Julie Gough

Dr Julie Gough

  • Post-Nominals:
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2021
  • Section: 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 and research practice often 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, and Tebrikunna in the far north east is their Traditional Country.

Gough holds a PhD from the University of Tasmania (Visual Arts, 2001), a Masters degree (Visual Arts) University of London, Goldsmiths College (1998), and Bachelor degrees in Visual Arts (Curtin University), Prehistory and English literature (University of West Australia).  In 2018 a monograph on her art, Fugitive History, was published by UWA Press, and short fictionella, Shale, was produced by A Published Event.  Gough’s artwork is held in most Australian state and national gallery collections. Since 1994 she has exhibited in more than 130 exhibitions that include: Tarnanthi, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2021; Eucalyptusdom, Powerhouse Museum, NSW, 2021; TENSE PAST, TMAG, 2019; Divided Worlds, Adelaide Biennial, 2018; Defying Empire, NGA (National Gallery of Australia), 2017; THE NATIONAL, Museum of Contemporary Art, NSW, 2017; With Secrecy and Despatch, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2016; UNDISCLOSED, NGA, 2012; Clemenger Award, National Gallery of Victoria, 2010; Biennale of Sydney, 2006; Liverpool Biennial, UK, 2001; Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 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.