EDUCATION

University of Glamorgan, MA Arts & Health, Distinction 2009-2011
University of Wales Institute of Cardiff (UWIC), Foundation Art & Design (2007), Distinction 2005-2007
University of Reading, MSc Biometry 1993-1995
University of Swansea, BSc Joint Honours Statistics & Genetics Class II Grade i 1987-1990


RECENT PROJECTS AND EXHIBITIONS

Apophenia, group exhibition curated by Sara Annwyl, ATTIC, Cardiff, Oct 2012

Museum of Amazing Coincidences curated by Mike Tooby, Made in Roath festival, Cardiff, Oct 2012

You Don't Know Me, group exhibition curated by Sara Annwyl, Cardiff, July 2012

ALETHEIA, solo exhibition, ArcadeCardiff, 20th June - 1st July 2012

Exhibition of selected works at 2012 conference 'Genomics in Society: Facts, Fictions and Cultures', London, April 2012 

WAA annual group exhibition, Art Central, Barry, 6 Mar - 31st Mar 2012

Digital Studio Project 2010, The Unseen and the Unspoken Sept 2010 – Mar 2012 
Collaborative project working with writer/performance poet on the theme of the unseen and the unspoken. Group exhibition in March 2012 at Butetown History and Arts Centre, Cardiff.

EXIT, Group exhibition Glamorgan University Sept 2011

Translation: From Bench to Brain Apr 2010 – Nov 2011 
Artist collaborating with the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics. Two artist show at BayArt Gallery, Cardiff, Oct/Nov 2011.

$1000 genome/Your Future in Your Genes? Dec 2009 – May 2010
Artist for public engagement project exploring young people’s opinions of developments in genetic technology. Exhibited at: BayArt gallery (Cardiff), the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Parc Prison (Bridgend), the British Society for Human Genetics annual conference (Warwick), Glamorgan University.

Head 4 Arts/Caerphilly Arts Development May 2009 – Apr 2010
Project artist working alongside a dancer/performance artist for a community arts project at St Peter’s Church, Aberbargoed

Bony Back and the Pumpkin Heads Sept - Oct 2009
A shadow puppet project involving workshops with 30 children in Deri working alongside a storyteller and film maker to create a film for the Cultural Olympiad. 

Group exhibition Glamorgan University Sept 2010


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Art of Public Engagement: Julia Thomas makes space through metaphor, by Julia Thomas, Science and People, British Science Association, Mar 2012

Cardiff character: Julia Thomas by Neil Ramsden, alt.cardiff, Nov 2011

Art meets science in new exhibition by Laura Chamberlain, BBC Wales Arts, Oct 2011

Art that really is ‘all in the mind’, Western Mail, Oct 2011

The Centre is Here by Julia Thomas, Wales Artist Resource Programme resources, Aug 2009



SELECTED PRESENTATIONS DELIVERED

Forum: The Unseen, WARP at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Nov 2012

'Prostitution and Pimping in the Public Engagement of Science?: A view from the arts and social science!', presented alongside Dr Jamie Lewis,  Medicine, Science and Culture Research Group, Cardiff University, 23 May 2012

Meeting through Metaphor and Odd Socks, Arts meets Science, BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, June 2011

The ‘Talking Cure’, Philosophy Café at the Gate, Cardiff, June 2011

From Science to Art: Getting into Bed with Social Scientists, Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, Cardiff, July 2010 and Newport University, School of Art and Design, Nov 2010

$1000 genome: Public Engagement with Young People in Cardiff, Science and the Public Conference, London, July 2010


SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCE/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/RESIDENCIES

Co-founder and partner of ATTIC project space and gallery, Roath, Cardiff, www.atticblogsite.wordpress.com

Artist in Residence, Medical Research Council's Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics Oct 2012 - present

g39 Gallery, Cardiff June 2008 – Oct 2009
Volunteer front of house duties and writing for WARP (Wales Artist Resource Programme)

Women’s Arts Association, Cardiff April 2009
Volunteer for 3 week long Digital Studio Project assisting with artist portfolio sessions,
interviewing artists and facilitating a weekend workshop.

Cardiff University (College of Medicine), Biostatistician June 2003 – June 2005

MMR Research Worldwide, Oxfordshire, Senior Statistician May 1999 - May 2001

National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB), Oxfordshire, Statistician Jan 1991 - May 1999

COMMITTEE GROUP MEMBERSHIP

Public Engagement Committee, Medical Research Council’s Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics Mar 2011 - present

Wales Culture Exchange Steering Group Committee Feb 2012 - present


SELECTED WORKSHOPS DELIVERED

Your Future in Your Genes Mar 2010
Four art & genetics workshops for young people in Butetown and prisoners at Parc Prison, Bridgend

Creative Genetics for CgD charity, Derby and Birmingham Oct 2009 & Oct 2010
Creative weekend of workshops to educate children about genetics

Creative Kids Club, Deri Sept - Oct 2009
Five shadow puppet workshops with 30 children working alongside a storyteller and film maker

Inside Out, Risca July & Nov 2009
Storytelling in Clay workshops with adults recovering from mental health issues

St Peter’s Church, Aberbargoed June 2009
Four art workshops with local schoolchildren

Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff June 2009
Art workshop with 30 schoolchildren