Shelly James

Shelly James

Royal College of Art

Trained in textiles, at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Shelley pursued a career in corporate design for international clients including Visa International, Shell and Habitat.

Deciding to explore the themes of perception and reality from a more personal perspective, she studied Printmaking at the University of the West of England. developing new techniques for encapsulating prints in glass with support from the National Glass Centre in Sunderland and Arts Council England.  An ongoing Residency with the Bristol Eye Hospital and PhD research at the Royal College of Art in London has led to a number of collaborative projects with scientists, exploring the intersection between material and virtual space.

Recent exhibitions of Shelley’s work include the MRC Centenary ‘From DNA to the Brain’ at Somerset House and the ‘Illusions’ exhibition at the Science Gallery in Dublin.

She has been selected for the prestigious Jerwood Maker’s Award and is currently working with the Institute of Philosophy at UCL, the Royal College of Art and the university of Leeds.