Approved: 06.06.2018

Romily Alice Walden

Artist, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 06.06.2018

Romily Alice Walden’s work is concerned with physicality and its interplay with other social categorisations and power differentials.

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Artist Statement

Romily Alice Walden’s work is concerned with physicality and its interplay with other social categorisations and power differentials.

At the core of her practice is an interrogation of contemporary embodiment and its relation to the Post-Internet age.

Her work questions contemporary western society's relationship with care, tenderness and fragility in relation to our bodies, our communities and our ecosystem.

These themes are explored with a focus on the IRL/URL paradigm; Romily is interested in our ability to navigate the progressively interwoven online and offline facets of our lived experience, examining the effect of this progression on the way that we understand physicality, interdependency and vulnerability.

As a queer, disabled artist, Romily is interested in the production of the ‘other’; her work seeks to explore the power of 'othered' bodies to instigate changes in perception and normative cultural discourse.

The vulnerability of the body has served as a focus for her practice since 2017; her most recent work seeks to disturb overly simplistic understandings of the disabled body, looking to bring an ethic of care, a connection between the land and the body, and a cripped concept of performance into conversation with her practice.

‍Walden's research interests include: cyborg theory, disability theory, crip theory, queer theory, feminist futurism, post-humanism, autoethnography and utopian/dystopian futures.

Her practice spans installation, sculpture, performance, text, video and coded arduino control systems, all of which is undertaken with a socially-engaged and research-led working methodology.

CV & Education




January 2019: Let’s Try Listening Again: 13th A.I.R. Bienale: Curated by Sarah Demeuse and Prem Krishnamurthy: A.I.R. Gallery: New York: USA

February 2019: (Solo) My Body Is The House That I Live In: SOHO20 Gallery: New York: USA

June 2019: (Solo) My Body Is The House That I Live In: NARS Foundation: New York: USA

July 2019: Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist: Curated by Emma Dean of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Baltic 39: Newcastle: UK



October 2018: Workshop: Practices of Radical Healthcare: as part of Sickness Affinity Group Berlin: Hohenlockstedt: Germany

October 2018: Light Night: East Street Arts: Leeds: UK

September 2018: Art Yellow Book: CICA Museum: South Korea

September 2018: Panel Discussion: Feminist Healthcare Research Group: Alpha Nova and Galerie Futura: Berlin: Germany

June-July 2018: It Takes A Village: Humber St Gallery: Hull: UK

June 2018: Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards: Quay Arts: Isle of White: UK

May-June 2018: Porno-Pop: The Concept Space: London: UK 

May-June 2018: (Solo) Bodies In Space: Helmut Gallery: Leipzig: Germany

April-June 2018: She Bends: The Midway Gallery: San Francisco: USA 

April 2018: I’m Not This Body: Mo Gallery: Berlin: Germany

April 2018: Come As You Are: St Georg: Berlin: Germany 

January 2018: Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards: House of St Barnabas: London: UK

January 2018: FBA Futures: Federation of British Artists: Mall Galleries: London: UK 


November 2017: Techne Space x The Wrong: New Digital Art Biennale: Online 

October 2017: Recent Graduates: Curated By Cassie Beadle: Affordable Art Fair: London: UK

September 2017: Power Mouth: Refinery 29 x NARS: Protein Studios: London: UK

September 2017: February 2018: She Bends: Museum of Neon Art: Los Angeles: USA

July 2017: Free Range: Truman Brewery: London: UK

June 2017: Once More With Feeling: Leeds College of Art: Leeds: UK

May 2017: 1st Birthday: The Square Gallery: London: UK

February 2017: (Solo) Always Turned On: Southsquare Gallery: Bradford: UK

November 2016: Bryanston Today: Mall Galleries: London: UK


October 2016: Affordable Art Fair with Jamm Gallery: Battersea: London: UK

September 2016: Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness: Lights Of Soho: London: UK

August 2016: Essence of Gender: Munro House: Leeds: UK

July 2016: Space and Place: Left Bank: Leeds: UK

June 2016: ?: Aire Place Studios: Leeds: UK

May 2016: Eat Me: The Brunswick: Leeds: UK

May 2016: Factory: PS Mirabel: Manchester: UK

March 2016: Hand Maid: Hoxton arches: London: UK 

February 2016: Paint By Number Issue 1 launch: The Brunswick: Leeds: UK

February 2016: She Art of Now: 35 Chapel Walk: Sheffield: UK

January 2016: Generations X: A.I.R Gallery: Brooklyn: USA

January 2016: Chroma: red issue: Safe House 1: Peckham: London: UK


December 2015: The Art Takeaway: Espacio Gallery: London: UK

October 2015: I’ll Show You Mine: LS6: Leeds: UK

May 2015: 20:20 Print Exchange: The Arthouse: Wakefield: UK

March 2015: Shift: Studio 24 - Leeds: UK


January 2019: Oppenheim Downes Memorial Trust Award

November 2018: Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist

August 2018: Commission for AB&B in partnership with Unlimited, UK

July 2018: Axisweb Artist Award Winner

April 2018: Chiara Williams Solo Award Longlist

January 2018: Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards Finalist

November 2017: Jamboree x Castlefield Gallery Associates Bursary

June 2017: Celeste Prize Editors’ Choice

June 2017: Artslant Showcase Prize Winner 

Feb 2017: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship

May 2016: Jameson Works Bursary


A Queer Anthology of Rage: Pilot Press: September 2018

A Queer Anthology of Joy: Pilot Press: April 2018

Create Magazine: April 2018

Hysteria Issue 8: December 2017

Oranges Zine #1: February 2017

Paint By Number Magazine Issue 1: December 2016


i-D USA: Romily Alice Walden’s art confronts the silence surrounding ableism

Shape Arts: Shortlist Announced for the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

Axisweb: Axisweb Artist Award Winner: Romily Alice Walden 

Evening Standard: Five up and coming artists to invest in

Refinery 29: The Artist Making Neon Nudes For The Instagram Age

Evening Standard Homes and Property: Body Politics

Unrated: Bending Glass into Glowing Female Figures

Hunger Magazine: Romily Alice Walden Talks Post-Internet Culture and Neon Nudes

Artslant: Romily Alice Walden Answers 5 Questions

Elephant Magazine: Preview Free Range Art Week

Art Slant: Under the Radar

The Culture Trip: The Emerging Artists to See at Free Range

Another Magazine: The Artist Creating Neon Nudes to Examine Female Sexuality

Bullett Magazine: Romily Alice Uses Neon to Reinterpret the Male Gaze

VICE: Creators: Neon Portraits Reclaim Nudes for the Female Gaze

Creative Boom: Anonymous Nude Selfies Transformed into Neon Sculptures

Bricks Magazine: The Fine Artist Exploring Gender and Sex Through Neon Making


Work held in private collections in Europe and North America.