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Gill Hedley speaking at Site Gallery, Sheffield, in 2006

© Gill Hedley  22 Nov 2018
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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 pages.

Dear Gill,

You and your friends are warmly invited to my talk: The Value of Fragments', at the British Academy, 22nd November 2018, 7.00pm (with reflections on my art residency at the British School at Athens). All are welcome! The event is free, and will be followed by a wine reception overlooking the Mall. Please find an invitation attached (PDF).

With best wishes,


picture of Lorrice
cover of book

I was commissioned to write a history of the Incorporated Church Building Society which celebrates its 200th anniversary this spring.

In the confused and debt-ridden years just after Waterloo a group of influential men persuaded the government to commit substantial funds to create churches in urban areas to cope with the influx of migrants from the countryside displaced by the Industrial Revolution. Extraordinarily, a grant of one million pounds was voted, followed swiftly by another half million. Yet the same group of men decided to raise their own funds with a greater emphasis on extending existing churches and making as many seats possible free to all worshippers.

ICBS finally became absorbed in to the National Churches Trust under the chairmanship of Michael Hoare, whose family provided many of the Treasurers from 1818 onwards. Hoares Bank has commissioned the book to support the work of NCT and it is published by Umbria Press.

→ see the link to buy the book (www)

St. Mary’s, Market Place, Ilkeston, Derbyshire,
1855. This 13th century parish church was
rebuilt between 1853 and 1855 by Thomas
Larkins Walker with a grant from ICBS. The
chantry chapel was rebuilt to accommodate
nearly 300 children and new seating, flooring,
heating and lighting were installed. It is listed
Grade II* by National Heritage for England.
Photo credit: Erewash Borough Council.

When I worked in Southampton Art Gallery, in the mid 1980s, I came across the collector/dealer Arthur Jeffress and planned, though never completed, an exhibition to celebrate the bequest to the gallery in 1961 of his subversive little collection.

After I left CAS (over eleven years ago now) and knowing a lot more about collectors, I decided to see if there was enough material for a biography. One decade and 100,000 words later, I am delighted to say that a publisher also thinks the story is worth publishing.

I am discussing an exhibition with Southampton City Art Gallery in 2020 to coincide with the book.

→ See the page in this website on Arthur Jeffress

portrait of Arthur Jeffress Oriel Ross, Portrait of Arthur Jeffress, 1927, collection Gill Hedley

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