Heatherleys Online: Rosalind Davis and Justin Hibbs in Conversation with Anna McNay
The Heatherley Guest Lecturer programme continues with the sixth and final in a series of online in conversation events with artists (Zoom link below). Artist-curators Rosalind Davis and Justin Hibbs, who have also contributed professional development talks to the programme, speak about their work to art writer and journalist Anna McNay.
Davis and Hibbs are both artists who, over the past two years, have been collaborating on a sequence of site-specific installations, which have been exhibited in several alternative iterations, responding to the context of seven different gallery spaces and their audiences. Both artists also have independent art careers and are a couple who share a studio, where the inevitable questions arise about how, why and where to set boundaries.
Davis’ and Hibbs’ collaborations bring together different aspects of their respective artists’ practices to create transformative and experiential installations. Within these artistic collaborations neither artist’s work can be negotiated without experiencing reflections of the ‘other’ within them.
In conversation with McNay, Davis and Hibbs will introduce their backgrounds with their independent art practices, as well as what it means to both consider and let the ‘other’ in and collaborate. This conversation has wider associations within our current political and social context, which has been central to the discourse accompanying their collaborative projects
About Rosalind Davis
Rosalind Davis is an artist-curator and a graduate of the RCA (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). As an artist, Davis has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had a number of solo shows in London. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections, including Soho House. Since 2018, alongside her own practice, Davis has been working with artist Justin Hibbs on collaborative projects which they have shown at JGM Gallery, Koppel Project, the Foundry Gallery, Arthouse1, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery and no format gallery.
Davis was appointed curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery (London) in 2016, where she curates three exhibitions a year. To date, she has curated 30 exhibitions. Other co-curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Arthouse1, Geddes Gallery. Davis co-directed arts organisations Zeitgeist Arts Projects (2012-15) at Bond House Gallery (ASC) and Core Gallery (2010-12). In both of these organisations she ran a number of curatorial projects and an artist education programme as well as tutorials and art tours.
Davis is co-author of What They Didn’t Teach You at Art School, commissioned by Octopus Books, and she has written a number of articles for a-n and other arts publications. She lectures at universities, galleries and organisations across the country, including the RCA, ICA, Camden Arts Centre, University of the Arts and for Artquest. As an alumni of UK Young Artists, first exhibiting as an artist (2010), Davis has gone on to
be an ambassador, curatorial mentor and part of their selection panels for UKYA and the Robert Walters UK Young Artist of the Year Award 2019. Davis has also been appointed a judge for Jacksons Painting Prize 2019. As a mentor, she works regularly for Artquest, a-n, PLOP, as well as independently
About Justin Hibbs
Justin Hibbs studied at Central St Martins, London (1991-94) He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally and has also curated a series of artist-led exhibitions. Solo shows include Between Before and After at Arróniz Arte in Mexico City (2018), Alias_Re_Covered at Carroll/Fletcher, London (2015); PARA/SITE (2013) and Secondary Modern (2010) at Christinger De Mayo Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland; Altneuland at Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland (2007); and Metroparadisiac (2006) and I’ll Wait for you (2005) at the One in the Other Gallery, London.
Since 2018, Hibbs, alongside his own practice, is also working on collaborations with artist Rosalind Davis, making site-specific works. They have showed at numerous galleries in the UK and abroad.
As well as being a course director for the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Kensington and Chelsea College (2016-19), where he was previously a tutor for eight years, Hibbs has also been an guest lecturer and tutor at HE institutions such as the Royal Academy Schools, Chelsea School of Art, Bath Spa University, Ruskin School of Art, Morley College and Zeitgeist Arts Projects.
Hibbs has also worked on a number of private and public collections, including for Daisy Green Restaurant, London.
About Anna McNay
Anna McNay is a freelance art writer and editor. She contributes regularly to Art Quarterly (Art Fund’s magazine, where she was previously Assistant Editor), Studio International, Photomonitor, Elephant magazine, Norwegian Arts, and The Flux Review, and has been widely published in a variety of other print and online art and photography journals and newspapers. She has written numerous catalogue essays, edited a number of books, and regularly hosts panel and in conversation events at galleries around London.
Friday 31st July
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