SLWA at Dulwich Library meet the Selection Panel

As the 4th exhibition of work by SLWA at Dulwich Library approaches we are pleased to announce our distinguished selection panel, Mella Shaw, Maria Chevska and Emily Druiff who will also curate the show.


Emily Druiff is the director of Peckham Space, an arts organisation that produces new artwork in response to and with the people who live in Peckham. It is a partnership between Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London and Southwark Council.

Emily has been the director since 2007 and before this she was an Independent Curator taking projects to the Prague Biennale, ARS Electronica, EAST 05, NODE London, and As Curator of Live Art Cafe Gallery Projects (2000-2003) she was responsible for a programme of events that took place in Southwark Park, London SE16 and in neighbouring Dilston Grove.

Emily completed her MA in Curating at Goldsmiths University in 2005.

 ‘As a curator I am concerned with artworks that develop new models of participation and public engagement as a motivating factor to their production.’ We are extremely pleased Emily has agreed to curate our exhibition as well as be on the selection panel.


Mella Shaw has been Head of Exhibitions at Dulwich Picture Gallery for two and a half years, and has worked in the Exhibitions Department at the gallery for a total of six years. Before Dulwich Mella worked in the Exhibitions Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum and prior to this was making documentary films having studied Anthropology at Durham University.

Throughout her career Mella has produced her own work in her South London studio, exhibiting paintings and ceramics as well as working to commission.

 Mella has previously been on the selection panel for the SLWA Dulwich Library shows and we are grateful for her continued support.


Maria Chevska is an artist who lives and works in London. She has been a visiting lecturer at Art Schools across the country and since 1991 she has held the post of Professor of Fine Art at The Ruskin School, University of Oxford.

Maria has exhibited her work widely both nationally and internationally in solo and group shows. Since 1990 her work has incorporated made and found objects into which she places fragments of text reflecting everyday existence.

 Maria completes the selection panel and we are pleased to welcome her to SLWA.

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