20 November 2013

History Rising OUTPOST installation

The Study Day and installation at OUTPOST took place on 23 and 24 October 2013.  A packed day with speakers from the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and the University of East Anglia.  Click here for more information.

03 October 2013

The Grand Release, Marjolijn Dijkman, Norwich Castle Museum

The launch of History Rising took place at Norwich Castle Museum last Friday 27 Sept 2013.  Marjolijn Dijkman’s mobile, The Grand Release, is now installed in the rotunda space until 02 February 2014.  Each element of the mobile relates to a display structure in the museum.

15 September 2013


Jes is taking part in the forthcoming V&A Late on 27 September 2013:

Jes Fernie and Salome Schmuki
National Art Library, V&A
19:00 - 22:00
Jes Fernie’s research project tackles the subject of destruction through the human states of love, fear, boredom and glee. She has worked with graphic designer Salome Schmuki to produce a booklet detailing a selection of public art projects from over the past 100 years which involve an element of destruction that is fruitful, poignant, engaging or politically transformative.  Sit at the beautiful library desks, browse the publication and enjoy the accompanying video projections.

Here’s a pdf of the booklet

05 August 2013

History Rising, Marjolijn Dijkman

The History Rising website is now live:  http://www.historyrising.org

History Rising is a study of museum display in East Anglia by artist Marjolijn Dijkman and curator Jes Fernie. Viewers and participants are invited to reconsider their view of history by looking at the mechanisms museums put in place to create a sense of order and hierarchy within their collections. By distancing museum objects from their support structures History Rising forms a critique of the assumptions that are made about how things are positioned, who chooses to display them, and how the social, political and aesthetic choices that are made in the process dictate the language of display.

The project was launched at Norwich Castle Museum on 27 September 2013 and continues at various other venues in East Anglia until 02 February 2014.

09 May 2013

500,000 minutes event at Central Saint Martins

Jes chaired an event at Central Saint Martins last week (01 May) involving artists, Central Saint Martins creative producers, students, council staff and funders.  The conversation focused on A Million Minutes, a two year project run by AIR at CSM which looks at how local residents in Archway and Finsbury can engage with artists.  The programme is at its half way point and participants were asked to answer two questions:

What have we learned?
Where are we going?

29 March 2013

Hawkins Brown class outing

Jes organised a studio outing to the Light Show at the Hayward Gallery in March 2013.
Here we are in the Carlos Cruz-Diaz installation.

Jes is Associate Curator at Hawkins\Brown where she introduces new voices to the practice and encourages dialogue in the studio between architects and artists.  Jes also works on specific Hawkins\Brown schemes, drawing up art strategies, artists’ briefs, long-lists as well as managing commissioning processes. 

14 February 2013

Future Pefect: artists announced

Nils Norman, David Thorpe and Matt Stokes have been commissioned to draw up proposals for Future Perfect, a programme of public works for Hengrove in south Bristol, co-curated by Jes Fernie and Theresa Bergne.


16 November 2012

Archive of Ideas

Martino Gamper has completed his Archive of Ideas for Hengrove in south Bristol.  Part of the Future Perfect art commissioning programme that Jes and Theresa Bergne are developing for 2012 / 2013, this flexible display structure will tour Hengrove, a residential area of South Bristol, engaging people in a dialogue about the art commissioning programme, relaying information about other commissions, and displaying work by a group of local documenters.

Click here for more information.

24 September 2012

Interview with Carla Filipe, Guimaraes, 29 September 2012

Jes will be taking part in the Curator’s Lab programme in Guimaraes, Portugal - European Capital of Culture, on 29 September 2012 16h00 - 19h00.

This will be an in-conversation event with Porto based artist Carla Filipe and will include artists and curators Caroline Hancock, Pedro Barateiro, Judit Bodor and Von Calhau.

Click here for more information.

14 September 2012

Writtle Calling / 2EmmaToc - 15th September 2012


Saturday 15th September 2012, 7-10pm

Private View and Live Broadcasts from the Radio Stage

including performances by Jenny Haxell (of Writtle Singers), Heather Phillipson, Kevin Atherton, Edwin Burdis and Clout!
and readings/films by Marina Warner, Tom Woolner & Jonathan Griffin


Writtle College, Writtle, Nr. Chelmsford, CM1 3RR

A few places are left on the coach, leaving Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood at 5.30pm, returning from Writtle at 10.15pm
Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to reserve a place (£8 return)

Bring a bottle and warm clothes as the event is outside

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