Julie Starks

Artist and facilitator

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Artworks Inspired by the natural world

Who I am

Based in Somerset, near Bath and Bristol, I graduated from Cheltenham art school with a degree in painting and have followed a creative path ever since, which involves community art, commissions and developing my own work for exhibitions in the studio.

what I do

Whether I am co-creating or producing my own pieces, I’m fortunate to be able to work in ways that combine my love of horticulture, ecology and education. I often use willow, metal or recycled materials for 3D projects but have never stopped drawing, painting and photographing.

Collaborating with people of all ages I work with community groups, schools, charities, institutions and businesses. I run workshops, produce installations and facilitate interactive artistic projects, inspiring people to gain confidence through creativity.

who I've partnered

I’ve produced work for a diverse range of clients and organisations including: NHS Trust, Greenpeace, Westonbirt Arboretum, Glastonbury, WOMAD, Camp Bestival, Lacock Abbey, Hidden Woods and Bristol Zoo as well as a number of state and private primary and secondary schools. Read some testimonials to see what my partners have said about me.

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I have been running art workshops for all age groups for over 20 years in the form of a one day workshop, an arts/environment week or lead a longer term residency.

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Willow maze with children playing in it

Public artworks

This gallery shows private commissions and work produced as part of my artistic practise.

See artwork carried out with schools and community groups.

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Fullsize deer sculpture made of willow
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  • Julie's passion for the natural environment and incredible creativity always shines through, resulting in wonderfully relaxed, fun and fascinating experiences. Her sessions are always hugely engaging and perfectly pitched.
    Steve Sutherland - Hidden Woods
  • Amazing work that gets lots of lovely comments from everyone who sees it!
    Kate Dennis, Former head of Art at Wells Cathedral School
  • The children loved seeing sticks turned into sculptures. Not only did they come away with amazing creations, but they also had a better understanding of what
     "3-D" is and how an insects' anatomy is made up.
    Sally Thorneloe - NADFAS
  • Julies art worshops are very informative and enriching. She is a patient and professional teacher who knows how to engage her students with boundless enery and enthusiasm!
    I will certainly be inviting Julie back to our school again.
    Anita Kipling, Head of Art
    Clifton College , Bristol
  • Working with Julie was a delight. She proved to be reliable and committed, and enjoyed a great relationship with the staff and children.
    Briony Smith, former deputy head and arts co-ordinator
    Widcome Infants School, Bath

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