Tomas Watson (b.1971) is a British artist who has lived and worked in Greece since 1994. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
In 1998, he won the BP Portrait Award and was subsequently commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to paint the author John Fowles. This portrait is in their permanent collection.
He is represented by the Jill George Gallery in London, AccessoGalleria in Tuscany, and NOH/WAVE gallery in Los Angeles.
He regularly participates in international art fairs and has personal exhibitions every 2 years in London.
Efrosini (Cindy) Camatsos is both an academic scholar and a writer of fiction. She received her B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, her masters in European Literature at the University of Oxford, and her Ph.D. in Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge.
She has been teaching literature and writing in universities in Greece for the past 15 years, currently at the American College of Greece. Her first novel Beneath the Surface/Μονοπάτια της Μνήμης, the tragicomic story of a woman who survived the German occupation of her village by helping the Nazis confiscate olive oil, was published in Greek translation by Livanis in 2010, and her second novel, The Duct-Tape Diary, a coming-of-age novel set in Mississippi, is currently awaiting publication.
Her published scholarly writing includes studies of works by Greek women writers The Female “I” in Modern Greek Prose Fiction, 1924-1962 and the edited volume His Words were Nourishment and his Counsel Food.
Justine Bothwick is a published author of short stories and a novel, and is also an experienced teacher of English Literature, Language and creative writing. She grew up in Kent and Hampshire, UK, and graduated from the Manchester Writing School’s Creative Writing MA programme with a distinction. She has short stories published in The Lonely Crowd, Fictive Dream, Confingo Magazine, The Real Story, Virtual Zine, and a chapbook published by Nightjar Press. Her work has also been highly commended in the Bath Short Story Award. Her debut novel, In the Mirror, a Peacock Danced was published by Agora Books in 2021. She is currently working on a new novel, a ghost story set in Tuscany, and her collection of short stories, Tenderness, is out on submission to publishers. She lives, writes and teaches in Rome, Italy.
Michael Gaskell is an award winning British artist. His work is held in numerous public and private collections and commissions include the National Portrait Gallery and Cambridge University in the UK and the Cartin Collection, New York. He holds the unique position ofbeing awarded the second prize four times in the BP Portrait Awards. He collaborated with Wes Anderson on two films: 'Moonrise Kingdom', for which he designed and painted the film poster and 'Isle of Dogs', the stop motion animation, for which he designed and drew character portraits for the film. Michael's works in egg tempera demonstrate his extensive technical knowledge and practical understanding of this media. More recently he has worked in oils.
Dimitris Kokoris was born in Athens in 1990, and studied Fine Arts at the University of Thessaloniki. From 2012-2013, he did an internship in Theatre Design with Stage One (York, UK), via the Erasmus Exchange Programme. In 2019-2020, with the Darmasiswa Scholarship, he attended ISBI in Bandung, Indonesia, studying cross-cultural studies. He lives and works in Athens, painting and teaching art in primary school and private institutions.
James Lloyd graduated with an MA from the Slade School of Fine Art, following a BA in Fine Art from Coventry and a Diploma from Blackpool College of Art and Design. He teaches at the Royal Drawing School and has won numerous awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, Paul Smith Scholarship, Winsor & Newton Young Artists' Award, Carrol Foundation Young Artist of the Year Award, ING Discerning Eye, First Prize in the BP Portrait Award, and the prestigious Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture. Lloyd has undertaken commissions for many private and public clients and institutions including Newcastle University, the Bank of England, Queen's College, Lords Cricket Ground, the House of Lords, the Royal Collection and the National Portrait Gallery. James is represented in the UK by Browse & Darby and in Germany by Hubner & Hubner.
Novelist Rob Watson directed the MA in Creative Writing at the Bretton Hall campus of the University of Leeds for many years. He is the author of five novels and wrote the volume on film for the Falmer Press Library of Aestetic Education. His novel Whilom (Bloomsbury, 1990) won the Welsh Arts Council Fiction Prize. He is currently researching neglected modern artists, in particular Frank Brangwyn, whose works he collects avidly.