Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson 2

2002 Graduate

Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours

“Coming to Adelaide Central School of Art all those years ago was like coming home. I remember visiting the school on the cusp of Year 12 graduation and immediately feeling that I had found my place in the world. The small, community-minded environment, the focus and energy of the lecturers, staff and students, and the hands-on approach to visual arts practice all drew me in and has held me there ever since. 

I felt challenged, supported and nurtured at every step of my study and with each passing year, felt more connected to the arts community. Adelaide Central School of Art grew my confidence in a way I had never experienced before and saw me on my way to the artist I now am.

Julia Robinson is a South Australian visual artist working in the fields of sculpture and installation. Her work reflects an interest in rituals and calendric customs that pertain to fertility and the cycle of the seasons and by extension, cycles of growth and decay. Recent works seek to evoke signifiers of fecundity through a conflation of lavish costuming, adornment and forms in a state of metamorphosis. Drawing on a multitude of sources including myths, fairy tales and European superstition and folklore, Julia examines our connection to life, death and sex.

Since graduating from Adelaide Central School of Art, Julia has exhibited regularly and been the recipient of a number of grants and awards. Recent exhibitions include The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art – Monster Theatre at the Museum of Economic Botany, The National 2019: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Versus Rodin: Bodies across space and time at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Long Ballads at Ideas Platform Artspace, Sensual Nature at the Fremantle Arts Centre and Psychache at Holy Rollers Studio.

Her professional experience includes artist-in-residence programs at Wilderness School and Seymour College, both in Adelaide. She is a member of the SALA Festival advisory panel and has been a Board Member of ACE Open (formerly the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia). She is also an occasional peer assessor for Arts South Australia and Carclew.

Julia lectures in the Bachelor of Visual Art program at Adelaide Central School of Art. Her work is held in the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Artbank and private collections.

Julia Robinson is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.

Visit Julia’s website.

Image: Julia Robinson working at Switchboard Studios, photo Sam Roberts.

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