This year we have been lucky enough to have a broad range of judges from all walks of life, bringing their personal expertise and knowledge to help decide whose creations have dealt with the theme in the most innovative, and exciting way. We thought it would be great for you to know a little bit more about them ahead of the big day, so here are our Heritage Jam 2017 Judges!


Ian Kirkpatrick:


Ian Kirkpatrick is a graphic designer and contemporary artist based in York.  He has worked as the lead graphic designer at the Catalhoyuk Research Project in Turkey and the Memphis Site & Community Development project in Egypt – both in association with the University of York.  His design clients include the National Trust, the City of Leeds, the University of Southampton, Trondheim University, Sealaska Heritage Institute, Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis and the City of Langford, British Columbia.  His contemporary art has been exhibited across the UK and internationally, with shows in New York, Chicago, Montreal and Berlin.  His work has been commissioned for the London 2012 Olympics, the Tour de France, and an upcoming show at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.  Ian is currently working on several public art projects in Leeds, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.


Paul Backhouse:


Paul Backhouse is a creative leader working in the Cultural Heritage sector managing complex and challenging projects that deliver beautiful and inspiring results. His work has included films, animations and graphics for a wide variety of subject including The Humber Bridge, Scarborough in the First World War, Stonehenge Visitor Centre and publications on such diverse subjects as Stonehenge to technical guidance of photography. Previous work in the commercial sector has involved the investigation and recovery of soldiers from a First World War mass grave in northern France and the design of a museum at DaMing in China.

Zsolt Sandor:


Zsolt makes films and steers the Mothership. From being an ad man, founding a music festival and working in Hollywood North to creating commercials, corporates and documentaries for Disney, O2, Exxon Mobil, Northern Ballet, Creative England and many more, he’s been around the block once or twice. He’s from Hungary and Canada in equal measure, loves to travel and has worked all over the world. Does a mean Tom Jones at karaoke, too.


Izzy Bartley:

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After 12 years of teaching, I returned to University to complete a Masters in Cultural Heritage at York.   Since graduation I have spent two years working in the commercial side of the sector, before joining Leeds Museums and Galleries as the Digital Learning Officer in June.  Last year’s Heritage Jam was my first Jam experience and it was incredibly inspiring to see such a range of approaches to heritage interpretation.  I am very much looking forward to being involved again this year and excited to see how the theme of ‘The Bones of Our Past’ has been interpreted by participants.  


Matthew Tyler-Jones:


Matthew Tyler-Jones has worked in heritage interpretation for over thirty years across the UK as sites as diverse as the streets of Lancaster, the Bank of England Museum and Historic Royal Palaces. Matthew is currently a Visitor Experience consultant at the National Trust, where he chairs the  In-Visit Digital Technology working group. His most recent large project with the National Trust, Lifting the Lid at The Vyne, near Basingstoke, just won the Museums and historic properties/sites category at the AHI Discover Heritage awards, and also picked up the overall AHI Award for Excellence in Interpretation.


Imran Ali:

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Imran Ali is a founding partner of CARBON:imagineering, a boutique digital innovation and R&D practice, exploring the impact of emerging technologies.

Previously, Imran was the first generation of Freeserve employees, established the Technology Research team for Orange UK, was part of the advisory boards of O’Reilly’s ETel conference, the mobile messaging startup Treasuremytext and, the eComm conference, as well as serving on the boards of venture-backed ensembli, bmedi@ and two years as a trustee of the Impressions Gallery. Imran has also served as conference director of Manchester’s FutureEverything festival and cofounded LSx, curating and producing technology industry events across the Leeds City Region.

Recently Imran became a trustee of Halifax’s IOU Theatre and the Media Centre in Huddersfield. Imran also featured in Tech In Leeds, a documentary charting Leeds’ impact on the digital industry, undertaking a residency as an associate artist at Freedom Studios and joining the founding team of 30 Chapel Street, an arts, tech and social enterprise hub in Bradford.


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