Julia Holden is a graduate of Elam, School of Fine Arts and Monash University, Melbourne. Consistently experimenting with modes of representation and presentation, Holden has developed an innovative relational painting practice employing strategies focused upon encouraging public interaction, community connection and a wider social engagement.
Holden has been exhibiting regularly in New Zealand and Australia since 2011, most recently in 2017 Lyttelton Redux, at the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, and as an installation and Walking Tour in the Lyttelton Township. In 2016 and 2017 performance became an important part of her practice. Draped Nude (Audrey Baldwin, after Henri Matisse), was preformend at the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland. #WishYouWereHereChch, 5 billboard installations and postcard editions was also shown in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland in 2014.
She was also included in the 2013 Wallace Art Awards Salon des Refuse, The James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland, New Zealand.