Julie Gough is an artist, writer and curator who lives in Hobart, Tasmania. She was born in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) in 1965, and has lived in Tasmania from the end of 1993 to the present, except for  2001 (overseas), 2003-04 (Melbourne), 2005-07 (Townsville). She lived in Perth WA between 1979-87 and 1989-1993.

Julie’s research and art practice involves uncovering and re-presenting  subsumed and often conflicting histories, often referring to her own and her family’s experiences as Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Current work in installation, sound and video provides the means to explore ephemerality, absence and recurrence.

Julie’s paternal heritage is Scottish and Irish while her matriarchal Aboriginal family line traditionally comes from Tebrikunna, far north eastern Tasmania, where ancestor Woretemoeteyenner, also known as Margaret and Bung, one of the four daughters of east coast leader, Mannalargenna, was born around 1797.  Woretemoeteyenner lived much of her adult life in the Furneaux Islands, including on Preservation, Clarke and Cape Barren Islands, where at least four of her children to then sealer/straitsman George Briggs were born, including Julie’s ancestor Dalrymple Briggs (aka Dolly)  born c.1808-1812, according to her obituary, on (little) Kangaroo Island near Flinders Island.

Dalrymple is said to have been the first child of two cultures born in Tasmania, which is unlikely, but it seems she was the first to survive to have descendants. By age 4 (?) Dalrymple was living with colonial retired surgeon and wife, notorious drunkards, Jacob and Bridget Mountgarrett, firstly in the Launceston region, then near Longford – both in northern Tasmania. Dalrymple on one occasion was shot by Mountgarrett, the immediate aftermath of which was encountered by three passersby who, with Dalrymple, reported the incident to a Launceston Magistrate – Mountgarrett was ‘let off’.

After leaving the Mountgarretts in 1828, Dolly, lived near Quamby Bluff (near Deloraine), then Perth (Tas.), then Dunorlan (Tas.) and finally Sherwood on the Mersey River near Latrobe in North West Tasmania, where she and Thomas Johnson raised a large family, and where many descendants live to this day. Dolly passed away in 1864 and Thomas in 1967. Julie is descended from their 9th child of 13, Charlotte Johnson who married James Gower.

In 1841 Dolly petitioned the Government for the release of her mother from incarceration at Wybalenna on Flinders Island, where her grandfather Mannalargenna had died six years earlier (TAHO, CO280/133, 171-171a). With the support of influential Port Officer and Dunorlan neighbour, William Moriarty, the petition was successful and Woretemoeteyenner lived her final years with her daughter, son in law, and grandchildren.

Julie holds a PhD from the University of Tasmania (2001), Masters degree (Visual Arts) University of London (Goldsmiths College)(1998), BA (Visual Arts) Curtin University West Australia (1994), BA Honours (Visual Arts) First Class, University of Tasmania (1995) and BA (Prehistory/ English Literature), University of West Australia (1987).

She has held 20 solo exhibitions and exhibited in more than 120 group shows since 1994 including The Clemenger Award, NGV (2009), Biennale of Sydney (2006), Liverpool Biennale, UK (1999), Perspecta, AGNSW (1995).

Her work is held in many private and public collections including The National Gallery of Australia, The National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of West Australia, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, National Museum of Australia, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Launceston.

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Julie is represented by Bett Gallery Hobart,  Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi Melbourne, and Turner Galleries Perth.