Simon Wallis is one of the four specialist art advisors on the selection panel.
Simon Wallis has recently been appointed the first Director of The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire's exciting new art gallery currently being built on Wakefield's historic waterfront. Designed by architect David Chipperfield - winner of thee RIBA Stirling Prize 2007 - the gallery will house the internationally recognised fine and decorative art collections that are currently partially displayed at Wakefield Art Gallery. Collections date from the 16th to 21st centuries, with outstanding strengths in 20th century British art, including many major works by leading artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. The Hepworth Wakefield will also feature galleries presenting work by contemporary artists in its programme of changing exhibitions. The Hepworth Wakefield is due to open early 2010.
Simon Wallis worked previously as Senior Exhibitions Organiser at the ICA, London, Exhibitions Curator at Tate Liverpool and Curator at Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge. He was educated at Chelsea School of Art, London, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Manchester. He has organised numerous group and solo show exhibitions by artists including: Mark Wallinger, Dryden Goodwin, Fiona Rae, Lothar Hempel, Gary Webb, Folker de Jong, Toby Ziegler, Rosalind Nashahibi, Olaf Breuning, Clare Woods, Hiraki Sawa, Lucy Skaer and Jaki Irvine among others. He has worked with the permanent collections of Kettle's Yard and the Tate, and writes and lectures regularly on contemporary art.