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Gill Hedley speaking at Site Gallery, Sheffield, in 2006

© Gill Hedley  24 Sep 2020
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Gill Hedley is a writer, an independent curator and a 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.

street sign for Flitcroft Street

I am researching a book on the life and works of the second-generation Palladian architect Henry Flitcroft 1697-1769. He is best known - even nicknamed Burlington Harry - for his work with his patron Lord Burlington and at St Giles in the Fields, Wentworth Woodhouse and above all Stourhead.

A group of architectural historians and other specialists recently met at Hoares Bank to discuss Flitcroft's life and works. A powerpoint presentation was created for this event, available from the Georgian Group, which has featured Flitcroft as a research topic - link to Georgian Group (www)


front of Arthur's Gallery

Gentle friends,

This was the title of Arthur Jeffress’ first exhibition in his own gallery, showing the work of the very strange artist E. Box. Inevitably, I am writing to state the obvious fact that the book launch of the Jeffress biography, so kindly offered by the Redfern Gallery on 7 April, is cancelled.

The exhibition in Southampton City Art Gallery is also postponed. I plan to create some kind of website/blog to recreate part of the exhibition on line and show many more images from his splendid photo albums than either book or show allowed. I excised much material from the book and will add some of that, too.

So that is my attempt to be positive as I bear in mind how many artists, actors, musicians and all the support staff are really suffering professionally.

As we all spend more time at home, and people find amazing ways to communicate and entertain themselves and us, may I suggest – much more bluntly than I would have done at the party – that, before the warehouse shuts down, you order Arthur Jeffress: A Life in Art. It really is quite funny and is all about a very different world to this one:
E-book: (www)
Real book: (www)

To quote the marvellous Robin Muir’s words on the dust jacket: Picaresque and tragic by turns, packed full of incident, Gill Hedley has breathed new life into a near forgotten figure. Soon not to have heard of Arthur Jeffress will be seen as betraying a shameful ignorance of our art historical past.

If you can review it or suggest some who might do so, please contact who is in charge of PR, to receive a review copy. There will, sadly, be more space for book reviews in the art press than normal.

With all best wishes for your good health and high spirits.

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