Rescheduled: Nadia Hebson | The [Virtual] Reading Circle

The Reading Group, Anna MacRae, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Sophie Buxton, Sophie Soobramanien, Heather Reid, Ailish Treanor, 2018. Image courtesy of Nadia Hebson.


1pm, Friday 1 May, Friday 15 & Friday 29 May 
Free, Limited places, RSVP via Eventbrite to receive joining instructions

Following Kingston University guidelines regarding government advice on the spread of Covid-19, these events will now take place virtually. 

As part of her 2020 Studio Residency, Nadia Hebson is hosting a series of virtual reading groups, in the spirit of the salons sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband the Hon. Richard Hare reputedly hosted in their former studio home.

The Reading Circle is an opportunity to read selected texts in company, with the proposal that we consider the emergence of the subjective female voice in relation to writing, visual art and the ever expanding field of artistic recuperation. How can we pay close attention to previously inaudible or less visible practices? What happens when we share our understandings and readings of elder peers, mentors or imagined confidantes work, especially if we find their perspectives challenging, complex or provocative?

Please see the reading list for suggested texts below. If you have texts you would like to read in company you are welcome to suggest these as alternatives. Working together to share our understanding and responses to the writing selected, you are always welcome to join even if you haven’t read the texts. 

Reading List

Friday 1 May

Rivolta Femminile, “On Women’s Refusal to Celebrate Male Creativity.” First published 1971. Available via Feminist Duration Reading Group:

Zapperi, Giovanna. “Woman’s Reappearance: Rethinking the Archive in Contemporary Art—Feminist Perspectives.” Feminist Review, no. 105, 2013, pp. 21–47. JSTOR, (Register for a free account to read online)

Friday 15 May

Lloyd, Fran, ‘Modern Sculpture: Gordine and Her Contemporaries’ in Black, Jonathan, and Martin, Brenda. Dora Gordine: Sculptor, Designer and Artist. London: Philip Wilson, 2008.

Dora Gordine’s own writing and lectures from the Journal of the Asiatic Society:
– ‘Masterpieces of Oriental Art 5’ (October, 1945) and ‘Masterpieces of Oriental Art 6’ (April, 1946). 
– Masterpieces of Oriental Art 7’ (December, 1946), ‘Masterpieces of Oriental Art 8’ (April, 1947) and ‘A Lecture on the Sculpture of Indochina, Siam and Java’ (April, 1942)
– ‘Masterpieces of Oriental Art 9’ (December, 1947) and ‘The Beauty of Indian Sculpture’ (January, 1941)

Friday 29 May

Heti, Sheila. ‘Should Artists Shop or Stop Shopping? affidavit, published May 21, 2018. Available via:

Martin, Brenda. ‘A house of her own: Dora Gordine and Dorich House (1936) in Martin, Brenda, and Sparke, Penny. Women’s Places : Architecture and Design 1860-1960. London: Routledge, 2003.

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