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Dr Jill Townsley is currently an ‘Artist Expert’ for the EU Commission, and has a residency at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Italy. The JRC is a community of researchers appointed to advise EU policy.  Jill is developing work for the EU funded ‘Resonance III festival’ in October 2019. The theme for the festival is Big Data, she is collaborating with the JRC researcher in computer systems, Carlo Ferigato on a project called FOREVER-DO. This multi-faceted project  utilises research on data visualisation and Petri Net systems and has resulted in a socially relational game the FOREVER-DO sculpture game, which was presented at the Milan Digital Week in March 2019. It is to be built again at the JRC in May 2019. A large-scale installation will be presented at the Resonance III festival at the JRC and travel to a high-profile gallery in Europe in 2020.

Jill was awarded the ‘Juried Press Award’ for work exhibited in the ‘7th International Arte Laguna Prize’ held at the Venice Arsenale, Italy (2013). She was represented by Project 4 Gallery in Washington DC, and has had her work reviewed in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Independent and the art Journal ‘Artfractures’.

Her work is predominantly large-scale sculpture that explores ideas of repetition. Her practice has expanded to include time-based media, especially time-lapse animation that documents her process or the temporality of her large sculptures. Her exhibitions may also include drawing and photography. She studied Sculpture at the Royal College of Art and has a practice-based PhD in Fine Art from Liverpool University, for which she received a Gladstone Fellowship from the University of Chester.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Project 4 Gallery in Washington DC, USA, The Nunnery Gallery, London, Hadfield University Gallery,  Huddersfield Art Gallery. Her work has also been exhibited in seminal group exhibitions such as ‘Second Lives – Remixing the Ordinary’, (2008 – 09) at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, exhibiting alongside artists including Ai Weiwei, Cornelia Parker and Do Ho Suh. She has had work commissioned by the Towner Gallery for the exhibition ‘Compulsive, Obsessive, Repetitive’ (2011) and by the international architects firm Gensler for the offices of Clifford Chance in Washington DC. Jill has had an essay published in an Arts Council funded book 100 Things Not Worth Repeating: On Repetition (2011) edited by Marianne Holm Hansen and published by Lemon Melon, and conference publications in Brazil and Portugal. She is currently working on a book chapter for a Springer publication.

Research Expertise and Interests

Repetition embedded within the process of art production

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 2011 2019

  • 8 Exhibition
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Artefact
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products


Townsley, J., 14 Mar 2019

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access
Computer science
Binary codes
Petri nets

Thought positions in Sculpture

Redmore, N., Bailey, R., Townsley, J., Macdonald, A. & MacDonald, J., 17 Nov 2017

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Open Access
University Research

Carbon Meets Silicon

Townsley, J. & Liggett, S., 8 Sep 2015

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

World Wide Web

Stones: Thought Positions in Sculpture

Townsley, J., 16 Oct 2015

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Sculpture Collection
Henry Moore Institute

The Digital and The Hand

Townsley, J. & Liggett, D. S., 8 Sep 2015

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access
World Wide Web