Julia Weiner

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Position: Senior Lecturer
Email: weinerj@regents.ac.uk
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Faculty: Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

Professional Biography

Julia Weiner is an art and design historian with extensive experience of teaching in museums and galleries.  She has worked in this field for over 20 years and has been teaching a range of courses at Regent's University London for over 10 years.  She also works at the Victoria & Albert Museum and is the art critic of the Jewish Chronicle.  She works as a freelance curator and has recently co-curated two exhibitions for the Jewish Museum.  She also curates exhibitions for the Knapp Gallery at Regent’s University London.

Qualifications

  • July 2014 - MA (Hons) Oxford University
  • October 1989 – July 1990, Courtauld Institute of Art, London , Postgraduate Diploma in the History of Art.
  • 1985 – 1989, St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, History and Modern Languages (BA Hons), 2:1, Awarded Exhibition

Relevant Past Employment

  • July 2005 – current: Lecturer and writer of teachers' resources, Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • January 1993 – current: Art Critic for the Jewish Chronicle
  • September 2006 – July 2017: Consultant for Imperial College Healthcare Charity Art Collection.
  • September 1990 – January 2002: Head of Education, Courtauld Institute Gallery
  • July 1990 – June 1996: Curator of the Ben Uri Gallery, London Jewish Museum of Art.
  • November 1994: Invited Lecturer at the School of Fine Arts, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of AICA, the International Association of Art Historians

Teaching & Course Development

  • History of Asian Art
  • Current Art
  • Early Renaissance Art
  • Baroque Art
  • Nineteenth Century Art
  • Modern Art
  • History of Architecture
  • Country Houses and Palaces
  • A History of Interior Design - The English Home
  • Religion and the Arts
  • History of London
  • World Religions

Examining

Examined one MA thesis for the Courtauld Institute of Art. Worked with an undergraduate student on European studies overview essay and an Art History major on his thesis about the work of Fragonard. 

Research Interests

Julia is particularly interested in the work of Jewish artists, designers and architects and how they express their identity in their work.  More recently, she has been looking at the contribution made by Jewish artists and designers who came to the United Kingdom as refugees from Nazism. she is currently writing the biography of Israeli-born artist Nehemia Azaz and is editing the memoirs of Hungarian-born artist Agathe Sorel.

Publications

Julia writes regular articles for the Jewish Chronicle and has interviewed a number of leading figures in the art world including Sir Nicholas Serota, Lord Jacob Rothschild, Anish Kapoor and Susan Hiller.  She has also contributed articles to the Jewish Quarterly, Jewish Renaissance and Manna.

  • (2015) Edited Naomi Alexander: Domesticity to accompany a major exhibition of the artist's work at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
  • (2011). Edited Jews and Medicine
  • (2011). Bettina Caro:  A Journey into Sepharad, London, London Jewish Cultural Centre
  • (2010). Edited The Enduring Lie: Antisemitica from the Collection of Simon Cohen, London Jewish Cultural Centre
  • (2010). Wrote foreword for The Human Figure and Jewish Culture by Eliane Strosberg USA, Abbeville Press
  • (1994). Edited Jewish Artists:  The Ben Uri Collection London: Lund Humphries

Chapters in the following:

  • (2011). Jewish Artists and Central-Eastern Europe Poland, DiG,
  • (2007) 'The Art of Commemoration - Holocause Memorials and their Makers' in 'Absence and loss, Holocause Memorials in Berlin and Beyond' by Marian Davies, David Paul Books
  • (2001). From Prodigy to Outcast: Simeon Solomon, Pre-Raphaelite Artist London, Jewish Museum
  • (2000). The Jews of Devon and Cornwall Bristol, Redcliffe Press
  • (1996). Rubies and Rebels: Jewish Female Identity in Contemporary British Art London, Lund Humphries

Other Outputs

  • Co-curator of Designs on Britain, exhibition at the Jewish Museum, London 2017-8
  • Co-curator of Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal, exhibition at the Jewish Museum, London 2016-7
  • Curator of Naomi Alexander: Domesticity at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, 2015
  • Curator of Naomi Alexander: Once Upon a Time in Lithuania at various locations including London Jewish Cultural Centre, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Vilna Gaon State Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania and the Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami, USA 2006-13
  • Curator of Anna Pavlova at Ivy House, London Jewish Cultural Centre 2012
  • Curator of Jews and Medicine London Jewish Cultural Centre 2011
  • Curator of The Enduring Lie: The Portrayal of Jews in the Arab and Western Media London Jewish Cultural Centre 2010
  • Curator of A Cast of Characters – Paintings and Drawings by Antony Sher, London Jewish Cultural Centre 2007

Conference Papers Given

  • August 2015, Invited speaker for the 2015 programme of the Vacation Term for Biblical Study (VTBS) at Robinson College Cambridge.  Delivered 3 lectures on different approaches to the Bible in the work of christian and Jewish artists.
  • ‘Zealots and dreamers aiming at something to which only millionaires and powerful nations can aspire.' The Ben Uri Art Society and its founders.  First Congress of Jewish Art in Poland, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

Last updated: 08 December 2017