Juliet Robson is an artist who has been utilising installation, sculpture, performance, film and video and sound art for 25 years. She works in response to sites and environments and is passionate about engaging with visitors and users of those sites and spaces.
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 and performance. She was trained in classical voice by Dame Elisabeth Hawes, Trinity Music College London, Juliet teaches singing one afternoon a week.
This informs her longstanding interest in sound and resonance and its relationship to the natural sciences.
Her own works include:
- 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
As collaborative and founding member of the 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
As 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 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
- East Midlands Arts Board 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 Dartington 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.
As well practicing art Juliet has advised on disability access to contemporary art galleries, museums and arts organisations.
More recently she has collaborated artistically with and in a related role advised on a creative approach to access for Rachel Jacobs and Active Ingredient on two environmentally engaged artworks – The international A Conversation Between Trees 2011 – 2012 (see web link) and The Prediction Machine 2015 (see web link).
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. In late 2017 she will be working with Rachel again as an artist collaborator and access advisor on a new research project and interactive artwork looking at the impact of water borne plastics on the River Thames, with researchers and artists and a marine biologist based at the University Arts London, University of Nottingham and Oxford University.