Dr Julie Bartholomew

BVA, GradDipEd, DipCeramics, MVA, PhD
Head Ceramics, Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 612 55821

Areas of expertise

  • Visual Arts And Crafts 1905

Research interests

Julie Bartholomew is a visual artist who works across ceramics, glass and digital media. Her reserach is based upon a long-term interest in contemporary issues. Early projects investigate the relationship between humans and communication technologies. Research supported by residencies in Japan, Taiwan, Beijing, Shanghai and Jingdezhen, China investigate consumer culture and the relationship between female identity and global branding within the context of western and eastern cultures. Recent work is informed by environmentalism.

Current Research

‘Anthropogenic Scrolls: transparency and disclosure’ is a response to climate change and its impact on the Antarctic. A new series of ceramic and glass objects depict ice cores embedded with information akin to ancient scrolls. The horizontal striations, created by layers of snowfall, provide an understanding of anthropogenic changes to the earth over thousands of years. Coloured glaze markings describe scientific data collected from an ice core extracted from Law Dome in the Australian Antarctic Territories. The translucent, material qualities of glass and ceramics make visible evidence of climate change hidden within the glaciers and ice beds of Antarctica. This work was acquired by the National Museum of Australia, Canberra for an environment gallery opening 2020. ‘Anthropogenic Scrolls: transparency and disclosure’ will be displayed with the scientific equipment used to extract the Law Dome ice core.


Julie Bartholomew has participated in major exhibitions and residencies in Australia and abroad. She is the recipient of four Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grants, Tokyo Studio Residency, Australia-China Council Red Gate Residency in Beijing and the Asialink Taiwan Residency. Her work has been collected by numerous galleries and museums including the Australian National Gallery, National Museum of Australia, Yingge Ceramics Museum Taiwan, Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum, Shepparton Art Museum Victoria and WOCEK International Ceramics Collection Korea.  



Researcher's projects

Anthropogenic Scrolls: transparency and disclosure works across the disciplines of glass and ceramics because the inherent qualities of these two materials have the potential to symbolically envisage the science of ice core extraction, which encapsulates material data and provides information relevant to the earth’s changing climate. 

Subversive Botanica is a warning about the disappearance of one of the remarkable features of Australia’s landscape – its flowers, and those that are critically endangered. Vulnerable Australian flowers are hand-formed and aligned with objects alluding to chemistry equipment. An ambiguous relationship exists between these delicately rendered white porcelain flowers, that appear to be snap frozen in time, and the scientific apparatus that both confines and defines their existence. 

Endangered references elements from Australia’s natural environment and manipulates them in a manner that conveys tension between the colourful and vibrant lifeforce of the natural world and the bleached sterility of intervention or extinction. 


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