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, a Master of Fine Art from Newcastle University and a PhD in Human Geography at Durham University. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Architecture at Newcastle 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, slow ways with groups and communities. Her work is inherently urban focused and she is interested in the role of the artist as a critical spatial practitioner, who impacts upon the fabric of place, and in so doing uses the work to ask important questions regarding land and property ownership, housing precarity, urban planning and local democracy.




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


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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

September 2018 - February 2019


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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




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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


'Art, Cities and Landscape' publication


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

© 2018 by Julia Heslop

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


Second Prize for ReCall: Beyond Memorialisation project. See project here and here.


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.





























'Gathering' commissioned by the Hatton Gallery


'Protohome' commissioned by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art for 'Idea of North' exhibition.


'Traversing the Round' commissioned by the Maison de la Culture, Amiens, France for the 'Art, Cities and Landscape' festival. See festival brochure here.



September 2018

BALTIC Bothy Residency, Isle of Eigg, Scotland