Nathan Walker is an artist, curator and writer. His work investigates writing and speaking in/as performance. Primarily working in the fields of performance and action art, Nathan's works explores expanded concepts of writing, including durational writing and sound poetry. His work also extends into online projects that consider the event of performance in electronic poetry.

He has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally most recently presenting work at Experimentica, Chapter Arts, Cardiff; Shady Dealings with Language, Matts Gallery, London; The Other Room, Manchester; E-Poetry Festival, London; Performance Space, London; & Catalyst Arts, Belfast. His work has also been presented at the National Review of Live Art (2007) & Spill Festival of Performance (2009).

Alongside artist Victoria Gray he is co-director of Oui Performance an artist-led organisation dedicated to research and presentation of performance art both in the UK and internationally. Nathan is a PhD candidate at University of Salford, Manchester and Senior Lecturer in Performance at York St John University.

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Nathan Walker C.V

b. 1985 Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK.


2014 - (2019) PhD candidate in Creative Writing at University of Salford, Manchester.
2013 Recognised Fellow of Higher Education Academy
2008 - 2009 Masters in Performance Writing, Dartington College of Arts
2003 - 2006 First Class Honours Bachelors of Arts in Performance, York St John University


From 2009 Senior Lecturer in Performance at York St John University, UK
Undergraduate Modules developed and taught: Performance Writing; Ensemble Theatre Practice; Contemporary Theatre Practices; Word Based Arts; Political Performance
From 2010 Co-Director of O U I Performance


2014 'SCAW', Experimentica 14 at Chapter Arts, Cardiff
'Things in the Future Sometimes Garage', Performance Fields at YSJ, York
'Mouthing', Shady Dealings with Language, X Marks the Bökship, Matts Gallery, London
Reading at The Other Room, Manchester
'Sneck Stairs', with Emma Bennett, Performing House, York
2013 'Before Performance' Exhibition of Journals at Performance Space, London
'Gentle Panic', with Victoria Gray, ]Performancexchange[ at Performance Space, London
'NAPE', In Conversation at Performance Space, London
Action Score Generator, Infinite Record: Archive, Memory & Performance, York St John University, York
'53 Sounds', with Victoria Gray, DUO DAYS at Catalyst Arts, Belfast
Reading at Tertulia, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
2012 'BRAY', PAErsche, Künstlerforum, Bonn, Germany
'40 Sounds', COPY // Double, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
'ONTW', (in)Xclusion, East Street Arts, Leeds
2011 'TOWN', XTC, Studio 1.1 Gallery, London
'WONT', Group Action, Performance Space, London
'NOWT', Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, New York, USA
'Objectivity Tropes', Hunter Gatherer, Group Show, PSL Project Space Leeds
'These are the Motions', Action Weekend, Performance Space, London
2010 'Revenant', O U I Performance #1, Bar Lane Studio’s Basement, York
'White Spirit', O U I Performance #0, Bar Lane Studio’s Basement, York
'NOW(T)', RITE Launch, PSL Project Space Leeds
Exhibition of Collages, Past and Present (Group Show), According to McGee, York
'Cut Circle', Sixth National Whippit Night, Space 109 Walmgate, York
2009 'Virginia Woolf', In The Flesh, Plymouth Arts Center, Devon
'Bad Bad', SPILL Festival of Performance, National Theatre, London
'Paprika', Eulengasse Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
2008 'HARD POOR DEAD', Proximity Effect, Plymouth Arts Center, Devon
'SPIT DIRT OVER' & 'FLAG', Dartington College of Arts, Devon
'Careful Ephemera', Solo Exhibition, Dartington Gallery, Devon
'PLANT', Whippit Night 4, Elevator Gallery, London
'BURN', Live Art Falmouth, Cornwall
'3 Part Dedication', I Am Still Your Worst Nightmare, Arnolfini, Bristol
2007 'Strong Hours Placed', MIST, Manchester International Festival
'ABSEA', Public Pages Exhibition (Group Show) Curated by Mark Leahy, University of Plymouth
'As Small as a Fist', National Review of Live Art, Tramway, Glasgow
2006 Poetry Reading at Riverlines, City Screen York, curated by Aesthetica

Articles in Refereed Journals

2014 'Permutation and randomness in the Action Score Generator’, Journal of Writing in Creative Practice 7: 1, pp. 213–221.
2013 'Transitional Materialities and the Performance of JavaScript', Performance Research Volume 18: 5, 'On Writing & Digital Media', pp. 63-68.
2011 'The Edge of Writing: John Stezaker's 'Cinema 1 II'', in Activate e-Journal Volume 1: 1, 'On the Paper Floor: Exploring Writing Practices'.

Book Chapters

2015 'Oui Performance: Performance Art in the City of York' co-authored with Victoria Gray. In Carmichael, Y. & Crouch, A. (2015) 'Unruly Utterances: Participation, Criticality and Compass Festival 2014', Live Art UK & Compass Live Art. pp. 31 - 33.
2011 Performance, Documentation and the Archive within the Institution, (Co-Authored)Reason, M; Dorey Richmond, J; Gray, V; Walker, N. In McGillivray, G. (Ed). 'Scrapbooks, Snapshots and Memorabilia: Hidden Archives of Performance', Amsterdam, Peter Lang

Poetry & Other Publications

2015 'Action Score Generator' Published by if p then q, Manchester. with Afterword by Mark Leahy. 624 pages, ISBN 978-0-9571827-6-9.
2014 'Plots Checks for Trojan Horse Spot' (Artists Pages) The Blue Notebook: Journal for Artists' Books Volume 9 No 1, University of West England
'Kitchen Feet' Sound Poem published in Huellkurven Issue 2
2013 'Bray' (Artists Pages) Emergency Index 2012, Ugly Duckling Presse
'On the origins and theory of the ‘install-action’: An Interview with Brian Connolly' Interviewed by Nathan Walker August 2013, Unpublished.
2011 Similar Different & Good Looking: Reading Intelligent Clashing, in 'Something Tremendous Has Happened' by Silver, R (Intelligent Clashing)
'Trouble III' (Artists Pages) Emergency Index 2011, Ugly Duckling Presse
'These are the Motions', Soanyway Magazine 'Over & Over' ISSN 2043-6408
Mark Greenwood, Dog Food, Sid & Kylie, 'I Stood Up and Said Yeah' Issue 1. New Work Yorkshire 'Zine (Ltd 50 Copies)
Out of Time: Group Action and Temporary Autonomous Zone, almost, Gray, V: Walker, N. In: 'O U I BOOK ONE'. O U I Performance, York.
2010 FIVE: HARD DIRT SOFT WORD ADER in RITE, Open Dialogues and New Work Network (Eds) (2010)
2009 A Mountain Communion (Artists Pages), Stannage, E & Walker, N. Performance Research Volume 13:3 ‘On Congregation’
Score Contribution, A3 Magazine, curated by Daniel Lehan.
2008 Mamagazine, Bennett, E; Leslie, B; Walker, N. (Eds) Bonfire Books & Dartington Gallery

Refereed Conference Papers

2014 'Action Score Generator: Permutation, Performance & Writing Machines’, Performance and New Technologies, TaPRA 2014, Royal Holloway University, London
'Six Words Short: Textual Instruction Events', Modular Form Symposium, University of Roehampton, London
2013 'Sounding.js', International E-Poetry Festival 2013, Kingston University, London
'Transitional Materialities and the Performance of JavaScript', Becoming Nomad Hybrid Spaces, Liquid Architectures and Online Domains, TaPRA Performance and New Technologies Inter-conference Event at York St John University, York, UK
2009 'Notes on Apparitions and Returning', Gray, V & Walker, N. 'Notes on a Return Symposium', Laing Gallery, Newcastle
2008 'Writing the Collages of Jack Pierson', Writing Encounters International Symposium, York St John University, York

Invited Presentations & Taught Workshops

2014 'Playing with Chance: The Action Score Generator' Lecture & Workshop for BA Drama at Kingston University, London
'Site, Writing, Noise' Three-Day Taught Workshop for Level 1 & 2 Students, with Claire Potter at L'ecole Beaux Arts Nantes, France
'Action / Object' Two-Day Taught Workshop for Level 4 & 5 Students, with Claire Potter, at L'ecole Beaux Arts Nantes, France
Artists Talk at L'ecole Beaux Arts Nantes, France
'Pages as Performing Spaces' Talk at Counter: Plymouth Artists Books Fair, Plymouth Arts Center
Writer in Residency (Oui Performance), BxNU Symposium: Cloudscape. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.
'Yes Performance (on Oui Performance)', Talk with Victoria Gray, at School of Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
2012 'Action Art Now' Talk with Victoria Gray at Taking Our Bearings, Compass Live Art, East Street Arts, Leeds.
2012 'Touring Live Art', Talk with Victoria Gray at A Compass Associates Debate with Arts Council England, Compass Symposium for Live Art, Carriageworks, Leeds
2011 Young Hunters, Mentoring young artists (15 -18 year olds), in partnership with PSL (Project Space Leeds) & Breeze International Youth Festival, Leeds
2010 'Open Structures: Improvisation as Artistic and Pedagogical Methodology', Talk with Victoria Gray, at Enquiry Based Learning Symposium, York St John University, York
'York / New York', Workshop Delivery on Writing and Performance with Dr Claire Hind, at Purchase College, State University of New York, USA
2009 'The Sent Away for Look', Talk at York St John University, York
'Score / Action / Writing', Artists Talk & Workshop, BA Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts, Devon


2013 In Conversation - 'Install-Action' Digital Residency, Commissioned by Performance Space, London
2011 FANTO, Ltd Edition Bookwork, commissioned by Mercy, Liverpool for Abandon Normal Devices Festival
Es.terni, International Festival of Contemporary Arts, Terni, Italy.
Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
2010 PAF Performing Arts Forum, Spring Residency Programme, France
City of York Council, Fiesta Festival, York


5 year international research project (2009-2013) funded by Arts Council England, titled Oui Performance. Researching Action Art in relation to the politics of movement and affective encounter. Bringing 40 National and International artists to the UK. Research outcomes included: 1 publication, 11 performance events/exhibitions, 3 year series of workshops and 5 funded research trips (USA, Germany, Italy, France and Northern Ireland). Notable artists included; Sandra Johnston, Alastair MacLennan, Anne Seagrave.

2011–2013 Action Art Now, Co-curated with Victoria Gray, Oui Performance. Series of 6 events, 19 UK & International performance artists, York, UK.
2012 Quilt City, Curator and Project Manager, Quilt Museum & Quilters Guild of the British Isles. City Wide Exhibition of 30 new artworks
2009 – 2010 O U I #0 – O U I #4, Co-curated with Victoria Gray, Oui Performance. Series of 4 events, 14 UK & International performance artists, York, UK.
2009 The Sixth National Whippit Night, Co-curated with Victoria Gray. 8 UK based performance artists, York, UK.
2006 – 2007 LUX Festival of Light, Curator and Project Manager, City of York Council & York St John University. Public Exhibition of 10 new artworks and 2 performances in non-art spaces across the city.


2013 Grants for the Arts through Arts Council England funded by the National Lottery (Oui Performance)
York St John University, Faculty of Arts Research Committee Grant
2012 Live Art UK Associate, Oui Performance
Grants for the Arts through Arts Council England funded by the National Lottery (Oui Performance)
2011 Compass Live Art Associate, Oui Performance
2010 NAN Go & See Bursary, A-N Artists Information Company
Grants for the Arts through Arts Council England funded by the National Lottery (Oui Performance)
Enquiry Based Learning, Faculty of Arts Research Committee, International Grant, York St John University
2009 Grants for the Arts through Arts Council England funded by the National Lottery (Oui Performance)
City of York Council, Arts and Education Development Grant
2008 A.H.R.C Professional Preparation Masters Scheme
2006 Faculty of Arts Award & Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award, York St John University Degree Ceremony
Impetus Award for Socially Engaged Arts Practice - The Institute for Global Ethics, UK Trust


The National Review of Live Art Archive, Bristol University, UK

Photo credits: Warren Orchard, Marco Berardi, Jordan Hutchings, Victoria Gray, Frank Homeyer, Karen Meiner, Richard James Hall, Bean, Joanna Loveday, Claire Greenwood, Poppy Jackson, Mark Greenwood, Maddy Pethick. All images are copyright of the artist and should not be reproduced anywhere without prior permission.

© Nathan Walker 2015