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Showing Work (Exhibitions & collaborative projects) 


TreeCrops Association Photographic exhibition + 2024 Dick Roberts Award: 20-21 April, Barge Park, Whangārei,

Mā Te Kākano | Potential7 - 27 April Quest Art Space58 Bank Street, Whangārei, Aotearoa | New Zealand. Curated by Sonja van Kerkhoff

'Old to New' - coordinator for Warkworth Museum displays & demos, 3 - 11 Feb, Mahurangi Artist Studio Trail 2024

Why does this matterProcter Library foyer8 - 22 Jan; Kerikeri, Aotearoa | New Zealand, curated by Sonja van Kerkhoff

2023  ​

ísos, New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata (entry foyer), Wellington

The unshackled image / Te whakaahua whakawātea, Quest Art Space, Whangārei. 13 Nov - 17 Dec 
Artworks on detachment, stepping back, taking a break, taking another direction, in which the image or metaphor is the main message on the themes of alternative ways of seeing. Curated by Sonja van Kerkhoff

Wilson Cement Works Exhibition, Historical Cement Works 3D Model, at Warkworth & District Museum, Nov 1st >


Take Care / Tiakina: 15 Jan - 5 March. Papakura Art Gallery. Curated by Sonja van Kerkhoff.  See Catalogue

Right Ascension: June 23 - August 7. Represented by Mokopōpaki, Auckland; for Matariki at The Arts House Trust, Pah Homestead

Predator Free New Zealand 2050  (PFNZ2050)05 Sep - 02 Oct at Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa. Curated by Valerie Cuthbert

Predator Free New Zealand 2050  (PFNZ2050): 22 Oct - 14 Nov at Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa. Curated by Valerie Cuthbert

Roman Mitch: Red Teddy, Curated by Mokopōpaki. Roman Mitch (with Marcel Tautahi, Ngaroma Natalia, Mokopōpaki, Penelope Sue, Rangitauninihi, Ursula Christel, and Yllwbro), 25 Sep - 13 Nov, at Te Tuhi Centre For The Arts, Auckland 


Take Care / E Tiaki - an International cross-cultural Project and Exhibition. Curated by Sonja van Kerkhoff. See Projects. 

Exhibition at artHAUS, 228 Ōrākei Rd, Auckland | Tāmaki-makau-rau, Aotearoa | New Zealand

Where the Seabirds Go (the Overwintering Project) - curated group show, Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa. See Projects


Chess - Ursula Christel & Roman Mitch. Collaborative exhibition at Mokopōpaki, Ground Floor, 454 Karangahape Road, Auckland. Catalogue link

Manners of Speaking | Te Pūkoro o Tāne; Geoff Wilson Gallery, Whangarei. Over 50 works in diverse media on themes of Proverbs and Sayings, by artists based in Aotearoa and beyond, curated by Sonja van Kerkhoff with 3rd year NorthTec year students. 

Video footage of the show, here.   Review: Connecting Art in a time of Crisis:  New Zealand –The Netherlands.  Online Catalogue, here

Ko rātou, ko tātou | On Otherness and Us-ness; NorthArt Gallery, Auckland. Curated by Salama Moata McNamara and Sonja van Kerkhoff. Paying homage to the Aotearoa | New Zealand Muslim community after the horror of the Christchurch Massacre on March 15, 2019.

"Some works are aesthetic responses to the Christchurch mosque massacre, while others are recontexualisations in relation to the Qur'an and the diverse cultures and histories of Islamic worlds. The curation positions work by contemporary artists and craftmakers in multi-layered dialogues with an Islamic space."  Catalogue link


HĀTEPE; organised by Roman Mitch. Group exhibition at Mokopōpaki, Auckland.  (Hātepe. v.i. Proceed in an orderly manner, follow in regular sequence. Algorithm). Event announcement here. Catalogue here. 

War and Peace; Metropolis Museum, 116 Symonds Street, Grafton. Exhibition combining contemporary visual arts, sculpture, photography and poetry by NZ and international artists, to commemorate 100 years since the year after conclusion of World War I. 

The Overwintering Project; Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa. International art project to bring visibility to migratory shorebirds and their diminishing habitats - our most endangered group of birds.  See Projects


Mother Love: He Oha nā Te Whaea ; Solo exhibition at Mokopōpaki, Ground Floor, 454 Karangahape Road, Auckland

Exhibition catalogue / Press release here.


The Tomorrow People: re-imagining the future differently; curated by Christina Barton, Stephen Cleland, Simon Gennard - Adam Art Gallery, Wellington.                          Participated in ‘Flowers of the Field III’ - a collaborative installation by Yllwbro

Korekore Whakapiri ; group exhibition at Mokopōpaki, Auckland. 

Other Perspectives; selected group show in the Brown Room, Mokopōpaki, Auckland. Catalogue here



New Perspectives; Artspace, Auckland; curated by Artspace NZ and Simon Denny. Represented Yllwbro (anonymous sibling duo) and participated in ‘Flowers of the Field I’ - a collaborative wall installation. More here


Transformation; curated and created an interactive, multi-media, doco-exhibition on the history of the Estuary Arts Centre - Tui Room, Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa


How.Diversity.Works; selected group exhibition at ArtStation, Ponsonby, Auckland.  Exhibited ‘Exquisitely Unique’ - an installation created as a diverse community collaboration. 

"How Diversity Works is an exhibition that delves into a complex and intriguing dialogue about diversity, moving beyond the usual categories, such as culture, gender, sexuality and disability. It confronts humanity’s challenge to understand the uniqueness and commonality that exists in all people, in all places, at all times. The exhibition features a diverse range of art mediums, by 20 artists from both New Zealand and abroad."

Kaipara Sculpture Park, Kaipara. Participant in ‘The Dark Souls of Women’ by Sue Hill and K. Winters



Collaboration - ‘Open Ended Conversation’ - a social commentary installation at Estuary Art Centre, Orewa, Auckland.

4th collective exhibition - collaboration with Sue Hill and K. Winters. See Projects



Studio Works; group show by invitation, Estuary Art Centre, Orewa, Auckland

Women Art; group show by invitation, Estuary Art Centre, Orewa, Auckland


The Spiritual in Art; Massey University Campus, Albany

Soul Expressions; Estuary Art Centre, Orewa, Rodney District



More than Words; 3rd collective exhibition with Sue Hill and K. Winters, NorthArt, Northcote, Auckland. See Projects


Baradene Art Exhibition; Remuera, Auckland

Art on the Greens; Gulf Harbour Country Club, Gulf Harbour, Auckland



Making Impressions; with K. Winters. Printmaking and ceramics at Arts Desire, Warkworth         

Rodney District Art Awards ; Old Masonic Hall, Warkworth



The Discussion Continues…; 2nd collective exhibition with Sue Hill and K. Winters, PumpHouse, Takapuna. See Projects

My Country, my Land; Rodney Professional Artists Exhibition, Matakana Country Park, Matakana



Visual Discussion; 1st collective exhibition with Sue Hill and K. Winters, Old Masonic Hall, Warkworth.  See Projects

Used as venue for the Mayoral Function for International Dignitaries - Warkworth 150th Anniversary Celebration.



Volkskas Atelier Exhibition; selected show, NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa


Volkskas Atelier Exhibition; selected show, NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

Sharing Knowledge (speaker / discussion panels)


Culture Matters Symposium: Women in the ArtsArt History Society, University of Auckland, Engineering Building, Neon Foyer.  

Culture Matters: Accessing the Arts seeks to celebrate diversity and inclusivity in our GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) and raise questions of development and accessibility in public and participatory spaces.

Electric Night, Artweek Auckland 2018, at Mokopōpaki - speaking to Mother Love: He Oha nā Te Whaea


Improbable Futures forum at the Pyramid Club, Wellington - part of The Adam Art Gallery public programme for The Tomorrow People. To share perspectives on Yllwbro and Mokopopaki on the theme of Post-institutional Practices: New Collaborations.

Creativity - Discussion panel : AGM Estuary Art Centre Trust, Orewa


Represented Yllwbro at the New Perspectives exhibition at Artspace, Auckland. Participated in floor talks, educational activities and public panel discussions for Artweek Auckland 2016


Art Appreciation - Presentation at Rodney District Council Building for RDC staff/employees                          


Presented Entrepreneurial Arts and Crafts/ the EAC Programme; National Art Conference, Durban, South Africa

Shaping Spaces (curatorial projects)    


Transformation; curated the interactive, multi-media, doco-exhibition on the history of the Estuary Arts Centre, Tui Room, Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa.


Soul Expressions, curated and exhibited in group show in Main Gallery, Estuary Art Centre, Orewa, Auckland

Sense-ational Art PLEASE TOUCH, curated and participated in the interactive, sensory art exhibition, in Kowhai Room, Estuary Art Centre, Orewa

Rock & Roll; curated the group exhibition and facilitated an interactive piano-painting ‘improvisation’; Estuary Art Centre, Orewa


Rodney Rocks! Curated and participated in a group show of artists from the Rodney District, at PumpHouse Gallery, Takapuna


"11", curated Hungry Creek Art and Craft School Graduates Exhibition; at The Edge, Aotea Centre,  Auckland


2021: Mix & Stir: New Outlooks on Contemporary Art from Global Perspectives. Essay by Sonja van Kerkhoff - 'Mutability'. Ursula Christel referenced, pg 261

2015:  Photographer & artist assistant at Sculpture by the Sea, Denmark. 

2013:  Abstract Figure: Gill Gatfield, Editor & essay author, photography where credited, published by Kikorangi Press, 2013.

Book launch event at Spark HQ, 167 Victoria Street West, Auckland - for the International Sculpture Symposium 2013 

2006-2011: Senior Researcher/Editor, Management Team for Celebrate Art educational resources (for Australia and New Zealand).

Published by Integrated Education Ltd.  Author, photographer and assistant layout designer for:

  • Exploring Drawing: Looking at Contemporary Drawing, 2011

  • Animals in Contemporary Art, 2010

  • Vehicles in Contemporary Art, 2010

  • Text in Contemporary Art, 2009

  • Buildings in Contemporary Art, 2008

  • Landforms in Contemporary Art; 2008

  • Aspects of Fire in Contemporary Art, 2008

  • Working with Clay, 2008

2009: 'Art in Education: Creative Programmes to motivate students’- published in SchoolNews educators' magazine.

Education Courses

2023 (May - Nov) Permaculture Design Course, Matakana, Rodney - with Trish Allen and Guenther Andraschko

1985: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, B.Arch. I, Merit Certificate awarded for History of Architecture and Related Arts

1982: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, Post-graduate Higher Education Diploma; Majors in Art/English

1979 - 81: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, B.A. Majors in Fine Art & Art History 

Private Collections

Rodney District Council:  Life Forms, 2005

The Arts House Trust: Contains No Preservatives: Study After Bacon’s Study After Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X (1953), 2018

The Arts House Trust: Adjust to the Driving, 2018

em45: isos, 2017

Awards | Grants

2014 - Nominated for Best Set Design for a Musical (Singin' in the Rain) at Showdown Awards, Auckland.

2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 – awarded Creative NZ grants for a range of community exhibitions/projects in the Auckland/Rodney District 

2005 - Rodney District Art Award; Premium Winner

1985 - Merit Certificate; History of Architecture and Related Arts, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa

1984 & 85 - University of Natal Bursary

1979 & 80 - University of Natal Bursary

1976 & 78 - Academic Honours (Sec. school)

Teaching: 1983 - current

2024 - Studio Art Classes resume

2022 - Art Teacher / Horizon School / College, Snells Beach, Rodney

2017 - 20, private Art classes at StudioChristel

2018 - Art Intensive classes, Horizon School, Snells Beach, Rodney

2006-17, Consultant/specialist tutor for Performance Technology/Set Design/Publicity Design at Drama Department, Kingsway School, Orewa

2004 - Art History Tutor yr12/13 (Part-time), Kingsway School, Orewa

2001-03, Art History Tutor; Established 1st year Art History Foundation Course; Hungry Creek Art and Craft School, Puhoi                                 

2000 - Art teacher, Intermediate school yr7/8 Art; Kingsway School, Orewa

1998 - Textile Painting Course - Community Education, Orewa College, Auckland.

1993-95, Head of Art Department - Thomas More College, Hillcrest, Natal, South Africa, and Natal Matriculation Examination marker: Art History

1988-91, Head of Art Department - Westville Girls High School, Westville, Natal, South Africa

1986-88, Head of Art Department - Durban Girls High School, Durban, Natal, South Africa

1983-84, Art Teacher - Lyttelton Manor High School, Transvaal, South Africa        

Scenic Design projects

Kingsway School Productions - at Centrestage Theatre, Orewa

  • 2016 'Peter Pan'

  • 2014 'Singin' in the Rain'

  • 2012 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe'

  • 2011 'Little Women'

  • 2010 'The Importance of being Earnest'

  • 2009 'My Fair Lady' (at Whangaparaoa College Theatre)

  • 2006 'A Midsummer Night Dream'

Centrestage Theatre Company productions - at Centrestage Theatre 

  • 2006 'Anything Goes'

  • 2004 'Sweeney Todd'

  • 2004 'A Slice of Saturday Night'

Disability Advocacy | Interviews

2024 - RNZ Rare disorders aren’t unusual enough to ignore

2023 - RNZ Ursula Christel on Angelman Syndrome

2021 - The Importance of Beginning Early

Volunteer | Community

2023 - 24; Trustee, Cement Works Warkworth Conservation Trust, a registered Charitable Trust in New Zealand

2022 - current; Committee Member, The Kauri and Native Bushmen’s Association Warkworth

2021 - current; volunteer at Warkworth Museum, Warkworth

2009 - 2019/2021 - current; Founder/Chairperson, Website/social media manager - The Angelman Network, a registered Charitable Trust in New Zealand

2020 - current; Founder/Secretary - Rodney Inclusive Communities Inc. (RICI), Rodney District/Auckland, a registered Charity in New Zealand 

2021 - current; Member of Mahurangi Artists Network (MAN)

2012 - 2023; Founder of International Angelman Day. Website/Campaign manager/Social media manager for the IAD Global Collective

2020/21 - Committee member/Website manager - AIM (Adults in Motion), Warkworth, a registered Charity in New Zealand

2017 - 19, Founding member, Wilson Home Family Action Group Inc., Takapuna/Auckland

2014 -16, Trustee, Estuary Arts Centre Trust (EACT), Orewa/Auckland

2008, Exhibitions Coordinator and Curator; Estuary Art Centre, Orewa/Auckland

2008, Parent Trustee Advisor - Motuora Parent Action Group, Red Beach School, Orewa/Auckland

2004 - 07, Founding member and Secretary, The Arts Forum Inc. (TAFI), Hibiscus Coast/Auckland

2004, Coordinator for POP (Philosophy over Pizza) Roadshow - a nationwide project for NZ Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC), funded by the Todd Foundation   

1999, Education Officer, Silverdale Playcentre Committee, Silverdale

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