About me

Short Bio

(Maltese artist, B. 1990)

 

Ġulja Holland is a figurative painter based between Malta and London. She graduated with a MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2021 and obtained a BA (Hons) from Leeds Arts University in 2015. Her psychologically charged works explore themes of identity, love, human conflict and her growing concern for the natural environment.  Holland’s work explores the darker aspects of the human condition on a personal scale as well as on a global scale. Self-identity, environmental destruction and existentialism are recurring themes in Holland’s work. The human form and its surroundings are often abstracted in an attempt to move the image beyond language and toward metaphor, leaving room for interpretation.

 

Recent group exhibitions include the London Grads Now. 21, Saatchi Gallery, Royal College of Arts Degree show, Cromwell Place, London (2021) ‘Together through Painting’, London Paint Club (2021), Another Work is Possible (online via: https://2021.rca.ac.uk/collaborations/another-world-is-possible), Snapshot, Hockney Gallery, London (2020). She is the recipient of the Tertiary Education Scholarship Scheme 2021 and has recently been shortlisted as an artist on the Sky Arts Portrait of the Year Program. She was also shortlisted for the Unit 1 Gallery solo residency in London and was recently selected for the PADA Studios artist residency scheme taking place in this summer. 

Looking for

Connection & engagement with a wider local audience

Represented by Lily Agius Gallery, Saatchi Art, Rise Art London
Skills Conceptual Drawing Figurative Painting Work on Paper

Education

Education History

2019 – 2021, Royal College of Art, MA Painting

2012 – 2015, Leeds Arts University, BA (Hons) Fine Arts

2008 – 2009, Loughborough University, Art & Design Foundation Diploma

 

Experience

Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions 

 

Solo

 

2021, When Your Voice Shakes, Studio 87, Valletta, Malta 

2017, From A Distance, Lily Agius Gallery, Sliema, Malta

2016, Altered Egos, The Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu Waterfront, Malta

 

 

Group

 

2021, Celebratory PAOTY exhibition, Compton Verney Art Gallery, Warwickshire, UK – Currently on show

2021, CURRENT/S 2, DESKO Gallery, Valletta, Malta

2021, Royal College of Art Degree Show, Cromwell Place, London, UK

2021, London Paint Club, 

https://londonpaintclub.com/2021/05/13/together-through-painting-gallery-1/

2021, Another World is Possible, 

https://2021.rca.ac.uk/collaborations/another-world-is-possible

2020, Snapshot, Hockney Gallery, London, UK

2020, Snapshot, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art

2020, WIP Show, Royal College of Art

2019, 216 KM APX, La Bottega Art Bistro, Valletta, Malta

2018, Autumn Exhibition, Studio 87, Valletta, Malta

2018, Sea She Sees, The Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu Waterfront, Malta

2017, Paragon Europe’s Brussels Exhibition, Brussels Press Club Europe, Brussels

2016, The International Art Collective IV, Le Méridien, St.Julians, Malta 2016The Pink October Art Exhibition, Auberge de Castille, Valletta, Malta

2016, Tribe16 International Art festival Chrom-art exhibition, 47/49 Tanner Street, London

2015 – 2016, Christianity, Spirituality and the Other: The Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale, Malta

2015, Free Range, London, UK, 201544° Degree Show, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK

2013, Open Closet, Lamberts Yard, Leeds, UK, 2014Navigation, Thwaite Mills, Leeds, UK

 

Achievements

Ġulja Holland is the recipient of the Tertiary Education Scholarship Scheme 2021 and has recently been shortlisted as an artist on the Sky Arts Portrait of the Year Program. She was also recently shortlisted for the Unit 1 Gallery solo residency in London. She was a guest speaker at the She Malta Summer Workshop in 2019. Between 2018 and 2019 Holland was a member of the Malta Creative Collective member and was also invited as a speaker at one of their numerous networking events.