Approved: 16.02.2011

Julie McCalden

Artist, Event organiser, Writer, Lecturer / academic

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Approved: 16.02.2011

The systems and structures within which we live contribute to our construction of meaning, fundamentally shaping our thoughts and actions. But we are not merely subjected to these influences; we can also shape and influence them. Julie McCalden’s work brings these complex relationships to the fore, to challenge 'the way things are' and our modes of thinking and behaving.

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
  • Activities: Lecturing, Workshops, Events management, Project management, Studio practice
  • Categories: Project, Installation, Performance, Sculpture
 
 

Biography

The systems and structures within which we live contribute to our construction of meaning, fundamentally shaping our thoughts and actions. But we are not merely subjected to these influences; we can also shape and influence them. Julie McCalden’s work brings these complex relationships to the fore, to challenge 'the way things are' and our modes of thinking and behaving.

There are 2 strands to her practice. The first comprises performative actions that gently push against the boundaries of the socially acceptable to challenge learned, shared behaviour. Frequently taking the form of dares, these actions are undertaken with Girl Gang, an amorphous group of women that resists categorisation. The second strand is of site-specific sculpture and immersive spaces that use familiar materials, scale and intensive, unskilled labour processes to question dynamics of power.

McCalden is also a writer, online editor, project manager and mentor working freelance across a range of projects, including Visual Arts South West and a-n. She is also an associate lecturer at UWE.

CV & Education

Selected Exhibitions

06/07/14 – 17/09/14
Revolve:R
Choisi Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland, CH

02/05/14 – 05/05/14
Spike Open Studios
Spike Island, Bristol

13/06/13
Coroners Court, Public Entrance
The Coroners Court, Bristol

28/11/12 – 31/01/13
Canal & River Trust Exhibition
Canal & River Trust & Contemporary Art Society, Gloucester

16/02/12 – 19/02/12
gal.li.mau.fry
Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol

18/11/11 – 18/12/11
TO PAY RESPECT TO THE GENEROSITY OF THE THREE-MINUTE PUNK-ROCK SONG
Crate Studio and Project Space, Margate

05/11/11
FAZEBUK – asocialnetwork
Galerie Weltraum, Rumfordstr. 26, Munich

10/10/10 – 17/10/10
Smokescreen
Galerie Weltraum, Rumfordstr. 26, Munich

17/09/10 – 16/10/10
D.I.Y
Surface Arts, Warehouse, Water Lane, Exeter

02/07/10 – 25/07/10
From within the Bungalow
In a 1950’s bungalow, Pill

06/06 – 07/06     
Year of the Dog, Doggy Day
Ale and Porter Arts, Bradford-upon-Avon

06/06    
Chloe Brooks and Julie McCalden (Architecture Week)
Spike Island, Bristol

11/05
The Young Residentials II
LOT, Bristol

                               

Other/self-initiated Exhibitions

07/15 – 08/15
Forthcoming: Exhibition at The Museum of Bath at Work

07/06/13 – 14/16/13
MA Show
Bower Ashton Campus, UWE, Bristol

26/01/12 – 29/01/12
Here Comes Everybody       
Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol

14/10/11 – 16/10/11
BV Open Studios
BV Studios, Phillip Street, Bristol

25/08/11 -  29/08/11
Travel. Agency.
Madescapes, Waring House, Redcliffe Hill, Bristol

19/11/10 – 21/11/10
BV Open Studios
BV Studios, Phillip Street, Bristol

07/10/10 – 29/11/10
Punctuated Space
The Beachcroft Space, Bristol

               

Performance/Actions

11/10/14
Posing, Girl Gang Dare, various monuments, Bristol

30/08/14
Action #2: How to Ride an Escalator like a Rainbow, Girl Gang Chiang Mai

27/08/14
Action #1: Athletics, Girl Gang Chiang Mai

30/03/14
Liberté, Egalité, Sororité, Girl Gang, undisclosed location, Bristol

24/06/13
Disgust, Girl Gang, undisclosed location, Bristol

04/08/12
Changing Rooms, Departure Lounge dare, IKEA, Manchester

22/07/12
Business Lunch, Girl Gang Dare, Debenhams, Bristol

23/11/11
Shit Fuck, Girl Gang Performance, Ubersong, Chapter, Cardiff

                                               

Curatorial

01/06/12 – 03/06/12
Bread & Roses, Motorcade/FlashParade

07/10/10 – 29/11/10
Punctuated Space, The Beachcroft Space, Bristol

 

Projects

08/2014
Initiated Girl Gang Chiang Mai

02/2014 – Present
Revolve:R - hand-made limited edition bookworks and giclée prints

02/2014 – Present
Reading Group: Art & Politics, Bristol. Part of a-n Re:view bursary project

01/03/11 – Present
Member of Girl Gang

06/2012 – 12/2012
Reading Marx’s Capital, reading group and talks programme, Bristol

01/03/11 -  16/12/12
Director of Motorcade/FlashParade artspace, Bristol

03/08/12 – 04/08/12
Participant in Departure Lounge, Manchester

05/07/10 – 19/11/10
Publicity Committee, BV Open Studios, BV Studios, Bristol                               

 

Writing/Publications

21/10/14
ADUK Conference, highlighting the differnces between England and Wales, for a-n

02/10/14
Bristol Biennial: What now? What next?, for a-n

15/09/14
Bristol Biennial: Impressive, radical and artist-led, for a-n

14/07/14
Hauser and Wirth open new arts centre in Somerset, for a-n

04/2014
Review of Rodney Harris’ public art works for New Ceramics

01/2014
The South West Scene, text commissioned by axisweb

26/01/12
Shoulder to Shoulder, text in Here Comes Everybody publication,
Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol

10/05 – 05/07
Co-founder and editor of InPrint arts and culture magazine                                          

                                               

Residencies

04/08/14 – 02/09/14
Surface Arts + Rumpueng Collaborative Residency

19/12/11 – 26/01/12
Collaborative Mini Residency, Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol

23/08/10 – 17/09/10
Residency, Surface Arts, Exeter

06/05 – 11/05
Residency at LOT, Broadmead, Bristol

 

Funding/Awards

11/14
Shortlisted for Hardwick Gallery Exhibition

18/07/14
Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, residency & project with MOBAW

06/14
Shortlisted for Southwest Show Case

10/02/14
Spike Island Studios Project Fund

27/01/14
a-n’s Re:view Bursary for mentoring

9/10/13
Art Party Conference bursary, axisweb

13/9/13
engage bursary; engage international conference 2013

06/13
Shortlisted for Exeter Contemporary Open 2013

10/09/12
Bristol City Council's Creative Seed Fund

08/05/12
Turning Point South West Curatorial Bursary

15/04/12
The Collects’ Spoon Fed micro funding scheme

11/11
Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, for Motorcade/FlashParade

06/09/11
The Reid Trust, Grant for MA studies

01/10/11
The Sir Richard Stapely Trust, Grant for MA Studies

06/10/10
Spike Associates Project Fund Bursary, Spike Island, Bristol

05/09/10
The Reid Trust, Grant for MA studies

07/06
Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, InPrint 2nd issue

06/05
The John Hullah Award, 2005, UWE, Bristol

03/05
BIG 2005, solo show, UWE, Spike Island, Bristol

 

Panels

15/06/13
Selection panel for Unknown Quantity, a Looking Glass exhibition

13/06/12
Selection Panel for M/FP Summer Residency 2012

11/06/12
Selection Panel for TRACE, a Context Arts exhibition

11/03/12
Selection Panel for studio holders at BV Studios

 

Representation

01/09/14 - present
Co-chair for Spike Studios, Spike Island, Bristol

01/07/13 –31/08/14
Funding Representative for Spike Studios, Spike Island, Bristol

09/10 – 06/11
MA Fine Art Student Representative at UWE, Bristol

 

Employment

06/14 – present
Communications and Programmes Animateur
a-n, The Artists Information Company

09/13 – present
Associate Lecturer Visual Culture Level 3
Creative Industries, University of the West of England

11/12 – present 
Online Editor
Visual Arts South West

2011 – 2012
Junior Fellow for Postgraduate Studies
School of Creative Arts, University of the West of England

 

Qualifications

2010 – 2013
MA Fine Art
School of Creative Arts, University of the West of England

2002 – 2005
BA (Hons) Art and Visual Culture
Bristol School of Art Media and Design, University of the West of England