Julyan’s work is evidence of a compulsion to seek out material truth and uninhabited imaginative space. Turner Contemporary

Alex Julyan is a London based artist, curator, producer, and Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow. She works both independently and in partnership to deliver high quality public sector and independent projects, exhibitions and events. Her collaborations are informed by music, language, history, architecture and science.

Meticulously constructed from the overlooked, ephemeral and discarded stuff of our lives, her work is both meandering and cohesive, simultaneously formal and the result of chance and spontaneity. From drawing to film, object to installation and site to performance, Julyan re-shapes the everyday derailing the pre-ordained values and meanings of things by transforming them into artworks that unsettle or disarm.

education + training

1980-1984 Chelsea School of Art
2008 Punchdrunk . directing + site sympathetic production
2002 Theatre de Complicite @ Tate Modern . interpretation
2002 Arts Council . video projection
1999 Chisenhale Gallery . gallery education
1995 Whitechapel Gallery . gallery education


2019 Exeter University Creative Fellowship
2017 ArtQuest Horniman Museum Residency
2017 Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Grant
2014 Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellowship
1998 SPNM George Butterworth music award for innovative work

events + performance commissions

2019 Florida State University . Merce Cunningham Company . USA
new stage projection and graphic score for the world premier of
centennial celebrations for Merce Cunningham
2019 Museum of Fine Arts . Tallahassee . Florida . USA . Musicircus: Dinner for One
durational performance determined by chance
2016 The Francis Crick Institute . London . official opening ceremony
creative producer . whole building . live music event
In the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
2016 Centre Pompidou, Metz . Something about Nothing
durational live drawing determined by chance
2015 Wellcome Collection Gala . VIP re-opening
creative producer . whole building live music event
2015 Ulster Museum, Belfast . LaTe LaB
asssociate producer . whole building event
an encounter with the elements
Trinity Laban Conservatoire . London . Continuous Drawing
4 hour scroll drawing determined by chance
2012 English National Opera . London . John Cage centennial Musicircus
visual director and co-producer .
30 simultaneous performances on 4 floors of the London Coliseum
2011 Wellcome collection, London . get mOuthy!
curator . whole building spectacle
an interdisciplinary view of the mouth
2009 Wellcome Collection . London . Quacks & Cures
curator . whole building spectacle
exploring conventional and alternative treatments
2008 Duart Castle . Mull . Dartington International Summer School . Apparitions
PRS Foundation & Scottish Arts Council commission
night time promenade performance with over 100 performers
devised and produced with composed by Stephen Montague
co-producer . costumes + installations
2005 Sonic Arts Network . Beach Singularity by Trevor Wishart
art director . live realisation on Scarborough Beach
2004 Barbican Arts Centre, London . Musicircus . UnCaged Festival
visual director . collaborating artist . BBC Symphony Orchestra commission
live event with simultaneous performances over 3 floors of the Barbican Centre
2000 Year of the Artist commission . Bells of Remembrance
co-producer with Stephen Montague
performance commemorating soldiers of Ickleton, Cambridge . with veterans + musicians of the orchestra of St John's
1998 ISCM Festival commission . Manchester Town Hall . Corridors of Power
site specific multi-media event with composer Cameron Sinclair
Winner of the George Butterworth Award
1997 Barbican Centre . London . Musicircus . Inventing America Festival
visual director . collaborating artist . BBC Symphony Orchestra commission
live event with simultaneous performances over 3 floors of the Barbican Centre

site specific commissions

2017 Poplar Pavilion . London
5 month public design, construction and collaboration exploring wellbeing and the built environment
2011Musik im Park . Baden am Stein . Germany
outdoor installations for rural classical music festival
2010 Punchdrunk Theatre . The Memory Distillery
NPA Promotional event for Grey Goose . design + installation of a laboratory
2005 Spitalfields Development Trust . Unfastened Silence
Spitalfields Market, London . interim signage
2003 BBC Proms . Royal College of Art, London . Memory Spaces .
multi-media installation for John Adams British premier: On the Transmigration of Souls
commemorating the victims of 9/11
2002 Society for the Promotion of New Music SPNM . composition of impulses ii
The Wapping Project . London . sculpture and light installation
soundscape composed by Cameron Sinclair
2002Chelsea Physic Garden . Received Wisdom
interactive outdoor sculpture
1999 Helix Arts commission . Safe and Sound
St. Margaret’s Chapel . Sunderland . whole building transformation
collaboration with composer Cameron Sinclair
1999 Created Space . Support System
Whiteley's Shopping Centre . London . temporary installation

selected solo exhibitions

2017 Martyrs Gallery . Sussex . resident artist showcase
2003 Turner Contemporary . Margate . Arts Council of England . composition of impulses
2002 Shire Hall Gallery . Stafford . Made in England
1998 PriceWaterhouseCoopers . London . Ground Control
1996 Holland Park Orangery . London . The Museum of Nonsense

selected group exhibitions

2009 England & Co . London . Summer Show
Fermynwoods Contemporary Art . Northamptonshire . Flatpack Architecture
Leicester Artworks Collection . Held in the Hand
2007 Royal Academy, London . Summer Show
CGP Projects . London . Open
2005 Kaze Gallery . Tokyo . Here-Now
2003 London Artfair . represented by England & Co, London
2002 England & Co . London . new sculptures
Oxo Gallery . London . Two Schools of Thought
London Artfair . represented by England & Co, London
Contemporary Art Society . London . ArtFutures
2001 London Artfair . represented by England & Co
2000 Bluecoat Gallery . Liverpool . Ruskin Gallery . Sheffield . Cleveland Crafts Centre . Value Judgements
London Artfair . represented by England & Co, London
Contemporary Art Society . London . ArtFutures
1999 Royal Academy . London . Summer Show
Hidden Art . London
. Open
Contemporary Art Society . London . ArtFutures featured artist
1998 Whitechapel Gallery . London . Whitechapel Open
100 Park Lane . London . Art at 100
1997 Towner Gallery . Eastbourne . Open
1985 - 1995 Riverside Studios . Groucho Club . Royal Overseas League South London Gallery . London Contemporary Art Fair . Southern Arts Touring Exhibitions . Whitechapel Open . Cable & Wireless collection


2018Hand to Mouth . a trilogy . on vimeo
personal narratives of objects in 7 languages
2013 Kisser . animation . on vimeo
100 memories of a first kiss with music by Stephen Montague
2012 Clapping Twins . absurdist actions . on vimeo
chance and clapping games disrupt the day

2018 Chain Reaction . devised, commissioned and edited by Alex Julyan
essays and interviews about the built environment
2013 John Cage Was . by James Klosty
commissioned text
2013 Pamphlets . Artquest publication
Six arts professionals write anonymously on aspects of the artworld . introduction + edit by Alex Julyan
2009 Lost in Translation . by Alex Julyan & Bill Gilonis .
a project exploring perception, language and chance
other writing
2015 Wellcome Trust Researcher Spotlight Blog . commissioned article
Artist profile and researcher in focus
2010 + 2011 Southwark Council . Silver Views evaluation
Seniors Open exhibition . Lucy Wilson + Alex Julyan
2008 Tate Modern . Finding Louise . evaluation
Seniors project . Michèle Fuirer + Alex Julyan
2008 CGP London . FutureBluePerfect . evaluation
Exhibition project . Lucy Wilson + Alex Julyan
2007 The Natural House . Clay Build Architecture in practice . evaluation
Multi-site project by Ania Bas promoting clay build techniques
in conversation
2018 Wellcome Collection . London . conversations on collaboration
with choreographer Léa Tirabasso, neuropsychologist Sebastian Crutch and architect Yeoryia Manopoulou
2018 Horniman Museum residency . in conversation with Artquest . on soundcloud
2017 Countercurrents . in conversation with surgeon Professor Roger Kneebone . on iTunes
2011Artquest . Real World series . Professionalism in the arts
2010 Artquest . Self Assembly series . Rates of pay
2009 Yo Opera! conference . Utrecht, Holland . drawing as performance
2008 RESEO conference . Bregenz, Austria . Visual arts in opera education
2004 ENGAGE conference . London . An artist educator's perspective

2018 Wellcome Collection . public programmes
consultant curator for live programme . Living with Buildings
2016 Wellcome Trust . peer review
Public Engagement Application for Wellcome Trust Centres Application
2012 Wellcome Collection Youth . design consultation
Architectural consultation project for Wellcome and Wilkinson Eyre

2014Wellcome Trust Clover Project . project manager . digital games and science partnerships
2014 Wellcome Collection Raw Minds . Curious Journeys . young creators inaugural exhibition
2013 Higgins Art Gallery and Museum . Bedford . A Sense of Place . co-curator . community exhibition
2010 + 2011 CG Projects . Southwark . London . Silver Views . co-curator . senior artist's exhibition

public art

2002 - 2007 Trees for Cities . Altab Ali Park . Whitechapel . London
Barking + Dagenham Council . Old Dagenham Park . London
Islington Council . Highbury Corner . London

1984-1988 Thomas Tallis School, London
Greenwich Hospital, London
Southampton General Hospital
Isleworth Hospital


1987-99 Winchester School of Art . visiting lecturer BA . Fine art . Textile Design . Textile Art
guest teaching
Trinity Laban Conservatoire
Royal College of Art
Central St Martin's College of Art
Uttar Pradesh, India

gallery / museum learning + outreach

1997 - 2014 Autism London . Barbican Art Gallery . CGP. Chisenhale Gallery . Creative Partnerships . De La Warr Pavilion . ENGAGE Look Ahead Housing & Care . National Portrait Gallery . Serpentine Gallery . Science Museum . Southbank Centre . South London Gallery Turner Contemporary . Towner Gallery . Wellcome Collection . Whitechapel Gallery

core learning teams + development

2003-2012 British Library
schools . adult . exhibition programme
2004-2008 Tate Modern
Learning and Interpretation: schools & community Programme . development programme
1998-2007 V & A
schools pilot
RIBA pilot
families and young people programme

interdisciplinary projects

Royal Opera House
Orchestra of St. John’s
BBC Proms
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Glyndebourne Opera
Towner Gallery
Will Alsop Architects


set design
Paul Smith (1984-1987)
Frankfurt Music Messe
BBC2 TV Picture This
BBC1 TV Carluccio
PriceWaterhouse corporate film
Glyndebourne Youth Opera
Barbican Arts Centre
Dartington International Summer School


Telegraph Magazines
Radio Times
New Scientist
Discovery Channel
Royal Mail
British Diabetic Association
Holland Park Opera