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Meet Eramboo’s 2022 Artist in Residence


We are excited to announce that the 2022 Recipient of the Eramboo – Northern Beaches Council Artist in Residence Award is Dr Julie Bartholomew. Julie is an artist and educator working mainly in ceramics. Working for over twenty-five years, her work continues to extend the field of ceramics by challenging its materiality and traditions, creating unique forms.

Julie’s work explores contemporary issues including environmentalism, including the precarious existence of threatened Australian birds and flowers, the significance of ice core extraction from Antarctica and more recently the declining population 
of bees.

As her residency at Eramboo will focus on bees and the architecture of honeycombing, we have installed 2 beehives into Eramboo’s gardens.

As Julie explains: “The residency will enhance my practice by building on the concerns of previous projects involving responses to environmental issues. “Habitat” is a new area of investigation that I am passionate about and aims to bring greater visibility to bees and their declining population.”

This project aims to bring greater visibility to bees and their declining populations. They are severely impacted particularly in Australia since the Black Summer fires. The loss of billions of insects is little understood, and there are consequences for humans because bees are major pollinators and sustain biodiversity. “

Julie was awarded a Doctorate of Visual Arts (Sculpture) from UNSW Art & Design. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including four Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grants, the Tokyo Studio Residency, Australia-China Council Red Gate Residency in Beijing and the Asialink Taiwan Residency. Julie was the winner of the International Gold Coast Ceramics Award in 2006. Her work is held in significant public collections including the Shepparton Art Museum, Wollongong City Gallery, Manly Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan.

During her residency Julie will be running a workshop exploring the themes of homes for creatures of the wild such as beehives, bird nests, beehives, bird habitats etc.

The residency will conclude with an exhibition in our gallery space at Eramboo later this year.