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Gill Hedley speaking at Site Gallery, Sheffield, in 2006

© Gill Hedley  8 May 2017
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Gill Hedley is an independent curator, writer and consultant on contemporary visual arts. The menu to the left leads to different aspects of her work. On some pages blue links in bullet points open for more detail. Below are current and recent projects, with more on the archive page.

I am working with The John Deakin Archive as an adviser and we are organising the seminar, below, at Tate Britain as part of the British Art Network. If you would like to attend, please email me directly.

Tate Britain
Thursday 25 May 2017 10am - 6pm

This one day seminar will examine the work and career of photographer John Deakin focussing on the period before he met Francis Bacon and the work that he produced beyond his strong association with Soho, especially during the Second World War and in Europe. On the forty fifth anniversary of Deakin's untimely death, the seminar will bring together contributions from artists, art historians and curators to discuss new and wider research into John Deakin's photography.

The seminar will present a series of short papers, films, a panel discussion, the opportunity to visit the Queer British Art exhibition at Tate Britain (featuring work by Deakin) and a rare chance to see work from the John Deakin Archive.

Contributors to the event include: Paul Rousseau, John Deakin Archive; Gill Hedley (chair); Professor David Mellor, Professor of History of Art (Art History, Centre for the History of War and Society, Centre for Photography and Visual Culture) University of Sussex; Professor Jean Wainwright, Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography, University of the Creative Arts; Dr Hilary Roberts, Curator of Photography, Imperial War Museum; John Christie, artist, film director and collaborator with John Berger; Dr Sarah Victoria Turner, Deputy Director for Research, Paul Mellon Centre, London.

John Deakin Portrait, 1930s
© John Deakin Archive
Gill Hedley with Richard Hamilton
São Paulo 1989

To mark the re-opening of the Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Professor Anne Massey and I, with the gallery’s curator Rob Airey, are selecting an exhibition, Pioneers of Pop, which makes strong links between the Independent Group and other pop pioneers during Richard Hamilton’s time as artist, teacher and exhibition designer in Newcastle upon Tyne, 1953-1966, from the Coronation to England’s victory in the World Cup.

A full film and education programme will accompany the exhibition. More details and of the private view will follow.

Moving Through, 2016 (detail)

Postures of Making

Nicola Naismith & Dr Valerie Woods

A new collaboration between artist Nicola Naismith and ergonomist Dr Valerie Woods explores the making postures and ergonomic risk factors of creative professionals working in the fields of designer maker, traditional craft and visual art. Drawing, text, photography, moving image and digital manufacturing have been used to translate research materials collected through collaborative conversation, case study, focus group and studio visit activities.

For more about the project please visit the project blog:

Please contact with questions & comments:
summary of Nicola's work on this site

I am writing a book on the churches built in Britain after Waterloo, looking in particular at those funded by the Incorporated Church Building Society. In parallel to the £1.5m Commissioners’ Churches, they supported free seats for all and church improvements from 1818 until the 1980s.

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