We are pleased to announce that Melbourne-based artist Jude Walton is the recipient of this year's Georges Mora Fellowship.
Jude will use her Fellowship to research the women who existed on the margins of the Surrealistic movement in Paris and Melbourne, towards an activated installation and performance based on the book Nadja by André Breton. This project, which has the working title Nadja-Léona (remembering a woman who...), will be presented by the Alliance Française de Melbourne in November 2018, and a version will also be presented in Paris next year. Jude is currently in Paris, working with dancer Gesa Piper, who will perform the work in November.
Jude Walton's work spans site-specific, installation, and screen-based practice. She has directed solo and group works in art galleries and specific sites in major cities across Australia and overseas. Her practice is at the edge of the ephemeral and the material, in which the performances create visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic environments that invite experiential, embodied responses from the viewer.
Recent practice has focused on the process of 'response-to-site' initially developed during a CultureLab residency at the Meat Market, North Melbourne with Structural Adjustments (2007) and continued with Lehte // (2015) at Heide Museum of Modern Art, and The Drill Hall Project (2017/18) at the Drill Hall, CBD Melbourne. All are concerned with the formulation of new discourses around the intersections of spatial practice, live bodies, sound and installation. In 2010 a list of positive things for later when things may not be so positive, a collaboration with Aleks Danko, was presented in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens, as part of DUETTO, Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF), Adelaide.
In 2009 she was resident artist at the International Centre for Fine Arts Research, London as part of the 'From Scratch' festival at The Drawing Room, Tannery Arts, London exploring the legacy of British composer Cornelius Cardew.