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Writer and Curator


Gill Hedley speaking at Site Gallery, Sheffield, in 2006

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Overall this website is full of events and exhibitions that Gill has been involved with. There are many ways to be involved: having the initial idea, writing the catalogue essay, supporting the artist, or indeed being the curator. The exhibitions listed below represent significant involvement. See also other pages, particularly catalogues on the Writing page.

2007 - CURRENT

Exhibition of new paintings by Dillwyn Smith at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art.

→ note on the exhibition, including image
→ the exhibition text by Gill Hedley

The University of Warwick, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Freud Museum and Carroll/Fletcher Project Space in London.

→ note on the exhibition
→ note on role as Engagement Fellow for the Wellcome.

Exhibition to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to Durham, on loan from the British Library. At the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery July-Sept 2013.

catalogue essay
→ note on the exhibition
→ note on her Gallery Talk

Exhibition at the Pavilion of the Republic of Macedonia for the Venice Biennale.

→ note on the exhibition catalogue essay

Her new film shot in Essex with layers of reference to Homer’s Iliad, Troy and the Tilbury Trojan skinheads.

summary of the film
→ note on the film showing
→ note on talk and showing at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

Contemporary Portuguese work in their Hoxton Square offices 2009-10 & 2011-12, May 2013 Gill organised the latest display at the Gulbenkian Foundation (UK) in Hoxton Square with sculptures by the Portuguese artist Fernanda Fragateiro and two works on paper by Bridget Riley and Alison Turnbull.

installation photos of Fernanda's sculpture
→ note on the display
→ note on Guimaraes Year of Culture 2012

One of the most successful acts of commission I have witnessed from a historic institution. Waldemar Januszczak, Sunday Times. This exhibition brought together works by contemporary artists Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin and Paula Rego which resonate with the history of the Foundling Hospital. Displayed throughout the Museum, outside the building as well inside, the works explored the pain and anguish associated with aspects of childhood, motherhood, abortion and loss. 27 Jan 2010 - 9 May 2010.

Google search for the exhibition (www)
→ catalogue essay for Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin & Paula Rego

Hide and Seek at the Foundling Museum was a multi-discipline, video and sound installation by the artist Terry Smith, commissioned for the Foundling Museum. Playing with ideas of the hidden and the lost, Hide and Seek included images, sounds and deconstructed scores by Handel and Vivaldi, two Baroque composers who supported institutions dedicated to giving vulnerable and destitute young children a second chance at life. 10 July 2009 - 3 Jan 2010.

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→ the Wikipedia entry for Terry Smith (www)

Works from the Lodeveans Collection shown alongside historic works from the York City Art Gallery Collection.

York City Art Gallery (www)
catalogue essay

This exhibition presented a series of new paintings by artist John Kindness. For this exhibition Kindness explored the English eighteenth-century domestic interior through wallpaper designs inspired by the graphic art of William Hogarth. Celebrating the importance of comedy in Hogarth’s work and his role as a pioneer of the comic strip, Kindness’ work also takes inspiration from Dudley Watkins, the creator of the comic book character Desperate Dan. 8 October 2008 - 31 December 2008.

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catalogue essay

Fifteen contemporary artists were invited to respond to the Foundling Museum's collection. Their works ranged from a cascade of kinetic sculpture above the Museum’s main staircase to a ‘lollipop opera’ inspired by Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem. RSVP continued the tradition begun by the artist William Hogarth in providing a platform for emerging contemporary artists: Thomas Gainsborough, whose first well-known work The Charterhouse was produced for the Hospital when he was just twenty-one. 28 September - 18 November 2007.

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catalogue essays


Gill Hedley is a writer, an independent curator and a consultant on contemporary visual arts. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view PDF documents.

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