Gill Hedley

Curator & Contemporary Art Consultant

Archive 2018

Gill Hedley speaking at Site Gallery, Sheffield, in 2006

© Gill Hedley

Last updated 15 Sep 2018

Gill Hedley is an independent curator, writer and 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:

Ann Sutton’s exhibition Looking Through: Presenting new works by Ann Sutton will be at Winchester School of Art this summer 2018. They staged her exhibition of developmental studies - No Cheating - in 1995 and now she returns with an exhibition of new work.

Please RSVP for Tues 10th July to:
Jennifa Ghazi on, or
Dr August Jordan Davis (Director) on

Ann Sutton In Conversation with Gill Hedley

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 5pm to 6pm
Lecture Theatre A, First Floor, West Side Campus Building
Winchester School of Art

Private View Reception and Sales Night

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 6pm to 8pm
The Winchester Gallery, Ground Floor, West Side Building, WSA Campus

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

The Winchester Gallery
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton
West Side Campus Building, Ground Floor
Park Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8DL

Open: Wednesday, 11 July 2018 – Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Mondays – Fridays, 10am to 4pm, Saturdays, 11am to 3pm

installation of work at Gallery Oldham Installation shot of On The Grid, Gallery Oldham, 2016

Installation shot of On The Grid, Gallery Oldham, 2016

Grant Museum of Zoology,
Rockefeller Building, University College London,
21 University Street, London WC1E 6DE.
Mon-Sat 1-5pm. Admission free

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva’s latest iteration of her Making Beauty project is in London and I do urge to you to see it.

Not only is the work ethereal and remarkable but the setting – the University of London’s Grant Museum of Zoology – is a gem in which Elpi’s works sits as a provocation and complement.

The work is for sale, and not at gallery prices. I will send details of an evening event in due course, but I would recommend a quiet visit on your own first – it is a treat. Please let me know if you would like to receive a pdf of images and installation shots if you cannot get to Bloomsbury.

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

I am working with the John Deakin Archive to find more photographs by this extraordinary character and to learn more about his life before he met Francis Bacon. He worked a great deal beyond his usual patch of Soho and new images - not just portraits - have been identified from time spent in Genoa, Rome, Paris and Athens; his war-time work is just beginning to be uncovered, too.

In the 1930s he travelled all over the world while he was living with Arthur Jeffress: my biography of that character is still growing, too ...

John Deakin in gondola Courtesy Robin Muir
Mark Lancaster, in his studio, Newcastle University photo by Chris Morphet, courtesy Chris Morphet and Mark Lancaster

Just what was is that made yesterday’s homes so different, so appealing (Upgrade) 2004. © R. Hamilton

There is a talk on Thurs 9th Nov by the curators Dr Anne Massey and Gill Hedley.

→ Catalogue essay Pioneers of Pop


In 1953, Britain had a new young queen and cities like Newcastle upon Tyne felt optimistic and modern.

In 1966, England won the World Cup.

Between those dates, Richard Hamilton taught in the Fine Art Department of King’s College. In London he had been a part of The Independent Group, a radical group of young artists, writers and architects, who met at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and challenged the modernist (and as they saw it, elitist) culture dominant at that time.

One of Hamilton’s contributions was a definition of pop art which, as he wrote to the architects Peter and Ann Smithson (who met at Newcastle) would be: Popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, and Big Business.

Pop art also flourished at the Royal College in London; pop was only a small part of Hamilton’s work. He spent much of his time in Newcastle creating exhibitions, designing posters and making his own work, teaching by example how to become an individual artist. Students and staff went to lunchtime dances, music clubs and poetry readings. Men who had the cash or worked as Saturday shop assistants bought the latest US imports from Marcus Price’s boutique. In 1965, Bob Dylan even tried on a jacket there.

Hundreds of artists passed through the Fine Art department between 1953-1966. None remained pop artists but all were affected by the changing, lively party city; most would agree with Rose Frain:

Living in Newcastle was wonderful and the Department was heaven.

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