Julius Thissen is a multidisciplinary artist and artistic researcher based in Arnhem (NL) 

Their works investigate notions of community and representation, masculinity, sports and competition.

With their photographic work, originating from their practice as a performance artist, Thissen aims to create narratives that investigate the fine line between performing and failing. These relations are strongly linked to contemporary performance driven culture and the influence of social expectations on our behaviour. The work also relates to personal experiences as a genderqueer trans masculine individual. Thissen strongly opposes the constraining and often binary narratives imposed on transgender and queer people.

Thissen has been nominated for the Hendrik Valk Price, Arnhemse Nieuwe and the Warsteiner Blooom Awards. In 2017 Julius received the Mondriaan Fund Stipendium for Emerging Artists and in 2020 they received the Mondriaan Fund Artist Project Grant. 

Thissen frequently gives lectures, works as a guest teacher and takes part in panel discussions. For bookings, click here.

Inclusion consultancy

Shortly after Julius started to work as an artist and curator in 2015 it became apparent there was a lack of diversity in the Dutch creative industry. As a member of the trans community, this sparked a need to start researching inclusionary and diversifying processes in the museum and the workplace, mainly focused on LGBTQIA+ topics.

Julius has organised several community based research projects, symposia and exhibitions, bringing together intersectional groups of researchers and artists to investigate ways to make the museum more accessible and inclusive. To read more about inclusion consultancy, click here.

Selected exhibitions

De School, TENT, Showroom MAMA, Museum Arnhem, Collectie de Groen, Feminist Art Festival Amsterdam, Amsterdam Museum, ExpoPLU, Minut Init, Transcreen Filmfestival, ART Rotterdam

Selected publications

Mister Motley, DAFNE magazine, Volkskrant, VPRO Gids, Grote Kunstkalender, Radio 1, BNN VARA, Brainwash Festival

Selected clients

 Van Abbemuseum, ArtEZ University of the Arts, REDKEN, HAN University of Applied Sciences, MAISON the FAUX, Stefanie Janssen, Berend Brus, ISH – dance collective, Gemeente Arnhem, ArtEZ Studium Generale