J u l i a   B a r d s l e y

has worked as a filmmaker, visual artist, performer & director.From 1991-4 she was joint Artistic Director of the Leicester Haymarket & Young Vic Theatres. Installations include Punishment & Ice-cream, The Error Display, Field and the 12/stages Projects. In 2002 she collaborated with composer, Andrew Poppy on Avalanche Thoughts, co-commissioned by GAle GAtes, New York & New Territories, Glasgow. Julia's films have been screened at the Edinburgh & Madrid Film Festivals; WWVF, Amsterdam; Image, Geneva; VAD, Girona; 2nd Media Art Festival, Armenia & ActArt5, London.

Julia art directed Rolf Hind’s 2006/7 Solo Spotlights series for the SPNM. She was video, set & costume designer for Simon Holt’s ‘Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm’ for Almeida/Aldeburgh Opera. She is working with the pianist, Mary Dullea on a programme of pieces that explore the inside & outside of the piano, Derry University, BMIC Cutting Edge Series & Corsham Festival October 2007/8.

As a result of a NESTA Fellowship, Julia created Trans-Acts, her first solo project in which photography, video, object and performance intersect. Trans-Acts was presented at the NRLA, Glasgow, TROUBLE Festival, Brussels & SPILL, London 2007. The second solo, Almost The Same (feral rehearsals for violent acts of culture),  investigating notions of terror, violence & the beast, opened at the NRLA, Glasgow, Karnart, Lisbon & SACRED, Chelsea Theatre 2008. The third & final part of the solo trilogy, AfterMaths (a tear in the meat of vision) has been commissioned by SPILL 2009.

In July 2007, Julia was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University.  Julia is an ArtsAdmin Associate Artist.