Our experienced and passionate panel of judges are responsible for deciding which finalist will be awarded Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018.
Chair of the Judges
Art Fund director since 2010, Stephen Deuchar has chaired the judging panel since 2013. Before joining Art Fund, Stephen was the first director of Tate Britain (1998 – 2009), having previously spent 12 years as a curator then exhibitions director at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Director of the Science Museum Group since 2010, Ian Blatchford began his career in the City before joining Arts Council England and later the Royal Academy of Arts in senior finance roles. Prior to joining the Science Museum Group, he was Deputy Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, having joined the museum in 2002 as Director of Finance and Resources. Ian is Chairman of the National Museum Directors’ Council. He is also Chairman of the Board of De Montfort University and sits on the International Advisory Board of the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro. He was awarded the Pushkin Medal in 2015.
Rebecca Jones is the BBC’s Arts Correspondent, covering arts stories across BBC Radio, TV and Online. She is also a presenter on the BBC News Channel as well as being a regular presenter of the programmes Meet the Author and Talking Books. Previously Rebecca has worked as a foreign correspondent for the BBC, based in Berlin. She has also worked in regional television, presenting the nightly news programme at Anglia. She has been a judge of the Costa Book Awards and is a former trustee of The Barber Institute of Fine Arts. She has also served on the Board of the Birmingham Royal Ballet
Artist Melanie Manchot works with photography, video, film, sound and performance. She has exhibited internationally and her work can be found in important public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection and Brooklyn Museum, New York. For Art Night 2017, she produced Dance (All Night, London), a performance and multi-channel video work. Recent solo exhibitions include Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2016), Bloomberg Space and fig-2 at the ICA, London (both 2015), Toronto Photography Festival (2012) and Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010). In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Jarman Award.
An Art Fund trustee since summer 2017, Monisha Shah is Chair of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, among many other roles. She served as a trustee of Tate from 2007 to 2015, of the National Gallery from 2013 to 2015 and has served on the Boards of the Foundling Museum and Art UK. Monisha’s last executive role was with BBC Worldwide, where she worked for 10 years as Director of Sales for Emerging Markets, including Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.