Jules Bishop is an artist who wants a society with a caring operating system and a planet with a future. The driving force in her work is environmental activism. Jules works in an intersectional way, crossing disciplines in the humanities, sciences and technology. Her versatile practice embodies sculpture, video art, performance, ‘happenings’, print, drawing, dialogue and natural pigments. Jules is an artist who wants a society with a caring operating system and a planet with a future. Her current research centres on the natural habitat of hedgerows in rural Oxfordshire. She is part of the ‘Green Plan’ Hedgerow Survey Team; a joint initiative between the Watlington Climate Action Group and the Watlington Environment Group. Jules has built a seasonal collection of hedgerow inks and has developed a unique way of working with the inks, freezing them to preserve vibrancy, and creating ice-process drawings using different substrates. She also works with hedgerow pigments whose uses include mixing into CO2 absorbing plastic VOC-free paint. She raises awareness and facilitates the depth of community engagement by means of poetic activism.
Currently, Jules is exhibiting her ice-process drawing, Sloe Copper, in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Exhibition 2021. First exhibited at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London, and then at Drawing Projects in Wiltshire, the touring exhibition has now moved to the Cooper Gallery in Dundee. Jules is also participating in Oxfordshire ArtWeeks in Watlington, 14th-22nd May. Recently, Jules started a new position with the University of Oxford as a community researcher for Watlington Climate Action Group and they are developing a sustainable research partnership with natural hedgerow inks, pigments and paints. Along with contributing to University Celebration Events in June, Jules is also conducting an art workshop, Art, Science and Creativity, at the Living Knowledge Conference 2022 in Groningen in the Netherlands 29th June-1st July.