I am an artist, art writer, educator, gallery professional and consultant for artists based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. I consider the twin strands of artist and art writer together constitute the core of my critical creative practice. In particular, my work is underpinned by an interest in the cultural positions of artists – the artist as medium, activist, citizen and public intellectual. In keeping, my work seeks to directly address current cultural and political issues circulating in the public sphere. It manifests in a range of media including photography, publishing, film and video, painting and curation.
Selected exhibition highlights include: The National Basement, Old Government House, University of Auckland (2020), inclusion in This is New Zealand, City Gallery Wellington (2018), $1/Word: A Living Wage for New Zealand Art Writers, Projects Programme, Auckland Art Fair (2018), This Might Be The Place, Ilam Gallery, University of Canterbury (2017), this is the cup of your heart, Dowse Museum (2016), and PRISMISM, Enjoy Public Art Gallery (2014). I am represented in public and private collections.
I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 2013, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology in 2002. I was also ranked first in the country for art history as a secondary school student. I have been the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, including a Goethe Institut Scholarship for Cultural Ambassadors (Berlin, 2019), Wallace Art Award (2011), University of Auckland Summer Research Scholarship (2010-11), the Archives New Zealand 50th Anniversary Scholarship (2009), and was a finalist in the National Contemporary Art Award (2014, 2007), New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (2016), and Wallace Art Awards (2010, 2007). In 2020, I was included in Auckland University’s ’40 Under 40: Inspiring Alumni’.
My art writing includes essays, reviews, interviews, journalism and editing. I am a regular contributor to Art Collector magazine, and as of 2021, the current Auckland exhibitions critic for Art News New Zealand. My publications include commissions by City Gallery Wellington, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, The Suter Art Gallery, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Art New Zealand, Art News New Zealand, Contemporary Hum, Pantograph Punch, PhotoForum, EyeContact, Enjoy Occasional Journal, Writing Around Sound, Two Rooms, Visions, Tim Melville Gallery, Art + Object, Webb’s, Bowerbank Ninow, Ocula, D-Photo and selected artists.
I work primarily in the arts, education and GLAM sectors. I was a lecturer in Photo Media at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design from 2017 to 2020, teaching across contextual and studio based programmes in photo media and fine arts, and am nationally research rated in the PBRF framework.
I have worked for a number of respected galleries, libraries, archives and museums in Aotearoa and abroad. In 2018, I was Exhibitions Co-ordinator for dealer gallery Two Rooms, with a focus on art writing, communications, publicity and daily operations. In 2021, I hosted the STATION gallery booth representing artist Daniel Boyd at the Auckland Art Fair, placing key works in significant public and private collections in Aotearoa.
I am an experienced independent consultant and mentor for selected artists. I have mentored artists through programmes facilitated by Artists Alliance and The Big Idea. I have contributed to the Browne School of Art’s Visual Art Mentoring Programme (VAMP) since 2018. I host regular courses and workshops in person and online through Art.Work, Browne School of Art, and the Lake House Arts Centre.
I also curate and deliver free tour programmes of local galleries and creative spaces in the service of audience development. Examples include my work with Artweek Auckland (2017-20), and as curator and project manager of the independent ART WALKS initiative which was staged across Auckland central suburbs in March 2021.