In Conversation...
Tuesday 5 April 6pm - 7pm
Challenging Gender Representation within Collections

We are delighted to be hosting this 'In Conversation' event.  The discussion will be led by Laura Smith, Curator at Whitechapel in conversation with Marcelle Joseph, Independent Collector and Curator, Ilaria Puri Purini, Curator of Programmes at Contemporary Art Society and Ann Jones, Curator at Arts Council Collection.

FREE admission with a glass of fizz.  Book your free place now!


Marcelle Joseph
Marcelle Joseph is an American independent curator and collector based in London. In 2011, Joseph founded Marcelle Joseph Projects, a nomadic curatorial platform that has produced 40 exhibitions in the UK and the rest of Europe, featuring the work of over 200 international artists. Joseph's expertise is in early career female-identifying and non-binary artists based in the UK. She has an academic specialization in feminist art practice after completing an MA in Art History with Distinction from Birkbeck, University of London. Joseph is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mimosa House, London, and the Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Matt’s Gallery, London.

Ilaria Puri Purini
Ilaria Puri Purini is an art historian and curator, working for the Contemporary Art Society in London. She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Humanities from the London Consortium where she analysed the relation between visual arts and dance in the Weimar Republic. She was previously a researcher at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Ann Jones
Ann Jones is a curator at the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre where she has curated numerous touring exhibitions and worked in partnership with museums and galleries across the country. She previously worked at Hayward Touring and Tate and has also worked on freelance projects with galleries in Wales. She is a member of the Advisory Panel for National Museum Wales. She lived in Cambridge in the early 1990s and was instrumental in establishing the New Hall collection of women’s art.
Laura Smith
The discussion will be led by Laura Smith, Curator of Whitechapel Gallery. Prior to the Whitechapel Gallery, Laura was Curator at Tate St Ives where she was responsible for a series of international historic and contemporary projects by artists including Rebecca Warren, Jessica Warboys, Linder, Marlow Moss, Bridget Riley and Lucy Stein among others. In 2018 she curated Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings which brought together over 80 artists, including Laura Knight, Gwen John, Vanessa Bell, Winifred Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Claude Cahun and Dora Carrington and toured across the UK.