‘Bardsley is a really fascinating artist...She could have been running the National Theatre by now, but instead quite deliberately chose a different career path. In recent years she has been making inspired and unsettling work on the cusp between the theatre and the gallery.’
Lyn Gardner The Guardian
Julia Bardsley is a theatre artist working with an interplay of performance, video, photography, extreme garments, sculptural objects and the configuration of the audience. In 2006 she set in motion a series of solo pieces, collectively entitled The Divine Trilogy, that forge an intimate dialogue between the audience & the performer, the artist & the creative process, live presence & the visual art object. Trans-Acts, Almost The Same (feral rehearsals for violent acts of culture) & Aftermaths: a tear in the meat of vision, have been presented in London, Glasgow, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia and Belgium. During 2010/11 Julia developed a modular ensemble piece called the meta-FAMILY project. Early manifestations were presented in Teresina & Rio, Brazil, with the London phase developed & presented as part of Outside AiR, at Queen Mary University, March 2011. meta-FAMILY manifestations will appear in 2012 as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Trouble#8 in Brussels & at The Basement, Brighton. Medea: dark matter events is an ongoing research project in collaboration with Brazilian artist, Jacob Alves. An installation of the Medea material was presented in Deptford X 2011 & a performative installation will be part of the What If….Festival, London in April 2012.
With long term collaborator Andrew Poppy, Julia is joint partner of BARDSLEY_POPPY projects, the cultural umbrella for their varied and various creative outputs. They have recently completed the first stage of Clube Redondo, experimental workshops with 6-10 year olds in co-production with the Portuguese company, CasaBranca (Lisbon/Lagos).
Julia is an experienced practice-based teacher & workshop leader, running workshops in the UK, Europe and internationally. She delivers bespoke seminars and performative talks on her creative processes and is a visiting lecturer at several London arts institutions.
In 2007, Julia was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University. Julia is an Artsadmin Associate Artist.