JULIE SQUIRES

ARTIST, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, PROJECT MANAGER: PUBLIC ART

Julie Squires has worked as a professional artist since 1993, and has completed over 30 public art commissions across Australia. Currently a PHD student (Newcastle University), Julie’s research is focused on cross-cultural collaboration between Indigenous and non-indigenous artists in public art. In 2010 she was Creative Director for Indigenous Art for the Australian Pavilion for the World Expo (Shanghai). In 2020 Julie collaborated with Gweagal artist Therese Ardler to create Australia’s 250th Anniversary Commemoration of ‘First Contact’ between Cook and the First Nations.

IMAGE: Collaborating lead artists Julie Squires and Theresa Ardler in her painted Budbili – possum skin cloak. Julie translated Theresa’s painting of her totem the Humpback whale into half-life size bronze whales.

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Originally from Newcastle, Julie moved to Melbourne in 2002 and was a Resident Artist at the Gasworks Arts Park for 10 years, before returning to NSW.
  • Extensive experience in projects with Local, State and Federal Gov.
  • One of Australia’s most renowned traditional figurative sculptors.
  • Currently a PHD student with the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at Newcastle University –  research is focused on cross-cultural collaboration between Indigenous and non-indigenous artists in the public art.
  • 2010 Creative Director for Indigenous Art for the Australian Pavilion for the World Expo in Shanghai.
  • 2020 collaborated with Gweagal artist Therese Ardler to create Australia’s 250th Anniversary Commemoration of ‘First Contact’ between Cook and the crew of the Endeavour.
  • Julie has Indigenous family and is passionate about collaborating with Aboriginal artists who are connected to the location for site specific public art.

 

KAMAY 2020 COMMEMORATIVE INSTALLATION | NSW

This project was a cross-cultural design collaboration between Julie as lead artist / designer / sculptor / project manager and Gweagal artist Theresa Ardler, backed by THINKOTS. Julie also collaborated with Aboriginal master weaver Phyllis Stewart to weave the Rock Weave element, and Aboriginal Elder Dean Kelly to make original bark canoes which were cast into bronze.

The Kamay 2020 project was conceived to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the ‘First Encounter’ between Cook and the crew of the Endeavour with the Aboriginal people of Australia. The theme stipulated within the brief was: “the view from the ship, the view from the shore.”

 

SCULPTURE IN HOMAGE TO THE KURNAI PEOPLE OF GIPPSLAND | VIC


Ancestors Dreaming is a sculpture in homage to the Kurnai people of Gippsland. The colour of the sculpture is a direct reference to the Kurnai Creation Story of Yeerung and Djeetgun. All Kurnai men are of one order, the Yeerung, the Superb Warbler or Superb Wren. All Kurnai women are Djeetgun, the Southern Emu Wren. This is a sculpture drawn directly from the story and symbolism of the local people. Whilst this symbolism speaks of the creation of the Kurnai people, its beauty and dramatic silhouette resonate with all its viewers.

 

BRONZE COOLAMON SCULPTURAL SEATS | NT

In 2008/09 Squires created the design concept and project managed The Gathering Garden in Alice Springs. This project was funded by Alice Springs Town Council and the NT Major Work Arts Grant.

During the creation of the sculptural installation Julie collaborated with Indigenous artists from Yuendumu, Ti Tree, Santa Teresa, Amoonguna, Papunya, Titijikala, Hermannsburg and Alice Springs.  This significant project was the first time Indigenous artists representing eight different language groups had come together to create a unified public sculptural installation.  The environmental artwork included the planting of 450 indigenous plants, including those used for bush medicines.

 

PETER BROCK MEMORIAL LIFE-SIZE FIGURE & COMMODORE | NSW

Julie Squires is also acknowledged as one of Australia’s renowned traditional figurative sculptors. Her subjects including that of racing legend Peter Brock standing on top of a VK Commodore as the entry to the National Racing Museum.

 

THE DIGGERS WWI MEMORIAL LIFE-SIZE FIGURES | VIC

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