Tuesday, 30 September 2014

About the artist

Artist statement

Julie Robinson-Southward is an artist printmaker based in the Fylde area of Lancashire, England, where she has lived all of her life. After leaving art school in Blackpool, England, she worked outside the art world, but continued to paint and exhibit. She was originally a landscape and portrait painter working in oils and acrylic, but tried various methods of printmaking along the way, and discovered a love of etching. She had a break from picture making between 1990 and 2009 to pursue other creative interests, but  when she retired in 2009 she returned to printmaking.  She loves the diversity of results achieved by the different printmaking processes and the excitement of never knowing what the end result will be. She mainly does etchings and reductive linocuts, but also likes to experiment by combining both techniques, and adding collagraph and stencilled elements. Her inspiration comes from her local area, and its wildlife and agriculture.

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Education
1966 – 1968: General art and design and Foundation course, Blackpool College of Art,
1989: Summer school in printmaking at Preston Polytechnic (now UCLan)
2010: Summer school in printmaking at Falmouth Art School
2011, 2012 and 2014: Summer school in printmaking at John Howard Print Studios, Penryn

Employment History

1968 – 1973: Commercial silkscreen printer and heraldic artist.
1975 – 2009: Civil servant

Exhibitions
Early 1970s  Blackpool Art Society group exhibitions
1979   Garstang Arts Centre Open Exhibition selected group .
1981   Lancashire Open, Harris Art Gallery, Preston . selected group
1982   Art Gallery, St Annes Town Hall – joint exhibition with one other
1985   Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool – joint exhibition with one other
1989   The Old Grammar School Arts Centre, Garstang – joint exhibition with one other
2012   Open Contemporary Exhibition, Stockport selected group
          Ribble Valley Art Studios Open Exhibition, Clitheroe selected group  
2013   Garstang Arts Centre Open Exhibition selected group. 
         Brownedge St Mary Festival, Bamber Bridge– selected group.
         Animalia group exhibition, Australia and online 
         Garstang Arts Centre prizewinners group exhibition
         West Lancashire Open Exhibition, Ormskirk – selected group
         Open Contemporary Exhibition, Stockport  – selected group
          Ribble Valley Art Studios Open Exhibition, Clitheroe – selected group
          3rd International Open Submission Printmaking Show, Wharepuke, New Zealand -
               selected international group.
          Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge. Winter Print Exhibition. Invited Group Show.
2014   Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada - selected 
           international group         
    Open Up North, Kendal – selected group
         John Howard Print Studios Group Exhibition, St Ives

         Ribble Valley Art Studios Open Exhibition, Clitheroe – selected group

For latest news on exhibitions see facebook.com/Julie Robinson-Southward Printmaker

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