Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Julia Cassim directed the Challenge Workshops at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design until July 2011. She continues to run the Workshops as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow.
The Challenge Workshops are a pioneering knowledge transfer programme in inclusive design that bring together professional designers at all stages of their career with disabled and older people in a co-design process based on equality and mutual benefit. She joined the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in 2000, having lived in Japan from 1971 to 1998.
As arts columnist of The Japan Times Julia wrote extensively on art, traditional design and museum culture. She founded Access Vision, a non-profit organisation for visually impaired people, and curated and designed award-winning exhibitions for audiences with visual impairments and learning disabilities - a strand of work that continues alongside her role at the centre.
Julia studied fine art at Manchester College of Art and Design and at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, and has an MPhil from the University of Newcastle.