Julie Ewington is a writer, curator and broadcaster based in Sydney. An authority on contemporary Australian art, especially art by women, and contemporary art from Southeast Asia, she has held both academic and curatorial positions, always focusing on contemporary art. Her interests extend from feminism to cosmopolitanism, from installation to jewellery, from museum projects to cultural resistance.
Between 2001-14 Julie was Head of Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Key achievements there included the 2005 retrospective The Art of Fiona Hall; the national surveys Contemporary Australia: Optimism (2008) and Contemporary Australia: Women (2012); and contributing to six editions of the Gallery’s acclaimed Asia-Pacific Triennial
In 2014, Julie received the Australia Council’s Visual Arts Award to honour her achievements as a curator, writer, and advocate for the visual arts.
Since 2014 Julie has written catalogue essays, and reviews for journals including The Monthly and Artforum. Major publications include monographs on Fiona Hall (2005) and Del Kathryn Barton (2014). In 2016 Julie curated The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver for TarraWarra Museum of Art, and was a member of the curatorium for Unfinished Business: Perpectives on art and feminism, which concluded at ACCA, Melbourne, in March 2018.
'The Jewellery of Warwick Freeman', Owner's Manual 1995
‘Painting, Pleasure, Perversity’, in Gemma Smith: Found Ground 2018