Based in National Genre Dance

Julia Holden

I am a New Zealand artist currently based in Christchurch. I returned to New Zealand recently after 4 and a half years in Melbourne, where I gained Master of Fine Arts by Research from Monash University. My work is primarily based in portraiture as I feel it is the ideal lens through which to observe, reflect and comment upon contemporary life. The Wish You Were Here project is a portait of Christchurch, capturing the city as it is right now, at this rapidly changing present moment.

During my time in Australia I was among the 16 nationally selected artists to be exhibited in SafARI 2012, the Sydney Artist Run Spaces unofficial fringe to the Sydney Biennale. I was twice a finalist in Australia's richest art award, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, 2011 and 2012, the first time an entirely hand-painted 'animated painting,' presented digitally, has been accepted into a traditional painting show. My works have been shown on Australia’s largest public screen in Federation Square, and at the Arts Centre, Melbourne.

Examples of my work can be seen at

Julia Holden's Projects