Julia Groves

Julia has a multidisciplinary practice with a strong research base inspired by the historical and contemporary traditions of Botanical Art and Contemporary Drawing practice. An ‘ethno botanical artist’, she tells stories through her work about plants and our relationships with them. Her practice embodies many layered considerations and narratives – social, environmental, symbolic, historical and spiritual. Julia also makes work inspired by the Japanese tradition of ‘Oshibana’, making pieces with pressed and dried botanical material, using her knowledge from running a herb workshop to process plants in different ways.

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Biography

Julia came away from university with a first class honours degree in Fine Art and has exhibited extensively. Her practice is informed by over 20 years experience as a horticulturalist working in community projects, a passion which began when she had a studio at Hackney City Farm. Most recently running the Biodynamic Market Garden and Herb Workshops at the Blackthorn Garden in Kent working with adults with mental health issues for 14 years. Julia won the Kent Creative Award for her Art practice in 2016, is a member of the ‘Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society’ and the Botanical Artists co-operative ‘Florum’.

Exhibitions

2016 ‘FLORUM’ Selected Botanical Art Exhibition, Kent Wildlife Trust Sevenoaks Nature Reserve, Kent
2016 Winner of the ‘Kent Creative Award’ for my Art practice in the Visual Arts category
2016 ‘Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society’ Exhibition at the Artichoke Gallery, Ticehurst , Kent
2015/16 Art Market ME14, selected Art fair and accompanying exhibitions, Maidstone
2016 ‘TIME’ themed group show MAW, Bentliff Art Gallery, Maidstone Museum
2015 Portfolio of work accepted by the R H S Selection Panel – in order to exhibit at a future RHS Botanical Art Show
2015 ‘Soil’ . Selected Group Exhibition, The Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable
2014 Artist in Residence – self initiated with Lyminge Archaeological Project, University of Reading
2014 The Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition, London
2013 Ko-Ax Drawing, selected Exhibiton, Mascalls Gallery, Kent

Website: www.juliagroves.co.uk

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