Meet the External Judges

Caitlin Griffiths

Caitlin graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from The University of Reading in 2001, having spent a semester at Mason Gross School of the Arts in NJ, USA studying Video Art & Politics under the artist Martha Rosler. In 2006 she gained her MPhil from The University of Birmingham, where her thesis focused on the work of British artist film-makers Isaac Julien and Steve McQueen. In 2017 her solo show, ‘While we belong to ourselves…’ opened at Swiss Cottage Gallery, London and in 2019 her work was shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Art Prize. She has recently been awarded funding by Arts Council England to develop her practice and interests in Quantum Theory and Identity Formation. She is based in Manchester (UK) and currently Lecturer on Photography BA (Hons) at Salford University.

Personal website: www.caitlingriffiths.com / Instagram & Twitter: @artist_caitlin

Juan Aballe

Juan began working in the photographic laboratory while studying Chemical Sciences at the universities of Madrid and Berlin. After finishing his university studies, he devoted himself entirely to photography and audiovisual communication. He studied at the International Photography Center (NYC) and completed the International Master of Photography at EFTI (Madrid).

He has been awarded several scholarships by the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the Botín Foundation and EFTI; and his work has been exhibited in Portugal, UJ, Italy, Japan and Australia.

Personal website: www.juanaballe.com

Laura Llera-Arnanz

Laura graduated in Journalism and in Sociocultural Anthropology, both at Complutense University of Madrid, with one full academic year in Nova University of Lisbon. Since 2008 she works at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in scientific culture, where she coordinates and develops scientific outreach projects, including travelling exhibitions or the annual scientific photography contest FOTCIENCIA. Laura writes on CSIC blog ‘Ciencia para Llevar’ and she coordinates and manages the social networks of @CSICdivulga. Also performs editing and reviewing texts, and translating (Portuguese-Spanish). Art, poetry and photography lover.

Institutional social networks: @CSICdivulga / Personal Twitter: @lau_llera

Helena González-Burón

Helena (Ph.D. in Biomedicine) is the director and co-founder of Big Van Science, a non-profit organization that aims to communicate science using drama-based activities, humor and storytelling. In this sense, her job includes being a scientific-comedian, a science educator, a public communication skills trainer and a science writer. She has coordinated and implemented many science educational projects in Europe, Africa and Latin America.

She is author of science education books (e,g, “How to explain quantum physics with a zombie cat” Ed. Penguin Random House) and editor and writer in National Geographic.

Big Van Science website: www.bigvanciencia.com / Twitter: @BigVanCiencia

Daniela Riva Rossi

Daniela has a background in Graphic Design and a degree in Art History and Management.

She moved to the UK from Argentina, where she worked at a high profile contemporary art gallery and previously as an educator at the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art.

She is currently a member of staff at Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge, UK) since joining in February 2018 as a Visitor Assistant. Recently became Programme Assistant, working alongside the curatorial team.

Jose Luis Ruiz

José Luis graduated with a BA in Advertising by Instituto Europeo di Design (IED Madrid) and a MA in Art Direction and Advertising Copywriting by Zink!

He started his career as a copywriter and has worked in advertising agencies such as China and Leo Burnett Iberia with national and international clients like Orange. From 2015 he has focused in graphic design and digital marketing establishing himself as freelance and working in different projects in Spain and the UK. He has developed 360 campaigns, corporate identities, advertising campaigns and has managed social media as a community manager.

Clara Novo

Clara studies how the repetitive genome contributes to the organisation, function and stability of the genome during early embryonic development.

Originally from Portugal, Clara obtained her PhD in Genetics at the University of Leicester (UK). She then continued her research at several European Institutes (Institute Curie, France; GIGA, Belgium and Babraham Institute, UK), before joining the Imperial College London as a Research Fellow.

As a hobby, Clara explores photography as a visual vehicle to convert complex science into a more accessible language. She has participated, organised and judged several “Science Meets Art” exhibitions.

Gem Toes-Crichton

Gem is a photographer based in Oxford, UK. She works in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford supporting research and teaching. She recently completed an MA in Photography at Falmouth University where she undertook practical research into the botanical archives of the Oxford University Herbaria. The project was an exploration of the hidden histories of the women botanists whose work was often overlooked in the history of botanical science. Gem worked closely with the Herbaria curator, research scientists, botanic illustrators, printmakers and herbarium staff. Throughout the project, Gem experimented with a number of photographic techniques and created an artists book to display these alternative cameraless prints and case studies.

Personal website: https://www.capturedbygem.co.uk / Instagram & Twitter: @gemblina


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