Christopher Goodhart: Chair
After a peripatetic career that took him from jigsaw puzzles to card games, from wine to olive oil, from stationery to terracotta pottery and finally from computerised ticketing to fundraising software, Christopher now finds himself fully involved in the visual arts. He was Chairman of Trustees for The Campaign for Drawing (The Big Draw) for seven years, and has been Chairman of Trustees for the Bankside Gallery since 2017. He is a director of The London School of Picture and Frame Conservation and also heavily involved in the Restorers without Frontiers project, teaching conservation and helping to restore artefacts in countries where there is little or no art conservation infrastructure. Christopher was educated at Cambridge University where he read languages and then History of Art, and lives in Richmond.
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’.
James Faure Walker
James Faure Walker studied at Saint Martin's and the Royal College of Art. He has exhibited widely, and since the 1980s has integrated digital methods into his work. His paintings featured in ‘Digital Pioneers’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2009, and the museum owns thirteen of his works. He was one of the founders of Artscribe magazine in 1976, which he edited for eight years. He is the Honorary Curator of the Royal Watercolour Society.
Writing recently of watercolour, James Faure Walker said: "I want my pictures to look fresh, luminous, caught in the moment, but also off guard and unexplained. I admire Turner’s ambition, the expertise, the freedom - also Cezanne and Sam Francis. They were not watercolour specialists, but I cannot imagine their paintings without that watery touch. Nor can I imagine how I could work now without using digital paint alongside other media."
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.
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.
Born in Richmond, Virginia and educated at Benenden School in Kent, Jill trained initially at the Colchester School of Art, and then completed a three year diploma at the Central School of Art and Design (now CSM). She worked in publishing, in design and layout, before becoming freelance. Her publishing skills benefitted the RWS when she compiled and edited ‘Watercolour Secrets’, a visual and verbal portrait of the contemporary society.
Elected in 2017 as the first female President of the Royal Watercolour Society, a position of which she is rightly very proud, Jill is a prolific artist who has both exhibited in, and organised, exhibitions all over the country. Jill paints at home in her Islington studio every day.
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.
Victor Rae Reeves
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.
Jen Smith has been a trustee with the Bankside Gallery for six years and has been a contemporary art lover and original print collector for many more. Her professional life is spent developing customer relationship management systems and strategies in Investment Banking and, currently, Asset Management, where she enjoys the many ways that technology can be used to deliver great customer experience. Originally from North Yorkshire, she has lived in London for 16 years and has two children who get taken to art galleries more often than they would probably like.