Victoria Walters is an academic and fine artist. She works principally with found and organic materials as sculptural substances with inherited energies and meanings. Photography is important to her and documentation of the structures she builds sometimes becomes the work itself. Her practice is concerned with narratives of home, protection, the state of emergency and the state of exception.
Victoria’s visual art practice dialogues with her writing and critical reflection. Her academic research has largely focused on the work and legacies of German 20th century artist Joseph Beuys and the relationship between art and anthropology. She has published widely on the artist’s work and given academic papers in the UK and internationally.
She is a member of the artist network Space, Place, Practice; current work with the network includes a response to the former Soapworks in Bristol, as part of its contribution to the group exhibition there in October 2020, organised by Centre of Gravity. She is an Associate Lecturer in Visual Culture at UWE Bristol.
- Fine Art PGDip, Bath Spa University (2014-2015)
- Visual Culture PhD, University of Ulster (2005-2009)
- Digital Media MA, UWE Bristol (2000-2003)
- European Studies BA (Hons), University of Manchester (1992-1996)
- 2019 Loss & Lucidity (The Lost and Found), curated by Diana Ali, Fábrica Braço de Prata, Lisbon
- 2017 Home and the Poetics of Space, Dark Matters show, Fringe Arts Bath
- 2016 Edge of Collapse, AA2A Scheme co-curated show, University of Plymouth
- 2016 Time Machine, curated by alldaybreakfast, Fringe Arts Bath
- Invited speaker on ‘Working with Substance: the Expanded Art of Joseph Beuys’ at Courtauld Institute of Art, 2018
- Invited speaker on ‘Beuys and EURASIA’, Leeds Art Gallery, invited by Henry Moore Institute, 2017
- ‘Who Is Precarious Now? An Exploration of Homing through Art’, SIEF Congress, Göttingen, 2017
- ‘Beuys and the Celtic World’, Beuys Symposium, Edinburgh College of Art, 2016
- ‘Art History and Ecology’, AAH Conference, RCA, 2014
- Shared keynote with Dr Iain Biggs, ‘Beauty Will Save the World’, Bristol University, 2010
- ‘Artistic Detours’, RAI Conference ‘Beyond Text? Synaesthetic and Sensory Practices in Anthropology’, Manchester University, 2007
- AA2A Scheme, Plymouth University, 2015-16
- Walters, V., 2019. Joseph Beuys and EURASIA. In Tate Papers, no. 31, Spring 2019 [online here].
- Walters, V., 2013. Opening Up the Field: Joseph Beuys’ Anthropological Art. In Johler, R., Marchetti, C., Tschofen, B. and Weith, C., eds., Kultur_Kultur: Denken. Forschen. Darstellen. Münster, New York, Munich, Berlin: Waxmann Verlag, pp. 311-317
- Walters, V., 2012. Joseph Beuys and the Celtic Wor(l)d: a language of healing. Berlin: LIT Verlag
- Lerm Hayes, C. and Walters, V., eds., 2011. Beuysian Legacies in Ireland and Beyond: Art, Culture and Politics. Berlin: LIT Verlag
- Walters, V., 2010. The Artist as Shaman: the work of Joseph Beuys and Marcus Coates. In Schneider, A. and Wright, C., eds., Between Art and Anthropology. Oxford: Berg, pp. 35-47
- Walters, V., 2010. Working “in the Opposite Direction”: Joseph Beuys in the Field. Journal article. In Anthropological Journal of European Cultures Vol. 19 (2) 2010, pp. 22-43