Young Members | Kōrero & Workshop with Julia Holderness


event Details

Join us for an artist talk and watercolour workshop in the Gallery’s beautiful Members Lounge.

Julia Holderness is a scholar and artist with a fascination for visual archives and the modernist period. She explores these topics in an unconventional way: through the fabrication of modernist artist-designer Florence Weir.

At this Young Members event, Curator New Zealand Art, Julia Waite will chat with Julia Holderness about her research and creations as her alter ego Weir, followed by a relaxed, beginner-friendly watercolour workshop. Holderness will share techniques and tips on how to create a lively botanical composition through mark making and careful colour use. The workshop will be held in our Members Lounge looking out over Rangipuke Albert Park to give you lots of inspiration. No previous artistic training needed!

This event is part of our Young Members event programme, for the bold and curious under 40s (and the young at heart). Light refreshments are included in your ticket. Thanks to our drinks partner, Almighty.


Workshop details

The price of the workshop includes all painting materials*, pastries and a drink on arrival in the Members Lounge. We have room for 25 people.

If you are a Member, you can purchase up to two tickets. This event is suitable for everyone over the age of 16.

*You are welcome to bring your own materials if you prefer.


Artist Biography

Dr Julia Holderness is an artist based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. She holds a PhD in practice-led visual arts from Auckland University of Technology, a Bachelor of Art and Design from AUT and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury. Her PhD project, Ever Present Archiving: Methodologies for Art Histories through Invention, Fabrication and Social Practice, explored archives and their construction of art-historical narratives, and the final exhibition for her doctorate was staged at ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland in 2022. Julia was awarded an AUT University Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship and won the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Award in 2016. She is represented by Sanderson Contemporary. ​


Image credits: Julia Holderness, Passage de Terrasse avec Florence Weir, 2023. Image courtesy of Sanderson Contemporary | Julia Holderness photo by Sarah Rowlands, 2024.

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