Brief CV


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


Leaving Home, Contemporary Applied Arts


Subversive Design, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

In Your Dreams, Cob Gallery, Camden 


Art in Romney Marsh

Sex and Death, GutsforGarters, Soho

Unravelled, Nymans House, National Trust


Anatomy, GutsforGarters, Camden

Shifting Boundaries, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

2007 In Their Own Words, Sheffield Hallam University

Medicine Now, Wellcome Collection


EV+A Biennial, Limerick

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


Art Out of Place, Norwich Castle Museum (CAN05)


Treat Yourself, Wellcome Trust/Science Museum

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


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


Host, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

Up in Smoke, Nottingham Castle Museum


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


New Contemporaries, Liverpool Biennial & Beaconsfield, London


Souvenirs, Museum Street, London


Evidence, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Touring Exhibition


Quarrying, Towner Gallery & Museum, Eastbourne

Small Objects of Desire, City Gallery, Leicester

Identity, Towner Gallery & Museum, Eastbourne


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


Art & Work Awards, Joint First Prize, individual artist

Juliet Gomperts Trust, research grant


Elephant Trust grant for Walking on Eggshells


LabCulture bursary, SW Arts


Elephant Trust grant for The Magpie Instinct


First Prize, Owen Rowley Award



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


Unravelled, Selvedge Magazine, Crafts Magazine 


 Review: Words and Forgetting, Galleries Magazine


Review: Encounters with Objects, Greek TV


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


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


Review: Hygiene, Contemporary Visual Culture


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


Published works, lectures, conferences


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


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


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


Guest lecturer University of the Arts London - publishing Shakespeare


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


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


'Blake's Jerusalem', for journal Common Ground

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


Panel discussion at Museums Association conference

Guest lecture, University of Leicester, Museum Studies Dept


Lecture on Karsten Bott at Norwich Castle Museum & Gallery


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


Interactive guide for the British Library

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


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

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


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


'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


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


'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)