PUBLIC MUSEUMS & GALLERIESNON-PROFIT PROJECTS IN ART & LITERATURE
PUBLIC GALLERY TOUR
Simon Oldfield and his team curated a nationwide art and literature project touring major public art galleries across England including Turner Contemporary, the New Art Gallery Walsall, Pallant House Gallery and Tate Liverpool.
Thanks to support from Arts Council England and in collaboration with Pindrop, the project comprised a curated series of live art and literature events. Hosted by Simon Oldfield, he was joined on stage by well-known actors, artists and authors including writer and activist Nikesh Shukla, artist Mahtab Hussain, actor and Talk Art podcaster Russell Tovey and multi award-winning British actress Juliet Stevenson. Each were interviewed by Simon and read a complete story from A Short Affair against the backdrop of the galleries respective exhibitions.
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
Simon Oldfield and his team devised and curated the first major programme combining art and literature at the Royal Academy of Arts, in collaboration with Pindrop.
Since 2014, this extremely successful initiative has involved curating, producing and hosting large-scale live events at the Royal Academy's world-renowned gallery spaces. Alongside Tim Marlow and other curators, Simon Oldfield has shared the stage with leading authors, actors and thinkers. We have curated and produced over over twenty events to date which include original stories read aloud, performances, talks and interviews in response to the themes of the RA's exhibitions, and the programme expanded in 2015 to include the RA & Pindrop Short Story Award. There are many highlights including Stephen Fry and Gwendoline Christie during the Summer Exhibition, Dame Eileen Atkins and Dame Sian Philips performing in response to Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 (pictured); Booker Prize-winner Graham Swift reading his short story, Haematology, against the backdrop of the exhibition Charles I: King and Collector; and author William Boyd and actor Ed Stoppard reading selected stories amongst the soaring installations of the Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined exhibition.
Born out of this programme was the publication of A Short Affair, a book edited and curated by Simon Oldfield, featuring original short fiction by bestselling writers with newly commissioned artworks by Tracey Emin, Eddie Peake and other artists from the RA.
Image: Gwendoline Christie performing at the Royal Academy of Arts
Contemporary Art Society & Tate Collection and Archive
Simon Oldfield collaborated with the Contemporary Art Society to present works from the Tate Collection and Archive in an exhibition curated by artist Yane Calovski. The installation at Tate Britain, Ponder Pause Process (a Situation), was part of Tate’s Art Now programme and included works by Liam Gillick, Francis Alys, Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Emma Kay, Christopher Wool, Henri Matisse, Jeff Wall, an unpublished manuscript by Sven Berlin, and the mediative sound work A Flock of Rotation by French artist Samon Takahashi. The installation aimed to question a range of preconceptions and assumptions that relate to the Tate Collection and conservation of art.
Image: Installation view of ‘Ponder Pause Process (A Situation)’ at Tate Britain, London, 2010. Photo: Joe Plommer and Matthew Blaney
Fortescue & Oldfield
Simon Oldfield is the appointed curator and advisor to Fortescue & Oldfield, an art fund established with Alison Fortescue. The fund has a particular focus on artists from under-represented groups, women artists and 20th century modern masters. The collection will evolve over time through acquisitions and disposals. All artworks held within the collection are available for public display at museums and galleries. For all enquiries please contact us here.
Image: Amoako Boafo, Portrait of a Young Woman, 2018
GROSVENOR ESTATE MAYFAIR
Simon Oldfield was invited to create the blueprint for a new public arts programme across Grosvenor’s Mayfair estate, which now informs the ongoing public-realm installations such as Yinka Ilori's sculpture on Mount Street.
We also curated and produced a multi-disciplinary programme of exhibitions, cultural events and artist residences spanning three years across a selection of Grosvenor’s property portfolio including Carlos Place and Mount Street. Alongside the core programme, we advised on the annual summer festival at Grosvenor Square, which facilitated a programme of broad community enagagement and particupation. Simon also conceived, edited and published a quarterly arts magazine, Square, to accompany the programme.
Image: Seduction, Simon Foxall, Carlos Place, Mayfair
British fashion brand Burberry invited Simon Oldfield to curate a programme of live events to respond to their collections over several seasons. By staging live performances and interventions that referred directly to the inspiration for Burberry’s collections in the week leading up to Burberry’s seasonal presentations, our programme added a cultural perspective to the interactive Burberry previews.In collaboration with The New Craftsmen and Pindrop, we curatred the live events programme at Burberry’s Makers House in London which draw on Virgina Woolf's Orlando. There were live performances by Juliet Stevenson, Sean Delaney, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Sian Philips and Nathan Stewart-Jarett, followed by a large-scale photography exhibition Here We Are in London and Paris with live performances by Ben Okri, Russell Tovey and Tuppence Middleton. In addition, we hosted special Pindrop events in Burberry’s flagship store in London, and Simon delivered art-inspired talks to Burberry's premium clients.Image: Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri reading his own short fiction during Burberry's Here We Are
Hauser & Wirth
Hauser & Wirth invited Simon Oldfield to curate an event at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in collaboraton with Pindrop, which took place with critically acclaimed actor and Talk Art podcaster Russell Tovey. Selected in response to the exhibition programme, Russell read Heart's Last Pass by Douglas W. Milliken, a story from A Short Affair, followed by a conversation about the marriage of art and literature. Listen to Russell's reading on the Pindrop podcast here.
Image: Russell Tovey and Simon Oldfield on stage at Hauser & Wirth Somerset.
Simon Oldfield GalleryMayfair
In 2012, Simon Oldfield Gallery moved to Mayfair. Across four locations at Carlos Place, Mount Street and Davies Street our exhibitions programme encompassed a multi-discplinary programme with solo and group shows including Seduction, Honeymoon Suite, Portrait of a Life Half Known and Screw Your Courage to the Sticking Place, one of the UK's first exhibtions to explore the queer art movement and subculture. Artists exhibited include Matthew Stone, Paul Kindersley, Jonny Briggs, Juno Calypso, Simon Foxall, Judy Blame, Princess Julia, Bruce Ingram, Matthew La Croix and Neal Tait.
Collaborations included James Long's Spring/Summer Collection Presentation 2011/2012, GQ Style Art x Fashion, and the launch of Pindrop by Simon Oldfield and writer, podcaster and broadcaster Elizabeth Day.
Image: Screw Your Courage to the Sticking Place, Judy Blame, Bruce Ingram, Princess Julia and Paul Kindersley
Simon Oldfield GallerySoho & Covent Garden
Simon Oldfield Gallery opened in Soho followed by a larger space in Covent Garden including one of the first solo presentations of paintings by Michael Armitage and solo shows by Jonathan Trayte (Under a Pine Tree), Katie Cuddon (Waiting for the Cue) and Neal Tait. Group shows included New Symphony, Base Metal, Modern Love, Night Shift and Friendship of the Peoples, exhibiting over 200 artists including Eddie Peake, Fiona Banner, Michael Dean, Roger Hiorns, Humphrey Ocean, Princess Julia, David Thorpe, Mark Titchner, Francis Upritchard, Donald Urquhart, Alison Wilding and Chris Ofili.
The exhibition programme received widespread critical acclaim and enjoyed the support of the Whitechapel Gallery, the Contemporary Art Society through their curator-led tours programme.
Image: New Sympony, Douglas White, Katie Cuddon