JULIE FORRESTER Multi-disciplinary Arts Practitioner

My process begins with a particular creative encounter …..and then proceeds through a series of responses … documenting the unfolding experiences using a variety of media….

Coming from a background in mixed media sculpture, Julie Forrester’s practice prioritises process based approaches, from drawing to installation, lens media and the moving image to public sculpture. Work is characterised by an enquiry into narrative forms, often arising from shared experience. JF is currently recipient of Young People Children and Education bursary awarded by The Arts Council of Ireland for her project Narratives with Nature. Her projects with children have been supported by Cavan and Wexford County Councils and by Cork City Council’s Arts in Context Awards and she has been commissioned by the Department of Education and Science to make participatory public artworks under the Per-cent for Art Scheme. JF has a socially engaged practice, working collaboratively with people across a spectrum of contexts, from Youth & Community to Health & Education. Much of JF’s work ‘in context’ is co-created on residency, since 2000 she has collaborated multi-annually with children and teachers on residencies with Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and annually since 2010 with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. JF is an Education Panellist with numerous arts organisations, and works regularly with The Crawford Art Gallery, where she delivers programmes in response to artworks and exhibitions, often working collaboratively with other colleagues on the Education Team. JF has exhibited across Ireland and her collaborative projects have been selected for exhibition at The Irish Museum of Modern Art and The National Museum of Ireland and The Ark. JF was Artistic Director of Art Trail Cork, responsible for the overall curation and management of an Internationally acclaimed site-specific Festival involving 80 artists, exhibitions, live events and works across multiple venues in Cork City. She was Co-Curator and Production manager of SOUNDWORKS, a site specific Sound Art event in Cork involving 50 artists by invitation and international callout.

JF is Garda vetted and is a Member of VAI since 2000