At the beginning of April, Julia was awarded a residency by Edinburgh University to work in collaboration with multi-media artist John McGeoch and science technician Geoff Robbins. Together they have been making interpretations of satellite data, whilst working from home in lockdown. Click here to find out more.
Julia is delivering her dance fitness classes for Inverness and Dingwall online via Zoom. Click here for more info and to donate.
In February 2019, with support from Dance North’s Regional Artist Support programme, I’ve been working with dancer Penny Chivas to begin the research and development of a new work in response to The Morrich More – a large area of saltmarsh and sand dune that extends out into Inver Bay. As a resident of Inver, I’m fascinated by this area and have been asking my neighbours about their experiences of visiting the Morrich and finding out what they’ve brought back.’
‘The Morrich’ project is a work in progress and I’m still gathering stories, objects and ideas.
In collaboration with young people from SOAR Youth Projects, Julia has begun investigating ideas for an interactive performance project that will incorporate movement, creative play, dance, live music and film. It’s an experiment so who knows what we’ll end up making but we’re going to have a lot of fun along the way and hopefully learn a bit more about one another in the process. Julia is also collaborating with Quee MacArthur and Robbie Synge who are on board making music and filming the project. Through monthly workshops at Ardross Community Hall and visits to SOAR playscheme: we’ll be playing, investigating and experimenting with movement, music and film and sharing what we discover along the way. See the Interactive Experiments page for what we’ve been up to and where we’re coming from.
In November 2016, Julia was awarded an Artist bursary by Janice Parker Projects and the Saltire Society for her Interactive Experiments project to collaborate with young people from SOAR Youth Projects and create a new interactive performance. Julia will deliver the project over the course of a year, visiting SOAR playscheme in school holidays and running monthly workshops at an ‘experiment lab’ at Ardross Community Hall. As Julia has worked with SOAR before, this is a fantastic opportunity to play, create and explore ideas, whilst developing creative relationships with young people with learning disabilities. See the Interactive Experiments page for what’s happened so far.
In September Tain Youth Dance were invited to present their dance film “Sassegrass” to showcase at the Highland Youth Arts Hub Showcase in Inverness.
Well done to everyone involved in the project – is it time to make a new film?
It’s amazing what happens when you get the dressing up box out! Lots of fun and laughs at the Bradbury Centre in Bonar Bridge – we should do this every week!
Julia started leading fortnightly gentle movement classes at the centre in November 2015 as part of Eden Court Creative’s outreach team. Since then the Bradbury Centre and Keep Active Together Sutherland have continued funding the sessions, which incorporate gentle exercise, creative movement and singing.
In collaboration with Isabella Dance, Julia has been leading the Boogie in Balintore project for older adults in the Seaboard Villages. We had a brilliant time at our first Tea Dance event – looking forward to the next one already!