Julia Midgley

Born in 1948, Julia studied at Northwich School of Art & Design (now Mid Cheshire College F.E.) and Manchester College of Art & Design (Now M.M.U.).

Julia has taught at Northwich School of Art & Design, Manchester Polytechnic, Exeter College of Art & Design, and until her retirement in 2013 was Reader in Documentary Drawing at Liverpool Art School, L.J.M.U. 

Julia is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Painters and Printmakers (R.E.), and The Royal Watercolour Society, (RWS),  a past Vice President and now trustee of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts; and member of Chelsea Arts Club.

Drawing from direct observation is the bedrock of Julia’s practice, it informs the images produced in her Cheshire studio whether works on paper, or, etchings. Acting as a fly on the wall she records her observations in sketchbooks. Always interested in movement, anatomy, and medicine, her name has become increasingly associated with Reportage and printmaking.

Her work is exhibited at prestigious galleries and venues in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire and abroad.

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2021: Drawing Past Present & Future of the High Street for Runcorn 2020 – 2021 Art in the Park, Kirkby Gallery and Knowsley Safari Park
2018 – 2019: Drawing Construction for the Royal Watercolour Society’s new Central London Gallery.
2017 – 2018: Resident Artist to LJMU Roscoe Lecture series
2012 – 2015: War Art & Surgery
2000 – 2002: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
2000 – 2001: Granada Television


1993 & 2000: Laing Landscape Awards (Manchester)

1995: The Rainford Trust Prize ( painting ) 

1995: The Gainsborough’s House Prize ( printmaking)

2007: Coast National competition and exhibition ( painting )

2009: Printmaking Today Prize – R.E. Annual, Bankside Gallery, London
2015: Shortlisted – Ruskin Drawing Prize  ( War Art & Surgery )

2016: Shortlisted – Derwent Drawing Prize
(Equine Skeleton drawing )

2020: Commendation Grosvenor Museum Chester
2021: Commendation Teesside Open Print

Professional Memberships:
Fellow The Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, R.E.
Fellow The Royal Watercolour Society,  R.W.S.

Member & past Vice President of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts

Reader in Documentary Drawing, Liverpool School Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University (ret’d 2013)

Member Reportager

Affiliate member Medical Artists Association