Spencer Julien FRSA

b. Toronto, Canada. Lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Visual Studies, University of Toronto, 2022
Foundation Diploma
, Art & Design, University of the Arts London, 2019

GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND AWARDS

Fellowship, Royal Society of Arts, London. 2018.
Paul Yuzyk Initiative for Multiculturalism, Government of Canada, Ottawa. 2018.
Founder’s Award, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto. 2018.
Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, Governor General of Canada, Ottawa. 2018.
Sesquicentennial Pin, Government of Canada, Ottawa. 2017.
Silver Key (Photography), Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, New York. 2017.
Gold Key (Photography), Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, New York. 2016.
Silver Key (Photography), Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, New York. 2016.
Honourable Mention (Film & Animation), Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, New York. 2015.
Frederick Simpson Award for Best Film, Toronto International Film Festival. 2012.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Independent Curator, Freelance, 2016-present
Project Manager - Educational Programming, Revue Cinema, 2018.
Artist-in-Residence, Y+ Contemporary. 2018.
Director, Les Enfants Terribles, 2017-2018.

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

Body Extensions. Group exhibition. Gallery 272, London, United Kingdom. January 2019. Featuring work by Noah J. Brown, Daniel Charkow, Juliet Di Carlo, Theodora Fitzpatrick, Zoë Jolink, Macy Kerrigan, and Catherine Ritchie. Curated by Spencer Julien. Made possible with support by Arts’ Students Union.

Watching Night of the Living Dead. Screening. Revue Cinema, Toronto, Ontario. October 2018. Programmed as part of the Art Toronto weekend. Co-curated by Spencer Julien and Matthew Varey, in collaboration with PLATFORM Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts (Winnipeg) and Revue Film Society.

Flash Forward Incubator. Art fair booth. Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario. June 2018. Featuring work by forty artists, including Clea Christakos-Gee, Alison Clark, Adam Gowan, Meredith Tudor-Doonan, and Parker Lily Tuson-Morse, among others. Co-curated by Spencer Julien, Lisette Markiewicz, and Sydney Waters in collaboration with Magenta Foundation.

Bonafide. Group exhibition. United Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario. June 2018. Featuring work by Shellicka Anglin, Noah Brown, Isabella Ferrer Fernandez, Hailey Hanson, Luca Soldovieri, Teodore von Baeyer, and Alexis Vo. Co-curated by Spencer Julien and Temple Marucci-Campbell. Made possible with support by the Government of Canada.

Rebirth & Regression. Solo exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. June 2018. Featuring work by Giselle Valencia. Curated by Spencer Julien.

Collaboration of One. Solo exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. March 2018. Featuring work by Ariana Pickard. Co-curated by Spencer Julien and Christian Webster.

Serena. Solo exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. March 2018. Featuring work by Ella Webber. Co-curated by Spencer Julien and Christian Webster.

One of Another. Group exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. February 2018. Featuring work by Gabrielle Balzan, Violet Kumagai, Luca Soldovieri, and Calla Soderholm. Curated by Spencer Julien.

Making the Present. Solo exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. January 2018. Featuring work by Alexis Vo. Curated by Spencer Julien

Girl Gaze. Duo exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. November 2017. Featuring work by Lucy Stamler and Grace Stamler. Curated by Spencer Julien.

Contained Space. Solo exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. October 2017. Featuring work by Krystyna Poremba. Co-curated by Spencer Julien and Hannah Panov.

Foundation. Group exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. September 2017. Featuring work by Claire Calderwood, Sadie Phillipson, and Isabella Vella. Curated by Spencer Julien.

Mindmaps. Solo exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. September 2017. Featuring work by Ben Elhav. Curated by Spencer Julien.

WORK. Solo exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. June 2017. Featuring work by Julianna Ham. Curated by Spencer Julien.

Schwerleichtigkeit. Duo exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. May 2017. Featuring work by Lilja Floerke and Luca Soldovieri. Curated by Spencer Julien.

PRETTY. Solo exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. April 2017. Featuring work by Lily Watson. Curated by Spencer Julien.

I’ll Tell You Later (When I Know). Duo exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. March 2017. Featuring work by Kasia Borkowski and Aoife O’Mahoney. Curated by Spencer Julien.

More Than My Melanin. Group exhibition. Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Ontario. February 2017. Programmed as part of the Etobicoke School of the Arts Black History Month programs. Featuring work by Noah Brown, Temple Marucci-Campbell, and Jada White, among others. Co-curated by Spencer Julien and Liam Macaloney.

Homegrown. Group exhibition. Cinecycle, Toronto, Ontario. February 2017. Featuring work by Callahan Bracken, Erica Renee Bruno, Sam Greco, Julianna Ham, Olivia Kerr, Juliette Leach, Temple Marucci-Campbell, and Nara Wrigglesworth.

Recent Works. Solo exhibition. Les Enfants Terribles, Toronto, Ontario. January 2017. Featuring work by Juliette Leach. Curated by Spencer Julien.

Heritage. Group exhibition. Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Ontario. November 2016. Featuring work by sixty artists, including Vienna Doria-Pighin, Michelle Su, and Owen Herlin, among others. Curated by Spencer Julien.

Influence. Group exhibition. Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, Ontario. October 2016. Featuring work by Holly Mclachlan
Sydney Ackermann, Luca Soldoveiri, Olivia Kerr, Isabella Vella, Julianna Ham, Noah Gehman, Aya Danzig, Teodore von Baeyer, and Valeriya Kernytska.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Spencer Julien: Refraction. Toronto: Les Enfants Terribles, 2018.
Trinity Review 130.2. Toronto: University of Toronto, 2018.
Spencer Julien: Works. Toronto: Self-published, 2017. In conjunction with Portfolio Day 8.
Unvarnished Magazine, Vol. 2. New York: Unvarnished Magazine, 2017.
Flash Forward Incubator 5th Anniversary. Toronto: Magenta Foundation, 2017.

LECTURES

Self-actualization. Art Talk 6, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario. December 2018.
Cataloguing. w. Annabel Berthoff. Art Talk 5, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario. March 2018.

COLLECTIONS

Toronto Public Library

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: ARTIST

Solo Exhibitions

Source Material, Black Cat Artspace. Toronto. October 2018.
Refraction, Les Enfants Terribles. Toronto. May 2018.
Expo 67 & My Mother, Side Door Gallery. Georgetown. October 2016.

Group Exhibitions

Foundation Summer Show, Camberwell College of Arts. London, UK. May 2019.
New Camberwell Art, Student-Led Gallery. London, UK. January 2019.
Interconnect, Doris McCarthy Gallery. Scarborough. June 2018.
Interconnect, Y+ Contemporary. Scarborough. June 2018.
Only Some of Us Want to Be Artists, Project Gallery. Toronto. June 2018. Curated by Ana Moseres.
Dismantle, Artscape Youngplace. Toronto. May 2018. Curated by Glenn Novak.
Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative 8, Eyelevel Gallery. Halifax. May 2018.
Video Rental Store, Knot Project Space. Ottawa. April 2018. Curated by Under New Management.
Spaces in Between, Neilson Park Creative Centre. Toronto. April 2018. Curated by Jenny Yajing Chen.
11th Annual Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum of Northern History. Kirkland Lake. April 2018.
Tag Yourself, One Brooklyn Bridge Gallery. New York City. February 2018.
Portfolio Day 8, Etobicoke School of the Arts. Toronto. November 2017.
Habitat Transformation, Gardiner Museum. Toronto. May 2017.
Parkdale Film & Video Showcase, Gallery 1313. Toronto. September 2016.
Street Projects, Open Field Collective. Toronto/Guelph. August 2016. Curated by Erika James.
Public Access Vol. 1, Faith/Void. Toronto. July 2016. Curated by Julia Galle and Scooter Jay.
Ozark Short Film Festival, Lamar Theatre. Lamar, MO. July 2016.
Cat Call, 8-11. Toronto. June 2016.
ESA Film Week, Nancy Main Auditorium. Toronto. May 2016.
TDSB Creates, Artscape Youngplace. Toronto. May 2016
Look Up, Artscape Youngplace. Toronto. April 2016.
Big Screen Film Festival, Queensway Theatre. Toronto. April 2016.
60 Second Film Festival, Nancy Main Auditorium. Toronto. December 2015.
Sixty Second Film Festival, Vashon Theatre. Vashon, WA. October 2015.
Catalyst Communities Film Festival. Lincolnshire, UK. July 2015.
Digital Storytelling Film Festival. Los Angeles. July 2015.
ESA Film Week, Nancy Main Auditorium. Toronto. May 2015.
Zoom Student Film Festival, Wavy Hall. Toronto. May 2015.
Big Screen Film Festival, Queensway Theatre. Toronto. April 2015.
60 Second Film Festival, Nancy Main Auditorium. Toronto. December 2014.
Jumpcuts Showcase, TIFF Bell Lightbox. Toronto. April 2012.

SELECTED MEDIA

Canadian Art, “Where Do We Go From Here?” 12 September 2018 [link]
Artists’ Books and Multiples, “Spencer Julien | Works” 21 July 2018 [link]
Neomemoire, “ESA @ Project Gallery” 7 June 2018 [link]
Canadian Art, “Must-Sees This Week: May 10-16, 2018” 10 May 2018; [link]
Community Captured “Parkdale-High Park Change Makers…” 18 December 2017 [link]
Snapd Etobicoke “Another Word for This” 12 January 2017
CBC Radio, “Here and Now” 6 August 2016
CBC Toronto “How these Toronto artists are making Team Canada feel more at home in Brazil” 4 August 2016 [link]
CBC Arts “Check out Team Canada’s arty digs in Rio” 2 August 2016 [link]