Julie Millowick: Surrounding

15 February—16 June 2024

The beauty of Central Victoria’s landscape in tumult and recovery.

Julie Millowick is a localist, an artist who is deeply embedded in the place where she lives. Over many years, Millowick has documented the environmental legacy of gold mining around her home near Fryerstown in Central Victoria. This strangely poignant landscape has been turned upside down through violent extraction—but it remains resilient and in the process of recovery.

Surrounding exhibits a curated selection of Millowick's work including a new series seen for the first time. Millowick’s photographs show us the devastating effects of mining, drought, flood and invasive plants, but also remind us of the interconnectedness that links all parts of this ecosystem including its human occupants. This is a terrain which the artist loves, and which she sees with acute perception. It is a landscape full of complexity, a region with a terrible past, but in its capacity for renewal is also a place that offers a spark of hope for the future.

Curated by Jenny Long

Exhibition Publication
Produced on the occasion of the exhibition, the Surrounding publication extends Millowick's documentation of the environmental legacy of gold mining around her home near Fryerstown, in Central Victoria – a landscape in tumult and recovery.
At over 150 pages, the publication features an introduction by the artist, an essay by exhibition curator Jenny Long, full-colour photographs, and a map of the area depicted within Surrounding. First edition of 250. Available for purchase here.

Julie Millowick
Julie Millowick began her photographic career working in the darkroom of Athol Shmith, John Cato and Peter Barr. After completing her studies at Prahran College of Advanced Education, she worked as a press and public relations photographer, after which the direction of her commercial folio changed and she worked as a corporate industrial photographer. Julie achieved early recognition for her photojournalism when she exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria and Australian Centre for Photography in 1977 in Australian New Work. She has exhibited and published regularly since then, with work held in major photography collections in Australia and internationally. In 1993 she exhibited work in the exhibition Intimate Lives with Sally Mann, Nan Goldin and Jaques Henri Lartigue at the International Fotofeis in Edinburgh, Scotland.

PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography
Julie Millowick: Surrounding at Castlemaine Art Museum is an official exhibition of PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography, a major biennial of new photography and ideas taking place from 01–24 March in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Responding to the theme ‘The Future Is Shaped by Those Who Can See It’, PHOTO 2024’s expansive program invites audiences to discover the possible and parallel futures that lie ahead, and how current actions and activisms are shaping future realities. PHOTO 2024 is produced by PHOTO Australia in collaboration with cultural institutions, museums and galleries, and education, industry and government partners.

Public Programs
Free public programs, including an artist in conversation, will be presented in the gallery throughout this exhibition. All details will be shared on our website. Click here to subscribe to our mailing list to receive special updates and invitations.


Friends of Castlemaine Art Museum (FOCAM)

Ian Hill Fine Art Printing

Julie Millowick: Surrounding is an official exhibition of PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography

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