Julie Shiels completed her PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015 and was the recipient of the University of Melbourne’s Stella Mary Langford Post Graduate Scholarship. Prior to that she was awarded a Masters of Art at RMIT University in 2006 where she is a sessional lecturer in the Art in Public Space post-graduate program at RMIT.
The first two two decades Julie’s professional practice was focused on collaborating with communities, museums and art organisations however since 2006 her emphasis has shifted to more personal and subjective approaches to making art.
Julie’s most recent solo shows are: Resisting Disappearance, AC Institute (2015) New York, Ubiquitous Object, Ambivalent Things – Margaret Lawrence Galley (2015) Things Fall Apart, Kings ARI, (2013), Material Affect: The Substation (2013), Trace 2, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art (2012), Placeholders and Rubbish Theory, Platform Contemporary Art Spaces (2012 and 2009); Cusp, RMIT Project Space (2011), and Sleeper, Monash Gallery of Art (2009).
Julie has received arts development grants through City of Melbourne (2007 and 2010), Arts Victoria (2004) and the Australia Council for the Arts: New Work (2009) Arts Fellowship (2004–05). She has undertaken funded residencies at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China (2010 Toyota Travel Prize), Albury Regional Gallery (2006) and Hanoi, Vietnam (1997, Australia Council).
Her work has been acquired by public collections including National Gallery of Australia, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Victoria, Baillieu Library, Australian Embassy, Vietnam, City of Banyule and Port Phillip Art Collections and private collections.