Julia Midgley is an artist / printmaker resident in the North West
of England. A figurative artist, she works predominantly on paper
drawing subject matter from direct observation. Reportage and Printmaking
have become an increasingly important part of her working life.
Julia’s work features in public, private, and corporate collections
in the UK and abroad. A member and past Vice President of the Manchester
Academy of Fine Arts she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter
Printmakers, a Reader in Documentary Drawing at Liverpool School Art
& Design, L.J.M.U. and a member of the Chelsea Arts Club.
Documentary drawing / illustration has a unique role within art today,
reflecting the meaning and significance of seemingly everyday experiences.
It is a very English genre originating from the tradition of sending
artists to war zones.
' I have practised as an Artist/printmaker for a long time specialising
in drawing and reportage, and am a Reader in Documentary Drawing at
Liverpool School Art & Design. I have always tried to fill my
drawings with movement whilst using as few marks as possible. I focus
on people and society.
Reportage has led me to work in a huge variety of places and organisations.
Commissions invariably take the form of Residencies which can last
from one day up to two years. The first major project was a two year
period in the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital.
Granada Television was also a Year of the Artist project. I was attached
to Regional News and twice a month accompanied them to outside broadcasts
or drew their studio broadcasts. Another illustrated book was published
to accompany the project “Granada Sketchbook”.
No website exists for this project,but examples
can be viewed at my own website.
Another two year Residency which began in 2000 as part of Year of
the Artist, was at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. I was a fly on the wall,
my studio was next door to the Hot Fudge shop and situated in Goldmine
Stonehenge Riverside Project was a huge
archaeological project - at the time the largest in Eurpope - which
had run for 6 years before 6 artists who specialised in drawing were
invited to record and react to the work using drawing. We were embedded
for three consecutive Augusts from 2007 - 2009.
More recently I
have been making drawings of delegates talking about drawing at drawing
My next project is still in its planning stages and I am unable to
say much at present but it will involve medicine and maxillo facial
Atrocities Of War To A Skateboarding Cockatoo : Senses & Sensibility
in the Right Place – Proceedings of the 6th UNIDCOM/IADE International
Conference, Lisbon, 6th, 7th 8th October 2011