2005 Selectors

Jeremy Akerman

Born 1966, London, England

Jeremy Akerman is an artist and curator. He studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London and at Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, The Netherlands. He is currently working on The Alpine Fantasy of Victor B and Other Stories, a compilation of short stories by contemporary artists, co-edited with Eileen Daly. The book is being published by Serpent's Tail in November 2006.

Curatorial projects include: Life is Driven by the Desire for Pleasure, Chad McCail, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland and tour to Luxembourg and Geneva (2003); Because a Fire was in My Head, South London Gallery (2000); John, I’m Only Dancing, Margaret Harvey Gallery, St Albans (2000); and Pictures of Lily, Underwood Street Gallery, London (1997).

He edited and co-produced Active Genital, recent work by Chad McCail published by Book Works. He is a visiting tutor at The Royal Academy and Middlesex University as well as running short courses in curating at The University of the Arts, Central St Martins College.

Phil Collins

Born 1970, Runcorn, England

Phil Collins works in video and video installation. He has had solo exhibitions at venues in Ireland, Britain, the USA, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Greece and Israel. Selected solo shows include: they shoot horses, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2004); Present Futures, Artissima, Turin (2003); sinisa and sanja, The Wrong Gallery, New York and bad infinity 2, Locust Projects, Miami (2002); face value, Context Gallery, Derry (2001). Group shows include: Pass the Time of Day, Gasworks Gallery and tour, Recall, Modern Art Oxford and The Yugoslav Biennial of Young Artists (2004); Videozone 2, Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisbon and Witness, Barbican Art Gallery, London (2003); Reality Check, The Photographers’ Gallery / British Council (2002); Tirana Biennial, Albania (2001); Manifesta 3, Ljubljana (2000). He was awarded the Absolut Prize for his contribution to Perspective 2000 in Belfast and in 2001 received a Paul Hamlyn Award.

Phil Collins’ current solo exhibition, Yeah … You Baby, You, is at Milton Keynes Gallery until 29 May 2005 and tours to The National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania, firstsite, Colchester, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, and Neue Kunst Halle, St Gallen, Switzerland.

Jane and Louise Wilson

Born 1967, Newcastle, England

Louise Wilson, BA Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, 1986-89
Jane Wilson, BA Fine Art, Newcastle Polytechnic, 1986
Jane & Louise Wilson, MFA, Goldsmiths College, London, 1990

Jane and Louise Wilson began working together in 1989 making film, video, sculpture and photography installations. Selected group exhibitions since 1992 include: Wonderful Life, Lisson Gallery, BT New Contemporaries, Cornerhouse, Manchester and tour (1993); General Release, Scuola di San Pasquale, Venice (1995); NowHere, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humleb鎘, Auto Reverse 2, Le Magasin, Grenoble, and Attitude Adjustment, 5th New York Video Festival, Lincoln Center (1996); Hyperamnesiac Fabulations, Power Plant, Toronto, and Pictura Britannica, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, and City Gallery, Wellington (1997); and Spectacular Optical, Thread Waxing Space, New York (1998). Stasi City, filmed in the former headquarters of the German Democratic Republic Intelligence Service and former Stasi prison, toured to Kunstverein Hanover, Kunstraum Munich, Mus閑 d'art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, and Kunstwerke, Berlin (1997), and to 303 Gallery, New York (1998). Solo exhibitions include: Serpentine Gallery, London (1999); Gamma, filmed at Greenham Common, the decommissioned American missile base in Berkshire, premiered at Lisson Gallery, London and toured to the Carnegie International (1999); Dreamtime, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2002); a solo show at 303 Gallery, New York and a billboard project, The New Brutalism II, Long Island City, NY (2004). They were nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999.

Most recently Jane and Louise Wilson have designed the set for a new production of Michael Tippett抯 opera, The Knot Garden, a co-production between the Royal Opera House and Music Theatre, Wales.