Julia Milns



Exploring relationships between elements in the natural world and our connection to them is of interest to me.  I am interested in natures ability to transform and revive, and in expressing its vulnerability under investigation in our present environment.

Renewal and adaption for survival in plants/ plants substances, such as moss and ferns with their long history of survival, are themes that inspire me.

I enjoy fictional stories that integrate or refer to an investigation of the natural world, such as novels by Barbara Kingsolver.  When I create a work, experience and memory of the physical world become part of the visual exploration, real or imagined.  This process reveals a transient, timeless sense of existence in the natural world.




2015 -Art Facilitator, Exhibition and Design Assistant
2012- 2015Exhibition co-ordinator, Art Facilitator
2010-2011Art Facilitator, Visual Arts Assistant
2008-2010Self employed freelance artist
2005-2008Art Tutort to children and adults.
1996-2004Private Commissions
1995Worked as a visual merchandiser.
1992-1995Sign-writing, Freelance artist/craft worker
Jan 1992Student Exhibition
1988-1991Studied fine art


1990 -                  Joint winner of the Emma Smith Scholarship (Best Painting Student)

1990 -                  Durban Arts Association Merit Award

1991 -                  Bursary from the HSRC

1988 - 1991         National Higher Diploma in Fine Art (full time study)

2014-                  Winner of the  'Best in Trafford' prize - Waterside Open 2014

Exhibition History

6 June - !9 Sept 2015One Year On group exhibition
Jan-April 2014Waterside Arts Open 2014
Jan-April 2012Waterside Arts Open 2012
Jan-May 2010Waterside Arts Open 2010
Dec-Jan 2007Open exhibition at the KZNSA
19924th Year student exhibition
1988-1991Group Exhibitions at the NSA Gallery SA