Julia Douglas

Website: http://www.juliadouglas.co.uk/

Email: julia@juliadouglas.co.uk

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'Highly Sprung' made out of clothes pegs for Aberdeen Art Gallery

'Tick Tick Broom' made out of matches for Visual Arts Scotland 2015

'A Wee Bit of Light Relief' made out of bone china in collaboration with Claire Waddle & Rebecca Wilson

'Prayer Gloves (Progress)', made out of snap fasteners for Deveron Arts

'For Your Own Good' knitted with locals in Helmsdale for Timespan

'One Perfectly Good Bucket' made for Timespan and awarded the Richard Coley Award for Sculpture at Visual Arts Scotland


A constant inspiration for my work is the home and the relationship people have with the objects they put in their own abode.

I make art by exploring seemingly trivial household objects, and remake these by playfully transforming them, often using them as surrogates for the owner’s body, and, consequently drawing attention to their significance in helping to tell a story about the inhabitants’ life and the culture in which they lived.


Since completing a BA (Hons) in Textiles and a postgraduate MA in Art & Design in 1999, Douglas has worked continuously as an artist, undertaking four artist residencies with Deveron Arts, Gracefield Arts Centre, Hospitalfield House and Timespan, and exhibiting continuously throughout, including annually as a Professional Member of Visual Arts Scotland.

She has won 9 awards in this time, including the Richard Coley Award for Sculpture in 2011 and the Russell Trust Prize in 2008 for her work ‘Highly Sprung‘, now housed in the permanent collection of Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Over the years she has worked with many galleries and arts organisations, including the Society of Scottish Artists as Administrator from 2011 to 2016.

Douglas is also a web designer and has worked with artists, arts organisations and small businesses to create affordable, self-manageable websites.

Julia Douglas lives in South West France, where she is setting up a creative retreat with her husband Coilin Usher. You can follow their journey at: www.studiofaire.co.uk