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Jules Bishop’s Professional Development Residency Award in NN’s project space

07/09/2021 - 11/09/2021

Between 7th and 11th September 2021 we will be welcoming Jules Bishop, a University of Northampton student participating in the Professional Development Residency Awards 2021. Jules will spend her residency in our temporary project space at Vulcan Works developing a new body of work and presenting her practice to the public. 

You can register for free to visit Jules in the project space on Friday 10th September and Saturday 11th September.

About the artist

Jules Bishop has just graduated with a BA Fine Art First Class from the University of Northampton, where she developed an artistic practice using a broad range of mediums including sculpture, video art, performance, ‘happenings’, print, drawing, dialogue and natural pigments. It is an intersectional practice, crossing disciplines in the humanities, sciences and in maths and technology. The heart of Jules’ practice is within the social arts, connecting with communities, and using practice-based research to create works that raise awareness and facilitate depth of engagement. Environmental activism is the driving force in her practice and by working in this intersectional way, the resonance and the reverberations have the potential to be loud, lasting, and far-reaching. Her upcoming exhibition is From The Ground Up: Stories of Climate Action at Arts at The Old Fire Station in Oxford (28th August to 9th October). Recently Jules’ ice-process drawing, Sloe Copper, has been selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Exhibition 2021.

About the Professional Development Residency Awards

The Professional Development Residency Awards is a joint partnership between NN Contemporary Art and the University of Northampton. Both organisations are passionately committed to making Northampton a culturally rich place in which to live, study, and visit. Their common objectives are creative research in art and design, public and community engagement, local growth and regeneration and skills development, enterprise, and employment. The new PDRA initiative is the latest scheme to emerge from the partnership and is intended to support emergent artists with a focus on providing skills and networks to enhance employability in the region.

The PDRA award is aimed at participants who are seeking to develop careers in the cultural sector and offers recipients valuable experience in working with NN Contemporary Art, which is an Arts Council England (ACE) accredited National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). Award winners have the opportunity to work with NN professionals to showcase their work to audiences to receive feedback on their practice and gain mentoring toward future career aspirations.

Throughout their residencies, the awarded students have the opportunity to provide engagement with the team of Curators and Education specialists, work and experiment in the project space as well as exhibit their work during public-facing events. The awardees will be given marketing support and provided equipment and technical support.


Learn more about the Professional Development Residency Awards.

Access notes

You will be emailed instructions on how to get to the venue and what to expect. The building has an accessible entrance. For any other accessibility inquires, please email info@nncontemporaryart.org

Visit Jules during her residency

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