JULIE BRADLEY Workshop – Abstract Investigation

by | 9 Dec 2017 | NEWS, Special Tutored Workshops

Sat and Sun: 17–18 FEB 2018
CAW Studio B | M16 Artspace | 21 Blaxland Cres Griffith ACT

$207 Members*
$258 Non Members
Includes some materials and refreshments.
BYO lunch.

Suitable for Beginner-Intermediate skills.


What makes an artwork abstract and what is the difference between abstraction and abstract art?

Taking our inspiration from the printed word, music, and focusing on the approaches of contemporary abstract artists, you will be guided through a series of exercises that will open you up to the possibilities of working with abstraction.

Over the two days we will make a series of small artworks, each with a different starting point, working in your chosen preferred medium. All techniques and approaches are welcome. Tools, materials and mediums will be provided for the experimental exercises.

Throughout the workshop there will be opportunities for discussion, feedback and gentle critique as we review the works we have produced.



Julie trained in printmaking at the ANU School of Art and also studied at the University of New South Wales where she received a graduate diploma in professional art studies. Her work has received numerous awards.

Storytelling and narrative are central to Bradley’s mixed media work which often references myths, folklore, song and poetry.

She currently works from her studio at ANCA and her work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian National University, Canberra Museum and Gallery, the University of Canberra Collection, Bundanon Trust, Calvary Hospital Birth Centre, Canberra Hospital and the Lu Rees Archive.




Register by sending your name. membership status, amount to pay and contact details to eventscaw@gmail.com. Reference BRADLEY WORKSHOP as Subject. Successful applicants will be emailed payment details, others will go on wait list, until registration closes. A Materials List will be sent on receipt of payment.

*Member price applies to CAW & ASOC financial members.



Posted 12/02/18

Julie will provide basic materials for our exercises and experimentation.

However it is advisable to bring along your own basic tool kit and extra materials. These should include:

  • Scissors/Stanley knife
  • Ruler
  • Graphite pencils
  • Ink -black
  • White and black acrylic paints tubes (One of each will do)
  • Brushes –various inexpensive
  • A pallet (lids of plastic containers will do)
  • An apron
  • Containers for water and glue
  • A selection of papers to make collages with.
    This can include magazines, wrapping paper, newspapers and other non-expensive papers. Also any packing materials and light weight card etc. Don’t spend a lot of money on highly decorative papers!
  • A camera/mobile phone to document as we go along
  • And if you have one, also bring a cutting mat.


For this workshop you will be working in your preferred medium so please bring along whatever you like to normally work with –paint, graphite, coloured pencils, charcoal, collage materials etc.

The format for our finished artworks this time will be A3 and you will need to bring along 2 x A3 supports for you finished artworks. What you bring in will depend on what you are intending to work with e.g. canvas boards, heavy weight paper, canvas or wooden supports.

Bring along your own images to work from. These can be magazine images or photographs of any subject that interests you –figures, landscapes, portraits, animals, plants etc. Images on phone screens are probably too small to work from so print out your photographs to at least A4 size and bring these along.

Julie will also bring along some images from magazines for you.

Bring along your sense of adventure and an open mind too!

Please come to the Canberra Art Workshop Studio (21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith) in time to set up for a start time at 10am sharp.

We are looking forward to welcoming Julie to our studio and a pleasurable learning experience for all attendees.

Photos for CAW use will be taken during the workshop. If you do not wish to be photographed, please step out of camera range and kindly notify the photographer.