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.
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.
Exhibition in conjunction with major biography of Arthur Jeffress written by Gill Hedley and published by Bloomsbury.
An extended review of the Paula Rego retrospective at Tate Britain 7th July to 24th October. In the Burlington September issue. A pdf copy of the review will be posted here in March 2022.
Review of A Life of Gifts, biography of John Craxton. In the Burlington August issue. A pdf copy of the review will be posted here in February 2022.
A panel discussion about the partnership between Southampton City Art Gallery and the National Gallery. With Southampton's curators past and present.
June 2021, now available on YouTube from this link:
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