Julia Barton; artist, sculptor, designer, maker. Abstract, conceptual installations in gardens, natural and built environments

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curriculum vitae

commissions,residencies, & exhibitions

2013 Greenfield: an installation of 120 flowers made from reclaimed and recycled materials to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Angel of the North, commissioned by Gateshead Council.

2013 Wallington Expedition: a two day walking performance at NT property, a WALK ON event for the Festival of the North East commissioned by VARC Wallington Expedition

2012 Heavy Plant Crossing perambulating sculpture &performance. Chelsea fringe Festival

2012 Expressions of Movement; Group show at The Grove Garden, Watford , Curated by Art Contact

2012 ‘Fabric of Dance’ exhibition of sculptural costumes & shadow projections Queens Hall , Northumberland

2011 ‘Lost & Found’ Pop up garden installation on the Swing Bridge over the Tyne River, commission for Newcastle & Gateshead Initiative

2010 Designer & Creative Artist: for ‘Title Pending’ a collaborative development of experimental dance ideas relating to Chaos, Order & Harmony at Northern Stage, Newcastle

2010 Designer for the Holocaust Memorial Remembrance Day. Newcastle Theatre

2009 Designer & Creative Artist: ‘Traces & Graces’ dance & theatrical promenade performance. Walton Manor Gardens. Northumberland.

2008 ‘Confinement’ installation exhibition: Queens Hall Gallery, Hexham

2007 FLOW Art & Ecology exhibition: Northumberland.

2007 Fraserburgh, RevitHAR project: Scotland. Commission ‘Green Route’ town centre planting/landscaping project

2007 Northern Neuro Disability Services Centre: Walker Gate, Newcastle: Commission Flowing Walls, six steel curved walls, containing slate and vertically planted with grasses

2006 National Trust Cragside Gardens, Northumberland. Commission ‘Elaborations’ installation multiple plaster containers embellished with architectural details cast from the interior of Cragside House, to display pine saplings, ferns and a specimen Rhododendron

2004-5 Residency & Installation of ‘Resurrection’ a living sculptural response to the decommissioned Chatham County Jail in Savannah Georgia, USA.

2004 Harrogate Museums & Art presentation for the Entente Florale in the Harrogate Gardens. Solo exhibition entitled ‘Botanic Dance’, composed of six phyto-forms

2003 Westonbirt International Festival of Gardens, Gloucestershire. ‘Plexus’, a garden, inspired by the microscopic structure of the arboretum’s trees

2003 Scottish Plant Collectors Garden, Pitlochry, Scotland. Commission ‘Dispersal’ sculpture.
Steel, slate, conifer and alpine plants, made in response to the art of plant collection

2003 Meadow Gallery, Shropshire. Commission ‘Desire to enter’ installation for the Borderlines exhibition

2003 The Crafts Council Gallery, London. Group exhibition, Out There, Art for Gardens

2002 Conservatoire International des parcs et jardins et du paysage, 11th International Garden Festival, at the Loire, France. Design Installation commission

2000-01 Levens Hall Gardens, Cumbria. Residency, Year of the Artist, creating a series of contemporary sculptures ‘phyto-forms’ in response to the Hall’s magnificent topiary

2001 Artist in Residence & commission at Newcastle General Hospital, Artworks for the Centre for the
Health of the Elderly,


2010 Artists Development Award, Northern Stage ‘Time in Two’ theatre award to develop an idea on stage with full technical backup & support, with a view to future co production.

2007 Research & Development award, Arts Council England & Newcastle City Council, to research a self-sustaining growing installation entitled ‘Living Room’

2003 Encore bursary, Arts Council England, to research materials & methods for making ‘growing’ sculptures

2002 Travel & training Award, Northern Arts, to research opportunities in USA

2001 Year of the Artist residency, Northern Arts on behalf of the Arts Council of England

lecturing/teaching/guest speaker

2010 Garden History Museum, London . Talk & on stage guest exploring art in gardens & landscapes

2005 Chatham County Jail, Savannah. Talk & walk with the artist, talk explaining the inspiration and making of the installation ‘Resurrection’

2004 Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, USA, teaching ‘Botanical Formations’

2003 Botanical Gardens Kew, Illustrated talk for the Society of Garden Designs autumn conference entitled ‘Almost Gardens’

2003 Middlesbrough College of Art & Design, BA fine art students

2003-02 University of Central Lancashire, BA Garden Design students

2002 Hereford College of Art & Design, BA fine arts & design students

2002 Huntington Botanical Gardens, California USA. Public illustrated lecture on the ‘Phyto-form’ exhibition


2009 Avant Gardeners: 50 Visionaries of the Contemporary Landscape: by Tim Richardson,

2005 ‘Achieving Resurrection’ – an artist’s journal, describing the inspiration and journey to the making of the installation Resurrection in Savannah Georgia, USA. Publication Dec

2005 The Telegraph, Feb, article referring to Phyto-form sculptures

2005 Garden Design Journal, Sept, article focusing on the installation ‘Resurrection’

2004 Garden Design Journal, Mar, Horti-sculpture, feature on my practice as an artist

2003 Garden Design Journal, Oct review of ‘Plexus’ at Westonbirt International Garden Festival

2003 Crafts magazine, July/August. Feature on garden sculpture profiling my work

2002 Crafts magazine, Jan/Feb. Review of ‘Phyto-form’ exhibition

2002 Curious Gardeners’ book accompanying television programme for BBC 2, by Guy Cooper and Gordon Taylor, Six Elements of Garden Design, ISBN 0-7553-1068-3

2001 Gardens Illustrated, issue 65, review of ‘Phyto-form’ exhibition

2001 The Telegraph, June, Wired & Wonderful, feature article on Julia Barton’s topiary art

2001 Catalogue, Phyto-form an exhibition by Julia Barton. Catalogue, ISBN 0-906657 13X

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