The judges

For the first round of judging a panel of Stonewater customers and colleagues will be reviewing the entries collectively to shortlist at least four finalists.

The panel will comprise of customers from across Stonewater’s retirement living, young people’s foyer and women’s refuges who have experience and interest in art – specialising in a range of disciplines.

Due to safeguarding concerns, not all the identities of Stonewater’s customer judges can be shared. However, here’s more information on some of the creative individuals who are taking part.

Kath Woodrow

Kath has been interested in arts and crafts most of her life, but her earliest memory of getting creative was when she was challenged with making a costume out of crepe paper for a competition when she was on holiday aged 12.

Now, she makes all her own cards, and is a self taught tapestry maker, knitter and cross stitcher.

Ms A & Ms K

Both Ms A and Ms K had not picked up a paint brush since their days at school, but were both encouraged to take part in an art class organised by the coaches at Stonewater’s South Asian Women's Refuge in 2019. They both then went on to complete a 12-week course, where they were encouraged to express themselves through painting. Ms A and Ms K both showed off their skills and were asked to auction their artwork at the Higgins Museum to raise money for homeless charities in Bedford. 

Jack Bass

Jack has championed public art across the development team since joining the team in 2019. Having worked closely with artists to deliver pieces for Cookridge, Colliers Court and Leicester Lane, he’s looking forward to bringing his practical eye to the panel and understanding how each artists idea will take shape.

Ben Frimstone

Ben is passionate about how art can engage local communities and bring people together through a shared experience. With an extensive background in the Arts ranging from film, television, theatre and festival art installations, Ben is excited to see artists from a range of disciplines share their ideas for shaping Stonewater’s public art for the coming year.

Rob Hawkins

Rob joined Stonewater earlier this year but has worked in housing since 2007. With an interest in public art, community participation and local identities, Rob is looking forward to working with the panel thinking about how the ideas presented can help shape the shared space it occupies, whilst learning about the creative process. 

The shortlist will be announced on 20th August 2021 and finalists will be invited to attend a virtual panel interview to present their ideas and answer the judge’s questions. The panel will comprise of:

Sheila Collins Chair at Stonewater

Sonny Dhamu Group Art Director at Inside Housing

Nick Harris Chief Executive at Stonewater

Final judge To be announced soon

Jonathan Layzell Executive Director of Development at Stonewater

Jacqueline Burton Development Manager at Stonewater

Finalists of the prize will be announced on the 20th August 2021 and the winner will be announced on 10th September 2021.

If you have any queries about the competition, please send your queries to