HILL END STUDIO
Whilst Julie painted in her studio in Tiong Bahru Singapore, her home and studio in Hill End was never far from her thoughts. She has worked continuously for over a decade in and around the village. Hill End, NSW is a place wrapped in a rich history of immigration and art. Julie has many friends in this community and the clear night skies with beautiful stars, frosty mornings, flourishing Mimosas and blazing Autumn trees have all woven their way into her heart and soul. Since March 2018 Julie has been making new work inspired by her past five years living in Asia. Her friend and artist Luke Sciberras has written about the work in the link below which is to her online catalogue.
The National Art School, short course catalogue, 2015 describes Hill End:
Hill End was established during the Gold Rushes of the 1850s and the town was a flourishing gold mining centre for about 30 years, later to become a subsistence community, particularly during the Great Depression. Since World War Two many artists have been attracted to Hill End, including Russell Drysdale, Donald Friend, Jean Bellette, Margaret Olley, Jeffery Smart, Michael Johnson, John Olsen and John Firth-Smith. More recently alumni from the National Art School have injected new artistic spirit into the town with artists such as Luke Scibberas, Hui Selwood, Raquell Mazzina, Bill Mosely, Genevieve Carroll, Janet Haslett and Julie Williams taking up residences and studios. Hill End continues to be an important part of the arts community of Central Western NSW.