Julia Morison has a stellar career spanning four decades, with extensive exhibitions throughout New Zealand and internationally. Her work is renowned for its capacity to push formal and conceptual boundaries and to challenge conventions.
Julia studied graphic design at the Wellington Polytechnic, graduating in 1972, and subsequently undertook her fine arts degree in Christchurch. She was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in 1988 and undertook the Moët & Chandon contemporary art residency in Avize, France in 1990. She returned after 10 years to lecture in painting at the University of Canterbury, a position she held until 2007. Her major survey exhibition 2006 - 07 A loop around a loop: Julia Morison was jointly organised by the Christchurch City Gallery and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Her public sculpture work following the 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch have met with critical accalim
Julia was made a New Zealand Foundation Art Laureate in 2005 and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018.