Julia Heslop is an artist, writer and researcher based at The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She has a BA in Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art and a Master of Fine Art from Newcastle University. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Human Geography at Durham University. She works interdisciplinarily across the boundaries of art and architecture and it often takes the form of large scale architectural installations, cross art-form performances and video.
The potentials for deep participation in the urban environment are at the centre of her practice and she often works in participatory ways with groups and communities. She often works in slow ways with groups over many months. Her most recent work aims to translate knowledge across borders, mobilising methods of participation in housing and planning from Albania to the UK to examine whether participation in the urban realm offers a progressive stance on the shaping of homes and the urban environment. Through a critical examination of self-build housing and upgrading processes in one informal community in Albania, she translated knowledge and practices from this neighbourhood to Newcastle and co-created a self-build housing prototype working with individuals in housing need.
Protohome, Newcastle upon Tyne
Idea Camp, The European Cultural Foundation, Sweden
'Urban Organisms' at The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sound piece: 'No Map, only Memory' broadcast on stress.fm as part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
Live performance of 'You Can Take It With You' at Newbridge Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne as part of Project Rhubarb's 'Border's Project'.
'You Can Take It With You' at the Everyword Festival of New Writing, Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool.
'You Can Take It With You' as part of the arts collective All Across The Telegraphs, commissioned and shown at Up the Wall festival of performing
arts, Chester. This was a multimedia piece consisting of an installation, music and spoken word.
May - August 2016
May - June 2015:
PhD in Human Geography, Durham University
Master of Fine Art, Newcastle University (Distinction)
BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting & Printmaking, Glasgow School of Art (2:1)
Pratt Institute, New York, USA
May - June 2015:
April - May 2014
August - September 2012:
August - September 2011:
February - May 2011:
February - April 2010:
August - September 2009:
2013 - 2017:
2010 - 2012:
2005 - 2009:
Lecturer, Architecture, Planning and Landscape Department, Newcastle University
Teaching undergraduate Human Geography, Durham University
Presenter, Urbanistas exhibition, Newcastle upon Tyne
Panelist, Durham Moot
Paper presentation at the Association of American Geographers, Chicago
Panelist, The Northern Conversation, Durham
Organised the conference Sustainability in the City of Flux at Newcastle University
Artist's talk and tutorial teaching on the Master Of Fine Art course, Newcastle University
Presentation at 'Creative Methodologies' symposium, Durham
Presentation at 'Connecting Principle' conference at Newcastle University.
Fine Art department, Newcastle University: Teaching Assistant on Painting module for second year BA undergraduate students.
Artists talk in the Fine Art department, Newcastle College
October 2013 - November 2016:
September 2010 - January 2012:
Interview with BBC Radio Newcastle
Interview with Tyne Tees News
Article in The Big Issue
Article in The Northern Correspondent
Interview for Cerrojo Urbano
'Predicaments: Unresolved and overlapping (a response)' in South Leeds Life
Interview in The Northern Correspondent, Issue 1
'Self-build in a time of austerity', article for The New Left Project.
'Social Spaces: Open for Business?', article for 'Convention, Habit or Custom' publication.
Interview for Peel Magazine
Centre for Social Justice and Community Action small grant award, Durham University
ESRC DTC Impact Award for Protohome
ESRC Impact Accelleration Account Award
Institute for Hazard, Risk and Resilience small grant, Durham University
NCL Plus Award, Newcastle University
Economic and Social Research Council funding for a PhD
Awarded the Bartlett Travel Bursary from Newcastle University for a research trip to Russia and Belarus
Awarded the Bartlett Travel Bursary from Newcastle University for a research trip to Albania.
Permanent artwork: 'Traversing the Round' commissioned by the Maison de la Culture, Amiens, France for the 'Art, Cities and Landscape' festival. See festival brochure here.