The selection panel for New Designers 2020 consists of;
Caroline Jackman – Talent Development Manager for Crafts Council UK
Caroline Jackman is the Talent Development Manager for Crafts Council UK. She has over 20 years’ experience in working in the arts and working to support the business and creative development of artists and makers from amateurs to established professionals. Caroline’s professional practice includes managing galleries; a curator and advisor for contemporary national and international art exhibitions and county wide festivals; the chair of the Guildford Borough Council Public Arts Advisory board and Trustee for New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham. Caroline is a key figure at the Crafts Council ensuring best practice delivery of business development programmes including Hothouse and Collect Open part of their International Art Fair at Somerset House in London.
Crafts Council is the UK national arts charity that inspires, supports and nurtures artists, designers and makers at all stages of their career through business incubation and market development.
Katie Treggiden – Journalist
Katie Treggiden is a purpose-driven craft and design writer with almost 20 years’ experience in the creative industries. She contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Crafts Magazine, Elle Decoration and Monocle24. She has written four books, the latest of which is Weaving: Contemporary Makers on the Loom (Ludion), and is already working on her fifth. She has launched, edited and published an award-winning design blog and independent print magazine. She recently gained a distinction for her Master’s Degree in the History of Design from the University of Oxford. She was the founder and first president of Bloom and is a founding steering committee member of Design Can, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee of the Leach Pottery and a volunteer for Shelterbox.
Kirsty Thomas – Tom Pigeon
Kirsty Thomas is creative director at design studio Tom Pigeon and founder of social project Make Bank.
Tom Pigeon was established in 2012 and creates prints, jewellery, stationery and homewares. The studio works with clients worldwide including Tate, V&A, The Barbican, Made and the Bauhaus.
Make Bank is a social initiative established in 2019 to tackle creative poverty in UK schools. The project donates material kits and career support for disadvantaged young creatives allowing them to pursue a future in the creative industries.