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Ms Julia Crabtree

  • Departmental Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Curatorial Team, Reading International

Areas of interest

Julia Crabtree has research interests in:

  • Sculpture
  • Installation
  • Materiality
  • Ecologies
  • Collaboration
  • Failure
  • Chance
  • Mistakes/Glitches
  • Vulnerability

Postgraduate supervision

Julia Crabtree welcomes research proposals on part practice research projects in the areas of:

  • Discourses in sculpture
  • Vulnerability and precarity
  • Ecologies
  • Process as practice
  • Entanglement
  • Embodiment




Julia Crabtree works collaboratively with William Evans to produce expansive sculptural works developed through material research. Our work is process driven centring ‘not knowing’ and errors, to consider the potential of accidents, chance and failure.


Solo Exhibitions

2021 – Slip, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

2018 – Tracts, Fluent, Santander, Spain

2017 – Gullet, Cell Project Space, London

2014 – Antonio Bay, South London Gallery, London

2014 – Hyper Bole, Legion TV, London

2014 – Conversations #7, Millington/Marriott, London

2009 – Jetty, Double Feature, James Taylor Gallery, London


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 -21 – Towner International, Towner Gallery

2021 – Mine Searching Yours, Forma HQ, London

2019 – Rewind/Rewild, OmVed, London

2018 – Some people believe the Sun used to be yellow, Trafo Gallery, Budapest

2018 – Everything, Assembly Point, London

2018 – Becoming Plant, Tenderpixel, London

2018 – Legion TV, Wales

2017 – Maximum Overdrive, Focal Point Gallery, Southend

2016 – No Visible Horizon, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre, Canada

2016 – A Retreat In Time, Big Screen Southend, Focal Point Gallery, Southend

2016 - Uncommon Chemistry, Observer Building, Hastings

2016 – FOAM (touring), Bergen Kunsthall, Norway

2015 – Uncanny Valley, Wysing Arts Centre

2015 – How I live my life, MilMa, London

2015 – Back to the Things Themselves, Assembly Point, London

2015 – Business as Usual, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds

2015 – The Fifth Artist, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

2015 – FOAM, Grand Union, Birmingham

2013 – Slade MFA Degree Show, UCL, London

2013 – Habits, cleavages and fractures, Geological Collections, UCL Rock Museum, London

2013 – Big Dinner, Limbo, Margate

2012 – Slade Interim Show, UCL, London

2010 – Yes Way, Auto Italia South East, London

2010 – No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London

2008 – For My Part, James Taylor Gallery, Hackney, London

2008 – Epic, Auto Italia South East, London


Research, Grants, Awards and Residencies

2022 – Villa Lena, Tuscany, Italy

2021 - 22 – Flat-Time House Research Residency with Alice Hattrick

2021– Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, Research and Development

2019 – Oaxacan Ceramic Research Residency supported by DYCP, Arts Council England

2018 –Tracts, Research Retreat, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

2017-18 – Artists Resident at Somerset House Studios, London

2017-18 – Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, Glass and Botany Research

2016 – The Mary E. Hofstetter Legacy Scholarship for excellence in Visual Arts, Banff Centre

2014 – Wysing Arts Centre Future Residency

2014 – Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts – research project with Mechatronic Library

2013 – The Nina Steward Residency, South London Gallery

2012 – South Square Trust Grant


Selected Talks and Events

2022 – The Unusual Suspects conference, The Public Statues and Sculpture Association (upcoming)

2021 – Mine Searching Yours Podcast with Forma, London and Flat Time House, London

2018 – U (Uranium), Cell Project Space, London (with Rachel Pimm and James Pimm for The Periodic Tables), Cell Project Space

2017 – Maximum Overdrive Performance, Focal Point Gallery, Southend

2016 – Unturned London, online project

2016 - Scats and Tracks: Artist Talk, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre, Canada

2016 – Artist Presentation, New Materiality, The Banff Centre Lecture Rooms

2015 – The Future Study Day, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

2015 – O|An afternoon of talks and ideas around the spherical, the biological, the elemental, and the oxygenated, Hales Gallery, London

2015 – Closing Event for The Fifth Artist, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

2014 – In Conversation with Paul Clinton, South London Gallery

2014 – Shoreditch House Talk series with Pilvi Takala chaired by Louise O’Kelly and Fatos Ustek

2014 – WYSIWYG? panel discussion, South London Gallery, London

2014 – 6pm Your Local Time (6PM YLT), Furtherfield, London

2014 – Collaborative performance for Basement TV, Modern Art Oxford

2014 – 6pm Your Local Time (6PM YLT), Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge and Furtherfield, London

2014 – Marmalade Me, Screening at South London Gallery in collaboration with Anna Gritz

2014 – The Family Show presented by Kathy Noble, Reactor Halls, Nottingham 

2011 – Recessional Aesthetics, Symposium devised and hosted with n.o.where

2011 – Visiting Artist, Central Saint Martins, UAL

2010 – Artist-led Space workshop with Camberwell College students at James Taylor Gallery, London

2010 – Printing workshop, No Soul for Sale with Auto-Italia, Tate Modern

2010 – Towards a Zoology of Spaces, Auto Italia South East, London


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