Julia Hilton practices both as an artist and a landscape architect covering a broad range of work united by a wish to engage people in the landscape they live with whether urban or rural. Her work as an artist aims to reveal the stories hidden in the landscape around us and beneath our feet. Her work as a landscape architect as Green Dreams Landscape Architects focuses on working with individuals and communities to interpret their aspirations for a space into imaginative solutions on the ground.
After 10 years working in the public art field and later as a landscape architect, Julia has returned to her first love, ceramics, but now on a domestic scale. The work in the public art field always had a playful quirky approach. Now that playful approach has returned to work in clay.
Selected exhibitions and commissions
2016 Rye Society of Artists Summer Exhibition
2016 Coastal Currents Open Studios
2014 Coastal Currents Open Studios
2013 Coastal Currents Open Studios
2004/5 Three Farms: “The Ground Beneath our Feet”. On three walks across hay meadows I gathered all the plants I found on one day in June 2004. Each plant was pressed into a clay slab, so ‘drawing itself’ on the slab, which was fired, glazed, and fired again to make a butter dish. The three series created were shown at Otterton Mill in 2005 and at the farms where they were made, accompanied by walks to see the plants in the hay fields.
2004/5 Tree Calligraphy – A series of porcelain wall pieces in which the twigs of each native
Scottish tree are embedded, revealing the rhythms and outlines of the different trees. Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in 2004.
2005 North Dorset Visitor Centre – Concept design for the interior of a new countryside visitor centre for North Dorset working with the Dorset Countryside Service.
2003 Walk the View – Chesterfield – artwork incorporating earthworks, seating, and paving in the form of a giant map in stone setts, slate and bronze.
2000 Irwell Sculpture Trail. Artist’s residency at Peel Park, Salford to work with Salford
Council’s landscaping team on the redesigning of Peel Park. This resulted in an earth works/garden called ‘Fabric of Nature’.
1996 Park and Ride Scheme at Rowley Regis for Centro – Work included designs for brick
cladding of 110 m of retaining wall, a brick planter and clay paving. The project won a landscaping award from BALI – The British Association of Landscaping Industries.
1996 Worcester College of Higher Education – A series of three brick sculptures and seating in the grounds of Worcester College of Higher Education made as part of a year as artist in residence at the college.
1994 “Entrances” Berwick upon Tweed – A ‘Twentieth Century folly’ sited in the grounds of Paxton House, Berwick upon Tweed. Two ten foot high curving walls made of carved and glazed brick.
Selected work experience and residencies
2006 – 2014 Working as a landscape architect for Green Dreams designing community spaces and play areas for a variety of schools, community centres and housing estates often with sculptural elements.
2006 Year long residency in Thorncombe Woods, Dorset, devising a 10 year art strategy to encourage a wider range of groups to use the woods including local special needs groups. Final work included a short film, sound pieces and signage developing a new landscape interpretation approach for the woods
2003 Kinloss Primary School playground design. Working intensively with year 6 pupils we devised temporary installation across the playground over two days that explored the different qualities of spaces they would like to see in their playground. Their discoveries closely informed my redesign of the playground.
1998 Visiting lecturer at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.
1994 – 1997 Lecturer in Ceramics at University of Worcester. I developed the ceramic component of the fine art degree including a module on ceramics in the public realm and functional ceramics.
University of Durham
1980 -1983 BA(hons) Economics
Edinburgh College of Art
1989-1992 BA(hons) Ceramics
1992-1993 M(des) Ceramics
University of Greenwich
2006 Certificate of Landscape Design
Ore Place Farmhouse