& djprojects

djprojects brings together the work of Derek John and Julie Collins. Together, Julie and Derek's multi layered, creative, business spans across numerous fields. Most recently, djprojects has begun work on BOAA; The Biennale of Australian Art, 2018

Curation/ Public Art Consultancy

Described as an artist who just wants to see good thing happen, Julie has supplemented her art practice with business, curatorial, marketing, teaching and project management roles. These roles have given Julie a range of transferrable high-level management skills.

As a sculptor she has exhibited for over 30 years both within Australia and internationally. As a curator and an enabler Julie has been responsible for founding the contemporary Sculptors Association and the Yarra Sculpture Gallery in Abbotsford in Melbourne. Has lectured in Sculpture at both RMIT and The Victorian College of The Arts. For the last 14 years Julie has collaborated with her husband Derek John on their sculpture practice and expanded their company djprojects to encompasses a range of specialist art services.

  Between 2010-2016, Julie was the Curator of The Lorne Sculpture Biennale.  She increased the curatorial program and maximised the audience, greatly increasing the success of the event.

  Julie stepped down from this role in order to focus on BOAA - The Biennale of Australian Art.  BOAA will be the largest visual arts festival to showcase Australian artists.  It will present artworks from 150 Australian artists, taking place in Ballarat, Victoria, from 21 September - 6 November 2018.

For project inquiries contact projects@djprojects.net

Download Julie's curating CV here

Ballaarat - The Golden City

To celebrate 20  years in business, Gekko Systems commissioned 3 new artworks to continue the long tradition of recording the history of the Ballarat goldfields in art. Artists from all over Australia had a chance to be selected to create a new work to become apart of the Gekko collection and have their artwork promoted worldwide.
Julie handled the selection and curatorial process of this event, resulting in the selection of Ash Keating, Marlene Gilson and Josh Muir.

Lorne Sculpture Biennale

The Lorne Sculpture Biennial takes place on the foreshore of the costal town of Lorne.  It features one of Victoria's largest and most innovative collections of contemporary sculpture.  In 2011, 2014 and 2016, Julie performed the role of curator and artistic director.  In this role, Julie was been responsible for the selection of artists, development of curatorial vision and associated education program, risk and installation management, amongst various other tasks.   Julie worked directly with the committee in all aspects of strategic planning, networking, political lobbying marketing/PR, sponsorship, grant writing and stakeholder management.

The Biennale of 2016 took place over four weeks, from Saturday 12 March to Sunday 3 April,  it included sculpture exhibitions, performance art, children's workshops and guided tours.

"This year’s exhibitors will present the expanded definition of what contemporary sculpture is, and can be.  The diversity of what will be shown will be inspirational with industry leading sculptors giving generously of their creativity and passion in order to enrich Victorian’s cultural lives. The carefully selected artists and multi-layered curated program aims to play a significant part in the ongoing audience expansions and efforts to support contemporary art in Victoria,” - Julie. 

Visit www.lornesculpture.com for this years full program.


*Images by Ian MaCrae

City of Ballarat – Public Art Coordinator

In her role as Public Art Coordinator, Julie has been responsible for developing permanent public art exhibition spaces, and the continuing curation of these spaces.  

·       ContainART Regional Touring Container Gallery.

·       Unicorn Lane Gallery. Unicorn Lane off Sturt Street.

·       Police Lane Gallery. Next to Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Responsible for commissioning new public art including John Young's Open Monument and The Buninyong Sculpture Commission. Continued curation of ContainART, Unicorn Lane Gallery and Special Projects throughout the City.