Thursday, 28 February 2019

#Time to Act Festival

I worked as the Producer on the art projects for the PSVI ~ #TimeToAct film festival (I also did the festival scheduling and some other bits and bobs) at the British Film Institute. The festival raises awareness of sexual violence in conflict situations - war rape, basically.
Hosted by Angelina Jolie and attended by many noteworthy persons including the 2018 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege. The art installations invited audiences to both have a break from the intensity of the films and think about the ideas raised in a different, more contemplative way.

Drawing Installation by Anna Chiarini

Artists: Anna Chiarini, Kwame Lestrade, Luzene Hill, Andy Farnell

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Lovespace: spoken word and live art Wed Nov 14

Am dipping my toe into the wondrous world of spoken word performance, by co-curating the event Lovespace at Rich Mix in London.

booking for 14.11.18

This will be really interesting and so far it's been completely exciting to be involved in it!.

Monday, 9 January 2017

How to Interpret Visual Art

How to Interpret Visual Art

“The most important mechanism  for interpreting visual art is your own eyes and your ability to really see and to really look…..Go, stand in front of the work of art, literally, physically,  look at it. Walk around it, look at its texture, look at its colour…”

Saint Catherine of Alexandria (c. 1598)  by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection of Madrid.

Here is a short 15 min podcast that I made during a lecture I gave at the IF Project in London on 'how to interpet visual art'

Monday, 31 October 2016

Women on Screen film screening

I have been invited by FiLiArt to curate a screening of films made by women, that explore 'female experience' in all its variety.

6 pm

270 Mare St, London E8 1HE
Stations: Hackney Central, Bethnal Green

COST £7/ concessions £5*

What do we really mean when we say 'I love you'?
What is the meaning of friendship?
How does a guerrilla fighter become a women’s rights activist?
What is it really like to work as a 'glamour model'?

Discover the surprising, moving and inspiring truths of women's experiences at this rare screening event, bringing together the work of some of London's best female filmmakers.
FiLiArt Women on Screen will showcase a selection of films, from documentary to drama, art films to vox pops, the night will expose women’s experience in all its diversity, range and dynamism.
The programme will include short art films by Alice Anderson, Julia Riddiough, Greta Mendez, Annalise Holles and Natalie Smith; also on show will be Shake it Off! a drama by Sian Astor Lewis and character performances by Liberty Antonia Sadler.
Also featuring will be Rozy Sarkis’s feature documentary Image Matters, about the culture of cosmetic surgery in Lebanon, and Elam Forrester’s portrait of Amanda Gonzales, a former guerrilla fighter turned women’s activist in El Salvador.
The screening will conclude with a panel discussion hosted by Gillian McIver, filmmaker (Taking Over the King’s Land, 2014) and author (Art History for Filmmakers, 2016).
The panel will be participatory, featuring  the filmmakers themselves, and inviting the audience to address the shared themes of their work and the challenges of female-led filmmaking.

*  Women on Screen will raise funds for FiLiArt:Refuge, an art exhibition, symposium and workshop to be held at Oxford House from 9-16 December, a fully non-profit venture.

About FiLiArt
Over the last three years, FiLiArt has been London’s only annual exhibition to bring together contemporary feminist art, current activism and academia. Alongside work by established and emerging female artists, we provide a platform for the artistic voices of minority and marginalised women.


Saturday, 9 January 2016

Art History and Cinema

I haven't been curating anything lately since I've been very busy completing my new book ART HISTORY FOR FILM MAKERS. It's out from 10 March 2016.

more info

I've been working on it for several years and have been researching the topic for quite some time. The book is about the complex relationship between visual art and cinema.

I'm hoping to curate some exhibitions on the same theme.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Monocle Interview

I was interviewed by Andrew Tuck for Monocle Radio, for the programme

The Urbanist

Here is the link:

Saturday, 7 June 2014


TAKING OVER THE KING'S LAND is a documentary film I made about a site speciifc art project I was involved in curating.

The film is out now and has been to the Sheffield Docfest, the UK's biggest and most important film festival for documentaries, the Portobello Film Festival in London and more.

Arts docs are notoriously difficult to place since many people associate the documentary genre to social issues, or art history. TAKING OVER THE KING'S LAND is a portrait of a an artist, and a quite remarkable project in the world's greatest metropolis. to watch the film