Juliet Chenery-Robson is a visual artist and academic researcher with a strong interest in exploring the terrain that juxtaposes the visual arts and medical science. In 2015 she completed an AHRC funded, practice-led Photography PhD that focused on the visual representation of the invisible illness ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). Adopting a participatory action research methodology, Juliet worked with ME sufferers to create visual and textual portrayals of sufferers’ illness experience. Since completing her PhD she has secured research and development funding, via EngageFMS (Patient & Public Engagement & Involvement), to explore the visualisation of chronic illness as part of an arts and medical science collaboration with Newcastle University’s Medical and Creative Arts departments. She is also honorary treasurer for the Royal Photographic Society’s Medical Imaging Group and a trustee for the charity ME North East.
CV & Education
AHRC PhD Photography (Practice-based): Portrait of an Invisible Illness: The Visualisation of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis through Photography and Text with Participation from ME Sufferers, University of Sunderland
MA Photography (Distinction), University of Sunderland
National Council for the Training of Journalists Press Photography Proficiency Certificate – Pass with Distinction (Richmond College, Sheffield)
Certificate in Art & Design Foundation Studies (University of Sunderland)
Funding and Academic Awards
Engage FMS research grant, Newcastle University
Futures Award, University of Sunderland (to deliver presentation at Royal College of Art Research Conference, London
Arts & Humanities Research Council grant: Photography PhD
Arts Council England grant (development of work & exhibition at Durham Art Gallery)
Nov. 2016: Portrait of an Invisible Illness, Royal Photographic Society HQ, Bath.
2012 - 2014: UK empty office touring exhibitions: Unpredictable Patterns, A Diagnosis of Exclusion, and Portrait of an Invisible Illness. Funded by Life with Art.
2010 - A Diagnosis of Exclusion, Durham Museum and Art Gallery
2010 - A Diagnosis of Exclusion, Medical School, University of Newcastle
2011 - Kingdoms of the Sick, Fatigue Symposium, Medical School, University of Newcastle
2014 - Portrait of a Postmodern Illness, Singapore International Photography Festival 2014, National Museum of Singapore
2014 - Frames 2014, group digital slideshow, various venues, Glasgow Art Festival
2013 - Portrait of a Postmodern Illness, The Social Festival of Photography, façade of Old Fire Station, Sunderland
2013 - Revealing the Invisible, mixed media group show visualising invisible illness, Templeman Gallery, University of Kent
2013 - AHRC Block Grant group exhibition, Gallery North, University of Northumbria
2012 - Head and Whole 2, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby
2012 - Transition 2, University of Sunderland Art and Design Research staff and students, Customs House, South Shields
2009 - Unpredictable Patterns, MA Degree Show, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
2010 - Curated exhibition of Rosy Martin's Too close to Home? alongside A Diagnosis of Exclusion, Durham Art Gallery
Competitions, prizes and awards:
2014 - Open Call selected exhibitor: Singapore International Photography Festival 2014
2013 - Open Call selected exhibitor: The Social Festival of Photography
2009 - Arts Council England Grant Awarded, ACE, North East
2008 - Axis MAStars 2008 Award
Oct 2016: UK ME Research Collaborative Annual Conference, Newcastle (talk & poster).
Feb 2016: Visiting artist lecture, Edinburgh Napier University.
2014 (Oct) - ‘Portrait of a Postmodern Illness’, Singapore International Photography Festival, Artist’s Evening Presentations, National Museum of Singapore
2014 (July) - ‘PhD Research Practice’, MA Photography Seminar, University of Sunderland
2012 (Oct) - ‘Mimesis 3: Participatory Practice as Research in the Visualisation of the Invisible Illness ME’, Head and Whole 2: Under the Skin, artist and curator’s seminar, Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby
2012 (May) - AHRC Block Grant Research Conference, University of Sunderland
2012 (Feb) - ‘Visualising ME’, Medical and Scientific Understandings of Childhood Difference, University of Newcastle
2012 (Feb) - ‘Visualising ME: Participatory Practice’, Critical Conversations: Photography in Participatory Settings, Art Works/ Paul Hamlyn Foundation seminar, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
2012 (Feb) - ‘Visualising ME’, International PR Students Course Module, University of Newcastle
2011 (Nov) - ‘Visualising ME in Participation with ME Sufferers’, The Edge of Our Thinking Research Conference, Royal College of Art, London
2011 (May) - AHRC Block Grant Research Conference, University of Northumbria
2011 - ‘Transition from MA to PhD Research’, MA Photography Seminar, University of Sunderland
2010 - ‘Transition from MA to PhD Research’, Association of Photography in Higher Education, National Conference, Mining Institute, Newcastle
2013 - BBC Radio Newcastle, Afternoon Show, recorded interview about exhibition of portraits in The Social Festival of Photography, alongside festival organiser Amanda Ritson.
2011 - BBC Radio Newcastle, Drive Time show, live interview about exhibition at Durham Art Gallery and on-going research, alongside Professor Julia Newton discussing her current ME medical research.
2010 - Star Radio, recorded solo interview at Durham Art Gallery.
2011 - BBC Radio Teesside, live interview alongside Ian Swales, MP for Redcar, and Jennifer Elliott, CEO ME North East
Published Papers & Books:
2013 (Oct) - Paper entitled, ‘Mimesis 3: The Visualisation of the Invisible Illness ME’, published in The Royal College of Art journal, The Edge of Our Thinking.
2010 - A Diagnosis of Exclusion, catalogue to accompany exhibition at Durham Art Gallery, Blurb.com.
2008 - Unpredictable Patterns, Blurb.com
Previous Work Experience
2003 – 2004: Freelance Editor for Homes Away From Home
1989 - 1990: Deputy Marketing Manager, Princess House (UK) Ltd. Hexham.
1988 - 1989: Senior Account Executive, Insight Communications, Newcastle.
1984 - 1986: Senior Photojournalist, Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph.
1982 - 1984: Photojournalist, Lincolnshire Standard Group