Brief CV

Education

Central St Martins School of Art and Design, 1991-92,

Postgraduate studies City of London Polytechnic, Sir John Cass School of Art,1986-91 Certificate & Diploma in Art and Design Studies

St Andrews University, 1973-77, M.A.Hons English Literature

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions & Projects

2015  Mr Taylor's Valentines (as curator), Valentines Mansion

2014  Dreambooks (performance work) for In Dreams, Cob Gallery

2013 Sir Thomas Browne and the Digestion of an Ostrich (performance work), Cob Gallery

2011 Forging Links, West Bromwich

2010 Gone Away, Valentines Mansion, Ilford (residency)

2009 Collecting Edmonton Green, Edmonton Green, London

2008 Births, Chimneys and Lightermen, Millennium Square, N Greenwich

2007 Words and Forgetting, King's Lynn Arts Centre

2004-5 Do Bees Like Van Gogh's Sunflowers? (with Lars Chittka)

2001 Lies and Belonging, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

2000 Walking on Eggshells, Yard Gallery, Nottingham In The Picture, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

1998 Worcester Collected, Worcester Art Gallery & Museum

1998 Mr & Mrs Walker have moved, Kettle?s Yard, Cambridge, with Anne Eggebert

1997 Artist in Residence, The Natural History Museum The Magpie Instinct, Booth Museum, Brighton

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015

Leaving Home, Contemporary Applied Arts

2013-4

Subversive Design, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

In Your Dreams, Cob Gallery, Camden 

2012

Art in Romney Marsh

Sex and Death, GutsforGarters, Soho

Unravelled, Nymans House, National Trust

2011

Anatomy, GutsforGarters, Camden

Shifting Boundaries, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

2007 In Their Own Words, Sheffield Hallam University

Medicine Now, Wellcome Collection

2006

EV+A Biennial, Limerick

Passionate Collectors: Public and Private , The New Art Gallery, Walsall

2005

Art Out of Place, Norwich Castle Museum (CAN05)

2003

Treat Yourself, Wellcome Trust/Science Museum

Sample, Embroiderers' Guild, Williamson Art Gallery, Dutch Textile Museum, Hall Place

2002

Welsh National Eisteddfod, St Davids, Pembroke

Hygiene, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Julian Walker & Suky Best, Unit 2 Gallery, London

Housework, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham

2001

Host, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

Up in Smoke, Nottingham Castle Museum

2000

ArtWorks, World Health Organisation, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Charite, Berlin, & Harfnurborg, Iceland

1999

New Contemporaries, Liverpool Biennial & Beaconsfield, London

1998

Souvenirs, Museum Street, London

1996

Evidence, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Touring Exhibition

1995

Quarrying, Towner Gallery & Museum, Eastbourne

Small Objects of Desire, City Gallery, Leicester

Identity, Towner Gallery & Museum, Eastbourne

1994

Eyes Abroad, Wellcome Foundation, London

Artists Stamps, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, New Hampshire, U.S.A.

Essex Open, The Minories, Colchester

 

Work in Public Collections

The Natural History Museum

London Metropolitan University

Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

The Wellcome Collection

The New Art Gallery Walsall

 

Awards & Grants

2002

Art & Work Awards, Joint First Prize, individual artist

Juliet Gomperts Trust, research grant

2000

Elephant Trust grant for Walking on Eggshells

1999

LabCulture bursary, SW Arts

1997

Elephant Trust grant for The Magpie Instinct

1991

First Prize, Owen Rowley Award

 

Catalogues

Nymans Unravelled   Various

Words and Forgetting  Julian Walker, Tim Martin

In Their Own Words     JD Clark

EVA Biennial 06     Katerina Gregos

Art out of Place     Nicholas Thornton

Treat Yourself     ed. Tim Boon & Ian Jones

Sample  Polly Leonard

Hygiene  Polly Gould

Housework  Deborah Dean

Host  CDROM catalogue, Mario Rossi & Judith Stewart

WHO ArtWorks  Sarah Elson & Christine Carpettano

Lies & Belonging     Jim Waters

New Contemporaries     Susan Hiller, Keith Tyson, Caroline Christov-Bulgarkiev

The Magpie Instinct     Paul Martin & Roger Cardinal

Quarrying     Kate Fowle

Eyes Abroad  Clare Oliver & Katherine Stout

 

Reviews & Essays

2013

Unravelled, Selvedge Magazine, Crafts Magazine 

2007

 Review: Words and Forgetting, Galleries Magazine

2006

Review: Encounters with Objects, Greek TV

2005

Reviews & interviews: Do Bees Like Van Gogh? Worldwide news media, Art Monthly, Science magazine Review: Art Out Of Place, Art Monthly

2003

Review: Treat Yourself, Guardian, Artists Newsletter, Metro, Lancet

2002

Review: Hygiene, Contemporary Visual Culture

2001

Art & Artifact, Thames & Hudson, James Putnam Previews & reviews:

World Health Organisation ArtWorks, Independent, London Evening Standard, Financial Times, Times, CNN, BBC, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

2000

Preview & review: Walking on Eggshells, Guardian & The Big Issue

Review: In The Picture: Contemporary Visual Art (Andrew Benjamin), Guardian, Birmingham Post

1999

Review: New Contemporaries, Art Monthly, Independent on Sunday, Time Out, Frieze

1998

MA thesis, Grant Scanlan: case study - artist as taxonomist

Stuki magazine, Poland: British artists working in institutions, Neil Cummings

Reviews: Mr & Mrs Walker have Moved, Museums Journal, BBC Radio Cambridge, Anglia TV

1997

PhD thesis, Paul Martin: case study - artist as self collector

 

Published works, lectures, conferences

2016 

Essay 'Who Owned War Slang' in 'The Information History of the First World War', ed. Laszlo Karvalics, publ. L'Harmattan, Paris, for UNESCO.

Paper for Pack up your Troubles: Popular Cultures in the First World War, conference, University of Kent

Essay 'First World War references in Ernest Weekley's Etymological Dictionary (1921)' for 'Languages and the First World War: Representation & Memory' Palgrave Macmillan

2015

Guest workshop leader, Magna Carta (National Archives)

Guest workshop leader, University of the Arts London (Books and the Human)

Guest lecture, The Last Tuesday Society, The Curious History of Cosmetics

Guest lecture, The East London Family History Society, The Language of the First World War

2014

Co-organised Languages & the First World War international conference, The British Library & the University of Antwerp

Guest lecture, South Woodford Memorial Hall annual lecture, The Language of the First World War (with peter Doyle)

Guest lecture, Southbank International School, The Language of the First World War

2013

Guest lecturer University of the Arts London - publishing Shakespeare

2012-2015

Guest blogs for the British Library, (Science, Medieval Manuscripts, Literature and Drama)

2011

Essay on the London Olympic Association Right for 'This is not a Gateway', ed. Hilary Powell

iPhone app tours for Rama: The Great Plague of London, Dickens's Underworld, Shakespeare's London

2010

'Blake's Jerusalem', for journal Common Ground

Presentations at New Ways of Curating conference, New Gallery, Walsall

2008

Panel discussion at Museums Association conference

Guest lecture, University of Leicester, Museum Studies Dept

2007

Lecture on Karsten Bott at Norwich Castle Museum & Gallery

2006

Seminar at Institute of Archaeology, UCL

Do Bees Like Van Gogh? (with Lars Chittka), Optics and Laser Technology Vol 38/4-6 2004

Workshops for Nature & Nation, South London Gallery, the British Library

Interactive guide for the British Library

Lecture for Transmission, Sheffield Hallam University

2003

Interactive guide for the British Library

'The Language of Encroachment', in 'Nature and Nation', Arts Council / Hastings Museum

2002

Presentation at 'The Best In Heritage', international conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia

'Acquisitions at the British Museum', in 'Consuming Ancient Egypt', Cavendish Press

1999

'An Outpouring of Material Objects', Kontura magazine, Zagreb

1998

'Grave-goods and Teddy Bear Thieves', Inventory magazine

1997 '

Acquisition, Envy and the Museum Visitor', in 'Experiencing Material Culture in the Western World', Ed. Susan Pearce, Leicester University Press

1996

Guest Lecturer, Leicester University and University of Kent 'The Real Thing', in 'Museological Review'

1995

'Artists in Museums', Paper at Museums Association Conference, Leicester University

 

Books published

The Nelson Practice Book of Phrasal Verbs (1981),Nelson

Discovering Words (2009), Shire Books

Discovering Words in the Kitchen (2010), Shire Books

Team Talk, sporting words and their origins (2011),Shire Books

Evolving English Explored (2010), The British Library

Trench Talk (2012, with Peter Doyle), The History Press

How to Cure the Plague, and other Remedies (2013), The British Library

The Finishing Touch: Cosmetics through the Ages (2014), The British Library

Languages and the First World War (2016), Palgrave Macmillan (ed., with Christophe Declercq)