Showing Work (group exhibitions/collaborations)
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
Cement Works Exhibition, Historical Cement Works 3D Model, at Warkworth & District Museum, Nov 1st >
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
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
Exhibition at artHAUS, 228 Ōrākei Rd, Auckland | Tāmaki-makau-rau, Aotearoa | New Zealand
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
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 Karleen Winters
Collaboration - ‘Open Ended Conversation’ - a social commentary installation at Estuary Art Centre, Orewa, Auckland.
4th collective exhibition - collaboration with Sue Hill and Karleen 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 Karleen 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 Karleen 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 Karleen 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 Karleen Winters, Old Masonic Hall, Warkworth. See Projects
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 Arts; Art 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 in pg 261.
2015: Photographer & artist assistant at Sculpture by the Sea, Denmark.
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
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.
Permaculture Design Course, Matakana, Rodney - with Trish Allen and Guenther Andraschko: May - Nov 2023
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, B.Arch. I, 1985
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, Post-graduate Higher Education Diploma; Majors in Art/English, 1982
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, B.A. Majors in Fine Art & Art History, 1979-1981
Rodney District Council: Life Forms, 2005
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
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'
Volunteer | Community
2023 - Trustee, Cement Works Warkworth Conservation Trust
2022 - current; Committee Member, The Kauri and Native Bushmen’s Association Warkworth
2021 - current; volunteer at Warkworth Museum, Warkworth
2020 - current; Founder/Secretary - Rodney Inclusive Communities Inc. (RICI), Rodney District/Auckland, a registered Charitable Trust in New Zealand 2012 - 2012 - 2012 - current; Co-founder of International Angelman Day. Website/Campaign manager/Social media manager for International Angelman Day (15 Feb)
2009 - current; Founding Trustee/Chairperson, Website/social media manager of The Angelman Network, a registered Charitable Trust in New Zealandm
2020/21 - Executive Committee member and Website manager - AIM (Adults in Motion), Warkworth, a registered Charitable Trust in New Zealand
2021 - current; Member of Mahurangi Artists Network (MAN)
2017 - 19, Founding member of 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