Ursula Moira Christel
Artist | Tutor | Writer | Inclusion advocate
Born in South Africa - of Irish/German descent. Fluent in English, German and Afrikaans. Immigrated to New Zealand in 1996
Participates in the arts sector as an independent Art professional - a practicing artist, art writer, tutor, curator, photographer, and creative connector/networker; a social practice artist, particularly drawn to collaborative projects with fellow creatives and diverse communities. Combines art making, installations, social and political activism, community organizing and environmentalism. (This participatory art often flourishes outside the gallery/museum system).
As a member of the University of Kwazulu-Natal Alumni, Ursula is well travelled, and maintains a wide network of academics and artists around the world.
In 2016 she came to represent Yllwbro (an anonymous sibling duo) for the New Perspectives show at Artspace in Auckland and is honoured to be included in the Mokopōpaki whānau (wider family). Mokopōpaki is a unique art-promoting entity based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Ursula has a son with Angelman syndrome - a rare disorder. Being personally involved in the disability sector in New Zealand for over 25 years has made her acutely aware of disability as a social construct that - even in the 21st century - causes a large percentage of the population to remain alienated, every single day of their lives. Ursula is an advocate for inclusion and human rights, focusing on accessibility for all.
'of phantom bridges and spirit birds' 2017