Gill Hedley

Writer and Curator

Archive 2017

Gill Hedley speaking at Site Gallery, Sheffield, in 2006

© Gill Hedley
Last updated 9 Apr 2022

Gill Hedley is a writer, an independent curator and a consultant on contemporary visual arts. This is an archive of projects, exhibitions, events and news she has been involved with. These stories are re-used elsewhere on the site as notes. Divided by year - please use the menu below:

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The Hatton Gallery at Newcastle University re-opened in October 2017 with an exhibition that firmly places Newcastle as the birthplace of Pop Art.

The Hatton has played a unique role in the development of British Art, being entwined with some of the most influential artists of the 20th century. This exhibition, co-curated by Gill Hedley, reflects the numerous artists, writers, activities and ideas which had at their centre the artist Richard Hamilton, while teaching at Newcastle University (1953-1966).

catalogue cover, Oct 2017
Richard-Hamilton with GH

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. The exhibition will make 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 the date of the private view will follow.

Gill with Richard Hamilton São Paulo 1989

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 John Deakin Portrait, 1930s
© John Deakin Archive
image of Ann Sutton's work Moving Through, 2016 (detail)

During Ann Sutton’s exhibition, On The Grid, in her home town of Stoke-on-Trent, a special evening is being organised for collectors and for those who want to start a collection.

There will be a chance to meet the artist and then to enjoy Captain Stingray’s Groove Machine, a live band specializing in AfroBeat, Dance, Latin, and Reggae. The exhibition will tour to Winchester School of Art in November 2017.

On the Grid 8 Mar–27 Aug17, new work by Ann Sutton:
Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Bethesda Street, Hanley,
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 3DW

Monday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm / Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Tickets £5, concessions £3

Ann Sutton's website (www)
→ catalogue essay On The Grid on Ann's latest work (PDF)
→ installation photos of On The Grid at Gallery Oldham
summary of Ann's work on this site

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

From The Crafts Council: This year we are pleased to announce our speaker will be internationally recognised woven textile artist and designer, Ann Sutton. In a talk titled Rebel with a Cause, Ann will speak of her work and life, joined by Curator, Gill Hedley.

The Fielding Talk is held annually in memory of Amanda Fielding, who curated the Crafts Council Collection for 17 years from 1989 to 2006, making an outstanding contribution to the Collection and the makers we support. The talk celebrates Fielding's passion for craft through the voices and experiences of contemporary makers.


Ann Sutton's website (www)
summary of Ann's work on this site

Ring Chain Spectrum
Ann Sutton 1974
Crafts Council Collection
photo: Relic Imaging Ltd

Ann Sutton Moving Through - detail

image of the catalgue essay

image of the catalgue essay cover

On The Grid is an exhibition of new work by Ann Sutton where her lifelong study of line and the grid in new materials and on a new scale is revealed with joie de vivre.

Gallery Oldham
Oldham Gallery Quarter
Greaves Street
Oldham  OL1 1AL

The exhibition tours next year to The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in her home town of Stoke on Trent where a collectors’ evening will be staged: details in the New Year. The show will finish its tour next autumn at Winchester School of Art.

Ann Sutton's website (www)
→ catalogue essay On The Grid on Ann's latest work (PDF)
→ installation photos of On The Grid at Gallery Oldham
summary of Ann's work on this site

installation shot at Gallery Oldham

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva is a site-specific installation artist working in sculpture, installation, video and sound, photography and architectural interventions. Her materials range from the unusual to the ordinary and the ephemeral to the precious; they include organic materials, foodstuffs and precious metals. Central to her practice is a response to the particularities of place; its history, locale, environment and communities.

Elpida presented Haruspex, commissioned by the Vatican, as part of the Pavilion of the Holy See, at the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2015.

The exhibition at Danielle Arnaud’s gallery follows on from her remarkable show at the Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, in summer 2016 and concentrates on new sculptural work on a smaller more intimate scale. Danielle Arnaud will also show Elpida’s work at the London Art Fair in January.

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva's website (www)
summary of Elpida's work on this site

image of Beauty Exposed - work by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva

sheep stomach, lamb intestine and turned wood
52 x 35 x 37 cm, photo: Nick Dunmur

image of the exhibition invite

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva’s is contributing to the Courtauld East Wing exhibtion Artificial Realities, which runs until 30 June 2017.

The East Wing Biennial at The Courtauld Institute of Art is the twelfth instalment of contemporary art, with 31 international exhibitors, including Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley and Rachel Whiteread.

The experience of walking through the narrow paths, confined corridors and spiralling staircases of the Courtauld takes on a particular meaning as each space is allocated a compartmentalized sub-theme, and falls within the concept of physical, as well as conceptual uncertainty. Making our way up the four intricate stories of the Courtauld, we find ourselves discovering peculiar excavations, scratching the multiple surfaces of the Institute’s walls, continuously reminding us that reality must be grasped in layers.

→ exhibition press release (PDF)
Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva's website (www)
summary of Elpida's work on this site

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