Life Member of Sculptors Queensland. Judy Hamilton is a ceramic sculptor who has been working in art for over 50 years. She enjoys the malleability of clay as line and form are always important in her work. Although often appearing comical, her sculptures tell curious stories that frequently have much deeper meaning than first appears. Animals have always been important in her art and her works seek out the essence of the animal rather than anatomical correctness. They stand as metaphors for human achievements. Judy is as local as Toowoomba, but has exhibited in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Townsville and Brisbane. Originally training as a specialist art teacher at Kelvin Grove Teachers’ College in Brisbane in the 1960s, she developed a career as a ceramic artist in Melbourne in the 1980s. Hamilton is highly original in her approach to her art and is not averse to introducing unorthodox materials into her ceramic sculptures. Judy joined Sculptors Queensland in 2008. In 2009, she took over the group’s newsletter Inform and remained as editor for four years. In 2010, she took over the presidency of SQ at a difficult time and with a very small but dedicated committee worked to keep the group on track. The group survived before entering a very productive phase. For her work during her presidency, she was awarded Life Membership in 2015. Her interest in art is deeper than just creating her own pieces. She is passionate about the importance of artist groups in the community. In 2010, she began work on a PhD at the University of Queensland and in 2015, was awarded her Doctorate. Her book on the subject of artists’ groups, Glory Days: Brisbane’s Art World to 1970, was published by Boolarong Press in 2020. She has also had several journal articles published. In 2010, she also set out to provide help for community art groups many of which spent much time trying to find homes for their next twelve months of operation, and in 2011, the “Brisbane Visual Arts Community” (BVAC) was formed. In 2012, the group established The Hub at Tarragindi, which has ensured the continuation and growth of a number of Brisbane art/craft groups. Judy has served 4 years as President of this group and since 2012 has been editor of their newsletter BVAConnex.

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