Christopher D. Ansell is an independent curator, exhibitions producer at the National Memorial Arboretum and visiting tutor at Birmingham School of Art. 


He is interested in how narrative is produced and read within exhibitions, literature and theatre, with particularly focus on the position of figurative depictions within these narratives. 


In his work at the National Memorial Arboretum, this interest manifests itself in exhibitions that explore how conflict, memorialisation and remembrance inform our experience of being human and the human condition. 




Curated Exhibitions


Making Peace

Medals for the Future



Mighty Oaks, Coiled Clay


Wander Lost 

Recent archive

A time and a place

Somebody, Everybody, Nobody

Flags for the Fallen

See CV for more previous exhibitions. 





Recent archive

The Plays

Robert and Virginia


Fringe Arts Bath


GIFs, memes and emojis are the visual language of our digital presence. Moving freely across screens and platforms, they roam the internet, breaking our world down into yellow faces, cutting glances and purple vegetables.

Nothing is sacred and immune from the comic gaze of GIFs, memes and emojis as they reduce life to images for mass consumption.

Instantly recognisable and culturally specific, they come with their own index; languages with their own grammar and glossary. Through a syntax of image, icon and text, they mock the world with uncanny clarity.

.GIF will explore the fertile negotiations between contemporary art and the aesthetic of our online presence.

.GIF Launch Event: The exhibition will launch with a live night of performances in event of debaucherous post-internet paraphernalia.