Brilliant women talking to brilliant women

On Sunday 24th April The Art Station is welcoming a panel of talented creative women for In Conversation at The Art Station.

Join us for an afternoon of insightful discussions focussing on recent creative projects at The Art Station:

2.30pm: Writer Emma Hill and architect Livia Wang in conversation with artist Fiona Grady about her Connection Points installation

4.00pm: Annabel Dover in conversation with artists Mahal de Man and Helen Gilbart, discussing Book of Hours I & II and other recent projects

Space is limited, please pre book your place via the button below.

This is a free event, but do please donate if you can.

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Fiona Grady

Fiona Grady is a site-responsive artist. Her colourful geometric artworks are architectural interventions that transform the physical spaces they are situated within. They are allow their setting to become a canvas that defines the size of the artwork and provides inspiration for the motifs used within the designs, to connect them to their location.

Born into a family of mathematicians she has always had a keen eye for balance using ratios of numbers and logical approaches to divide the space. She considers her process as problem solving. She refers to her artworks as giant jigsaw puzzles, as they employs repetition of forms to build a larger image, using each piece to create a whole picture, that has an unconscious equilibrium within its surroundings. Her practice recognizes the relationship between architecture, installation art and decoration. She plays with light, surface and scale; each piece changes with the light of day emphasizing the passing of time and the ephemeral nature of the work to create ambient environments.

Fiona exhibits widely including recent solo exhibitions  at the University of Brighton; Chapter Cardiff and LUX, Arles in France as well as group exhibitions including Close to Home, JGM Gallery, London; Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London; and Cure3 Exhibition organised by Art Wise Curators, Bonhams, London; and A5xn, Dallas in USA. She has created public commissions for  Walthamstow Wetlands Visitor, Rosie Glenn + British Land, Broadgate, and Kensington and Chelsea Council and Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf.  She was selected by the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust to receive a bursary and residency at the Mark Rothko Foundation in Daugavpils, Latvia in 2019. Her works are held in public collections including Paul Smith Ltd, Tim Sayer Collection (bequeathed to Hepworth Wakefield); and various private collections across Europe, North America and New Zealand.


Emma Hill

Emma Hill founded the Eagle Gallery, London and its associated imprint EMH Arts, in 1991. She has mounted over 300 exhibitions at the gallery space and has collaborated with institutions including Aldeburgh Music, Almeida Opera and the British Library on off-site exhibition projects. She has published artists’ books and prints by leading UK artists including Basil Beattie and Bruce McLean and has written numerous catalogue texts and articles for publications including Art Review, Printmaking Today and RA Magazine. In 2017 she was the curator of Stephen Chambers: The Court of Redonda at the Venice Biennale and in 2018 she curated Ken Kiff: The Sequence at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art.

Livia Wang

Livia Wang is an architectural designer and curator. She is Creative Director of Van Gogh House London and Co-Director of San Mei Gallery. Livia has completed projects in China with Kengo Kuma and Associates, in Korea as part of the curatorial team for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism and is now based in London, working within the realms of conservation, public art and exhibitions. Livia currently teaches architecture at the University of Cambridge, having taught at the Royal College of Art and the University of Brighton.

Image credit: Martin Zielinski

Annabel Dover

Through a variety of media including painting, photography, video, cyanotype, and drawing, Annabel Dover engages the viewer in untold tales of wonder. Throughout her practice she finds herself drawn to objects and the invisible stories that surround them. Through their subtle representation she explores their power as intercessionary agents that allow socially acceptable emotional expression. The work presents itself as a complex mixture of scientific observation and tender girlish enthusiasm

Dover was born in Liverpool and educated in Newcastle and London. Her PHD at Chelsea College of Art explored a practice-led response to the cyanotype albums of Anna Atkins and forms the basis for her novel Florilegia, published by MOIST. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.

Florilegia by Annabel Dover available in all good book shops.

Helen Gilbart

Based in East Suffolk, Helen Gilbart is particularly interested in accessing specific histories buried deep within the environment, whether urban or rural. Gilbart first studied Geography and Fine Art jointly and continues to embed herself directly within her subject wherever possible. Gilbart was artist in Residence in the Earth Sciences Department at the University of Cambridge between 1999 and 2006, working with Earth Scientists and outstanding palaeontology that offered clues to specific landscapes. In 2009 Gilbart was funded to work at the UNESCO Burgess Shale fossil beds in Field, British Columbia as part of Darwin200. Since 2010 archaeological themes have dominated, with projects triggered through the British Museum; working from their hidden collections and in the AHOB (Ancient Human Occupation of Britain) project in Happisburgh, Norfolk.

Mahal De Man

Mahal de Man is a Dutch artist and lives and works in London. She graduated from BA Fine Art at Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (2012). Mahal often works with text, drawing and collage to layer, label and archive images and thoughts. Her work is about capturing a sense of connection and continuity. She has an interest in objects and stories that give us a sense of place or purpose, like tools (stone age and modern) and art objects; and objects that appear time-less, like mountains, rocks and celestial bodies.