Marina Velez

Affiliate, Artist and Curator

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Fine art , Sustainability , Photography , Video , Environmental Issues , Speciesism

Marina is an Argentinian-Spanish artist and researcher working across areas of contemporary art practices and sustainability. Based on the idea of value as an indicator of social arrangements of what is important to preserve and protect, Marina’s practice explores art as a catalyst for making values visible and transforming them. Marina is an associate at the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World and and she has collaborated with the Festival for the Earth, Ca’ Foscari, Venice. Marina has organised and curated the Sustainability Art Prize for students at Anglia Ruskin University for the past four years as well as led the project Cambridge Sustainability Residency for artists.


Marina is based in Cambridge where she teaches and develops her research and practice. She obtained a BA and an MFA from Anglia Ruskin University and is currently in the final stages of her PhD. She had studios at Wysing Art Centre, collaborated with education department at Kettle’s Yard and was an associate artist at Aid & Abet. She has done projects in collaboration with the Institute of Astronomy, Kavli Institute for Cosmology, Reisner Lab, Nano Technology Department and the Museum of Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Marina’s art practice is informed by issues related to sustainability and she has collaborated with the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University in various occasions. She has participated in events related to climate breakdown (Climate Hack, University of Cambridge) and psychology and sustainability (Clim’art’therapy, Anglia Ruskin University).

Marina is interested in people's behaviour, the social construction of values and how these affect the protection or degradation of other species and their environment. In her practice, the idea of value and worth act as the emergent that highlights traceability of more complex issues, mainly related to the problematics of the Anthropocene. Her practice positions itself central to the idea that there is a need for opening up spaces for continued existence of other species and their habitat, as well as generating and protecting multiplicity of social forms and other types of knowledge. Marina uses photography and video to explore these, as well as more ephemeral interventions such as conversations, pastoral walks and shared work.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • Italian

Research interests

  • Contemporary art practice
  • Art practice as research
  • Sustainability and art
  • Generating and protecting spaces for continued existence of other species as well as multiplicity of social forms and other types of knowledge
  • Curating as a tool for teaching and learning


Sustainability Art Prize (extra-curricular) as a form of feedback assessment and a way of incorporating sustainability into the fabric of creative disciplines studies.


  • 2013- to present Ph.D. candidate, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Master of Fine art, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Contemporary Asian Art, Sotheby’s Institute
  • Certificate of Higher Education, University of Cambridge
  • Curso Avanzado de Didáctica del Español como Lengua Extranjera, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija and Insituto Cervantes
  • CELTA, Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Cambridge

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow at The Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Institute for Learning
  • Associate artist at the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), Dartington

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Founder and co-director of Cambridge Sustainability Residency for Artists
  • Member of Sustainability Art Prize jury panel at Anglia Ruskin University
  • Co-editor of art book ROAR, publications
  • Co-organiser of Cultures and Practices of Belonging: Sustainability Acress Disciplines Symposium, Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2008-2010, Cambridge Steiner School Trustee, Teacher Recruitment and Education Developer
  • 2006 to present INFONEPAL, overseas coordinator and Foreign Language teacher training, Nepal

Selected recent publications

Velez, M. et al. 2017. Cosmology of the Displaced: Kai Lossgott. Johannesburg: ABSA 

Velez. M. 2017. Desert, Consciousness, Life, Cognition. Monaco: Echoes of the Void 

Velez, M & Stenton, S., 2015. MILK. Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University 

Ferran, B. 2013. Making Art in Context. Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University 

Denysova, K. & Temple-Cox, L. 2011. Outside 11: Artist as Outsider. Colchester: Cuckoo Farm Studios

Recent presentations and conferences

2018, Camelopard: other knowledges and other values as a form of protecting non-human animals and their habitat. Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

2018, Camelopard, Displacements Conference, Society for Visual Anthropology and Johns Hopkins University, USA

2018, Social Sculpture: Re-visiting identity through an exploration of memory, perception, nomadic thinking, belonging and projected values, Nordiskt Sommaruniversitet, Riga, Latvia

2018, Climate Hack intervention, Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK

2017, Cosmology of the Displaced, essay on artist Kai Lossgott, South Africa

2017, Desert, Consciousness, Life, Cognition, paper for Echoes of the Void, Italy

2017, Practicing Communities: Transformative societal strategies of artistic research Winter Symposium, Saxnas, Sweden

2016, Festival for the Earth, Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy

2016, White Wood Forum, Huntly, Scotland, UK

2016, Sensing Practices, Goldsmith University panel, AAG, San Francisco, USA

2016, Cultures and Practices of Belonging: Sustainability across Disciplines Symposium, Cambridge, UK

2015, Nano^Art, Chemistry Department Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

2015, Clim’art’therapy, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Global Sustainability Institute, Cambridge, UK

2015, Fine Art Research Unit, Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge, UK

2014, Of the Earth: Art, Photography, Writing and the Environment Conference, Plymouth, UK

2013, Global Sustainability Institute, Sustainability and Art, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

2012, Visualise, The Limits of Seeing event, University of Cambridge, UK

2011, The Multilingual Family, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Prizes and Awards

2016, Arts Council England Grant, Conversational Placemats
2012, The Zeitgeist Open
2012, Open Call 12, Cambridge ArtWorks, First Prize
2012, Anglia Trust Foundation Scholarship for Residency Programme at La Fragua, Spain
2010, Supanee Gazeley Prize
2010, MAMSIE (Studies in the Maternal, London University) Digital Media Competition

Recent Solo Exhibitions:

2017, Conversational Placemats, 2017, METAL & WestRaven, Peterborough, UK
2014, Raw::Cooked, Cocido::Crudo, Belalcázar, Spain
2013, The Lab, Cambridge ArtWorks, Cambridge, UK
2012, Wallpaper, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK
2012, Normal, Artspicture House, Cambridge, UK

Recent Group Exhibitions:

2018, Take Me There, Power and Vision: the camera as political technology, Heong Gallery, Cambridge, UK
2018, Climate Hack, Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK
2017, PassPort Brittania, Safehouse 1, London, UK
2017, Dimension Leap, University of Cambridge & Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
2016, Three Cafes, Balance Network, Cambridge, UK
2016, Experiencing Change-Changing Experience, Brighton, UK
2016, Periferica, Cambridge, UK
2016, Nano^Art, Maxwell Centre, Cambridge, UK
2015, Raw Catalyst, Ruskin Gallery, Cambirdge, UK.
2014, Landfull, Cambridge, UK
2014, Sale, Manifesta 10 parallel, Moscow, Russia
2014, Quid Pro Quo:Negotiating Futures, Cambridge, UK
2014, Demolition, Aid & Abet, Cambridge, UK
2014, Red Hot Green House, e-LLUMINATE Festival, Cambridge, UK
2013, A:L:L Art Language Location, Cambridge, UK
2013, Sale, Cambridge, UK.
2013, Dew Line, King's Street Gallery, Cambridge, UK
2012, 12-12-12, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK
2012, The Zeitgeist Open Exhibition, London, UK
2012, La Fragua, Belalcazar, Spain
2012, Text & Context, Cambridge, UK
2012, And'Art, Casablanca, Morocco
2012, Masters, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK
2012, Open Call 2012 Cambridge Artworks, UK
2012, The Limits of Seeing, Institute of Astronomy & Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
2011, The Photographer's Eye, Gatehouse Arts Gallery, Harlow, UK
2011, Chance Encounters, The Parlour Gallery, London, UK
2011, Linen, OUTSIDE:11, Colchester, UK
2011, Niche, 90-92 Regent Street, Cambridge, UK
2011, Changing Spaces, Moving Image Project, Cambridge, UK
2011, Changing Spaces, Zavvi, Cambridge, UK
2011, A Parallel Vision, St Michael's Church, Cambridge, UK
2010, Keep Off The Grass, Clare Hall, Cambridge, UK