Accredited Professional Member
Julie Bartholomew’s ceramic practice is inspired by cultural issues and social debates. Over her career, Julie has explored communication technology, the fashion industry and female identity with her most recent work focusing on the threat of extinction to native flora and fauna. As Julie explains, “My ceramic practice is based upon a long-term interest in contemporary issues. I have focused on consumer culture, particularly the relationship between global branding and female identity within the context of western and eastern cultures. Recent concerns have explored the precarious existence of threatened Australian birds and flowers.” A new series titled Climate Scrolls continues a commitment to environmentalism. Cylindrical porcelain and glass objects symbolically respond to ice core extraction from The Australian Antarctic Territory. Drilling expeditions collect cores embedded with information akin to ancient scrolls, providing an understanding of anthropogenic changes to the earth over thousands of years.
Julie Bartholomew completed a PhD in 2006, Masters of Visual Arts in 1999 and previously, a Bachelor in Visual Arts from the University of Sydney. Julie has exhibited both nationally and internationally in Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea and New Zealand. Julie has been the recipient of the International Gold Coast Ceramics Award in 2006 and four major Australia Council for the Arts Grants, the Tokyo Studio Residency, Australia-China Council Red Gate Residency in Beijing and the Asialink Taiwan Residency. Her work is in many collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum, China and the WOCEK International Ceramics Collection, Korea. In February 2017, Julie was appointed Head of Ceramics Workshop, at the School of Art & Design, Australian National University in Canberra.