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Julie Gough

an artist, writer and curator


Julie Gough is an artist, writer and curator who lives in Hobart, Tasmania. She was born in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) in 1965, and has lived in Tasmania from the end of 1993 to the present, except for  2001 (overseas), 2003-04 (Melbourne), 2005-07 (Townsville). She lived in Perth WA between 1979-87 and 1989-1993.

Julie’s research and art practice involves uncovering and re-presenting  subsumed and often conflicting histories, often referring to her own and her family’s experiences as Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Current work in installation, sound and video provides the means to explore ephemerality, absence and recurrence.

Julie’s paternal heritage is Scottish and Irish while her matriarchal Aboriginal family line traditionally comes from Tebrikunna, far north eastern Tasmania, where ancestor Woretemoeteyenner, also known as Margaret and Bung, one of the four daughters of east coast leader, Mannalargenna, was born around 1797.  Woretemoeteyenner lived much of her adult life in the Furneaux Islands, including on Preservation, Clarke and Cape Barren Islands, where at least four of her children to then sealer/straitsman George Briggs were born, including Julie’s ancestor Dalrymple Briggs (aka Dolly)  born c.1808-1812, according to her obituary, on (little) Kangaroo Island near Flinders Island.

Dalrymple is said to have been the first child of two cultures born in Tasmania, which is unlikely, but it seems she was the first to survive to have descendants. By age 4 (?) Dalrymple was living with colonial retired surgeon and wife, notorious drunkards, Jacob and Bridget Mountgarrett, firstly in the Launceston region, then near Longford – both in northern Tasmania. Dalrymple on one occasion was shot by Mountgarrett, the immediate aftermath of which was encountered by three passersby who, with Dalrymple, reported the incident to a Launceston Magistrate – Mountgarrett was ‘let off’.

After leaving the Mountgarretts in 1828, Dolly, lived near Quamby Bluff (near Deloraine), then Perth (Tas.), then Dunorlan (Tas.) and finally Sherwood on the Mersey River near Latrobe in North West Tasmania, where she and Thomas Johnson raised a large family, and where many descendants live to this day. Dolly passed away in 1864 and Thomas in 1967. Julie is descended from their 9th child of 13, Charlotte Johnson who married James Gower.

In 1841 Dolly petitioned the Government for the release of her mother from incarceration at Wybalenna on Flinders Island, where her grandfather Mannalargenna had died six years earlier (TAHO, CO280/133, 171-171a). With the support of influential Port Officer and Dunorlan neighbour, William Moriarty, the petition was successful and Woretemoeteyenner lived her final years with her daughter, son in law, and grandchildren.

Julie holds a PhD from the University of Tasmania (2001), Masters degree (Visual Arts) University of London (Goldsmiths College)(1998), BA (Visual Arts) Curtin University West Australia (1994), BA Honours (Visual Arts) First Class, University of Tasmania (1995) and BA (Prehistory/ English Literature), University of West Australia (1987).

She has held 20 solo exhibitions and exhibited in more than 120 group shows since 1994 including The Clemenger Award, NGV (2009), Biennale of Sydney (2006), Liverpool Biennale, UK (1999), Perspecta, AGNSW (1995).

Her work is held in many private and public collections including The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of West Australia, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, National Museum of Australia, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Launceston.

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Julie is represented by Bett Gallery Hobart,  Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi Melbourne, and Turner Galleries Perth.


Julie Gough

1965 Born Melbourne, lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania


1999 – 2001 PhD Fine Arts, University of Tasmania: Transforming histories: The visual disclosure of contentious pasts.
1997 – 1998 Masters degree (MA) Visual Arts, Goldsmith’s College, University of London
1994 Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours, 1st Class, University of Tasmania
1991 – 1993 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Curtin University, West Australia
1984 – 1986 Bachelor of Arts Prehistory/Anthropology and English Literature, UWA, Perth, Australia

Solo Exhibitions

2013 The Lost World (Part 2) Cambridge University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, Cambridge, UK,
2013 The Lost World (Part 1) Contemporary Art Studios Tasmania), Hobart.
2011 RIVERS RUN, Devonport Regional Gallery, September
2011 The Missing, Bett Gallery, Hobart, June – July
2011 The Crossing (The Consequence of Chance), Kelly’s Gardens, Salamanca Place, Hobart,
March – April. 10 Days on the Island Festival
2010 RIVERS RUN, Cairns Regional Gallery, 5 February – 14 March
2008 Aftermath, 24 Hour Art Gallery, Darwin, 1 Aug – 5 Sept
2008 Fugitive History, Bett Gallery, Hobart: 11 March – 8 April
2007 The Ranger, South Australia School of Art Gallery, University of South Australia
2007 Interrupted – Renditions of unresolved accounts, Turner Galleries, Perth
2007 Musselroe Bay, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria
2005 Intertidal, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria
2002 – 2004 Chase, installation, Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria
2002 passages, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius, February
2001 Heartland, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2001 Stand, Midlands Highway installation, Tasmania
2001 ice, earth, air, fire, water, ice, Midlands Highways Installation, Tasmania
2001 Tense Past, PhD Examination. Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart
1997 Re-collection, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1996 Dark Secrets/Home Truths, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of Western Australia (upcoming)
2012 unDisclosed – 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Deadly – In-between Heaven and Hell, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, 29 Feb – 25 March.
Adelaide Festival 2012
2011 Immemorial – reaching back beyond memory, developed by 24HR Art in collaboration with artists from Australia,
Indonesia and the Philippines. Chan Contemporary Art Space Darwin, Curators: Norberto Roldan, Director,
Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila Sudjud Dartanto, Independent Curator and Lecturer, Indonesia Institute of Art,
Yogyakarta, Steve Eland, Director 24HR Art – NTCCA, Darwin, 27 October – 27 November
The Robinson Cup, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston.Sept 2011 – Feb 2012
Journeys: through history, theory and practice. Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart. 29 July – 28 August. Curated by Paul Zika
Evolving Identities: contemporary Indigenous Art, John Curtin Gallery,13 May – 6 July
River Effects: the waterways of Tasmania, Academy Gallery, Academy of the Arts, Launceston and Plimsoll Gallery,
University of Tasmania, Hobart. March – April
2010 Immemorial, Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines, October – November
Shifting Sands: Botany Bay Today. Curated by Ace Bourke and Anna Lawrenson. azelhurst Regional Gallery. 20 Aug – 10 October
Littoral, Carnegie Gallery Hobart, 8 April – 16 May
Look Out, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, March – July
Preview 2010, Bett Gallery Hobart, January
2009 Redlands Prize, Mosman Gallery, NSW. Nov-Dec 2009
Clemenger Award, National Gallery of Victoria, Sept 2009 – Feb 2010
The Dreamers, Julie Gough, Jonathan Jones, Emily McDaniel, Christopher Hodges, onnie Tjampitjinpa, Bill Gregory, John
Mawurndjul, Vanessa Russ, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 8 July – 6 Dec 2009,
5th BIENAL de Artes VENTOSUL, Curitiba, Brazil, Aug – Nov
Recycled Library – Altered Books, curator Michael Wardell, Artspace Mackay, 4 Sept – 25 Oct and touring 2010
Marcher sur la pelouse (Walk on the Grass), Plimsoll Gallery, Uni of Tasmania, July-Aug
Coal, clay, water, wood, Mori Gallery, Sydney, July
Returning, Barn, Rosny, Tasmania, May and touring in 2010
Mute Relics, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, Victoria, May
TRUST, Clarendon House, Evandale, Tasmania, March
2008 The stuff of history, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, August
Parallel, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, August [touring 2009-2010]
Ephemeral Art at the Invisible Lodge, Friendly Beaches, Freycinet Tasmania, Feb
2007 Power and Beauty: Indigenous Art Now, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 11/07- 03/08
Thresholds of Tolerance, ANU, School of Art Gallery, Canberra
An Other Place, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
Strait on Shore collaborative art project with King Island Community, 10 Days on the Island festival – Tasmania,
Currie shop,King Island
Urban Arboreal, City Hall Gallery, Town Hall, Melbourne
Lessons in History: Volume 1, Grahame Gallery, Brisbane
New Acquisitions, Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania
Indigenous Responses to Colonialism: Another Story, Adelaide Festival Centre
Font, Central TAFE Gallery, Perth, West Australia
The Greens auction, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra
70% Urban, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
2006 Biennale of Sydney, Pier 2/3, Walsh’s Bay, Sydney
TIDAL – City of Devonport Art Award, Devonport Regional Gallery
From an island south, Devonport Regional Gallery and ASIALINK touring 2006-08 to Lahore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Devonport
In the world: hand, head, heart, Tamworth Textile Biennale, Tamworth Regional Gallery, NSW. Touring nationally to end 2008
Senses of Place, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Single Currency, Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne
Ephemeral art at the Invisible Lodge, Friendly Beaches, Freycinet, Tasmania
2005 Recent Acquisitions: City of Port Phillip, Linden – St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Arts, Victoria
Habitus-Habitat, 8 artists respond to Wallaman Falls, Great Walks of Queensland Art and Environment, Perc Tucker
Regional Gallery, Townsville
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA), Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Cross Currents, Linden – St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria
Ware and Tear, Hylands Gallery, Chewton, Victoria
Isolation/Solitude, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania
On Island, Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania
2004 120° of Separation, Linden – St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria
If only you knew, Melbourne City Hall, Victoria
2003 Drill Hall Gallery, ANU, Canberra. FUSIONS across the Arts – Centre for Cross Cultural Research
ANU & ANU School of Art
2003 – 2004 Outside Inside: Fragments of Place, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, Utah, USA. 9 October 2003 – 18 April 2004
2001 Touching from a distance, Foyer, Hobart and Moores Building, Fremantle, West Australia
Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart, Tasmania
Captive’ and ‘Witness’, ESP Project, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania
What’s Love got to do with it? Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
Home is where the heart is, Country Arts SA. Touring exhibition
Driving Black Home, 2000 by Julie Gough and Natives on the River Ouse, 1838 by John Glover. Australian
Collection Focus.Art Gallery of New South Wales
Between Phenomena The Panorama and Tasmania, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania
Response to the Island, Salamanca Arts Centre, Long Gallery, Hobart
2001-2005 Native Title Business, Museum and Gallery services QLD National touring exhibition
2000 Biennale of Contemporary Art, Festival of Pacific Arts, Noumea
heart on your sleeve, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Australian Painting Now, Access Gallery, Curtin University, West Australia
Shifting Axis, Bett Gallery, Hobart
1999 National Gallery of Victoria, Russell Square
Mapping our Countries, Djamu Gallery, Australian Museum, Sydney
TRACE – Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, England
Whispers, Lies and Text, Central Coast Gallery, NSW
NAIDOC Exhibition, Moonah Arts Centre, Tasmania
Whispers, Lies and Text, Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre
Whispers, Lies and Text, University Gallery, Launceston
People, Places, Pastimes, Global Arts Link, Ipswich, Queensland
Butcher Cherel, Julie Dowling, Julie Gough, Artplace, Festival of Perth
Luna Park and the Art of Mass Delirium, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Victoria
1998 Sculpture by the Sea, Eaglehawk Neck Bay, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania
Whispers, Lies and Text, CAST, Hobart. University Gallery, Launceston
The Kate Challis RAKA Award Exhibition, Ian Potter Museum of Art,
University of Melbourne
MA (Fine Arts) Exhibition, Goldsmiths College, University of London
‘Globalising Cultural Studies ?’, Pacific Asia Cultural Studies Conference
Exhibition, Goldsmiths College, London
Telling Tales, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of Sydney and Neue Galerie am Landes Museum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
All this and Heaven too, Adelaide Biennial, Art Gallery of South Australia
Permanent Collection Exhibition, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
1997 Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World, Fulbright Symposium Exhibition MAGNT, Darwin
NAIDOC Exhibition, Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart
Extracts, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist’s Co-Operative, Sydney
Unusual Treasures, La Trobe University Gallery at Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria
1997-1999 Black Humour, CCAS (Canberra Contemporary Artspace) – touring nationally
1996 Cologne Art Fair, Germany: ‘Forderprogram’
Castlemaine Festival 1996, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi
ACAF5 (Australian Contemporary Art Fair #5) Melbourne, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi
Multiples and Memories, Schoolhouse Gallery, Rosny Historic Centre, Tasmania
Through Their Eyes – NAIDOC Exhibition, St Kilda Town Hall, Victoria
NAIDOC Exhibition, Moonah Arts Centre, Hobart
Something to do with Ears, Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania
Wijay Na ? (Which way now ?), Exhibition – 24 Hr Art, Darwin
New Music Tasmania, installation ‘Disturbed Nature’ Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
Mutiny on the Docks, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
Handbag, Festival Theatre Foyer, Adelaide
1995 On a Mission, Boomalli Gallery, Sydney
Significant Distractions, Couch Culture Gallery, Hobart
New Faces – New Directions, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
Nuini – We have Survived,University of Tasmania Gallery, Launceston
Perspecta 1995, Art Gallery of New South Wales
1994 Art From Trash, Moonah Arts Centre, Tasmania
Presto, Honours Graduate Exhibition, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
National Graduate Exhibition, P.I.C.A. West Australia
12 Days Stuck in a Hole, Fine Arts Gallery, UTAS, Tasmania
1994 – 1996 Superfictions – National Touring Exhibition
1993 Curtin University BFA Graduate Show, Bentley, West Australia
1992 A Matter of Degree Group Show, Craft Council Gallery, Perth
1991 End of First Year Exhibition Curtin University, West Australia

Awards and Grants

2012 Three month Australia Council for the Arts studio residency in Liverpool, UK from Aug/Sept 2013
2012 Creative Fellowship. One of five 3 month Fellowships offered to artist researchers as part of the ARC project collaborative
2010 New Work – Established, Grant, Arts and Craft Board, Australian Council for the Arts
2010 Two month artist residency, National Sculpture Factory [NSF], Cork, Ireland, NSF and UTAS. August – September 2010.
2009 Westpac Redlands Art Prize. Mosman Gallery 13 Nov – 6 Dec 2009
2008 Manning Clark House/ Copyright Agency Limited, 8 week Residential Fellowship 2008 Canberra for research at
the National Library of Australia towards transcription and essays based on 19th century VDL Magistrate’s reports. July/Aug/Oct 2009.
2007 Visual Arts and Craft Board, Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Art Fellowship 2007-2008: Walking Homeland, An expansion of research and art practice on home and diaspora
2007 State Library of Victoria three month Creative Fellowship: Strait crossings – Nineteenth century Indigenous relocation between Victoria and Van Diemen’s Land and beyond.
The production of an annotated bibliography and a wall projection project about cross Bass Strait relationships between Aboriginal people and sealers/whalers c.1795-1850
2006 Tasmaniana Library, State Library of Tasmania three week Fellowship: Picturing our past: a narrative response to representations of Indigenous Tasmania, December
2001 Australia council Greene St New York Residenc, Feb-May 2002
2001 Commonwealth Arts and Craft Award, London. Residency Mauritius
2001 Arts Tasmania Wilderness Residency at ‘Eddystone Lighthouse’
1999 Arts Tasmania/Qantas Artsbridge Grant to install work at Liverpool Biennial, UK
1996 SAMSTAG Visual Arts Scholarship 1997/8: MVA Goldsmiths College, University of London
Arts Tasmania Development Grant. Attend/install work at Cologne Art Fair, Germany
Awarded an installation space as one of 25 ‘Young, emerging artists’ by the Jurors of Art Cologne (as part of the Forder Program, 1996)
1995 Arts Tasmania Development Grant to attend/install work at PERSPECTA 1995, Sydney
1994 First Class Honours. Awarded Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship
1993 Curtin University Graduate Sculpture Prize.
Curtin University Graduate Drawing Prize

1991 – 1993 Member, Vice-Chancellor’s List, Curtin University (Academically highest 1% in University)


2011 Stewart, Jane, RIVERS RUN – review, ARTLINK, vol 31, No. 4, p.87
Murray, Phip, The NGV Story: A celebration of 150 years, National Gallery of Victoria, ISBN 9780724103393, pp.156-57

2008 McDonald, john, ‘Objects unearth lure of nature’, Sydney Morning Herold, Feb 23-24
2008, pp.16-17


Artbank, New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of West Australia, Perth
City of Port Phillip, St Kilda, Victoria
Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania
Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania
Flinders University collection, South Australia
Janet Holmes à Court collection, Western Australia
Margaret Levi & Robert D. Kaplan collection, Seattle
Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria
Murdoch University collection, West Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Museum of Australia, Canberra
Parliament House collection, Canberra
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Redlands Grammar School, NSW
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
State Library of Tasmania, Hobart
Tamworth Regional Gallery, New South Wales
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart

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