Julie Brunskill is an artist and maker working from her studio in South Wales. She recently graduated with an MA in Fine Art - Contemporary Dialogues from UWTSD Swansea College of Art, having previously studied ceramics at Cleveland College of Art.
'I work primarily through the medium of clay in both its ceramic form and its raw state. More recently I have incorporated found materials, both natural and man-made, and have extended my practice to include installation, video and photography.'
'My current practice is largely time-based, exploring the balance between chance and intent, while retaining my long-term interest in trace, absence, materiality and process and narrative. As always a sense of place and the liminal provides the backbone to the work.’
Julie began her career with a two-year residency at Dovecot Arts Centre (now ARC) in Stockton–on-Tees before moving to Wales. She became an active member of the Swansea branch of AADW (Assoc. of Artists and Designers in Wales) and established a studio in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter from 1986 – 2005. She now works from her studio at her home in South Wales.
Julie has exhibited throughout Britain and Ireland. She has undertaken several private commissions and her work is in private collections in Britain, Ireland, Europe and the USA. Her most significant public commissions, produced for the Hastings Hotel Group in Belfast, Northern Ireland, arose from a Residency in Stranmillis College, Belfast.
She has also led numerous primary school workshops in ceramics and drawing, many of which were undertaken while artist in residence at Pontarddulais Primary School. More recently she has collaborated with StillWalks as visual artist on the schools and community project Sights and Sounds of the Countryside, working alongside visual and sound artist Alastair Duncan and writers Emily Hinshelwood and Susan Richardson.
In 2015 Julie received an Arts Council of Wales grant to produce a new body of work for Mission Gallery’s Maker in Focus programme. In 2017 she began an MA in Fine Art graduating in 2019.