Curated projects

Are We All Addicts Now?
Furtherfield, London, UK
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Are We All Addicts Now? is an artist-led enquiry into how the conditions of the digital are not just shaped by us but also shaping us. McLuhan’s maxim is that every new technology creates a new human environment. Emergent pathologies such as internet addiction and digital dementia are symptomatic of this new environment. The project was initiated by artist Katriona Beales, in partnership with curators Fiona MacDonald and Vanessa Bartlett, with principal collaborator Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, one of the UK’s leading experts in online behaviour addiction and a clinical psychiatrist and neuroscientist. The project builds on Katriona Beales’ video installation, ‘White Matter’ (2015), which responded to internet addiction, and was commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).

‘Are we all addicts now?’ is supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Photo: Work in progress material collected by Katriona Beales: Participants in Hong Kong dressed up to represent Foxconn workers take part in a protest against the Taiwanese technology giant on May 7, 2011.


Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age
UNSW Galleries, Sydney, AUS
20 September – 22 November 2017
Part of the ongoing curatorial research of Vanessa Bartlett in collaboration with FACT and UNSW Art & Design


This is the second iteration of an exhibition originally presented at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). Working with high profile international and Australian artists, it will update the themes and content to respond to the Australian context.

Photo: Labyrinth Psychotica wearable, Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a)


Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, UK
5th March – 17 May 2015
Curated by Vanessa Bartlett and Mike Stubbs

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Group Therapy invites audiences to reconsider their perceptions of mental health by asking how far our personal wellbeing is related to the values of the society we live in. In the 21st century where many of our daily activities are mediated by digital devices, it focuses particularly on the impact of new technologies on our sense of self and our collective wellbeing.

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Katriona Beales
Dora García
George Khut
Melanie Manchot
Lauren Moffatt
Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a)
Kate Owens and Neeta Madahar
Members of Freehand (FACT’s young people’s programme) and Erica Scourti Superflex
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Quintan Ana Wikswo

Photo: Stephen King

Red Wire Gallery
15th- 21st November 2008
Curated by Vanessa Bartlett


Slowness was an exhibition that presented six young international artists working with video and performance. Often collaborating with musicians, writers and other none art counterparts, the artists converged on Red Wire Gallery, with the joint intention of subverting and reinterpreting our conventional perceptions of time based artworks.

Laura Cooper
Giles Bailey and Jens Strandberg
Birgit Deubner
Rhian Russell in collaboration with Nick Wright
Hanna Tuulikki in Collaboration with James Lee- Glasgow
Kai-Oi Jay Yung in collaboration with Neil Campbell and Mark Pilkington

Photo: Alex Wolkowicz

The Liar, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Bridewell Gallery
7 – 27 June 2008
Curated by Vanessa Bartlett


The Liar, the Witch and the Wardrobe drew together five artists whose work deals with narrative, illusion and the built environment.

Spanning the Bridewell’s gallery space and prison cell corridor, the works were enriched by their context, serving as spectres of imagined histories and drawing on the human inclination to experience buildings as vessels for the psychological topography of our own pasts.

Joe Bampton
Birgit Deubner
Nicola Fitzsimmons
Jim Loftus
Rhian Russell
Emily Speed

Photo: Birgit Deubner

Kensington Cradle Songs
An Exhibition by Hanna Tuulikki
The Bridewell Gallery
1st-22nd November 2007


In her Exhibition Kensington Cradle Songs, Glasgow based artist Hanna Tuulikki used sound installation and drawing to explore the role of song in contemporary human relationships.

Kensington is an area in North Liverpool that is home to a diverse range of cultural communities. During October Hanna asked residents from in and around Kensington to share with her  ‘cradle songs’ which they may have sung to their children or that they remember from their own childhood. These songs were recorded and developed into an exhibition that took place at The Bridewell Studios Gallery.

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