Sheila McGregor
Sheila McGregor is responsible for the overall strategic and artistic direction of Axisweb. Their aim is to offer artists a versatile and influential digital platform for promoting their practice and to make sure that their work is seen by the widest possible audience, both within the UK and internationally.

Sheila joined Axis in 2009, following several years of freelance work in the visual arts for organisations such as the Contemporary Art Society, Tate and engage (the National Association for Gallery Education).

Before that she worked as a curator and senior manager in local authority galleries, most recently as a leading member of the team that developed The New Art Gallery Walsall. Her experience also includes university teaching in Birmingham and Nottingham, art historical research and writing.

Sheila studied History and French as an undergraduate and did a post-graduate degree in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, followed by a Museum Studies qualification from the University of Manchester.

Outside her work at Axis, she has been the Chair of Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum and served on the Board of Yorkshire ArtSpace Society. She is also a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

Entries by Sheila McGregor

The Best MA Talent in One Place

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2014 | (12:51)

For many people these days a 'masters' is the automatic next step after a three-year undergraduate degree. It deepens the knowledge gained during a first course of study and, in theory, sets you up with everything you need to know for working life after higher education.

In fine art...

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A Beginners Guide to Collecting Contemporary Art

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2014 | (13:10)

Mella Shaw, Saudades - Tumbling Form, 2013. Body stained porcelain. 450cm x 39cm x 46cm. Credit: Sylvain Deleu
There comes a stage in life when clip frames and old art posters just don't cut it anymore. You yearn for something different...

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Art Party Conference and the Case for Arts Education

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2013 | (13:10)

Ahead of the Art Party Conference, Sheila McGregor ponders the legacy of Sir Alec Clegg - post-war pioneer of arts education.

I recently embarked on a good spring-clean of my files and book shelves at home. My main...

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Education Changes Threaten Next Generation of Artists

(3) Comments | Posted 6 December 2012 | (23:00)

"Funders think that artists are just like weeds", an artist once complained to me. "They'll grow anyway, no matter what you do."

2012-12-06-huffpostimage.jpg (c) Sophio Medoidze, This video is about children and language, 2009.

Whether or not the criticism was fair,...

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Axisweb is 21: Need for Patronage in Contemporary Art as Relevant as Ever in Digital Age

(0) Comments | Posted 16 November 2012 | (13:32)

Cast your mind back to 1991, when Axis began. John Major was Prime Minister, Whitney Houston and Bryan Adams topped the charts and people working in the visual arts 'organised' exhibitions; they certainly didn't 'curate' them.

Communication was a clunky business by today's standards; fax machines were...

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