on Adam Tomlinson and Anna Wallace’s show on BBC Radio York on Thursday afternoons, as well as reviewing the papers on Georgey Spanswick’s morning show every few weeks.
Away from York, he is a parish councillor and church warden in Markington and an hotel director in Ripon; gives talks and hosts question and answer sessions; and is a devotee of all things Leeds United, Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club.


Cherie Federico
Editor, Aesthetica Magazine

Cherie Federico is the Director of Aesthetica Magazine which was founded in 2003. Aesthetica Magazine is one of the leading British art and culture publications with a print and digital readership of 340,000. The publication has national distribution in 638 UK stores across the high street, travel outlets and major galleries. It is also exported to 20 countries.
A strong believer in clean design, striking photography, critically engaging content, Cherie is a key protagonist of bringing the best new contemporary talent to the fore alongside established practitioners. She is also the Director of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, which is a BAFTA-Recognised event and screens films from over 40 countries, as well as attracting key industry figures from across the sector.
In addition to this, Cherie is also the Director of the Aesthetica Art Prize, which champions new talent and has 4,500 applications with artists from across the world. The Prize is a key event for talent development with finalists going on to gain gallery representation, be commissioned by Channel 4, and win awards from BAFTA and Magnum, as well as participate in biennales and exhibitions worldwide.


Chris Bailey
Chair, York @ Large

Chris lives in York, and is married with two grown up daughters. His career in art and design higher education began in the 1970s and included senior management roles at Northumbria and Leeds Metropolitan, now Beckett, Universities. He is now Emeritus Professor at the latter and Visiting Professor in the Business School at York St. John University.
Chris was the first Master of the Guild of Media Arts and is currently the Clerk of the Guild. He is the Chair of York@Large, the city's cultural partnership.


Chris Sherrington
Owner, Fulford Arms

Chris Sherrington has been putting on gigs in York for the last 18 years, the last 5 of which have been spent as the owner and promoter of The Fulford Arms - When not at his own venue he can be found in other venues…


Dr Damian Murphy
Reader in Audio and Music Technology, University of York

Dr Damian Murphy is Reader in Audio and Music Technology at the Department of Electronics, University of York, where he has been a member of academic staff since 2000, and is the University Research Champion for Creativity. He started his career in the Performing Arts Department at Harrogate College and has previously held positions at Leeds Metropolitan University and Bretton Hall College. His research focuses on virtual acoustics, spatial audio, physical modelling, and audio signal processing.
Dr Murphy is also an active sound artist and in 2004 was appointed as one of the UK's first AHRC/ACE Arts and Science Research Fellows, investigating the compositional and aesthetic aspects of sound spatialisation, acoustic modelling techniques and the acoustics of heritage spaces. His work has been presented in galleries nationally and at festivals and venues internationally and included varied collaborations with writers, photographers and interactive digital artists. He is a founding member of Geodesic Arts through which most of his more recent work has been produced.


Dr Fiona Thompson
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Learning & Teaching, York St John University

Fiona’s early career was as a TV programme maker and, through that, she started working in higher education as a means of sharing skills with the next generations of programme makers. She is now Deputy Vice Chancellor for Learning & Teaching at York St John University and Chair of The Royal Television Society’s Yorkshire Centre.


Gill Greaves
Relationship Manager (Museums, Yorkshire), Arts Council England

Gill Greaves lives in York and has worked in the cultural sector in museums, creative industry and in arts and health ­for more than 25 years. She is Relationship Manager for Arts Council England supporting the development of museums and galleries across the Yorkshire and Humber area.


Griselda Goldsbrough
Artist & Writer
Art and Development Manager, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Griselda Goldsbrough, artist and writer, develops creativity projects within arts, science and well-being engagement.  She is co-curator of the Aesthetica Art Prize, Art and Design Development Manager at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and provides consultancy to Museums, Galleries and the Heritage sector.


Jericho Keys
Presenter, BBC Radio York

Jericho is the presenter of BBC Introducing in North Yorkshire and a reporter at BBC Radio York.  He has also had broadcasts on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio Four and the BBC World Service. He has compered and hosted stages at festivals and DJ’d gigs and events.


Lotte Inch
Owner, Lotte Inch Gallery

Lotte is a freelance curator and director of Lotte Inch Gallery which opened in York in 2015. She comes from a background in Heritage & Museums, having worked for organisations such as the National Trust and Leeds University Art Gallery. Her areas of expertise lie in the realm of painting, printmaking and ceramics. She is the co-founder of the York Galleries Network, a founding member of the Guild of Media Arts and an advocate for young artists.


Lynne Minett
Head of Learning and Events, National Railway Museum

Delivering a range of public engagement programmes, Lynne Minett leads the Learning and Events department at the National Railway Museum. 
Working with a range of audiences we put learning at the heart of the museum, creating programmes that inspire our visitors about science, technology and engineering stories past, present and future. With a focus on young people and families, the team aim to inspire the next generation of engineers. From the inception of the railways to designing the future, our hands-on making, testing and skills-based activities explore engineering in our everyday lives. 
Lynne brings a wealth of expertise and experience to her role. Before joining the National Railway Museum, Lynne started her career as a history teacher in a large secondary school in Barnsley, later working for the National Coal Mining Museum as an Education Officer; Education Manager for the North of England with English Heritage; then Visitor Experience Manager with the National Trust at Nostell Priory. With over 18 years' experience in the sector, Lynne is a published author on heritage learning, previous regional convenor for the Group for Education in Museums and sits on various learning and rail industry strategy groups.


Rob O'Connor
Festival Director, York Literature Festival 2018

Rob O’Connor was the Director of York Literature Festival 2018. He is also a lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University and teaches literature and creative writing at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of York. 


Rose Kent
Creative Director, Accessible Arts & Media

Rose has been designing and delivering participatory arts programmes since the late 80s and she’s passionate about using arts and culture to help people to become more engaged in their local community. She was delighted and honoured to have been recognised as York first Cultural Champion in the inaugural York Culture Awards in 2016. Her experience ranges from arts practitioner to consultant and spans the community arts, voluntary, education and commercial sectors and. She is also Vice-Chair of Tang Hall Big Local, a resident-led initiative funded by the Big Lottery to make Tang Hall a better place to live.