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Julie Brixey-Williams

Julie Is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Her work sits in the gap between sculpture and performance exploring the dialogue the body shares with site.


Julie Brixey-Williams (born Essex) is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and lives and works in London.  


I define myself as a contemporary sculptor, performer and edge-dweller, who believes in the power of the visibility of the small act to strengthen an enriched sense of self through our relationship with place. I inhabit my practice by constructing movement responses, forms and installations though the careful layering of multi-disciplinary media, using time as an essential element for listening and ‘being with’ each site. The outcomes of my place relationships manifest as poetic assemblages of objects, sculptural installations in a variety of materials including layered film and sound, found and crafted materials, editioned photography or artist publications; all of which typically share a fragile neutral palette animated by vibrant punctuating colour or reflective surfaces drawn from the places themselves. I have been awarded several place-based residencies and commissions including Arabesque (2003) for the Campaign for Drawing where I created three dance-drawing performances at the V&A; Step Feather Stitch (2012) where embroidery patterns were danced, and dance steps stitched; and Traces of the Invisible (2004): a Leverhulme-funded residency of 10 months at The Association of Anaesthetists of GB & I where the story of Sleeping Beauty was read into an anaesthetic machine to create drawn word-breaths, subsequently made into an original artist’s bookwork Rosebud (2004).Works are held in collections including The Yale Center of British Art, Tate Gallery Artists’ Publication archive, The AAGBI, and the University of Kent.



Julie Brixey-Williams ARBS

Public realm MRBS, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London SW7 3RA 


2002               Insynch P/T dance and choreography course, Hounslow College

2000–2001      MA Art and Space, Kingston University (Distinction)

1997-2000       BA Fine Art  (1st Class Hons), Kingston University

1995-1997       Diploma Fine Art Foundation Middlesex University (City Lit) 

1990-1991       Portfolio Course in Fashion and Textiles, City Lit


Solo Exhibitions
2010        Drawings we have lived, Barbican Library, Barbican Centre, London
2006        U-Hang, Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness
2005        Traces of the Invisible The Association of Anaesthetists of GB+I London
2004        Your tummy’s like a handbag and I’m looking for your keys, Cardiff  
2003        My World Picture, performance at Tate Modern (workshop with DV8)
2002        Arabesque, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2002        Dance Film Forum, Hoxton Hall, London
2001        locationotation, Laban Centre, London and at StArt Gallery, London
2001        I may arrive hereafter, street performance, Kingston upon Thames

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015               It's Okay to Come In (pop up), Bond St W5 6th -26th July

2014                The Affordable Art Exhibition W3 Gallery, London W3 9DJ 4th Dec-4th Jan

2014                The London Collection pop up exhibition Westfield, White City 4-10th Aug

2014                Possible Futures: perishables and impermanence, The Practice Gallery,  

                        Royal Holloway, University of London 5th-26th May 

2014                w0budong: texts without meaning 12th – 16th March, Three Piccadilly 

                        Place, Manchester M1 3BN

2013                Drawing The Line, Millennium Gallery, Cornwall 30th Nov -7th Dec

2013                Artists Drawing a Line Under Torture Freedom from Torture 13th Nov

2013                Open Spaces Mottisfont Abbey NT 28th-17th Nov

2013                Bookmarks XI: infiltrating the library system 23rd Sept-23rd- Feb 2014

2013                Lines 2013 The Strand Gallery WC2N 6BP 12th-15th June

2012                What is line and how does it travel through space? Frost Museum, USA

2012                Step Feather Stitch performance at OPEN Ended, London W5  2nd Mar

2011                Insert Title Here July at Open, Ealing Arts Centre W5 July

2011                cabin:codex The Centre for Artists’ books relaunch 29th Apr-27th May 

                        Dundee Contemporary Arts

2011                Prospero’s Library, Studio 75 London E2 28th April -1st May

2011                Hard Times A2 dominium building, Ealing W5 9th-23rd April

2011                Drawing for Girls Axis online exhibition curation by Anna Lovat

2011                Polyply6 with Libby Worth, Centre of Creative Collaboration, London

2010                There is Beauty in the City, Stoke-on-Trent, Gijon, Astirias, Spain, Leiden.

2010                Line Journeys Collyer Bristow Gallery WC1R 4DF 10th Feb -19th May

2010                I draw for you Drawn Together, Wimbledon external contributor 21st Jan

2009                Artists who do books Kaleid Editions  Redchurch St, E2 1st- Sept

2009                Place Identity Memory Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries & Stranraer

2009                Tai Shani's - Tetragrammaton's Home in the Abyss: Reduced to 6

                        V+A 30th Jan. Video may be seen on

2008                Tai Shani's - Tetragrammaton's Home in the Abyss: Reduced to 6

                        Royal Academy GSK Contemporary Season 21 Dec –performer Kitty 1

2008                my site | in space 4Question your tea spoons -performance at Resistance 

                       Gallery 22nd /23rd Nov

2008                Glasgow International Artists’ Book Fair 25th /26th March

2007                London Artists’ Book Fair –launch of point and place -limited ed x100

2006                Mark, Dartington College Gallery, Devon

2004                Fashion Doll, Heriot Watt University, Galashiels

2004                The Figure and the Face, Orleans House Gallery

2003                indivisible cities, Toyshop Collective, New York and backjumps, Berlin

2003                Disco, Michael West Gallery Newport

2003                Drawing the process, National touring exhibition

2002                For Site, Site-based investigation of dance in Shoreditch regeneration,

2002                ARTfutures Contemporary Art Society, City of London School

2001                Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, Islington

1999                24 hours, The Loading Bay, Brick Lane, London
1995                Earthworks, Ecology Gallery, London

2010              Barbican Library looking at the gestures people use in the library 3 days
2003-2005      Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland 10 months
June 2002      Springhallow Autistic School -Creation of an enchanted cloak 7 days

Arabesque -  Three dance-drawing performances at the Victoria and Albert Museum Oct 2002, commissioned by The Campaign for Drawing
Xchange CBBC 1st Oct 2002 – performance + discussion of Arabesque
Smart BBC 1 12th December 2002  -filmed documentation of Arabesque
Go For It Radio 4 13th Oct 2002 – interview about Arabesque

Sculpture Shock Prize 2012  - Highly Commended Royal British Society of Sculptors
Stanley Picker Trust for Step Feather Stitch performances 2011
Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust award for point and place at London Artists’ Book Fair 2004
Stanley Picker Trust towards binding of point and place, artist’s book 2007
Leverhulme Trust to support residency at Association of Anaesthetists of GB + I 2003

Collections and Archives
point and place collaborative book project. Copies at Tate Gallery Artists’ Book Archive, National Art Library V+A, Birmingham Museum of Art Library, British Library, Kingston University, Yale Center of British art, National College of Art and Design in Ireland
Your tummy’s like a handbag and they’re looking for your keys: 8 prints at both
Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain + Ireland, 21, Portland Place W1 and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital Delivery Suite
locationotation –artist’s book project ISBN 1-904118-00-3    limited edition x 25
Copies held at British Library, Laban Centre, Kingston University + Alec Finlay collection
Arabesque -Interface –the arts research wing of the University of Ulster, Belfast
Arabesque -ResourceCite –part of EmergeD [Leeds]
Equals: exploring feminism through art and conversation Nathalie Boobis & Anne Louise Kershaw (eds.) ISBN978-1-905600-39-7
Every Breath You Take by Wuon-Gean Ho in Printmaking Today Vol 21 No.4 2012 p24-5 ISSN 09609252
Step Feather Stitch: an unfaithful reading artist with Libby Worth in Choreographic Practices Vol 3 2012 pub Intellect ISSN 2040-5669 pp43-64.
The Role of Time in Exploratory Drawing: Tapa, Pyrography and the Expanded Field  - paper by Kendal Hayes p37 + p51 and figs. 23 + 28
Book Arts newsletter no.50 June/July 2009 ISSN 1754-9078 p 6 -7
Place Identity Memory catalogue - international exhibition of artists’ books 2009
Dance Theatre Journal: vol 22 no. 4 p 19 -24  “point and place: six years in conversation…” ISSN 0264-9160
Drawing Now: between the lines of contemporary art by Tracey, Pub. I.B Tauris 2007 p.7-11 ISBN 978 1 84511 533 3
Drawing the Process CD –catalogue and examination of the crossover between disciplines through drawing. p29 ISSN 1744-2830
Anaesthesia News no. 200 March 2004 p 4-5 and no.209 Dec. 2004 p26
Arabesque photograph published -Juice magazine Issues 58 April + 59 May 2003
BAMS Contemporary Art Medals 1998 ISBN 0 9514271 7 2


Perception Frames: choreographic scores for practice and performance by Rosanna Irvine p95 ISBN 978 1 85924 3343

Before Performance catalogue Bryony White & Jacoba Bruneel (eds.) p23

Artists Drawing a line under torture catalogue Katja Janus (ed.) p63

Equals: exploring feminism through art and conversation Nathalie Boobis & Anne Louise Kershaw (eds.) ISBN978-1-905600-39-7

Every Breath You Take by Wuon-Gean Ho in Printmaking Today Vol 21 No.4 2012 p24-5 ISSN 09609252

Step Feather Stitch: an unfaithful reading artist with Libby Worth in Choreographic Practices Vol 3 2012 pub Intellect ISSN 2040-5669 pp43-64.

Magic Power Presence - double page text/ and image, pub. Iris 2012


Articles, Talks and Papers

Structuring the ‘What If?’ of Walking: starting points for capturing intuitive responses to materials as part of Walking in the city: mapping borders (part of the in the City Series) The Parlour Showroom, Bristol 13th Sept 2013

Exposing the collaborative processes of point and place paper at On Collaboration II University of Middlesex 18th May 2013
Step Feather Stitch: an unfaithful reading by Julie Brixey-Williams and Libby Worth. Choreographic Practices Vol. 3 2012 pub Intellect ISSN 2040-5669 pp43-64.

Scores Polyply 6 Centre for Creative Collaboration 25th Jan 2011 Step Feather Stitch work-in-progress with Libby Worth

Invited contributor to Side by Side collaborative project discussion at Siobhan Davies studios 20th July 2012

Anaesthetic: A Temporary Block of Sense Symposium at Central St. Martin’s 2010 -presentation about 10-month artist’s residency at The Association of Anaesthetists of GB & I  

Anaesthesia News 3 x articles 2004 - 2006

How to set up a self-initiated residency Space Studios Shooting Ducks series 17th Aug 2005
School workshops

OPEN Ealing 3 workshops exploring Music and Mark making 2015
Industry Day Dormers Wells School 7th July 2005
Making Art out of Thin Air- Brentside High School 4th July 2005: exploring space and the 5 senses
Creative Arts workshops x 4 Elthorne Park School June 2003Creative communication workshop for Cloud Communications Oct 2002


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