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 site responsively to context, history, environment and usage. She is passionate about creating ‘dialogues’ between place, artworks and people, embedding layered meaning in the work.
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.
Juliet’s BA degree was in contemporary art and 20th century music composition and performance. (1991-94) She was previously trained in classical voice by Dame Elisabeth Hawes, Trinity Music College London.
This informs her longstanding interest in sound and resonance and its relationship to the natural sciences.
Selected work includes:
- hertz; Oxford IF Festival, Tramway Glasgow. (2018) Ongoing, see blog for current tour dates.
- 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)
- A Conversation Between Trees (2011 – 2012)
Juliet and Rachel were recently one of three invited artists to be shortlisted for the new Zone 10 Whale Artwork commissioned for the new Exhibition opening at The Natural History Museum, London.
Collaborative and founding member of Arron Williamson’s 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: https://vimeo.com/66567570 Inbetweentime (2004) Arnolfini, Bristol
- Evidence of Life After Death (1999) The Mac, Birmingham; Arnolfini, Bristol; The Purcell Rooms, South Bank London; The Drill Hall, London: https://www.pacitticompany.com/evidence-of-life-after-death
- 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 commission 2018, co-commissioned by OCM and We The Curious.
- Unlimited Research and Development Award for hertz 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
- East Midlands Arts Board 1996-99
- Steering Committee Disabled Artist Network South West 2009 – 11
Juliet has curated festivals and events including co-curating the nationally acclaimed Vital with Kate Stoddart. (See Parallel Lines link above.)
She has lectured part-time at national universities including 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 Be there at the start The Attenborough Centre, Loughborough: https://weareunlimited.org.uk/be-there-at-the-start/ and When the Future Comes, Nottingham Contemporary: http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/when-future-comes.
For a full c.v. of work from 1994 please contact Juliet.