Julie Arkell

Julie Arkell is one of England’s best contemporary folk artists. She works with papier-mâché and mixed media. Her work here captures the fragility and uncertainty of life. She is inspired by the precious objects left behind and by the discarded fragments of everyday life. ‘I was delighted to receive such lovely small pieces of memorabilia from the Bolingbroke – pieces that hold the essence of the people who owned them. Each piece hold traces of these people and their story. My work tries to capture these stories, these past moments, evoking the individual and their memory.’ By using snippets of text with objects that already have an emotional history, Julie keeps their sentiment alive and gives them new vitality: bringing past and present together.

Born  1955, London

  Crafts Council of Selected Makers
1977-78  St Martins School of Art, BA Fashion Textiles
1974-77  West Surrey College of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Textiles

Selected exhibitions
  The Bolingbroke Hospital, Contemporary Applied Arts
Julie Arkell solo, Bluecoat Display Centre
2011  Present Collectables, Contemporary Applied Arts
2010  Smile, The Gallery, Ruthin Craft Centre
Loop, Camden Passage, London
For The Love of Thread, The Luilt Show, Nantes, France
The Creature Show, Touchstones, Rochdale
2009  Embodiment, Llantarnum Grange Arts Centre, Cumbria
2008  Making Up Stories. A Christmas Fantasy. Flow Gallery London
Window for Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
2008  Showcase for Liberty, London
2007  The Knitting and Stitching Show, UK
2006  Oriel Davis Gallery (mixed show) touring
MADE, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (mixed show)
2006  Touchstones, Rochdale
Liverpool Bluecoat Display
2004  Home, The Gallery Ruthin Craft Centre, Solo Show
Small Collections of Things, The Jelly Leg’d Chicken Arts Gallery, Reading (solo show)
2003  Recollection, City Arts Gallery, Leeds
Celebrating Education, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2002  Julie Arkell and Susie Freeman (two person show), Contemporary Applied Arts, London
1998-09  Kunstlerisches Spielzeug, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany
Craft Lew, Hamburg, Germany
1995-06  New York International Gift Fair, New York, USA

Permanent Collections
Evelina Children’s Hospital
Touchstones, Rochdale

2005  Evelina Children’s Hospital




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