Julie Corfe Artist

Michael & Prudence Pole

Barnaby, Nita & Miles Corfe

About the artist

Julie Corfe’s  (nee Bagshaw) early life was spent on a mixed farm at Weetulta, South Australia, where she went to the local primary school.  She then attended Girton School for Girls in Adelaide as a boarder. 

After leaving school Julie dental nursed in Maitland for four years, and then travelled to London, where she worked at the Eastman Dental Hospital.  Later she worked at the Hornsea Pottery Factory, and then at the Wold Hand Throwing Pottery at Routh, Yorkshire.  Julie then moved to Holland and served as a chamber maid on the island of Texel.

Following extensive travel in Europe, Julie returned to Adelaide in 1973, and began studying at the SA School of Art a year later.  She graduated in 1979 with a Diploma in Fine Art and a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Art Teaching.

In 1980 Julie was appointed as an art lecturer at the Port Lincoln College of Advanced Education, teaching Certificate Art, special needs students, and at the prison.  Her first solo exhibition was in 1981, and she has exhibited every year since.

In 1987 Julie moved with her husband, Oliver, and their two children, Prudence & Barnaby, to their present home in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills. In 2006 Prudence married Michael Pole and their son Jonathon Peter was born in 2009 and their daughter Genevieve Amelia arrived in 2014.

Julie taught privately for 30 years and retired in 2011 from teaching.

One of Julie's favourite quotes is:

"Let every artist strive to make his flower
a beautiful living thing,
something that will convince the world that there may be -
there are - things more precious more beautiful - more lasting than life.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow.

Jonathan and Genevieve


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