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Julia Midgley

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 Gully!

The 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 conferences!

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 surgery.'

Paper:
From 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

julia@juliamidgley.co.uk

Websites:
www.juliamidgley.co.uk/
http://surgicat.rcseng.ac.uk/(iquysn55l0shbz55sfrh0srt)/brief.aspx
www.artistsinarchaeology.org/index.php/projects/stonehenge/post_excavation_analysis/
web.me.com/barbara.griffin/sketchlincoln/julia_midgley.html

 

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