Our experienced and passionate panel of judges are responsible for deciding the winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023.

Larry Achiampong

Larry Achiampong is a Jarman Award nominated artist (2021) who works across film, still imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance, objects and sound, to explore ideas surrounding class, gender, cross-cultural and digital identity. He completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster in 2005 and an MA in Sculpture at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. In 2020, Achiampong was awarded the Stanley Picker fellowship and in 2019 received the Paul Hamlyn Artist award in recognition for his practice. Achiampong served on the Board of Trustees at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts, 2017-2022) facilitating art policies in the UK and internationally and also holds a place on the board of trustees for Elephant Trust. Recent solo exhibitions include Wayfinder, Turner Contemporary/MK Gallery/BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Margate, Milton Keynes, Gateshead (2022-2023).

Mary Beard

Mary Beard is one of the world’s best-known classicists. Cambridge Professor and Fellow of Newnham College, she has written numerous books including the Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, the best-selling SPQR and the thought-provoking Women & Power. Mary is a regular media commentator, committed blogger, and has made highly acclaimed television documentaries on the Ancient World and the arts. Mary was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to Classical scholarship and then made a Dame in 2018. Mary is a Fellow of the British Academy and Trustee of the British Museum. Her latest book is Twelve Caesars – Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern.

Abadesi Osunsade

Abadesi Osunsade is Founder & CEO of Hustle Crew, a diversity-in-tech community providing inclusion education to employers. She’s also the author of Dream Big Hustle Hard: The Millennial Woman’s Guide to Success in Tech and co-host of the Techish podcast. Abadesi has been awarded accolades including Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in Tech, Financial Times list of Top 100 Influential Leaders in Tech and Tech Nation’s 50 most prominent and influential voices in Tech. Her work has been featured in TechCrunch, BBC, Forbes, Bloomberg and The Times.

Laura Pye

Laura Pye is Director, National Museums Liverpool, which she joined in August 2018. Born in Liverpool, Laura returned to the city following several years as Head of Culture for Bristol City Council. Prior to moving to Bristol, Laura was interim Heritage and Culture Manager for Warwickshire County Council, covering a similar mix of services to Bristol including Museums and Archives, Arts, Archaeology and Ecology teams. Laura’s early career in museums was focused mainly on museum education, and she has a wealth of experience of working in the North of England, across Liverpool, Yorkshire, and Lancashire.

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Jenny Waldman

Formerly Director of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War Centenary, Jenny joined Art Fund as Director in May 2020. At 14-18 NOW she oversaw a programme of commissions of over 100 new works from leading UK and international contemporary artists including Jeremy Deller, Peter Jackson, John Akomfrah, William Kentridge, Susan Philipsz, Yinka Shonibare CBE and Rachel Whiteread. Prior to this she was Creative Producer of the London 2012 Festival and Public Programmes Consultant to Somerset House Trust. Jenny is Chair of Trustees of Artangel and a member of the Barbican Centre Board. She was awarded a CBE in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the arts.

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