julie milner barratt is a visual artist and arts producer whose mixed media practice encompasses printmaking, photography, artist books, installation, sound art, and more recently performance. With an extensive background in the arts that straddles artist, arts management, arts producer, collaborative practice, curatorial practice and gallery management she is also a passionate community art facilitator who has worked on projects both Nationally and Internationally in places as diverse as Seoul, Bristol, Scotland, Wilcannia and most recently Nepal where she set up sustainable art studios for young deaf Nepali women as a stepping stone into employment.
julie has curated a number of global exhibitions, the most recent being A Book About Death Australia, which showed at the Tweed Regional Gallery in NSW. She was the recipient of the Alumni of the Year award for outstanding Graduate for the School of the Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW for her Visual Arts Honours project in 2012 and in 2015 was awarded the Siganto Creative Artist Book fellowship from the State Library of Qld, Australia which she is currently undertaking.
Predominant themes in her work lie in narrative explorations of the human condition and emotions, personal and broader histories, site-specific practice and an interest in tactility and the haptic often result in emotive works that engage the senses. Sub themes include personal and social revolution, memory and forgetting, esoteric belief systems and the consciousness of objects. julie is passionate about accessibility and inclusion in arts practice.
An interest in the slow art movement as an antidote to our fast-paced, short-attention span, tweeting society underlies an approach to art making that often results in works that include elements that require time, contemplation and induce meditative practice. Her most recent series of artists’ books, The Mourning After, required the insertion by the artist of over 3000 sequin pins into the final work.