Approved: 06.05.2016

Julieann Worrall Hood

Artist, Gallery educator, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Project manager

Approved: 06.05.2016

Julieann Worrall Hood's mixed media drawings, tapestries, soundscapes and sculptures weave together the synergies and spaces between sensory experience, memory and imagination.

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    Artist Statement

    Julieann Worrall Hood's mixed media drawings, tapestries, soundscapes and sculptures weave together the synergies and spaces between sensory experience, memory and imagination.

    ‘Much of my work is about home and exile. I find glimpses and whispers of it in the elemental and ephemeral rhythms, patterns and sounds of nature: making connections between migration, materiality, memory and place.

    As a child in Birmingham I would rush to the front seat at the top of the double decker school bus to watch the changing cloudscapes. As an art student in Edinburgh I made scribbly sketches of dramatic winter sunsets from Greyfriars Bridge, and of stormy waters, winds and skies from Portobello beach.

     I am curious about the elasticity of time, shifting perception and the plurality of memory. I gather sensory experiences through plein air drawings, that become graphic scores for layered soundscapes, the rhythm for eccentrically woven iron tapestries and sculpted tokens made out of cow parsley, concrete and butterfly wings. Making tactile music with marks, with solid and ephemeral materials, immersive and kinetic installations.

    Since my student days in the Tapestry Department at Edinburgh College of Art, drawing, sculpture and weaving have underpinned everything.  As artist-in-residence at the V&A I discovered that my method of tapestry is known as eccentric weaving. Eccentric weaving is basically what I do - be it with ideas, drawn lines, sounds, steel or silk.

    Since the Covid Lockdowns I have once more found solace in ‘skying’, as Constable called it. Catching air and making a tangential network of associations with global environmental and refugee crises. A multi-sensory weaving together of marks, materials, sounds, and stories.’



    Julieann Worrall Hood Bio

    Julieann Worrall Hood lives and works in rural Wiltshire.

    Public commissions include sculptures in Salisbury, The National Forest (Leicestershire), Cotswold Wildlife Park (Gloucestershire), in Basingstoke, Stratford on Avon and for Denver Museum of Childhood (USA), with corporate commissions for Conran and Chanel in London, Manchester and Dublin.

    Julieann often works in partnership with her husband, gardener and poet Nick Hood. Projects include the acclaimed ‘Flowery Meads’ installation in the grounds of the beautiful Watermill Theatre, Newbury and a series of living sculptures for Conkers, the National Forest visitor centre in Leicestershire.

    Cross disciplinary collaborations with Kneehigh Theatre Company and the Watermill Theatre have led to numerous indoor and outdoor installations, events, objects, and costumes for performance. She continues to explore shaping sound through the language of sculpture: creating evolving installations in Bath and pieces for Coldplay for international performances in 2019, 2021 and 2022.

    As an artist educator, Julieann has devised and led projects in schools, museums, galleries and communities, nationally and internationally. She has held the positions of Head of Education at Roche Court Educational Trust (New Art Centre, Wiltshire) and Contemporary Arts Practice lecturer and subject leader at Bath Spa University, plus many artist-in-residence posts including in Kerala (India), Santarem (Portugal) and at the V&A (London). She has given numerous talks on her work and creative engagement, including at the Berlinische Galerie (Berlin) for the British Council, at the the V&A for the International Museums Education Conference, at the Victoria Art Gallery (Bath), the Crafts Council, NSEAD National Conference, the Being Human Festival and at the Natural History Museum, London.  In December 2022, as a member of the Multisensory Art Project Team, she received the national Marsh Award for Excellence in Visual Arts Engagement for annual projects for children with PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties).

    Her work is held in public and private collections and features in Graham McLaren’s  publication Creating Spaces: The History of the Bath Schools of Art & Design (Wunderkammer Press, 2020).



    CV & Education

    Julieann is an artist, educator and creative consultant with thirty years’ experience of devising and leading projects: working to public and private commission, teaching and lecturing, in schools, colleges, universities, museums, communities, theatres and art galleries. She currently leads the Wiltshire based charity Arts Together.

    A creative force who thrives on interdisciplinary collaboration, Julieann has held the positions of Head of Education at Roche Court Educational Trust (New Art Centre), and as associate lecturer, subject leader and module leader on the Contemporary Arts Practice B.A at Bath Spa University. 

    Commissions have included sculptural installations for Chanel and Conran, and mixed media textiles and bespoke musical instruments for Coldplay for videos, promotional events and two world tours.


    2016    MFA Bath Spa University

    2013    PGCE Greenwich University

    1987    B.A (Hons) Edinburgh College of Art. Edinburgh University
                Drawing, Tapestry & Structures


    Employment and Positions Held

    2022 – present Director of Arts Together, Wiltshire

    2017 - 2020 Head of Education, Roche Court Educational Trust, New Art Centre, Wiltshire 

    2016 - 2017 Subject Leader and Module leader Years 1 -3, Mixed Media Textiles, Contemporary Arts Practice BA, Creative Arts BA, Bath Spa University 

    2012 - 2016 Associate Lecturer and Module Leader, Bath Spa University, Bath School of Art & Design. Creative Arts and Contemporary Arts Practice BA courses

    2001- 2011 Freelance Engagement Lead and Theatre Designer, The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

    2001 -2003 Board Member, Southern Arts (Arts Council England, Regional Arts Board)

    1999 - 2001 Public Art Advisory Panel member, Kennet District Council (Wiltshire County Council)

    1989 - present freelance artist, educator and consultant: devising and delivering projects in schools, museums, galleries, theatres and communities and creating artwork, exhibitions and events to public, private and corporate commission

    1988 - 1990 p/t lecturer at Jacob Kramer School of Art, Leeds on Art and Design Foundation and B’Tec courses and B.A Drawing Tutor at Bretton Hall College, Wakefield 

    1988 - 1990 Assistant to Jonathan Silver and David Hockney, 1853 Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford including the live, international fax transmission filming of Tennis in 1989

    2023 Engage Marsh Award for Excellence in Visual Arts Engagement

    2014-2015 Theo Moorman Award (Tapestry)

    2006 Southern Arts Individual Artist Award (to create new sculptures for a solo show)
    2000 - 2001 Arts Council Year of the Artist Award (Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and BBC Springwatch)1993 Southern Arts International Travel Award (International Performing Arts,Kerala, India)

    1989 Yorkshire Arts Individual Artist Award
    1989 Crafts Council Setting Up Award (now known as Hothouse)

    1986 Andrew Grant Travel Award, Edinburgh College of Art (Paris)


    Selected Commissions, Exhibitions, Talks and Projects 

    2023 Insect Odyssey: connecting art and entomology. The Natural History Museum, London. Illustrated talk.

    2022 KALEIDOSCOPIC, solo exhibition and community project. Salisbury Arts Centre

    Bringing together residents from the neighbouring communities of Bemerton Heath and St. Peter’s Place in Salisbury to explore their multi-layered experiences and stories of where they live. A collaborative project with Wiltshire Creative, Create Studios and Roche Court Educational Trust towards the creation of a film, soundscape and kaleidoscopic sculpture exhibited at Salisbury Arts Centre from September – November 2022.

    2022 Insect Odyssey. Salisbury Museum, Wiltshire. Group exhibition.

    2022 Multi Sensory Art Project, Roche Court Educational Trust. Multi sensory engagement, objects, installation and trip to the woods for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties. Film and soundscape.

    2021 Coldplay, Glastonbury Live, promo and world tour preparation. Design interpretation and creative lead at The Piano Shop Bath - bespoke multi-media hand-crafted pianos for performance.

    2021 Multi Sensory Art Project,  Roche Court Educational Trust. Multi sensory engagement, objects, installation and online sensory resources, films and sounds for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.

    2021 Connect: people, art and place. Group exhibition. The Vanner Gallery Salisbury

    2020 Multi Sensory Art Project,  Roche Court Educational Trust. Multi sensory engagement, objects, handling packs for home use and online sensory resources, films and sounds for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.

    2019-2021 The Salisbury Museum, Look Again! project. Redesigning the Fashion Gallery displays and engagement methods with the involvement of a group of local young people and in collaboration with Museum volunteers and learning, heritage, design, theatre, sound and digital professionals. Project moved online due to Covid-19 restrictions

    2019 The British Council, Germany. Invited speaker at Museums Reach Out! at the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, sharing innovative and inclusive practise in creative museum outreach with museum educators from across Germany. Talk entitled ‘Believing six impossible things before breakfast.’

    2019 Coldplay, Everyday Life live album launch Amman, Jordan and internationally. Lead artist with the team at The Piano Shop Bath, creating pianos for performance and textile set dressing for the band Coldplay- theme: repair, kintsugi, mending, textile techniques from across cultures.

    2019 Salisbury International Arts Festival. In conversation with artist Peter Newman at the New Art Centre.

    2019 London Festival of Architecture, 8-80 A City for All. Collaborative research and workshop with Erect Architecture and author Jeremy Page at Camley Street Nature Reserve and Coal Drops Yard, London with participants from the Royal College of Art, Age Concern and local Primary Schools

    2019 The Piano Shop Bath, Joyful Sound: In the Pink sculptural installation

    2019 The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. Invited speaker for the Friends of Victoria Art Gallery public lecture series.  Talk entitled ‘A web of possibilities: ideas about sculpture are ideas about life itself’

    2018 Forest of the Imagination, Bath. Electro Twitchers - interactive digital sound sculptures installed in public spaces in central Bath, made in collaboration with Creative Technologist Luke Woodbury and pupils from Three Ways Special School

    2018 The Piano Shop Bath, Joyful Sound: weaving light

    2017 Persimmon Homes, Salisbury. A series of 4 stainless steel tube, scribbly hare sculptures. Public sculpture commission

    2017 The Piano Shop Bath, 'Joyful Sound' sculptural installation of over 1500 scrap piano keys made into an undulating wave evoking sound.

    2017 Fringe Arts, Bath. Home: The Poetics of Space. Dark Matter group pop up exhibition for FaB17

    2016 Lane House Arts, Bath. Renaissance Menagerie, exhibition with painter Leslie Glenn Damhus

    2016 Chanel, London, Manchester & Dublin. Series of sculptural woven rattan forms and contemporary rattan Christmas trees for Christmas displays. Leading a studio team to fulfil this commission in a very short timescale. Chanel, New Bond Street, Selfridges Oxford Street, Harrods and Heathrow Terminal 5, London. Also Selfridges Manchester and Dublin.

    2016 Bath School of Art & Design. MFA Degree Show.

    2015 Bath Spa University. Lines of Desire, interdisciplinary Art & Geography research project with Richard Long, Sue Lawty, Dr Rebecca Schaaf and Professor Owain Jones and the learning team at Arnolfini Bristol. Additional outcomes: peer reviewed research paper and film

    2015 Bath Artist Studios. Dark Matters group exhibition

    2014 The Children’s Museum of Denver, USA, 3 large willow, wire and steel mice sculptures on a 5m diameter suspended steel ring for permanent exhibit.

    2012 The Conran Shop, London. Design and create the Spring window installation at Conran, Michelin House, Chelsea, including 50 suspended wire sculptures.

    2012 Welford Park, Newbury. Boxford Masques large scale community outdoor theatre production. Set & costume design and leading the team of volunteers.

    2011 Basingstoke Council, Beggarwood Park. Letter cut green oak sculptural signposts and waymarkers in collaboration with Gary Breeze.

    2010 Watermill Theatre, Newbury. Bullets and Beetroot Lips. Set and costume design.

    2009 RHS Gardens Hyde Hall. Installation of 6 wire hare sculptures in the grounds.

    2008 Cotswold Water Park. 3m tall Laser cut steel Bittern gateway sculptures and smaller waymarkers. Sustrans Route 45

    2008 David Wilson Homes, Basingstoke. Public mosaic plaza in collaboration with students from Everest Community College

    2008 Chelsea Flower Show, London. Daylesford Organic show garden kinetic willow and linen scarecrow (Silver Gilt)

    2007 Watermill Theatre, Newbury. River of Dreams, West Berkshire Federation of Schools set and costume design and performance outreach art project with 6 primary schools.

    2006 The Watermill Theatre, Newbury. The Romance of the Rose. Environmental art and sculpture installation in the grounds.

    2005 Carnival. Solo exhibition in the grounds of the Watermilll Theatre, Newbury
    Kneehigh Theatre Co. Techno wings for Wagstaffe the Wind Up Boy.

    2003, 2004 and 2006 Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. A series of mosaic paving and plaza mosaics for public spaces.

    2001 The National Forest Sculpture Trail, Leicestershire. A series of 3 metre tall, steel, stone and willow sculptures.

    2000 Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Artist in Residence, outreach project with local youth groups

    1998 Christie Miller Sports Centre and George Ward School, Melksham. Artist in residence for large scale community and school mosaic project

    1997 Lead Artist, V&A, International Museums Education Conference: The Raphael Cartoons. Leading workshops and talks for international museum curators and educators and related tapestry projects with schools.

    1996 Tapestry artist in residence Victoria & Albert Museum, London

    1993 - 94 Salisbury District Council. Artist in Residence 

    1992 NSEAD National Conference. Invited speaker and presented exhibition of Wiltshire LEA residency.

    1991-92 Wiltshire Education Authority and Southern Arts. Artist in Residence to Wiltshire Education Authority for 12 months.

    1990-91 Take Art! Somerset and Portugal Craftsperson in Residence to Somerset and the town of Santarem in Portugal, working with women and groups geographically, economically and/or socially isolated. 12 month residency in 7 villages around Somerset creating sustainable women’s groups through craft and heritage activities, building partnerships across sectors and internationally.