Siobhan Wall has worked as a senior lecturer, an independent writer, curator, and artist. Her writing on photography has appeared in Eyemazing magazine and she has written seven books about tranquil places in busy cities, including Quiet New York, Quiet Paris and Quiet London. She has BA degrees from Cambridge University (English Literature) and Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design (Fine Art and Critical Studies). Siobhan obtained her MA (Distinction) in Visual Culture at Middlesex University and she has a PGCE in Secondary Education from the Institute of Education, London.
For over a decade she was a senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University, teaching video documentary, cultural studies and photography. She also taught Fine Art in Oxford and on the MA in Museums and Contemporary Curating at the University of the Creative Arts, Epsom.
She has curated exhibitions of work by Iranian artist Shadi Ghadirian, as well as Capturing Paradise: Western and Non-Western Art Influenced by Islamic Culture. Her drawings were included in a joint show with Dame Paula Rego titled Precious in Cambridge a few years ago, a fund-raising exhibition for Womankind Worldwide. As the artist in residence with The Clean Clothes Campaign, she produced The Clothes She Wears; a collection of clothes worn by women working in the garment industry, which travelled to Paris, Worthing, Ghent and Utrecht and the Royal Geographical Society and Fashion and Textile Museum,, London Informed by debates on the globalisation of the garment industry, this art installation revealed concerns about women’s pay, hours and working conditions. Siobhan is not only concerned with discriminatory practices at work, however. She also raises awareness of the particular pressures on women to conform to idealised perceptions of female beauty. Inspired by the writings of Julia Kristeva, she makes drawings which reveal the hidden narratives about the representation of imperfect bodies, illness and desire.
She has recently curated Drawing Work, an eclectic, international exhibition of 17 artists from India, Indonesia, The Netherlands, The Czech Republic, Turkey etc. about the experience of work. This will be shown at CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam and is due to open on 25th February 2016.
Siobhan lives in The Netherlands and has a studio with Stichting Ateliers Zuidoost. She is currently making a book of drawings titled Insomnia for an artist’s book about for the Small Press Book Fair (Beurs van Kleine Uitgevers) in Paradiso, on December 13th 2015. She is also working on a series of drawings about female sexuality for a solo exhibition in Amsterdam in March 2016.