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: Narrating Absence, Linden New Art (2016),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).
Her work is regularly exhibited in group shows and surveys — most recently: Land/resistance, Defying Empire, National Gallery of Australia (2017), Don’t Be Too Polite: Posters and Activism, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Standing Ovation, Trocadero Art Space (2016), Recent Acquisitions: Port Phillip City Collection 2013 – 14, The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall, Diaspora, Seventh Gallery in conjunction with Gertrude Contemporary, The Museum of Abject Sentimentality, RMIT School of Art Gallery, (2014), Regimes of Value, Margaret Lawrence Gallery and Substation (2013)
Julie’s photographic works have been published in two monographs: As Long as it Lasts (2014) and Waiting (2017) by M.33.
She has been commissioned to produce permanent public sculptures: Small moments on a long street – public art trail, Bayside City Council (2014 -15), The Last Move – Albert Tower (2013), Aunty Alma’s Seat, City of Port Phillip (2006) and Margins, memories and markers 2002-3
She 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: Australian National Gallery, Australia Embassy – Vietnam, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, Polish Poster Biennale, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Victoria, National Library of Australia, Gallery of New South Wales, City of Port Phillip, Banyule City Council, Ballarat Regional Gallery, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Australian War Memorial, Baillieu Library, Rare Book Collection, Melbourne University, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne,