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Gulja Holland

b. 1990, Malta. Lives and works in London

Ġulja Holland received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Leeds Arts University in 2015 and is currently pursuing a MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art. Ġulja Holland has exhibited in multiple solo and group exhibitions in Malta, the UK and Europe. Ġulja Holland psychologically charged works explore themes of identity, love, human conflict and her growing concern for the natural environment.  Holland’s work explores the darker aspects of the human condition on a personal scale as well as on a global scale. Self-identity, environmental destruction and existentialism are recurring themes in Holland’s work. The human form and its surroundings are often abstracted in an attempt to move the image beyond language and toward metaphor, leaving room for interpretation.

Gulja Holland

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021 – If Your Voice Shakes, Studio 87, Valletta, Malta 
  • 2017 – From A Distance, Lily Agius Gallery, Sliema, Malta
  • 2016 – Altered Egos, The Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu, Malta curated by gallerist Justine Balzan Demajo of Studio 87

Group Exhibitions

  • 2021 – Royal College of Art Degree show, Cromwell Place, London 
  • 2021 – Another World is Possible, Online
  • 2020 – Snapshot, Hockney Gallery, London, curated by RCA graduate Emily Moore
  • 2020 – Royal College of Art WIP SHOW, London, UK 
  • 2019 – 216 KM APX, La Bottega, Valletta, Malta Curated by gallerist Lily Agius 2018 Autumn Collective, Studio 87, Valletta, Malta 
  • 2018 – Sea She Sees, The Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu, Malta 
  • 2017 – Paragon Europe’s Brussels Exhibition, Brussels Press Club Europe, Brussels

Awards & Residencies

  • 2021 – Awardee of the TESS – Tertiary Education Scholarship Scheme, Malta
  • 2020 – Shortlisted Portrait Artist – Sky Portrait Artist Of The Year S7, London

Press & Publications

  • 2020, Times of Malta 
  • 2020, Lovin Malta 
  • 2020, Saint Maison Archive 02 Publication


  • 2021 – MA Painting, Royal College of Art (grade TBA)
  • 2015 – BA (Hons) Fine Arts, Leeds Arts University: 2:1

Works by Gulja Holland

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