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Julia Holderness


“I embody the ongoing fabrication of the Florence Weir persona. She is a ghost artist and an artistic guide who reappears and visits the present.”

Julia Holderness is an artist, writer and researcher based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. She holds a PhD in practice-led visual arts from Auckland University of Technology (2022). Titled Ever Present Archiving: methodologies for art histories through invention, fabrication and social practice, her PhD project explored archives and their construction of art-historical narratives. Holderness also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury (2002) and an Honours in Visual Arts from AUT University (2016).

Holderness has staged a number of significant exhibition projects throughout Aotearoa, including The Studio which was presented at Dunedin Public Art Gallery in 2021 and The National (Ōtautahi) in 2022. Holderness was awarded an AUT University Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship and won the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Award in 2016.