Victor Rae Reeves: Chair
Now a Judge, Victor was a senior partner at a large international law firm where he advised on many areas of the law including contracts/liability/international and white collar crime. He is also the Managing Director of an international education company. He headed up his law firm's global pro bono initiatives. He is a supporter of the Citizen Advice Bureau movement and is a Trustee of Brent CAB. Victor has been involved in the arts for many years, predominantly through his law firm's support for student artists. Outside of law and education, his interests are playing competitive bridge and less competitive golf! He is married with children and lives in Oxford.
Mychael Barratt is a printmaker and painter born in Toronto, Canada who has been living and working in the UK since 1984. He is inspired by books, theatre, films and most importantly, art. His works are full of detail and humour and depict visual narratives, often confidently pilfering famous characters from art history. After studying at Central St. Martin’s School of Art in London Mychael became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and served as President from 2013 – 2018. Mychael mostly uses etching techniques but also enjoys lithography and screen-printing. The art of printing by hand is of the utmost importance to most printmakers and he feels strongly that this is the distinguishing element of ‘original prints’.
Professor David Ferry was elected as President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) in 2018 after a career in academia. He had worked in leading printmaking departments in the UK including Southampton and Cardiff. When forced to retire early because of a serious accident he subsequently became Chair of the Chelsea Arts Club, and a trustee of the Sidney Nolan Trust. David considers that the RE is a very valuable cultural asset promoting the art of printmaking worldwide and is proud to be its President. He is adamant that time is too short to be idle, and that the thought of making artwork 24/7 is just too weird for him to contemplate.
Martin was elected as an Associate Member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2022. He has participated in exhibitions over many years at the RWS, RI, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Discerning Eye and Linden Hall Studio. Martin was previously a Corporate Finance Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a Non- Executive Director of UCLH NHS Foundation Trust and a Trustee of The Wild Trout Trust.
Peter’s career spanned 30 years working for some of the largest and most successful advertising agencies in the UK, where he helped developed and implement campaigns for many familiar brands and businesses.
Since retiring, his interest in viewing and collecting contemporary art has led him to becoming a member of the Art Auction Committee for Rays of Sunshine - a charity that grants wishes to seriously ill children across the UK - and a mentor at The House of St Barnabas in Soho - a charity that supports people who have been homeless to return to paid employment and secure housing.
He has also found time to return to making ceramics.
Jess Morley works in art finance at Sotheby’s Financial Services and has been working in auction houses since 2014. Jess gained a BA in History and an MSci in History and Philosophy of Science from Girton College, Cambridge followed by an MA in History of Art from The Courtauld. She lives in Hammersmith and in her spare time is a keen amateur potter.
Celeste studied art at the University of Rome and for a Masters at Goldsmiths University in London, Celeste was part of the team at Bankside Gallery from 2013 – 2017. Subsequently she has worked for a London commercial gallery, travelling widely, and has extensive experience in implementing successful marketing and sales strategies. Celeste is currently employed as Patrons Manager at The Tate.
Charles Williams was elected President of the Royal Watercolour Society in April 2023. First elected as Associate Member in 2007, he became a Full Member a few years later. He has exhibited widely with the RWS since his election and has regularly shown his work in London, Europe and the USA. Mainly a painter, Charles works in oil, watercolour, bronze, ceramics and graphic mediums, and his interests are in the figurative, narrative tradition, although his work is informed by a fascination with formal elements of 2D and 3D design.
At Bankside Gallery we believe that diversity is about making sure we are able to attract and develop talented people who bring more, precisely because of the breadth of their different backgrounds, experiences, cultures and outlooks. Equality and diversity awareness therefore forms an integral part of Bankside Gallery’s staff and trustee recruitment, induction and training.