Julia Heslop is an artist, writer and researcher based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has a BA in Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art, a Master of Fine Art from Newcastle University and a PhD in Human Geography at Durham University. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Architecture at Newcastle University. Heslop works interdisciplinarily across the boundaries of art and architecture and her work often takes the form of large scale architectural installations, cross art-form performances and video.
The potentials for deep participation in the urban environment are at the centre of her practice and she often works in participatory, slow ways with groups and communities. Her work is inherently urban focused and she is interested in the role of the artist as a critical spatial practitioner, who impacts upon the fabric of place, and in so doing uses the work to ask important questions regarding land and property ownership, housing precarity, urban planning and local democracy.