Presenting a paper at Displacements conference at the Society for Cultural Anthropology and Johns Hopkins University

April 2018

Curating Sustainability Art Prize at Anglia Ruskin University

April 2018


Selected for Climate Hack project to take part across Cambridge University Museums

19-21 January 2018


Marina Velez has been invited by Social Soups project to create work in relation to environmental issues.

2018 project and exhibition will take place in Italy.


Completion of Conversational Placemats project celebrated with an exhibition. Peterborough, UK

August 2017


Presenting new work at the group show PassPort Brittania, London, UK.

30th July 2017



Curating the first Art & Science project for the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kindom.

Shows in London, Cambridge and Manchester:









Collaborating with artist Julie Rossiter and researcher Geoff Morley for Resident Biodiversity

Cambridge, 2017

Curating the Sustainability Art Prize for students at the Cambridge School of Art

March-April 2017


NSU Winter Symposium in Saxnäs, Sweden

Presenting the paper Landing: Exploring cultural heritage and sustainability through art practice.


Wellbeing and Technology, Balance Network, Three Cafes

with Debby Lauder and Davide Natalini

Presenting at the Festival for the Earth Convference at Ca'Foscari University of Venice

with American artist Alan Sonfist and Italian artist Giuseppe La Spada

Arriving at the Venice Lagoon island of La Certosa 

with Alan Sonfist and Clive Adams

Gala dinner at Festival for the Earth Forum and Conference

Festival for the Earth, Venice



Balance Network comissions new work

Three Cafes


Art residency at METAL


Dimension Leap at the Festival of Ideas

October 2016


Experiencing Change-Changing Experience

July-August 2016


Periferica, end of Sustainability Residency group show

30 July 2016


Presenting at White Wood Forum in Deveron Art

26-28 May 2016


Curating SAP (Sustainability Art Prize) for Cambridge School of Art

Press release


The Sustainability Art Prize for students Private View saw a full house at the Ruskin Gallery on Thursday 14th April.


The commended works are Roots by Cathy Faithfull, a BA Fine Art student and Not As Recycled As You Think, a compilation of posters addressing deforestation, agro-industry and its relation to carbon emissions and climate change, created  by Hsiang-yu Chen, MA Illustration and Book Arts student. The former reminds us of Deleuzian rhyzomatic connections and how sustainability is about being aware of how everything is connected and interdependent. The latter represents a wonderful example of the power that illustration and graphic design posses to convey a message as complex and multilayered as sustainability.


The 3rd Prize is Nowhere, or not quite here yet, until long as it takes by Justyna Latoch , a BA Fine Art student working in collaboration with Lucas Kreoff, BA Graphic Design. This work speaks of Braidotti’s Nomadic Theory and addresses the idea of movement as a strategy for survival, nomadic thinking as a new permanent state of being in a world in constant flux and issues related to the geopolitical management of the land.


The second prize was awarded to The Imagined Past and the Forgotten Future – An Archive for Orford Ness, by Vic Dawson, MA Printmaking Year 2 . This is a piece which touches in retro and subdued tones issues of history, conservation and historic collective memory. It brings together the idea that conservation is about caring rather than preserving the status quo and points out at the opportunities that can arise from social enterprises in relation to sustainability.


Scar Tissue, by MA Fine Art student Artist Activists, obtained the first prize of the competition. This is a laboriously crafted and beautifully presented piece which shows evidence of good research and is anchored in solid and extensive investigation of its subject matter. Scar Tissue questions the interrelation of the human condition and the images we produce and access through technology. It suggests that we tend to accept the unthinkable as long as it is mediated by technology, which simultaneously brings us closer and distances us from the consequences of our actions, from what we do the planet, to ourselves and to each other. Ultimately, this work puts forward, in a compelling aesthetic gesture, the idea that governing our world though violence is unsustainable and invites us to take a closer look into uncomfortable topics, insinuating that we can only change those difficult truths by getting close to them, close enough to understand and transform them.


Marina Velez





Showing work at the Maxwell Building opening

April 2016


Sensing Through Things

Presenting a paper at the American Associations of Geopgraphers annual conference in San Francisco

as part of the Goldsmith panel 'Sensing Practices'

March 2016



Cultures and Practices of Belonging Symposium



Presenting at Cambrdige Festival of Ideas, October 2015


Presenting at ClimArtTherapy Conference


Raw Catalyst, Sustainability Residency 2015


Department for Sunshine


















SALE, video at Manifesta 2014, Cambridge and St Petersburg 


23-27 September 2014, 9 Norfolk Street Gallery, Cambridge



Presenting a paper at Walking Art Landscape and Knowledge conferece, Plymouth University



Cocido Crudo

Belalcazar, Spain




MILK. Cambridge Sustainability Residency first publication.

Quid Pro Quo: Negotiating Futures

10-13 April 2014, 9 Norfolk Street Gallery, Cambridge


Event Horizon for Art Language Location

October 17-November 3 2013

Marina's work Event Horizon will be shown at the rails of Great Saint Mary's church for the duration of the project

This work addresses the limits of understanding in the context of the beginning of time and the universe. Taking the gospel of John and the recent map of the cosmos measured by Planck as points of departure, this work hopes to comment on the nuances and pitfalls of translation, interpretation and codes.  By looking at what is lost, what is gained and what is transformed when information is moved from one set of values to another, Event Horizon highlights the fragility and impermanence of fundamental concepts.




Art and Sustainability Residency

22-28 April 2013

Organised by Marina Velez and Russell Cuthbert in collaboration with the Global Sustainability Institute and the Cambridge School of Art

Poster image credit Tim Mitchell

Poster image credit Marina Velez

Poster image credit Bettina Furnee


The Zeitgeist Open Exhibition 

17 Nov-1 Dec 2012

Bond House Project Space, London, UK 

About the piece show in the Zeitgeist Open, Marion Michell wrote in a-n Artists Talking (Exposing contemporary visual artists' practice)

I kept returning to Marina Velez’ enigmatic, powerful Lot. Two photographs of a cluttered room taken from slightly different angles are seamlessly joined together, creating a space where a woman sits/stands, wearing a kerchief/curlers on her head, and maybe one moment you think you’re somewhere in the Middle East, but then it’s probably London, or somewhere entirely different? You go close to inspect the objects in the living room/working room for clues - books, plants, shelves, door frames, light switches… - and settle for London knowing full well that you shouldn’t because while you turn away everything shifts again, including the mood. And why do I think it’s a self-portrait (it isn't)?. These are works that kept drawing me in and I wish I could remember them better or live with them for a while - they slowly surrender layers of complexity but hold out on you, always. Ambiguity is at their centre: here the heart beats and brain-cells gyrate.



And'Art 2012

Residency and Group show, Casablanca, Morocco


The Lab

Solo show first prize for Open 2012 at Cambridge Artworks Gallery




Making Art in Context

Published by Anglia Ruskin University


The Limits of Seeing

a collaboration with the Institute of Astronomy, Anglia Ruskin University and Wysing Art Centre, 23 June 2012

Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge, Programme: 3-5 pm Observatories & Lawn, 5-6.30 pm Auditorium







New exhibition space coordinated by Cambridge School of Art and Cambridge City Council



Exhibition of photographs, sound and video works by Marina Velez

Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University


The Multilingual Family and The Multilingual Child



OUTSIDE 11: Artist as an Outsider


A Parallel Vision

This is a musical piece composed and performed by Gala Tellechea Velez and Maurits Roes, curated By Marina Velez

'I have been experimenting with sound through performance which intends to address the different ways in which a piece could be interpreted and how one approaches composition. I usually look for new ways for musicians and composers to make music, while making use of ideas that are not easy to define. For this piece I have invited a fine pianist, Maurits Roes, with whom I am currently collaborating. We play quatre mans and, as Maurits says, when we play together a sort of magic appears, and then we just follow. Between composition and improvisation and beyond. This piece alludes to a parallel reality, a person's memory of a place, someone's vision or a view that is only visible from a sort of timeless world'

Gala Tellechea Velez studies Art Science at the Royal Academy of Art, Royal Conservatory of The Hague and Leiden University.

A Parallel Vision will be performed in the following places:

Saturday 13th November 12.30 - 14 Michaelhouse. St. Michael's Church, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1SU

Monday 15 November 11.30  Studio Room Helmore  037, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT


Keep Off The Grass

Clare Hall, Cambridge University, 5 February-21 March 2010, Clare Hall, Herschel Road, Cambridge CB3 9AL


Cambridge School of Art Degree Show

Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, 2nd-11th June 2010