Julia McKinlay is an artist, curator and researcher based in Leeds, UK.  


2018-2021      PhD with Yorkshire Sculpture International at Leeds Beckett University
2012-2014      MFA Fine Art (Sculpture) at The Slade School of Fine Art
2006-2009      BA Fine Art: Sculpture and Environmental Art at The Glasgow School of Art
2005-2006      Foundation Studies in Art and Design at Leeds College of Art

Solo and Duo Exhibitions 

2022               Acid-Soaked Molluscs, Research Field Station, Broadcasting Tower A, Leeds Beckett University
                       Xenophora II, Sandford Vitrine, London
2021               Scoriawith Jacob Farrell, Threshold, Leeds
                       Undergrowth, BLANK_, Leeds City College, Leeds
2017               Forms and Reticulations, Newcastle University, Newcastle
2016               Blokc, with Lauren WilsonProject Space Wapping, London
                       Swab Art Fair, Barcelona. Exhibition with Anthony Banks, curated by Square Art Projects
2011               Hostile Places, Here Gallery, Bristol
                       Strange New Feelings, with Lily Johnson,Gallery 491, Leytonstone 

Group Exhibitions 

2021              Material Matters, curated by Alice Chandler, Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds
2020              Leeds Summer Group Show (Online), curated by court spencer
2019              KurokoGallery House, Index Festival, Leeds
                      Kuroko Part I, Index Festival Hub at Yorkshire House, Leeds
                      Situating Practices, Temporary Contemporary, Huddersfield
2018              MI:LAB Basic Training ProgrammeCfSHE Gallery, Tokyo 
2017              The Factory, Djúpavík, Iceland
2016              Life of Clay: Experimental practice at Grymsdyke Farm, with Printers' Symphony, RIBA, London
                      Artists' Village, Village Green Festival, METAL, Southend-on-Sea
                      Cacophonia, 7 Lynbrook Grove, London
2015              Oh For You! I Would Do Anything, Tritongatan5, Gothenburg
                      Polyphonie X, 331 Green Lanes, London
                      Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2015, Broomhill Sculpture Park, Barnstaple
                      Out in the Open, Listhus Gallery, Olafsfjordur, Iceland
                      Re-Launch, UCL Art Museum, London
2014              Hoist, 46 Bavaria Road, London
                      Gazpacho, Slade School of Fine Art, London
                      Slade School of Fine Art Degree Show 2014, Slade School of Fine Art, London
                      Time-based Media, UCL Art Museum, London
2013              Slade Print Fair, Slade School of Fine Art, London
                      Interim Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London
                      habits, cleavages and fractures, The Rock Room, UCL Geology Collections, London
                      Open 2013, Spike Island, Bristol
                      Duet, UCL Art Musuem, London
                      My Beautiful Launderette, 168 Cobourg Road, London
2010              RSA New Contemporaries 2010, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
                      Emergence, Eastwood Theatre Gallery, Glasgow
2009              Ex, Leeds College of Art and Design
                      Drawn Together, Pentagon Gallery, Glasgow
                      Descent into the Maelström, Southside Studios, Glasgow
                      The Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2009, Mackintosh Museum, The Glasgow School of Art

Curating and Project Management

I am currently Artist Curator at Threshold in Leeds. Threshold is an outdoor space for exhibitions of sculpture in the front garden of a back-to-back terraced house in Leeds, founded in 2021.

2022             Consultant curator of Routes North, Messums Harrogate, Harrogate 
                     Consultant for Aggregate 2022, at Freelands Foundation, London
2021             Consultant with Freelands Artist Programme programming online talks and symposium with G39, Cardiff
                     Emii Alrai: Deposition Layer, Threshold, Leeds                     
                     Alice Chandler: Privet, 
Threshold, Leeds
                     Victoria Lucas: The Strata of Things, Threshold, Leeds
2019             Kuroko, Gallery House, The Headrow, Leeds. Part of Index Festival. Exhibiting artists: Jon Kipps, Julia McKinlay, Hiroko Nakajima, Eiko Soga, Lauren Wilson.                             
                     Kuroko Part I, Index Festival Hub, Yorkshire House, Leeds 
2016             The Parade, Fine Art Department, Newcastle University
2015             Polyphonie X, 331 Green Lanes, London. Curated with the other residents of 331 Green Lanes: Jackie Bogdany, Andy Gomez, Cassandre Greenberg, Miles Umney, and Lee Sullivan.
2013             My Beautiful Launderette, 168 Cobourg Road, London. A group exhibition co-organised with Stuart Doncaster including work by Andy Gomez, Jon Kipps, Frank Wasser and Lauren Wilson


2021              East Street Arts Virtual Residency
2020              Yorkshire Sculpture International Sculpture Network
2018              Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (MI:LAB) Basic Training Programme, Lake Kawaguchi, Japan
                      Time and Space Residency at METAL, with Printers' Symphony, Southend-On-Sea
2017              Joya: arte + ecología, Almeria, Spain
2016              Village Green Festival Artist in Residence, METAL, Southend-on-Sea
                      Degree Show Artists in Residence, with Printers' Symphony, The University of Gloucester, Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham. 
2015              Listhus, Iceland
                      Research Residency, Skaftfell, Iceland
2014              Slade Summer School Artist in Residence
2008              University of Hildesheim, Germany 


Present          Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Leeds         
2021              Visiting Lecturer, BA Fine Art, University of Leeds
2020-2021     Visiting Lecturer and Postgraduate Supervisor, BA Fine Art MA Fine Art, MA Illustration, at Leeds Arts University
2018-2022     Tutor in Mokuhanga at Leeds Print Workshop
2016-2017     Bartlett Teaching Fellow in Print at Newcastle University
2016-2017     Teacher in Fine Art at Newcastle University 


2021             'Threshold', paper presentation at Breaking the Mould Study Day, hosted by Arts Council Collection and Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham
                     'Starting Threshold', presentation at Artist Journeys Conference, hosted by YVAN and Sheffield Hallam University
2020             'Encounters with Xenophora', paper presentation at The Foundation of Art and Science, a British Art Network seminar at Ipswich Museum
2019             Books and Sculpture: Boundary Objects, panel discussion with Ian Jackson and Jenny West at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
                     Situating Practices artist's discussion, Temporary Contemporary, Huddersfield
2018             'Yorkshire Sculpture International: Material Literacies', paper presentation co-written and presented with Meghan Goodeve. Presented at Re:Forming Sculpture Summer Symposium, The Hepworth Wakefield and University of Leeds
2016             ‘The Relevance of Print in Contemporary Art Education’, presentation at Symposium: The relevance of print in contemporary art education, hosted by Newcastle University and part of the International Print Biennale, Newcastle upon Tyne
2014             Artist Talk, Slade Summer School, UCL, London
2013             Artist Talk and workshop, UCL Art Society, London


Julia McKinlay, ed., Jacob Farrell, Jacob Farrell: A Snake Shaped Key, (self-published, 2021). Artist book with marginalia by Julia McKinlay.
Julia McKinlay, Victoria Lucas: The Strata of Things, (self-published, 2021). Exhibition catalogue.
Julia McKinlay, ed., Alice Chandler, Alice Chandler: Privet, (self-published, 2021). Exhibition catalogue.
Alice Chandler, ed., Julia McKinlay (contributor), Material Matters (Sunny Bank Mills, 2021). Exhibition catalogue. 
Julia McKinlay, Feeling the Underside, (Leeds: Yorkshire Sculpture International and Leeds Beckett University, 2019). Launched at the Henry Moore Institute 19 September 2019.
Lauren Wilson, ed., Hiroko Nakajima, Julia McKinlay, Eiko Soga, Jon Kipps, Kuroko, (self-published, 2019). Exhibition catalogue.

Awards and Bursaries

Arts Council England National Lottery Grant, 2021
Leeds Inspired Small Grant, 2020
CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #7, 2020
Index Festival Core Programme Grant, 2019
Leeds Inspired Small Grant, 2019
Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Grant, 2019
Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Grant, 2018
Broomhill National Sculpture Prize Finalist, 2015
The Peter and Betty McLean Prize, 2014
The Boise Travel Scholarship, 2014
New Collaborations Bursary Award, A-N The Artist’s Information Company, 2014
UCL Art Museum Prize for ‘A Printers Symphony’, 2013


2021              Arts Fund #3 Commission, Leeds City College
2021              YSI Engagement Commission with Rycroft Community Centre, Wakefield 
2019              YSI Artist Book Commission, Yorkshire Sculpture International, Leeds/Wakefield
2017              NICAP commission to collaborate with poet Joanne Clement on a new permanent artwork for the Newcastle University Law Library
2007              Mural commission at Hotel Bloom, Brussels 


UCL Art Museum
Newcastle University Law Library
Yorkshire Sculpture International
Leeds Beckett University
The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall