Henry Meyric Hughes

Henry Meyric Hughes, who chairs the jury, as a non-voting member, is an independent curator, writer and editor. He is Honorary President of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), Paris and was, until recently, the General Co-ordinator of Council of Europe exhibitions. He was a co-founder of the European Biennial of Contemporary Art (2003), Manifesta and President of the Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam, from 1996-2007.

From 1968-92 he worked for the British Council in Germany,Peru,France and Italy, ending up as Director of Visiting Arts (1994-96) and Director of Visual Arts (1986-92). He was the British Commissioner for the Venice Biennale and the São Paulo Biennial, 1986-92 (Richard Hamilton, Tony Cragg, AnishKapoor …). He was then Director of the Hayward Gallery, including National Touring Exhibitions and the Arts Council Collection from 1992-96, (exhibitions incl.‘Art and Power: Europe under the Dictators 1930-1945',‘The Spirit of Romanticism in German Art,1790-1990’and ‘The‘British Art Show 4’).

His recent projects include curating a survey exhibition, 'Blast to Freeze: British Art in the Twentieth Century' for Wolfsburg and Toulouse (2002-2003); the Cypriot Pavilion (Nikos Charalambidis) at the 2003 Venice Biennale; a touring exhibition of contemporary art in Norway for Oslo (2005-2006); and 'No Borders, Just N.E.W.S.', a touring exhibition of young European artists, 2008. He co-curated the XXX Council of Europe exhibition, 'The Desire for Freedom: Art in Europe since 1945' for Berlin, Krakow, Tallinn and Milan, with extensions to Sarajevo, Prague, Thessaloniki and Brussels (2012-2015). Recent co-publications include AICA in the Age of Globalisation (AICA Press, 2010) and African Contemporary Art: Critical Concerns / Art Contemporiain Africain: Regards Critiques(AICA Press, 2011, co-ed.). Contributions to recent publications include essays in various languages on Pierre Restany, Herbert Read, Dansaekhwa, curating exhibitions,‘The Reception of British Sculpture Abroad’(Yale) and pan-European aspects of contemporary art. He has taught and written about curating contemporary art and been an external examiner at the ENSBA, Paris and RCA, London.

He has acted as an adviser to UNESCO and as a consultant and general co-ordinator for Council of Europe exhibitions. He is a Board member of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) and Matt’s Gallery, London, and member of the Advisory Board of the Archives de la critique d’art and editorial committee of the review, Critique d’art, in Rennes, France. He was appointed Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government and the Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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