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Judy Holding

Judy Holding

Judy Holding’s love of the Australian landscape is the inspiration behind her beautiful works on paper and sculptures. Since 1979, the artist has habitually travelled to the Northern Territory, especially to the monsoonal escarpment country of the Kakadu region, to observe and document indigenous ritual practices, spiritual beliefs and social structures. The rich imagery that adorns Holding’s art works is drawn from her lived experience of the Australian landscape.

Holding’s artworks exude energy. The artist strives to capture the energy of place, the distance and relation between places and revealing the hidden forces that preside also within the ancient Australian landscape. She has developed a repertoire of colours and symbols that she reproduces and reconfigures in three dimensional objects, drawings, paintings with watercolour, cut outs, layering and collage. 

In 2014 Holding experimented further with the application of paint on metal, using bronze and other media to create objects synonymous with nature, with bold contemporary forms. Her sculptures often appear in stark contrast to her watercolour paintings, but are united in her poly-situated life and artistic endeavors.

In 2015 Alcaston Gallery represented Judy Holding at Sydney Contemporary 15 and hosted her solo exhibition Painted Diaries from 29 September – 23 October 2015.  

In 2017 Holding exhibited in Birds: Flight Paths of Australian Art at the Mornington Regional Peninsula Gallery; The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art at the Castlemaine State Festival in Victoria; and, Time and Tide, Alcaston Gallery as a part of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 Festival. 

In 2018 Judy Holding was a finalist in the Montalto Sculpture Prize for her work Tall Coloured Gum.

Judy Holding has exhibited extensively in Australia and abroad, and has been collected by many major institutions including: the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; the Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria; the Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria; the Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria; and the collections of Deakin, LaTrobe and Victoria University, Victoria; and the Parliament House Collection, Canberra.

In 2019 Judy Holding presented a solo exhibition Voices From The Land I at Alcaston Gallery. She also presented work in the exhibition Sea Change Tree Change Changing Together at Alcaston Gallery on the subject of climate change.

© The Artist & Alcaston Gallery, 2020



2012 Silhouette Australis, Deakin University Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2013 Connections 11, Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2014 New Work, Beaver Galleries Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

2015 Painted Diaries, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2017  The Layered Landscape, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria 

2019   Voices from the Land I, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria  



2012 Festival d’Australie, Divonne, France

2012 Biting Issues, Maryborough Art Gallery, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia

2012 Small Sculpture, McClelland Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2013 Wisdom of Birds, Latrobe University Gallery, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

2014 37°48’ Artists Navigate Melbourne, National Arts Club, New York City, New York, USA 

2015 All About Art: Brisbane, Alcaston Gallery Annual Collector's exhibition at White Canvas Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland 

2015 Sydney Contemporary 15, Carriageworks represented by Alcaston Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2016  Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Biennial National Works on Paper Award, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria, Australia

2016-17  Birds: Flight Paths of Australian Art, Mornington Regional Peninsula Gallery, Mornington, Victoria, Australia

2017  The Extractive Frontier: Mining for Art, curated by Beverly Knight and Dr Clare Wright, Castlemaine State Festival, Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia

2017 Time and Tide, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria Australia, an ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 Festival exhibition

2017 Sydney Contemporary 17, Carriageworks represented by Alcaston Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2018 Montalto Sculpture Prize Exhibition, Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, Red Hill South, Victoria, Australia

2018 Shades of Green and Blue, Stellar Downer Fine Art, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2019 Sea Change Tree Change Changing Together, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


2019          Paper: cut, stain, fold, press, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia



2008 Commission, Spoleto Art Hotel, Spoleto, Italy 

2009 WINNER, Banyule City Council Works on Paper Award

2011 Artist in Residence, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2012 Artist in Residence, Kathmandu Contemporary Art Space, Kathmandu, Nepal

2012 Commission, Rural School of Health, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

2014 Finalist, 2014 SCOPE Galleries Art Award - Art Concerning Environment

2016 Artist in Residence, Hermannsburg Potters, Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia

2016 Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

2016 Finalist, Mornington Peninsula National Works on Paper Award

2016 Finalist, Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award

2016  Finalist, Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award

2018  Finalist, Montalto Sculpture Prize



Artbank, Australia

Banyule City Council, Banyule, Victoria, Australia

Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla, Victoria, Australia

BHP Billiton Collection, Melbourne, Victoria, Austarlia

City of Port Phillip, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Deakin University Art Collection, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dixon Advisory, Australia

Holding Redlich Collection, Australia

La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Legal Aid Commission, Victoria, Australia

Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura, Victoria, Australia

Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia

The Productivity Commission, Australia

Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Parliament House Collection, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Private collections

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