Innovators, Visionaries, Pioneers
Art&Design sponsored by Vitra

Alex & Chris White

Designers / Illustrators, We Three Club

Husband and wife duo, We Three Club, continue to produce some of the freshest poster work coming out of the UK. Both 2005 graduates, Chris developed his obsession with poster art while studying fine art at Kingston University. Alex developed a alternative perspective on the form studying at London College of Fashion. Their commissions include work for music and sports clients (notably Manchester City). They co-founded the UK Poster Association, an organising body and web resource set up to promote the UK gig poster scene.

Benjamin Boyce

Furniture Designer

Boyce is a carpenter specialising in the craft of contemporary furniture. A graduate of Britain's prestigious Building and Crafts College, Boyce plies his trade from his workshop in East London. His work was recognised at the New Design Britain Awards in 2011 where he won the 'Best Furniture' category, and he has since been commissioned to design for Habitat.

Caroline Walker


Just 4 years after graduating from the RCA, Walker has already established a global reputation, with exhibitions in London, New York, Los Angeles and continental Europe. Her works address issues of femininity, domesticity and social, psychological and physical states in relation to architecture. Her first monograph was published this year. She also represented the UK in NIGHTFALL, a major international exhibition of figurative painting staged in Hungary and the Czech Republic, and had solo exhibitions in Milan and Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing. Next year, she will be included in a survey book on figurative painting: A BRUSH WITH THE REAL published by Elephant Books and Laurence King Publishing.

Wildcard Nominee

Honor Harger

Artistic Director, Lighthouse Arts

Harger has consistently curated an innovative, exploratory schedule of exhibitions and conferences. Already a highly respected artist in her own right, as director of Lighthouse, she strives to support the next generation of makers, artists and technologists, by featuring them in ground-breaking and vital exhibitions and public programmes that explore the relationships between art and technology.

Jeremy Deller


Dellar has been a driving force in British art for the past 20 years. This year, the 2004 Turner Prize winner represented Britain at the 55th Venice Biennale. His pavilion included drawings by inmates of a high-security prison and a mural of William Morris sinking oligarch Roman Abramovich's yacht in the Venetian lagoon. Following on from his solo exhibition at the gallery last year, he has curated a new Hayward Touring exhibition.

Josef O'Connor


O'Connor (formerly Josef Valentino) is a 23-year-old artist known for exploring thought provoking concepts and his ability to mobilise international audiences. In response to the UK General Election in 2010, he created #BILLBORED which projected disaffected voters' “manifestos for change” onto Big Ben; and produced exhibition works backed by M.I.A and Vivienne Westwood. He crowd funded #AVERAGEJOE in 2012: a series of artworks and documentary film (now in production) following his round-the-world trip to win the Damien Hirst 'Spot Challenge'.This spring, the Evening Standard dubbed O'Connor ‘The Next Damien Hirst’.

Marcus Fairs

Founder, Dezeen

Fairs began his journalism career writing for Blueprint, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and Conde Nast Traveller. In 2003, he launched icon, editing the architecture and design magazine until November 2006. He launched Dezeen immediately after this, and has grown it into one of the most popular architecture and design blogs in the world. It gets over 3 million monthly visits, with traffic growing year-on-year.

Penelope Curtis

Director, Tate Britain

BP WALK THROUGH BRITISH ART, Tate Britain's reorganisation of 500 British artworks in chronological order, has delivered "a more neutral view of the range of art being produced at any one historical moment to emerge". It has received universal praise with The Independent hailing it as a "triumphant new hang".

Samir Ceric

Founder / CEO, Debut Contemporary

Debut Contemporary is one of the most innovative art businesses in the UK, acting as a professional development platform for artists to assist them in turning their creative practice into a viable business. Ceric regularly lectures and talks on innovative business models in global art. This year he gave a TEDx talk titled Innovations in Global Art. Ceric is also known for co-founding Wolf & Badger with his wife Zoe Knight and the Graham brothers.

Thomas Gottelier, Bobby Petersen & Edward Thomas

Designers, Paper Pulp Helmets

Paper Pulp Helmets are a cheap, disposable bicycle helmet made entirely from recycled newspaper. The design team, all former RCA students, conceived the idea in response the lack of helmet provision on the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme, and the coincidental availability of free newspapers as a source material. The trio are already in talks with the London cycle share scheme, and with other schemes popping up around the globe, the market potential is significant.

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