Julie Montgarrett is a Lecturer in Creative Arts and Design in the School of Communication and Creative Industries, Charles Sturt University. Her background as a visual Artist and Designer has included over 70 solo and group exhibitions, public art commissions, site specific installations, costume design and production and community-based arts projects in Australia and internationally. Her main interests are in the areas of drawing and embroidery/textile and their diversity, significance and resilience as narrative forms across all cultures.
Julie has extensive experience in tertiary education having taught Design and Drawing at RMIT, Swinburne TAFE Art and Design and has undertaken numerous Artist-in-Residencies across Australia and overseas including Harbourfront, Toronto, Canada as a selected Australia Council Exchange representative; Crafts Council - Northern Territory; Curtin University, Perth; UTas and the Victorian Trades Hall Council Arts Workshop among many others. Her work is represented in various private and public national art collections: Queensland Art Gallery, Victorian State Craft Collection (3), Tamworth Gallery (3), Ararat Gallery (4), Powerhouse Museum and Aberdeen Art Gallery Scotland. Recent projects have included the CAD Factory Grong Grong Creative House Residency in 2013, and an exhibition of works of selected Riverina Artists of International standing, responding to the Centenary of ANZAC in April 2014 for the Wagga Art Gallery. Her current PhD research at Charles Sturt University is entitled 'Temporary Alignments: fraught fictions and fragile facts hidden in plain view.'
Julie has extensive experience in tertiary education having taught Design and Drawing at RMIT for 8 years, Curtin University, Perth; University of Tasmania; Melbourne University and Swinburne (OECT) TAFE Art and Design. She has also been a guest Lecturer in many Institutions including OCAD and Sheridan College Toronto, Canada and Edith Cowan University, Perth. She has been a Lecturer at CSU for the past 18 years working with students across a wide range of Creative Arts disciplines at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. One of her long-standing aims and successes as a CSU Creative Art and Design Lecturer, as part of the BCAD degree, is the on-going adoption and adaption of innovative delivery strategies to enhance the quality and accessibility of Visual Arts and Design subjects for regional students across Australia via distance and on-campus education modes. Julie lectures in the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design degree.
Julie's current creative practice as research PhD candidature, "Temporary Alignments: fragile facts and fraught fictions' investigates the ways that complex, uncertain visual narratives might fold back across time, not because the moments of past and present are the same but because visual and material links between them may reveal worthwhile aspects of the present from shadows of the past. Her research methodology engages diverse transdisciplinary imaging systems to question received histories and connections between past and present to create contemporary meanings in ways denied to the discipline of History. She is particularly interested in the ways that textile and drawing, both ancient art forms and contingent practices endure as vital contemporary languages for individuals and communities in every culture and society. As Graham Sullivan states, "with art and research it is often from experiences that are simple and complex, precise and uncertain, that the most insightful outcomes are revealed and the most important questions arise. Therefore, it is not necessary to assume that theories are neat, practices are prescribed, all outcomes can be predicted or that meanings can be measured. In fact, it is the opposite that is a more likely reality. The messy resistance of new understanding relies on the rationality of intuition and the imagination of the intellect, and these are the kind of mindful processes and liquid structures used in art practice as research.' 1.
Montgarrett, J (2012) Navigating Tensions: fraught fictions and fragile facts' ; Exhibition catalogue; catalogue essay; Wagga Art Gallery/NSW trade and Investment/Charles Sturt University. Dec – Feb 2012-13.
Schoeser, M (2012) Textile: The Art of Mankind, Thames and Hudson. UK
Montgarrett, J (2008); guessing games in borrowed spaces ; Exhibition catalogue and catalogue essay, Wagga Art Gallery/NSW Trade and Investment/Charles Sturt University. Jun-July 2008.