Juliet Robson is an artist who has been utilising installation, sculpture, performance, film and video and sound art for 25 years. She works site specifically and in response to sites, context and environments embedding meaning in links between the two. She is passionate about engaging with people and users of those sites and spaces and creating dialogue, critical and otherwise between works, the spaces they inhabit and visitors.
An AHRC funded, two-year MFA at the University of Reading (2002-04) developed her practice and informed a period of practical and academic research between 2006-10 at Dartington College of Arts. This research intervened in historical narratives of site-related works in the 1960 and 1970s and questioned how visual arts practice is constrained by normative conceptions of human physical bodies – conceptions that are integral to the ways in which art is made, discussed, understood and assumed to be experienced. For year during this period Juliet was a resident artist at Phoenix Exeter and the exhibition Fieldworks was in many ways a culmination of this period of research.
Juliet’s BA degree was in contemporary art and 20th century music composition (1991-94). She was trained in classical voice by Dame Elisabeth Hawes, Trinity Music College London.
This informs her longstanding interest in sound, resonance and its relationship to the natural sciences.
Her own works include:
- hertz; Oxford IF Festival, Tramway Glasgow. (2018)
- What Are You looking At; To Perceive Is To Forget The Name Of The Thing You See (2014) Art of the Lived Experiment, DaDaFest, The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
- Failure is an Option (2011) Phoenix, Exeter
- Fieldworks (2009) Phoenix, Exeter
- Lines of Enquiry (2006) Nottdance Festival, Nottingham
- Architecture of Enquiry (2005) Local Operations, Serpentine Gallery, London
- Democratic Paths 2005, Access Denied, Serpentine Gallery, London
- Wire and Light, Madame Butterfly, Fixings, Echo Chambers (2005) Mile End Ecology Pavillion, London
Collaborations with Rachel Jacobs:
- Performing the Future (2017 -18) Ongoing.
- The Prediction Machine (2015)
- The international A Conversation Between Trees 2011 – 2012
In 2017 Juliet and Rachel were one of three invited applicants short listed for the Whale Artwork commissioned for Zone for the opening of the new exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London.
Collaborative and founder member of Arron Williamson’s artist collective 15mm Films:
- The Electricians (2010) 269 Gallery, London and Spike Island, Bristol
- The Way Out (2009) Beaconsfield Gallery, London
- The Staircase Miracles (2005) Serpentine Gallery, London; Fierce and IKON Gallery; and The Custard Factory Birmingham
Collaborative member of The Pacitti Company:
- Three Duets (2007) Spill Festival, London
- Ibetweentime (2004) Arnolfini, Bristol
- Evidence of Life After Death (1999) The Mac, Birmingham; Arnolfini, Bristol; The Purcell Rooms, South Bank London; The Drill Hall, London
- CURIO 2002 – 2013 The Arboretum Park, Nottingham.
Texts and works have been commissioned for and included in publications such as:
- Access All Areas 2012 published by Live Art Development Agency ISBN 978-0956134271
- Parallel Lines 2010 (Serpentine Gallery, London) http://www.parallellinesjournal.com
- Extravagant Bodies published by KONTEJNER Zagreb, Croatia 2007
- Explorations in Art and Technology 2002 published by Springer ISBN 978-1-4471-0197-0
- Degenerate Art Book 2001 published by Arnolfini IBSN 978-0907738671
- MiMOS MIND 2000 published by Mimos Berhand, Kuala Lumpa
As well as a number of ACE grants awards include:
- Unlimited touring grant 2018 co-commissioned with OCM, Oxford and We The Curious, Bristol.
- Unlimited Main Research and Development award 2017
- IMPACT Arts Council South West 2011
- Incubator residency award Phoenix Exeter 2008-09
- The Lisa Ullman Travel Scholarship to CRP Savar Bangladesh 2005
- The Ida Branson Memorial Bequest Exhibition 2004
- AHRB Award 2002-4
- Artsadmin one to one bursary 2002
- YOTA Lottery award 2001
She has advised for national arts organisations and her board memberships include:
- Dance4 Nottingham 2004-10
- Arts Council of England (East Midlands) 1996-99
- Steering Committee Disabled Artist Network South West 2009 – 11
She has lectured part-time at national universities including part-time on the MA course at Darlington College of Arts (2009-10) and has presented papers and spoken about her own work at conferences and events nationally and internationally, CRP Savar, Bangladesh; and The Women’s National ITC conference, Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia. Most recently at Be there at the start, The Attenborough Centre: https://weareunlimited.org.uk/be-there-at-the-start/ and When the Future Comes. Nottingham Contemporary: http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/when-future-comes a seminar and workshop day in culmination of Performing The Future to date.
Juliet has curated and facilitated a number of events including the acclaimed festival VITAL (see parallel lines journal above).
For a more extensive c.v. dating back to 1994 please contact Juliet.