Born in 1971.
Julie Crawshaw studied fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee/Scotland (BA 1993) and »The Management and Implementation of Development Projects« at the Institute of Development, Policy and Management (IDPM), Manchester University (MSc 2006).
Her PhD research »Beyond targets: a holistic approach for evaluating the impact of the arts in community development« will develop strategies to measure and articulate the role of the arts in community sustainability.
Crawshaw has supported visual arts development since 1993 and has practiced independently for the last ten years, with a special interest in artist-led practice, setting up and co-directing Midwest (www.midwest.org.uk) a virtual and events-based project to look at the »place« of the artist (2002–2008).
Current projects are »Park and Ride«, a curatorial research inquiry on the role of the art center in the UK, as well as the coordination of a community commission with residents in Openshaw, East Manchester as part of the New East Manchester Housing Market Renewal Programme, to support the integration of community decisions in the regeneration of the neighborhood.
Recently, she was a member of an experiential training program of the IDPM, supported by the Department for International Development and The British Council, to engender significant civil service reform within Bangladesh.
As well as realizing her own projects, as a consultant she has specialized in developing, reviewing and evaluating projects that investigate the role of the artist, and the value of art practice and creativity in community sustainability. Clients include: universities, Arts Council England (various regional offices), city and county councils, environment agencies, galleries and studio providers.