b. 1989, Adelaide.

Lives and works in Adelaide.

Julia McInerney’s practice centres around the combined application of the literary order of words and the sculptural order of physical materials. The dialogue between these two languages is aimed to manifest variations of a third language that is suspended between these two, that is distinct from those that allowed for its origination, yet which at the same time continue to support its existence. The title and material description of each work are intended to perform key roles in this process.

Julia McInerney is an Adelaide based artist, graduating from the Adelaide Central School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) in 2011. Her work is concerned with the ambiguous poetry of objects and materials, often drawing upon ideas and themes from Modernist literature. Julia has presented exhibitions at Greenaway Art Gallery (SA), Constance ARI (TAS), Bus Projects (VIC), the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia’s Project Space, FELTspace (SA), and Konstfack University College of Arts and Crafts, in Stockholm, Sweden. Julia has undertaken residencies at Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin, SIM (The Icelandic Association of Visual Arts) in both Reykjavik and Berlin, and Artspace in Sydney.



Julia McInerney, 'Leaves' series, 2017, installation view 'Archipelago', GAGPROJECTS, 2017. works left to right: 'O how in this', 2017, 150 x 100 x 2cm; 'No other way into the other world', 2017, 148 x 103 x 2cm (both works are: sand cast aluminium mixed with Rimowa suitcase, enamel, squid ink). Photo by Grant Hancock
JULIA MCINERNEY - Instrument for Robert Walser (a brass bell melted down into a single beam, raised, held in a vertical position, and released), 2016 cast brass, 2 x 2 x 330cm (beam), 20 x 7 x 110cm (sprues and channels), installation view in 'TarraWarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation', TarraWarra Museum of Art. Photo by Andrew Curtis
JULIA MCINERNEY - the light, and the Light - Virginia Woolf Piece II, (two anchors melted down and re-cast), 2014, cast aluminium, salt & water, 18 x 80 x 121cm (x2). Photo by Grant Hancock
JULIA MCINERNEY - The Meadow - Virginia Woolf Piece (one anchor ground to dust floating upon a body of water), 2013, aluminium dust, water, aluminium cast of the edge of a door painted white, 300 x 600 x 1200cm. Photo by Grant Hancock
Born Adelaide
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), Adelaide Central School of Art, Adelaide
 Currently lives and works in Adelaide, SA
2015Eden Eden Eden, with Tom Squires, MOP Projects, Sydney
Nightlung, Constance ARI, Hobart
2013The Animal, Bus Projects, Melbourne
The Meadow, The Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Project Space, Adelaide
White Air Anatomy, FELTspace Gallery, Adelaide
2012Pome, in collaboration with Tom Squires, Odradek, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
2016TarraWarra Biennial 2016, curated by Helen Hughes and Victoria Lynn
Dug and Digging With, curated by Stan Mahoney and Katie Barber, Australian Experimental Art Foundation
2015CACSA Contemporary 2015 – GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Daughters of Chaos - Deleuze Studies International Conference, Konstfack University College of Arts and Crafts, Stockholm, Sweden
2014Grid Festival, curated by Grid Projects
On the Steps, Adelaide Festival Centre
2012Weathers (more than one at the same point and the same time), SIM (The Association of Icelandic Visual Art), Iceland
Northern Projects, SIM (The Association of Icelandic Visual Art), Iceland
Disappearance, Paper, String, Plastic, curated by Adele Sliuzas
2011Emergence, Adelaide Central School of Art Graduate Exhibition
2016Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo
2014Artspace, Sydney, NSW
Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Samband íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (The Association of Icelandic Visual Artist), Berlin, Germany
2012Samband íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (The Association of Icelandic Visual Artist), Reykjavik, Iceland
2015Adelaide Critics Circle Emerging Visual Artist Award
Ruth Tuck Scholarship for Visual Arts
Carclew Quick Response Grant
2014Helpmann Academy Project Grant
Helpmann Academy Artspace Residency Award
Sainsbury Sculpture Grant, NAVA
Art Start, Australian Council for the Arts
Helpmann Academy Project Grant
2013Helpmann Academy Project Grant
Carclew Project and Development Grant
Helpmann Academy Artist in Residence at Fontanelle Studios
2012Carclew Project and Development Grant
2015      CACSA Contemporary 2015, The Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia
              Adele Sliuzas, Sensitive Objects, Adele Sliuzas, Fine Print Contemporary Art Magazine
2013      Dr Linda Marie Walker, Nothing is Anchored, catalogue essay
              Dr Linda Marie Walker, White Air Anatomy - Julia McInerney
              Tom Squires, the (given) room / before the (same) room / with (and without) dimensions : on a work by julia mcinerney, catalogue essay
2012      Louise Nunn Twin Inspirations, The Advertiser
              Adele Sliuzas, Disappearance, catalogue essay
2011      Emergence, Adelaide Central School of Art