School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Julia McKinlay

Teaching Fellow in Print

Background

I am a Teaching Fellow in Print in the Fine Art Department. 

At the centre of my practice is my interest in landscape, natural history and the representation of nature. I work across sculpture, drawing, print, performance and installation. I am interested in site specificity and much of my work is a reaction to specific locations. I am currently researching fossilised flora and organic remains at the Great North Museum: Hancock Library and Archives. 

I am influenced by museum collections and the works of naturalists and explorers. I gather images to work from on research expeditions to unique environments. In 2014 I was the recipient of the Boise Travel Scholarship which I used to travel around Iceland for two months gathering research and making work. I make abstract, large scale installations that are made to be explored by the viewer. Each object within my work is an element of a world: plants, animals, fossils and geology are all represented.  

I specialise in etching and relief printing techniques. I am a member of collaborative print group Printers' Symphony. We have converted four ex army rucksacks into a portable print studio, which we use to reveal the hidden marks, sounds and practices of print beyond the workshop. 

I received a BA in Fine Art: Sculpture and Environmental Art from The Glasgow School of Art (2009) and an MFA in Fine Art at The Slade School of Fine Art (2014).





Research

I am part of collaborative print group Printers' Symphony.

We research printmaking outside of the workshop environment. 

Teaching

BA Fine Art  1st Year Introduction to Etching

BA Fine Art  2nd Year Studio Tutor

As a Teaching Fellow I run workshops related to Print that are for all courses and year groups.