ABOUT

In 2013 Sophie graduated with a First Class Honours from Performance and Visual Art (Sound) BA from the University of Brighton. The same year she founded Kollektiv Gallery, an award winning initiative which uses crowdfunding to turn vacant properties into temporary public art space. Kollektiv grew into residencies, talks and workshops, international art festivals and an online archive of artist interviews. 


W O R K

2019
The Big Art Herstory Project
Producer

The Big Art Herstory Project runs educational tours across London’s museums and galleries, designed to offer anyone a compelling way to learn about the overlooked female narratives of Art History. In November 2019, our team hosted ‘FINDING ARTEMISIA / UN-Heroic Traditions’, an exhibition of new works created by Luisa-Maria MacCormack alongside two weeks of empowering events that explore the complex and layered history of our visual narratives of gender-based violence.

Luisa’s drawings were the culmination of six months of intense work in collaboration with six women, all of whom have had personal experiences with gender-based violence. Inspired by the powerful archetypes taken from the oeuvre of Artemisia Gentileschi, a C16th female artist whose long-awaited exhibition arrives at the National Gallery next year. The exhibition offered a direct challenge to the outdated tradition of the ‘silent muse’ through the visual and narrative empowerment of each sitter.

2013 - 2019
Kollektiv Gallery
Founder and Curator


Kollektiv Gallery produces residencies, festivals, exhibitions and symposia. Interested in the ethics of inhabiting space by reacting to the semiotics of the city; a car, empty butchery, office, warehouse or laptop become the backdrop for artists work. This work is done in tandem with creative play, survival and entrepreneurial drive.

Sophie runs workshops and give talks, publishes interviews, online publications, podcasts and manages artists too.
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2019
Foss Magazine
Magazine Editor


Foss is a self-initiated internet magazine which explores the interludes between art, fashion and sport. Sophie Giblin and Fabio Coverini and co-editors, avid cyclists, swimmers and football hooligans, they see vibrant playful and political art made within these intersections, which they started archiving into one Instagram account. Inspired by the 2019 Women’s World Cup, they attend London matches and sport exhibitions, joined a football reading book club and interview artists working in this sphere. Foss


2017-2019
Hayward Gallery, London
Tour Guide

Hayward Gallery is a world-renowned contemporary art gallery and a landmark of brutalist architecture at Southbank Centre in London. Sophie absorb and relays knowledge to the public about the current exhibiting artists, the cultural environment of each work and the curatorial direction for the exhibition and well as support other tour guides in training. Sophie has delivered hour long tours for Lee Bul: Crashing, Space Shifters and Kader Attia: Museum of Emotion and Bridget Riley. She guides private groups of architects, university students, Sotheby’s employees and any member of the public around the gallery.

2018
Letting Objects Speak, London
Producer


Kollektiv Gallery group show at SET Bermondsey, London
. Presenting a range of video, objects and performance-based works, the artists in this exhibition employ an excavation framework to trace a journey of interpretation around extinction, colonisation, power and agency.

Letting Objects Speak was organised over a six week period, resulting in a one day curatorial intervention workshop and exhibition and handout. 
 Letting Objects Speak

Letting Objects Speak



2017
Koko Black
Brand Strategist

Bryce Ford is the Creative Director of Koko Black, a contemporary chocolate company in Melbourne, Australia. Sophie was contracted to research and rewrite Koko Black’s new brand strategy. This included collecting data and refining research on competitors, finding a tone of voice to fit the new aesthetic direction and to present all the information in an easily digestible document for the board and investors.

2016 - 2017
Mark Tantrum Photography Ltd
Studio and Production Manager

Mark Tantrum is a commercial events photographer and documentary maker. During my final months in New Zealand I organised photo and video shoots, managed clientele bookings, recruited new staff and helped plan at the meetings. I produced and managed the development of Mark’s digital presence, which included rebranding, curatorial decisions, copywriting and SEO enhancements on his social media accounts, email and website.

2015 - 2016
Cyber Nectar
Festival Director and Producer


Cyber Nectar references warm, alive bodies interacting with cold, dry pieces of technology. Roy Ascott theorised the term ‘moist media’ as a way of describing, ‘where wet living biologies meet dry computational systems’. Cyber Nectar responds and critiques issues raised by both Roy Ascott and other early cyber feminists by examining the psychological and physical experience of proto-digital life.

Cyber Nectar was funded by Wellington City Council and New Zealand
 government. Cyber Nectar

2016
DARKMATTER
Producer and Project Manager

A Cyber Nectar event by Kollektiv Gallery at New Zealand Portrait Gallery
. “What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you? DARKMATTER’s Alok Vaid-Menon is trying to figure it out.”

In collaboration with Garage Project, Women’s Refuge New Zealand, Wellington Rape Crisis, InsideOUT, an incredible organisation who work to make Aotearoa a safe(r) place for young people of diverse genders and sexualities. Other supports and funders were JPEG2000, Creative New Zealand, Wellington City Council Public Art Grants and New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

DARKMATTER

DARKMATTER


2016
Indulge in my vanity
Producer and Project Manager

Curatorial intervention of ‘The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use’ with tryptic video work by Nathaniel Gordon-Stables, accompanied by writing by Laura Duffy and edited by Dilohana Lekamge. In the curatorial intervention of the group show Laura Duffy created space for an artist she feels deserves recognition, Nathaniel Gordon Stables. Nathaniel isn’t wāhine, he is tangata ira tane as well as takatāpui.

The idea of the curatorial intervention was to disrupt the notion of ‘women’, not only in the pre-existing exhibition, but to reconstruct the constraints that ‘women’ has as a category in order to be more inclusive and diverse. Cyber Nectar surrounds ideas of decolonisation: takatāpui in itself has an unfortunate history of being erased within the process of colonisation and the western documentation of Maori culture. This intervention attempts to respect takatāpui and allow them to gain more visibility.

2016
Parrhesia
Producer and Project Manager

A Cyber Nectar event by Kollektiv Gallery at Emporium Vintage, Wellington, New Zealand
. Text video installation, duration 5 minutes (continuous loop), Hana Pera Aoake and Jordana Bragg in collaboration with Sean Burn.

In rhetoric, parrhesia is a figure of speech described as: “to speak candidly or to ask forgiveness for so speaking”. In August 2016 Hana Pera Aoake and Jordana Bragg undertook a week long takeover of the Lokal stories Instagram and Twitter accounts. HPA wrote almost a thousand tweets. JB erased all of these by deleting approximately 150-200 a day. ‘Parrhesia’ is a selection of these tweets, which act as a series of poems or anxious truths around intimacy, grief, capitalism and how we mediate our ‘selves’, emotions and relationships through technology. Parrhesia is a animated text work designed by irl angel, Sean Burn.



2016
What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you
Producer and Project Manager

A Cyber Nectar event by Kollektiv Gallery at Fusion Surf Skate, Wellington, New Zealand
. Performative video installation, duration 3 min 33 sec (continuous loop), Jordana Bragg and Hana Pera Aoake, in collaboration with Laura Duffy.

This video work uses the ocean and water as a way to frame the anxiety and emotional labours of capitalism and digital life. Filmed and edited in collaboration with Laura Duffy this video work flickers between footage spliced together to mimic the multitude of tabs open online. Its rhythm is designed to reflect the exponential rate at which colonialism and neoliberalism is destroying the world, and the paradoxical way capitalism and imperialism has constructed our identities and affected the rate of our productivity.


2016
The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use
Producer and Project Manager

A Cyber Nectar event by Kollektiv Gallery at MEANWHILE GALLERY, Wellington, New Zealand
.

There is no one universalised experience of ‘otherness’, but how might these individual narratives we live come together to inform a complexity of concerns around the body and digital life? The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use (It is a relationship entered into) is an exhibition of work by national and international wāhine artists and writers. Each artist creates work that is embodied, marked by their experiences and offers ways of expressing empathy through self care, repetition, unlearning/learning and humour.



The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use

The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use


2015 - 2017
Femur Design
Digital Project Manager

Femur Design is a small team of developers who design and build musical instruments to help people learn how to play music. At Femur Design Sophie managed the coders and designers who built instant and intuitive musical experiences for the web, iOS and Android. For example Theremin is a touch playable synthesiser. Sophie worked on the timeline and managed the brand strategy, launch, press releases, videos and mail outs. Our most recent project involved two other senior developers to create Blokdust, a web app which allows users to build instruments and make self-playing sound environments.
Femur Design

Femur Design


2015
National Citizen Service
Mentor and Workshop Leader


Sophie’s work often revolves around community, in 2015 she worked with NCS to empower young people, guiding 16-19 year olds to volunteer at their local dementia homes to share their joint passion for art and music with the elderly people. Working with the NCS was an important chance to practice safeguarding and clear communication in challenging circumstances as well as find new ways to participate in youth lead curriculums.

2015
Kollektiv Gallery
Artist Manager

Double Gazing was one of the projects Sophie worked on with illustrator and Kollekitv Alumni, Amy Brown. Amy was already drawing fantastic portraits through windows for fun when the two started having regular consultancy chats. Together they decided to brand what Amy was doing as ‘Double Gazing’ and design a package to sell at events. Since then, Amy has drawn at Southbank Centre, magazine launches and gallery openings.
Double Gazing

2015
Summer Chicks
Producer and Event Coordinator

Summer Chicks was a month long festival of feminist makers, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, art directors who aim to strengthen the community through teaching workshops, giving talks and nurturing other’s in their growth.


2015
DAY6
Producer and Event Coordinator

DAY6 was a pop up gallery in an old wooden coffee shop, open for one week in Brighton

, spanning politics, gigs and talks, the week proved how to start where you are, use what you have and do what you can.

2014
Death By Gallery
Gallery Director, Producer, Artist Manager

Death by Gallery was opened with 10 Kollektiv artists at 16 Brighton Square, funded by Kickstarter, Santander and Brighton University, supported by Brighton Fringe and Open House Brighton

. After publicising, interviewing artists, together we completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, worked with We Are Pop Up Agency to find a vacant shop in Brighton and turn it into a pop up gallery for one month. Every artist taught a workshop and we also hosted guest speakers and musicians as well.

Death By Gallery


2014
The Butchery
Founder, Producer, Artist Manager

In 2013 Sophie founded Kollektiv Gallery after seeing more and more artists fall into unpaid work. Kollektiv started as school, building residencies for creatives to learn new skills, like launch a crowdfunding campaign, open a gallery, learn about contracts, manage an event, sell art and connect with the community.

Kollektiv then started producing art festivals, which started in Brighton and ended up in Wellington, New Zealand. The festivals were funded by the government and council and included, podcasts, documentaries, exhibitions and symposiums. Collaborating with a wide array of institutions, charities and community members, the festival format became one of my favourites.

Butchers

2014
Multiple venues
Fast Art Designer and Facilitator

Fast Art is a speedily paced, creative entrepreneurship workshop, where teams must start, finish and sell a project in under 2 hours. Fast Art lovingly forces us to trust our gut, let go of expectations and pay homage to the ingenious child inside each of ourselves. The workshop smashes up the usual agile-innovation techniques, allows us to act on raw instinctive decision making and physical creation, whilst reigniting a love for idea generation, team spirit and face-to-face selling.


PUBLISHING


Since 2014 I have published over 200 picture interviews on Kollekitv Gallery. I ask 10 questions and artists respond visually. This method of networking and publicity compliments my curatorial relationship with artists, a way for artists to develop their visual practice as well as have content to share online.

Here are a few examples.

Jordana Bragg, multi-disciplinary artists based in New Zealand, Concentrating on the metaphysics of love and loss, their practice discloses a characteristically dangerous personal and universal sense of vulnerability, informed by wider research around issues of identity and gender fluidity. Bragg is co-founder of the artist run initiatives Meanwhile (NZ) and Friends are Artists/Freunde sind Künstler (DE).


Jordana Bragg

Jordana Bragg, “What do you fight for?” 2016 interview, Kollektiv

Alicia King is an interdisciplinary artist from Melbourne Australia, her practice explores contemporary and cultural relationships with technology. She responds to today’s global engagement with technology that eternally places humans on the brink of the future. King examines tools of biological technologies to understand perspectives of the human body as a conceptually loaded, complex and raw material.
Jordana Bragg

Alicia King, “Is objectivity a myth?” 2017 interview, Kollektiv

WORKSHOP AND TALKS

“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

I’m honoured to have spoken at universities, galleries and businesses telling Kollektiv Gallery’s start up story, suggesting tried and tested ways to support artists and sharing my business model, so other’s can use it too.



2018


Letting Objects Speak, Curatorial Intervention, SET Bermondsey London

Bodies of Knowledge, Laura Durward, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL


, London

2017

Well Known, workshop, Brighton & Hove Council Strategy Day

2016

Fast Art, talk & workshop, Toi Poneke Art Centre, Wellington City Council

Fast Art, talk & workshop, Toi Poneke Art Centre, Wellington City Council

Where To Begin, talk & workshop, Enjoy Gallery
, Wellington, New Zealand
Artist-run and Barely Running, Panel Discussion with Melanie Oliver, Sophie Giblin, Jay Hutchinson and Sonya Lacey on
, Wellington, New Zealand
Regret Nothing, talk and workshops, Shift, Wellington Youth Club, New Zealand



2016

End of Year Key Note Speaker, St Josephs’ School, Reading
Fast Art, talk & workshops, Brighton Museum, Brighton Digital Festival
 Fast Art, talk & workshop, White Night, Reading

Fast Art, workshop, ONCA Gallery, Brighton

Enterprise Delivery, talk & workshop, Slough Fast Art, workshop, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne

Entrepreneurial Spark, Key Note Speaker, University of Brighton
Deep Pockets and Long Lists, talk, Kollektiv
 Gallery, Brighton
Side Hustles, talk, University of Brighton
Fast Art, workshop, Lighthouse Arts, Brighton

2015

How To: Pop-Up Spaces & Crowdfunding, talk and workshop, Old School House, Bournemouth

Fast Art, workshop, University of Brighton
Series of talks and workshops over one year, Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, Art at Work, Brighton

Side Hustle, talk, Global Entrepreneur Week, Westminster Business school, London
Guest speaker, Entrepreneur for Creatives Short Course, Central St Martins

, London

2014

Taking the First Risk, talk, University of Brighton
Grassroots Fever, talk & workshop, University of Ipswich

Turn Nothing Into Something, talk & workshop, Sittingbourne Council

Somewhereto, panel discussion with Andrew Sleigh, Paul Corcoran, Seb Lee-Delisle, Sophie Giblin and Al Hodgson, Brighton Dome

We Are Pop Up, talk
, Brighton
Guest speaker, Suffolk School

Post Graduation, talk, University of Brighton
How To Set Up a Gallery, talk, Kollektiv Gallery, Brighton

Pecha Kucha, talk, Brighton

BIG, Talk, Brighton

Fast Art Workshop, Black Cat Press, Brighton
How To: Make a Living as an Artist, talk, Southampton University
Use What You Have, talk, Fusebox Business School, Brighton



2013
Career talk, talk, Etsy, Brighton

Fast Art, workshop, Fusebox Business School, Brighton

Artist workshop, The Wild School
, Brighton

PRODUCED EXHIBITIONS


Letting Objects Speak (2018) SET Bermondsey London, UK
DARKMATTER (2016) New Zealand Portrait Gallery
strictly 4 grinding (2016) Memphis Belle, Wellington, NZ
Parrhesia (2016) Emporium Vintage, Wellington, NZ
What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you (2016) Fusion Surf Skate, NZ
Indulge in my vanity (2016) MEANWHILE, Wellington, NZ
The Gaze is Not Something You Have or Use (2016) MEANWHILE, Wellington, NZ
Cyber Nectar (2016) Wellington, NZ
Summer Chicks (2015) Hen, Brighton, UK
DAY6 (2015) Front Room, Brighton, UK
Kristmas Lick (2014) Lick Warehouse Brighton, UK
K <3 W (2014) New England House, Brighton
, UK
Death By Gallery, (2014
) Brighton, UK
Going Solo (2014) Taylor St Baristas, Brighton, UK
Boon Issue 4 (2014
) Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
The Butchery (2013) Brighton, UK

AWARDS


2016 Theremin received an honourable mention from Awwwards

2016 BlokDust won FWA’s site of the day



2014 I was titled Most Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the South East, England and became a National Finalist. This was awarded by Google and VInspired, London. The UK’s Green Party Leader, Caroline Lucas nominated me for this award and also became Kollektiv Gallery’s supportive patron.


TRAINING

2018
Trans and Diversity Awareness - Hayward Gallery

Certified ScrumMaster Training - Adventures with Scrum, Scrum Alliance
Public Speaking - TheatreWorks, National Theatre
Diversity and Communication - Hayward Gallery

First Aid Training - Cycling Grants London
Safeguarding - National Citizen Service


EDUCATION

2016

Digital Photography - Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, London

2015

Platforms Residency - Lighthouse Arts, Brighton

The FuseBox - Wired Sussex Business Residency, Brighton


Entrepreneurship for Creatives - Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design, London



2014

Entrepreneurship for Creatives - Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design, London

2010 - 2013

Performance and Visual Art (Music) - 1st Class Honours Degree
, University of Brighton 


2008 - 2010

Fabric Design, Distinction
 - Reading College School of Art

Fashion Design - Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, London

2007
Art Foundation, Merit
 - Reading College School of Art, Reading