Jules Allen is an artist working primarily with the book form. She explores the possibilities and significance of the hand crafted object within a contemporary fine art context.. She combines the traditional skills of bookbinding and printing to create contemporary artists' books and book ‘objects’ through engaging with places of interest and documented histories.
Recent work explores the re-ordering of the book form on to a flat plane, using binding techniques and the content of old and irretrievably damaged books to create alternative narratives and poetry.
Jules is the Founding Director of Norfolk’s only dedicated artists book fair 'turn the pageABF’, which is held annually at The Forum, Norwich.
She lives and works from her studio in rural north Norfolk.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2006 - MA Fine Art, Norwich School of Art and Design
2004 - BA (Hons) Fine Art - First, Norwich School of Art and Design
2000 - BTEC Diploma (Distinction), Havering College of Art
2012 - Turn the Page artists book fair 2012, The Forum, Norwich City Centre, Norfolk 2011 - Flying Colours;Fascinating Forms, Assembly House, Norwich, Norfolk 2010 - Elements; Man and the Environment, Forum, Norwich 2010 - Print Show, Bankside Gallery, London 2010 - Pushing Print, Pie Factory, Margate, Kent 2009 - Age and Memory, Riverside Gallery, Richmond 2009 - Salt of the Earth, Salthouse, Norfolk 2008 - Norwich Print Fair, St Margaret's Church Gallery, Norwich 2008 - Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, Plymouth 2008 - Salthouse, Seahouse, Spirithouse, Salthouse Church, Norfolk 2007 - Norwich Print Fair, St Margaret's Church Gallery, Norwich 2007 - Summer Show, Grafikens Hus, Sweden 2006 - Bishops Art Prize (First Prize), Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk 2006 - MA Final Show, Norwich School of Art and Design 2006 - The Art and Science of Food Decay, John Innes Research Centre 2005 - Down to Earth, St Nicholas Church, Salthouse, Norfolk 2005 - Norwich Fringe Festival, BBC Radio Norwich 2005 - Platform 5, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery 2005 - Synthesis, Hobart Gallery, Blickling Hall, Norfolk 2004 - BA Final Show 'Fresh Cream', Norwich School of Art and Design 2004 - Norwich Fringe Festival, Bally Shoe Factory, Norwich 2004 - Talk, Burt Gallery, London
2010 - Escalator Retreat, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge
2006 - Artist in residence, Grafikens Hus, Mariefred, Sweden
2011 - Picturing Science - triptych, Bayer Crop Science, Norwich
Competitions, prizes and awards
2006 - The Bishops Art Prize
2005 - Targetfollow Installation Prize
2004 - Limberhurst Press Award