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Gill Hedley speaking at Site Gallery, Sheffield, in 2006

© Gill Hedley  15 May 2022
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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.


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image of one of Ann's works
Ann Sutton One to Five, Both Ways
(Serial Woven Studies)
1986 handwoven linen,
warp and weft 18x16.5cm.

Ann Sutton has held a lifelong fascination with grid structures, rooted in her original training as a weaver and constructivist-inspired studies with artists such as Harry Thubron and Kenneth Martin. Textile designer; sculptor; performance artist; lecturer; architectural consultant and above all innovator – she has woven life into forms through materials ranging from monofilament to acrylic paint. Works can be found in major public collections include Tate and V & A, London. Sutton comments on her recent work: The viewer is needed: the slightest movement, even of the eyes alone, results in changing imagery, and it is never ending.

We are also delighted to welcome you to a special In Conversation event with distinguished art historian, Gill Hedley who will be discussing the work of artist weaver, Ann Sutton. This event will take place at the Gallery on Saturday 21st May at 11am. You can register for your free place on the Fen Ditton website.

Linda Karshan Performance and Discussion            Λ8th April 2022

A Walked Drawing, Two Feet Walking by Linda Karshan in collaboration with filmmaker, Ishmael Annobil, in response to the architecture of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. See the attached Press Release (www).

Followed by a panel discussion on the theme of embodiment in art with Linda Karshan and Cerys Whiles (Arts Assistant, Cambridge University Hospitals), chaired by Gill Hedley (independent writer and curator).

“Asked about his studio practice, Giacometti responded 'two feet walking'. That's what I see in the sketch," Linda Karshan.

Linda Karshan Drawing
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)

The next biography, currently at the research stage, will be of Lady Norton. Born Noel Evelyn Hughes, always known as Peter, she founded The London Gallery in 1936 until her husband’s diplomatic career took them first to Poland, then to Switzerland during the war and finally to the British Embassy in Greece.

She was a dealer, a collector, patron, fundraiser and a tireless worker for children’s charities. She was an expert skier, worked in the advertising business in the 1920s and a supporter of Bauhaus emigres in the 1930s, especially her close friends Marcel Breuer and Herbert Bayer, who she met skiing. Supporting artists, especially the international avant-garde, was the main function of The London Gallery. Helping people, with scant regard for propriety, was her raison d’être.

See Royal Academy article on Peter Norton

portrait of Peter Norton
caption for portrait of Peter Norton

Peter Norton with Field Marshall Montgomery

Southampton City Art Gallery

Free Admission to all exhibitions and no need to pre-book.

The collector Arthur Jeffress lived just outside Winchester in the mid-1930s with John Deakin, later Francis Bacon’s favourite photographer. After the Second World War, Loraine Conran, curator of Southampton Art Gallery, arranged to borrow a large part of Jeffress’ collection including works by Picasso and de Chirico. Jeffress also lent a work by Jackson Pollock, the first ever shown in Britain.

Jeffress moved back to London, opened a gallery and bought a house in Venice. On his suicide in 1961 he bequeathed his collection to Southampton and Tate.

Gill Hedley will be at the opening on Thurs 23rd Sept, and will be giving an on-line lecture on Tues 19th Oct at 7pm.

Link to Southampton City Art Gallery website www

Exhibition in conjunction with major biography of Arthur Jeffress written by Gill Hedley and published by Bloomsbury.

Link to Bloomsbury's website www

image of front cover of book


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