Reading Room: Intersections between art & writing

Curated by Becky Huff Hunter

little berlin, 6-29 July, 2012

Artist Biographies

Gillian Allnutt was born in 1949 in London, but spent much of her childhood in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge and the University of Sussex. Since 1973 she has taught English and Creative Writing in London and Newcastle upon Tyne, and has also worked as a performer, publisher, journalist and freelance editor. She was a collective member of Sheba Feminist Publishers (1981-3), and from 1983 to 1988 was Poetry Editor at City Limits magazine.

Gillian Allnutt has published several major poetry collections: Spitting the Pips Out(1981); Beginning the Avocado (1987); Blackthorn (1994); Nantucket and the Angel(1997); Lintel (2001); Sojourner (2004); and How The Bicycle Shone: New and Selected Poems (2007). Nantucket and the Angel and Lintel were both shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. She is also the co-editor of The New British Poetry, 1968-1988 (1988) and is the author of Berthing: A Poetry Workbook (1991). A Royal Literary Fund Fellow from 2001-2003, in 2005, she won the Northern Rock Foundation Writer's Award. She lives in Co. Durham, UK.


Anthony Boswell was born in the Midlands, UK, in 1965 and spent most of his early years exploring drawing that often related to pattern and experiment. He has taught drawing courses, exhibited and sold works to corporate clients, and now focuses solely on his practice.

He works within a process where time is spent waiting, exploring the effect this has on is emotional relationship with time, how time effects life within his home and the intimacies experienced there. His work is a visual correlative of life, light and time. He aims to exercise control over time by staying within a loop, creating a place of repetition and melancholia; by what is missing, by what is longed for. Operating within a narrow margin where a great deal of time is spent, Boswell sees this as a process where it is possible to get to know the work, oneself and ones context.


Born in Richmond, Virginia, to a musical family, Emily Erb has been in Philadelphia since 2001. After finishing her undergraduate degree at Tyler School of Art in 2005, Erb spent three months in Madagascar where she studied the original technique of silk painting and batik with local craftsmen and women. The silk painting technique has held Erb’s artistic interest since then including through her recent graduate studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.  


Matt Kalasky is an artist and arts facilitator living in Philadelphia, USA.  He currently serves as the Director and Chief Editor of the online arts, culture and media publication: The Nicola Midnight St.Claire (  Examples of his art can be found at

Bethan Lewis graduated from the BA Fine Art (Painting) course at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, in 2007. After teaching English as a Foreign Language in Australia, and co-ordinating education projects for Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage, she taught Art and Design in the UK. She now works for Eastside Projects, an artist-run space in Birmingham, UK.

Bethan is interested in what it means to have an ethical artistic practice, and investigates this by combining avant-garde tropes in new situations.


Carol Mavor is Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester, England. Mavor is the author of four books: Reading Boyishly: Roland Barthes, J. M. Barrie, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Marcel Proust, and D. W. Winnicott (Duke UP, 2007), Becoming: The Photographs of Clementina, Viscountess, Hawarden (Duke UP, 1999) Pleasures Taken: Performances of Sexuality and Loss in Victorian Photographs (Duke UP, 1995) and Black and Blue: The Bruising Passion of Camera Lucida, La Jetée, Sans soleil and Hiroshima mon amour (Duke UP, September, 2012). Her essays have appeared in Cabinet Magazine, Art History, Photography and Culture, Photographies, as well as edited volumes, including Geoffrey Batchen’s Photography Degree Zero and Mary Sheriff’s Cultural Contact and the Making of European Art. "Full” (a short story) appeared in the UK visual and literary journal Short FICTION (2011).

Mavor’s writing has been widely reviewed in publications in the U.S. and U.K., including the Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Times, and The Village Voice. She has lectured broadly in the US and the UK, including The Photographers’ Gallery (London), University of Cambridge, Duke University and the Royal College of Art.  This September, at the Guggenheim Museum, Mavor will be lecturing on Jean-Pierre Gorin’s film Poto and Cabengo through the lens of the photographs of Rineke Dijkstra. For 2010-2011, Mavor was named the Northrop Frye Chair in Literary Theory at University of Toronto. Currently, Mavor is completing Blue Mythologies: A Study of the Hue of Blue (forthcoming from Reaktion in 2013).


Tamarin Norwood is an artist and writer. She has recently shown work at Tate Britain, Modern Art Oxford, Whitechapel Gallery, ICA and the London Word Festival. Published titles include ‘olololo’ (MAO & Book Works studio), ‘was’ (LemonMelon), ‘DO SOMETHING’ (ULS), and contributions to ‘Maintenant: the Camarade Project’ (Red Ceilings Press), ‘Roland’ (ICA) and ‘Timepieces’ (Art on the Underground). Tamarin studied linguistics at Oxford University, fine art at Central Saint Martins, art writing at Goldsmiths and is now beginning a doctorate in art theory and anthropology at Oxford University.