The exhibitions for the Sunny Art Award happen via a pre-selection process. Digital images of artworks have to be submitted for a first round of judging. A selection is then made by the judging panel of visual arts professional, including art academics, art gallery directors and art critics appointed by the Sunny Art Centre. The entrants who are successful in this round will be invited to deliver their work to Sunny Art Centre for the final round of judging. All entries will be judged on an equal and anonymous basis.
Dawn Rowland - Sculptor, Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, UK
Dawn Rowland was born in London. She has worked as a sculptor in San Francisco, London and Manchester. Her sculptures are primarily carved in stone, but she also works in bronze, terracotta, plaster and silver.
She was presented to the Queen at the opening of the international sculpture exhibition at Chelsea Harbour. Elected a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1991, Dawn was made a Fellow of the Society in 1994. She is also a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Art.
She has been interviewed twice on BBC’s Radio’s “Women’s Hour”. Once regarding her poignant and monumental sculpture commissioned by Nicola Horlick and also as a result of having three carvings exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
She has had exhibitions in the UK and Japan.
Her sculptures and drawings are in private collections in the UK, Europe, Japan, the United States, Australia and Canada.
Glynis Owen - Sculptor, Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, UK
In stone, glass and metals, Glynis Owen creates distinctive civic, private and commemorative works from her Hampstead studio.
Glynis's skill and knowledge as a sculptor has been called upon to create several high-profile commissions.
David Lord Putnam CBE commissioned Glynis to design a National Teaching Award in the form of a trophy, also referred to as the Gold Plato Award, that would become historically significant and an enduring symbol of excellence for the teaching professionals.
Glynis produced two series of small carvings that could be handled and touched by the general public for Tate Modern in 2000.
Glynis has also produced large-scale commissions for schools, colleges, towns and city centres, such as the The Fruit Porter Commemorative Bronze relief sculpture, which is situated in Covent Garden, London.
For many years Glynis taught art to a range of age groups in primary and secondary schools, in adult education and from her own studio. Glynis held the post of Head of Sculpture at the University of Chichester and held art posts at Southampton College of Art and the British Campus in Sussex of New England College, USA.
Glynis is a published author, having written three books on Sculpture Techniques for Batsford Publishers and edited books on art for publishers David and Charles.
Her experience as a sculptor and author was called upon when invited to judge art competitions at The Royal Society of Medicine and at the Chelsea Art Society. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, she is also regularly involved in the election of new Fellows to the Society, which requires assessing the quality and distinction of the applications. She was also invited by the Director of the Central Public Health Laboratory, London, to advise on the establishing of a new art collection.
Caroline List - Art Tutor in Mixed Media at Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, UK
Caroline has a studio in London and teaches Mixed Media Painting at Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design, University of the Arts London.
Since graduating with an MA in Painting from Chelsea School of Art, Caroline has exhibited in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and China and also curated several successful exhibitions in the contemporary London art scene. In 2015 she exhibited recent works in a solo exhibition of recent paintings and light boxes at ‘Art house1’, Bermondsey, London.
In 2007 she was nominated for the Brian Robertson painting prize and previously won the first prize in painting at the Royal Over-Seas League annual competition. Her work has been purchased by a number of collections such as The Contemporary Arts Society, Neuberger and Berman New York, Fidelity Financial, Lehman Brothers, and JP Morgan Cazenove. In 2016 her work was included in the Groucho Club contemporary art collection in London.
Mario Rossi - Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, UK
Mario is an artist, curator and teacher, and recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the Whitechapel Open Award, the Gulbenkian Rome scholarship, the Fellowship in Creative Arts, Trinity College, Cambridge University, and the Fulbright Award for visual Art. Throughout his career he has been an influential teacher and taught many of the YBA artists at Goldsmiths’ College London. He is a regular contributor to Paint Club a UAL Research Network, and the Journal of Contemporary Painting. His work is held in many private and public collections including the Arts Council England, The Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh, and the Saatchi Gallery London. Recent shows include Knock Knock, Jerwood Gallery Hastings, and UnSpooling: Artists and Cinema, Cornerhouse Manchester, he recently had a one person show at Canal Projects London 2016.
Jocelyn Burton - British silver and goldsmith, UK
Jocelyn Burton is an award winning Silversmith specialising in gold, silver & bronze and is internationally recognised as one of the world's leading artists in precious metals.
Jocelyn is a rarity in that she straddles a myriad of creative areas encompassing silverware, jewellery, architectural lighting, metalwork and glassware. Her exquisite drawings (works of art in themselves) are made exactly to scale, before being translated into beautiful objects.
In 1974 Jocelyn became one of the first skilled female Freemen at the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, at which time she also became a Freeman of the City of London.
Her work can be found in many notable institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum, St Paul's Cathedral, Goldsmiths' Hall, 10 Downing Street, York Minster, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Palace of the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Jocelyn Burton's commissions are many and varied and include pieces for many of the Worshipful Companies of the City of London and for the Royal Families and Nobility of these shores and others.
Yemyungji - Jewellery Designer, Korean
Designer Myungji Ye predominantly uses minerals in her jewellery. Her unique philosophy of jewellery came from her father who was a mine operator and her mother who is a historian. Since she debuted as a jewellery designer in 1998, she has received many international design awards. She also had a lot of invitational exhibitions and jewellery shows all over the world. Furthermore, she has collaborated on projects with global companies through her use of dynamic lines. She also is a Professor of the Department of Gemology at Hanyang University and developed her unique philosophy on minerals. She would like to present jewellery that resembles dynamic nature, blending art and jewellery.
Tim Andrews - Ceramist, UK
Tim Andrews has gained an International reputation for his distinctive smoke-fired and Raku ceramics. He makes individual Raku work – black and white with linear decoration or burnished muted coloured slips.
Between 1994—95 he lectured part-time at Exeter College and was a guest lecturer at Plymouth College of Art and Design. He has lectured in Advanced Raku in Italy and in Denmark.
Tim Andrews’ works have been exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions throughout the UK and abroad, including: China, India, USA, Japan, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Sweden.
His works are in many public and private collections including: Stoke on Trent and Liverpool Museums, Ashmolean Museum, St John’s College – Oxford, Donna Karan – New York, Lord Chancellor Lord Irving, Imerys, The Royal Bank of Scotland (2006), Abromavich Collection, Coutts Bank and Fitzwilliam Museum and Cambridge
He is the recipient of several awards, including Hitec-Lotec Award (1999/2000), and as well as being featured in many books and publications on ceramics. He is the author of the best seller ‘Raku’, published in 2005 by A&C Black.
Tim also writes for Ceramic Art and Perception and Ceramic Review and regularly curates exhibitions. He is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association (CPA), a Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Honorary President of the West Country Potters Association.
Fan Yaokai - Curator, China
Fan Yaokai graduated from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 2010 and was selected for the Central Cultural Management Academy for Curatorial Studies in 2015. He works as Head of Exhibitions for Artron.net, the largest Chinese art website with more than 2 million members and 8 million visitors on a daily basis. He has been a curator for more than 50 exhibitions in public museums and galleries in China. His most recent exhibitions include: 'AAC Art. Life. Seeing Show' in 2015 shown in Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Jinan, Singapore and the USA for a year. 'Qidu Fine Art . Furniture Fair' in 2014. This was shown in The Forbidden City and was the first fine art and furniture fair in China. The 'Perception Stems From Soul—Yao Ming-Jing Solo Exhibition' in 2016 at the National Art Gallery, China. It was widely commended by Feng Yuan and Fan Di-An (director of the National Art Gallery, China), and was said to be, 'an exhibition that reconstructs the display of the traditional Chinese ink painting'. At the 'Shihu Painting Fair' in 2012 at the Chinese Art Museum. Taking up 5 exhibition galleries and creating the largest solo exhibition in the Museum to date. Fan Yaokai collaborated with the China Cultural Department and Japan External Relations Department to organise a commemorative exhibition for the 4o years since the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement, 'Colours of the East – Sino-Japanese Ink Painting Fair'.
Wu Xiaohai - Professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Zhao Jun - Professor at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
Iori Endo - Collector of Contemporary Art, London
and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Pedro Ip - President of Macao Chamber of Arts Commerce, Director of Blanc Art Co. Ltd.
Daisy Wang Curator - Tian Yi Ge Gallery, Beijing Trustee - Beijing Gintong Investment Co, ltd Director - China - Europe Cultural Investment Company Limited