Julie Gough

Dr Julie Gough

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2021
  • Section(s): History, Arts


Julie Gough is an artist, writer and a curator of First Peoples Art and Culture at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.  Gough’s art-research involves uncovering and re-presenting conflicting and subsumed histories, many referring to her family’s experiences as Tasmanian Aboriginal people.  Her Briggs-Johnson-Gower family have lived in the Latrobe region of Lutruwita/Tasmania since the 1840s, with Tebrikunna their Traditional Country.

Gough holds a PhD from the University of Tasmania (Visual Arts, 2001), MA (Visual Arts) University of London, Goldsmiths College (1998), and Bachelor degrees in Visual Arts (Curtin University), Prehistory/English literature (University of West Australia).

In 2021 Tense Past, responding to the exhibition of the same name, was published by Tebrikunna Press, after Fugitive History (UWA Press) and Shale (A Published Event) in 2018.  Gough’s artwork is held in most state and national collections, following more than 160 exhibitions, that include: Rivus: Biennale of Sydney, 2022; Tarnanthi, AGSA, 2021; Eucalyptusdom, Powerhouse Museum, NSW, 2021; TENSE PAST, TMAG, 2019; Divided Worlds, Adelaide Biennial, 2018; Defying Empire, NGA, 2017; THE NATIONAL, MCA, NSW, 2017; With Secrecy and Despatch, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2016; UNDISCLOSED, NGA, 2012; Clemenger Award, NGV, 2010; Biennale of Sydney, 2006; Liverpool Biennial, UK, 2001; Perspecta, AGNSW, 1995.


Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.