25 November - 12 December 2021
about the exhibition
Julie Bartholomew’s ceramic practice is inspired by cultural issues and social debates. Over her career, Julie has explored the threat of extinction to native flora and fauna, communication technology, the fashion industry as well as climate change and its impact on the Antarctic. In this new body of work, Julie responds to the declining bee population and its potential devastating impacts on the environment. Titled ‘Honeycombing’, this series of terracotta vessels are inspired by the ‘exquisite prismatic shapes created by bees in the wild’. As Julie explains ‘the Honeycombing series is an extension of an ongoing project titled Habitat that aims to bring greater visibility to the global decline of bee populations by building innovative and habitable clay beehives’.
Julie Bartholomew completed her Bachelor of Arts in 1980 and after completing her Graduate Diploma of Education, gained her PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2006. In the same year she was awarded the International Gold Coast Ceramics Award. Julie was also a finalist in the 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award at the Shepparton Art Museum. She was one of only 6 artists selected as a finalist for this prestigious award and in the same year completed a two-month residency with the Jingdezhen Taoxichuan JAEA International Art Center in China. Julie has been exhibiting both nationally and internationally for over twenty-five years and her work is in many collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, the Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum (China), and the WOCEK International Ceramics Collection (Korea).