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 quotidian things; derailing their pre-ordained values and meanings by transforming them into artworks that unsettle or disarm.

education + training awards

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


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

2016 The Francis Crick Institute . London
creative producer . whole building official opening ceremony and event
In the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
2016 Something about Nothing . Centre Pompidou, Metz
durational live drawing determined by chance
2015 Wellcome Collection Gala. Wellcome Trust commission
creative producer . whole building music event
heralding the VIP launch of Wellcome Collection
2015 LaTe LaB . Ulster Museum, Belfast
asssociate producer . whole building event
an encounter with the elements
Continuous Drawing . Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London
4 hour scroll drawing determined by chance
2012 Musicircus John Cage centenial . ENO, London
visual director and co-producer . 30 simultaneous performances
on 4 floors of the London Coiliseum
2011 get mOuthy! . Wellcome collection, London . Wellcome Trust commission
event curator . whole building spectacle
an interdisciplinary view of the mouth
2009 Quacks & Cures . Wellcome Collection, London . Wellcome Trust commission
event curator . whole building spectacle
exploring conventional and alternative treatments
2008 Apparitions produced & composed by Stephen Montague Mull, Scotland . Dartington, Devon. Dartington International Summer School, PRS Foundation & Scottish Arts Council commission
co-producer . costumes + installations .
2005 Beach Singularity by Trevor Wishart . Scarborough Beach . Sonic Arts Network commission
art director
2004 Musicircus, UnCaged Festival . Barbican Arts Centre, London .
visual director . collaborating artist . BBC Symphony Orchestra commission
2000 Bells of Remembrance Ickleton, Cambridge . Year of the Artist commission
co-producer with Stephen Montague
1998 Corridors of Power Manchester Town Hall . site specific multi-media event . ISCM Festival commission
co-producer with Cameron Sinclair
Winner of the George Butterworth Award
1997 Musicircus: Inventing America Festival . Barbican Centre . London .
visual director . collaborating artist . BBC Symphony Orchestra commission

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 The Memory Distillery . Punchdrunk Theatre commission
NPA Promotional event for Grey Goose
design + installation of a theatrical laboratory
2005 Unfastened Silence . Spitalfields Market, London . Spitalfields Development Trust commission
temporary signage .
2003 Memory Spaces . Royal College of Art, London . BBC Proms commission
multi-media installation

composition of impulses ii . the Wapping Project, London . SPNM commission
with sound by Cameron Sinclair

2002 Received Wisdom . Chelsea Physic Garden, London . Physic Garden commission
1999 Safe and Sound . St. Margaret’s Chapel, Sunderland, Helix Arts commission
with sound by composer Cameron Sinclair
1999 Support System . Whiteley's, London . Created Space commission
temporary installation

selected solo exhibitions

2017 Martyrs Gallery . Sussex
2003 composition of impulses . Turner Contemporary . Margate Arts Council of England commission
2002 Made in England . Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
1998 Ground Control . PriceWaterhouse, London
1996 The Museum of Nonsense . Holland Park, London

selected group exhibitions

2009 Summer Show . England & Co, London
Flatpack Architecture. Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Northamptonshire
Held in the Hand . Leicester Artworks Collection commission
2007 Summer Show . Royal Academy, London . selected artist
open . Café Gallery Projects London
2005 Here-Now . Kate Gallery, Tokyo . selected artist
2003 London Artfair . represented by England & Co, London
2002 new sculptures . England & Co, London
Two Schools of Thought . Oxo Gallery, London
London Artfair . represented by England & Co, London
Artfutures Contemporary Art Society . Bankside, London . selected artist
2001 London Artfair . represented by England & Co
2000 Value Judgements . Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool . Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield . Cleveland Crafts Centre
London Artfair . represented by England & Co, London
Artfutures Contemporary Art Society . Barbican, London
1999 Summer Show . Royal Academy, London . selected artist
Hidden Art . London
Artfutures Contemporary Art Society . Festival Hall, London . Featured artist
1998 Whitechapel Open . London
Art at 100 . Park Lane, London
1997 Open . Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
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

publications + film

2018 Chain Reaction . book compiled and edited by Alex Julyan
essays and interviews about the built environment
2018 Horniman Residency . in conversation with Artquest
2017 Countercurrents . in conversation with Professor Roger Kneebone
2013 John Cage Was . book by James Klosty
commissioned essay
2013 Kisser . animation with music by Stephen Montague
100 memories of a first kiss
2012 Clapping Twins . short film devised & produced by Alex Julyan
chance and clapping games
2009 Lost in Translation . book by Alex Julyan & Bill Gilonis .
a project exploring perception, language and chance


backdrop, costume & set design Paul Smith (1984-1987)
Frankfurt Music Messe
BBC2 TV Picture This
BBC1 TV Carluccio’s Southern Italian Feast .
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

community curating
project management

2015 LaTe LaB . external producer . whole building event . Ulster Museum
2014 Curious Journeys young creators inaugural exhibition . Wellcome Collection
2014 Clover Project . project manager . digital games and science partnerships . Wellcome Trust
2013 A Sense of Place . curator . collaborative exhibition . Higgins Art Gallery and Museum . Bedford
2010 + 2011 Silver Views . curator . open exhibition . CG Project Space . Southwark . London

public art

2002 - 2007 Altab Ali Park . Whitechapel, London
Old Dagenham Park, London
Highbury Corner, London

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


2011 Artquest . 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 . artist-educator's perspective

higher education

1987-99 Winchester School of Art
1994-95 N E London University
additional teachingTrinity Laban Conservatoire
Royal College of Art
Central St Martin's College of Art
Uttar Pradesh, India

gallery & museum education + projects

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 education teams + development

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

interdisciplinary education

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

writing + consultation + evaluation

2017 Countercurrents . Prof. Roger Kneebone's podcast series
Alex Julyan in conversation
2016 Wellcome Trust . peer review
Public Engagement Application for Wellcome Trust Centres Application

2015 Wellcome Trust Researcher Spotlight Blog . commissioned article
Artist profile and researcher in focus

2013 Pamphlets . Artquest publication
Six arts professionals write anonymously on aspects of the artworld . co-commissioned and edited by Alex Julyan

2012 Wellcome Collection Youth Programme design consultation
Architectural consultation project for Wellcome and Wilkinson Eyre

2010 - 2011 Southwark Council . Silver Views . evaluation
Seniors Open exhibition . Lucy Wilson + Alex Julyan

2008 Tate Modern . Finding Louise . evaluation
Seniors project . Michelle Fuirer + Alex Julyan

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