Julie Starks CV



I create artwork that reflects my fascination with ecosystems, sustainability and the fractal nature of our world. Much of my work is based on looking closely at the ‘small’ worlds that surround us, sometimes to microscopic detail, emphasising the beauty of structure, texture and pattern. Using wood, metal, willow rods, various plants and other reclaimed materials I produce sculpture and creative landscapes. My Photography and Painting detail the life cycles of surfaces, plant structures and landscape, and is a constant inspiration for other artwork. I work for exhibition, to private commission and deliver creative projects within community environments.

I have worked with a diverse range of client groups such as the NHS, Greenpeace, The National Trust, Westonbirt Arboretum, Bath International Music Festival and Womad Festival as well as many Primary and Secondary schools, Forest Schools and groups across the UK
I have worked with a diverse range of client groups such as Greenpeace, The National Trust, Westonbirt Arboretum, Bath International Music Festival and Womad Festival as well as many Youth and Community groups across the UK.

Key Projects Completed include -

2015:The Bournemouth Natural History Society
Sculpture workshop to create insects with families.
2015: Clifton School, for Bristol Zoo
Bristol Festival of Nature 'Big Bugs' project. Sculpture installation created with students.
2014: Camp Bestival Festival
Recycled art workshops for the public to build a larger than life Human Cannon and stunt rider costumes for the Circus Procession.
2013: Design Lab
funded by the National Theatre Wales in the Dyfi Estuary. A meeting of specialists across the sciences and arts to create ideas for a performance/ installation out on the estuary. My team created a floating 'sea-urchin' which was washed up at sunset.
2013: Bristol Zoo
Willow Wildlife Workshop.
2012: Kings School, Chester
Large Living Willow Project installing an octopus dome, fish dens, fencing and turf-works.
2011:The National Trust, Lacock Abbey
Design and installation of Living Willow sculpture based on the architecture of the cloisters
2011: The International School, Aberdeen
Residency creating willow sculptural area.
2008/10: The Royal United Hospital, Bath
Artist in Residence. Design and consultation workshops with staff and patients to re-design a children’s courtyard garden to include sculptural features.
2009: British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
Weekend creating sculptural fencing for Boiling Wells Project, St. Werbergs City Farm, Bristol
2008: Barton Hill, Bristol
Willow castle play-area.
2008: Organix Food Product Launch, Organic Food Festival. Bristol
Working in collaboration with an artist to create a large recycled sculpture
2008: Bristol Botanical Gardens
Insect sculpture workshops for the staff to create large-scale insects that pollinate the plant collection onsite.
2007: Glastonbury Festival.
Design and installation of the Ribbon Tower roof from metalwork and willow.
2006/07: The National Trust, Prior Park, Bath
Artist in Residence for Arts Partnership project. Mud and turf sculpture and willow installations were created with the local primary and secondary school who researched the historical landscape that surrounds the schools.
2006: SAW Ltd
Artist for pilot project “Safe Routes to Schools” Exploring how children travel to school and expressing their relationship to that journey through surveys, mapping, willow and recycled materials.
2006: Bath International Music Festival
School art workshops for the Opening Night procession.
2005: Shambala Festival, Plympton
Fencing and sculpture for entrance
2005: WOMAD – Reading
Site decoration and children's seascape workshop
2005: Glastonbury Festival
Willow and mud sculptural shelter in Greenpeace garden
2004: Shambala Festival, Plympton
Fencing and sculpture for entrance
2004: Glastonbury Festival
Large Sculptural Vessel for the Greenpeace Garden
2003: WOMAD –Gran Canaria
Butterfly structures and costume workshop

Exhibitions

  2015: The Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol. “Bristol Green Capital in the Frame”
  2015: Circle Bath Peasedown St,John, Bath.
  2006-9: Scottish Highlands Touring Show “Pushing the Boundaries”
  2008: The Black Swan, Frome Open Competition
  2007: Walcot Chapel, Bath
Group show
  2007: Widcombe Studios, Bath “Open View”
  2007: Model House, Llantrisant “Small Worlds”
  2006: Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire “Art in the Garden”
  2006: 20-21 Gallery, Scunthorpe “Insect Nation”
  2005: Rook Lane Chapel, Frome “Private Parts”
  2004: Victoria Art Gallery, Bath Bath Society of Artists
  2004: Bath Flower Show, Victoria Park Willow and metal garden sculpture
  2004: Wyeside Gallery, Builth Wells Two month exhibition showing sculpture

Training

  2010: Artist -Teacher Scheme Bath Spa College
  2006: Introductory Certificate in First Line Management Bridgwater College
  2006: Beginners Guide to Digital SLR & Photoshop Royal Photographic Society, Bath
  2005: Garden Design Norton Radstock College
  2005: Public Speaking Day “Infront” Bristol
  2005: Garden Mosaics The Yarner Trust, Devon
  2005: Cob building and sculpture Devon Rural Skills Trust
  2005: Wattle and Daub The Yarner Trust, Devon
  2000: Creative metalwork City of Bath College
  1999: Creative Willow The Greenwood Trust, Wales
  1999: Living Willow Structures National Federation of City Farms, Bristol
  1998: Close-up Encounters with the Microscope Bath University
  1997: Large Format Photography Duckspool Photography Centre
  1995: BA(hons)Fine Art Cheltenham Art School


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