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I really should get out more (Necklace exchange) 2008
Sarah’s necklace: Poodle wool, felted. Frankie’s necklace: Jersey pillings, felted

Depending on mood and circumstance, I am:

  • a jeweller, or
  • a jeweller and an artist, or
  • an artist

I’m also a care support worker and a gallery assistant.
This site gives an overview of my work from 2008.

Sarah Read CV
Born UK. Lives in Wellington, NZ

  • BA Visual Arts (Jewellery), Whitireia New Zealand 2010
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK 1983
  • Participant in Handshake mentoring project 2011-13, paired with Iris Eichenberg

Professional development and engagement

  • Co-founder & coordinator of OCCUPATION: Artist (2013, ongoing)
  • Co-founding member of The See Here window gallery (2010 ongoing)
  • Visiting artist, Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI, USA (guest of Iris Eichenberg) 2011
  • Honorary Fellow, Visual Arts and Design Dept, Whitireia  NZ 2011 and 2012
  • 2015 Peter Bauhuis workshop (5 days), Auckland
  • 2015 Peter Bauhuis wax workshop (5 days), Sydney, Australia
  • 2014 Benjamin Lignel curatorial practice workshop (1 day), Auckland, NZ
  • 2014 Southways Round Table, Museum of Wellington, NZ
  • 2012 Kevin Murray Charm School workshop (2 days), Wellington NZ
  • 2012 Manon van Kouswijk workshop (2 days) Melbourne, Australia

Performance and participatory projects

  • Black Dog Days (2 week solo performance),The See Here, Wellington, NZ  (2014)
  • This too shall pass (participatory fund-raiser), NZ, Australia, South America  (2011-14)
  • Home from Home (artist in residence programme), (2012-5)
  • Pass it on II (1-day performance)  Toi Poneke Wellington and The Dowse, Wellington (2012)
  • Pass it on, (4-wk participatory project), James Wallace Trust, Pah Homestead, Auckland (2012)
  • Look, No Hands (4 week solo performance), The See Here, Wellington, NZ  (2012)
  • Free Time (2 week solo performance), The National, Christchurch 2012
  • Labour of Love (participatory gifting project), Wellington, NZ (2010)

Selected exhibitions


  • Parkin Drawing Prize: NZAFA, Wellington, NZ
  • Contemporary Wearables: Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
  • Occupy Crossley St: with Occupation: artist at Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia
  • Break Out on Tory St: The See Here, Wellington (solo show)
  • Occupy Anna: with Occupation: artist, Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland, NZ
  • Wunderruma: Auckland Art Gallery, NZ
  • R.A.W:  Gallery One Oh Eight, Auckland NZ
  • Adorned Spaces:  SNAG, Boston USA
  • FOUND: Objectspace, Auckland, NZ


  • Wunderuuma, Munich, Germany
  • Wunderuuma, The Dowse, Wellington, NZ
  • The Detour, Quoil Contemporary Jewellery Gallery, Wellington NZ
  • Joyaviva, Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares, Mexico
  • Joyaviva, Club de la Union, La Paz, Bolivia
  • Joyaviva, Centro de las Condes, Santiago, Chile


  • Neckware 10, Masterworks, Auckland
  • Handshake, The See Here, Wellington, NZ
  • Handshake, Objectspace, Auckland, NZ
  • Joyaviva, Objectspace, Auckland, NZ
  • Handshake, Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany
  • Retrospect, The Dowse, Wellington, NZ (included 1 day solo performance)
  • Graduate Metal, JMGA curated show, Brisbane, Australia


  • Handshake, Toi Poneke, Wellington, NZ (included 1 day solo performance)
  • Handshake, The National, Christchurch, NZ (2 week solo performance)
  • Joyaviva, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
  • Retrospect, James Wallace Trust, Pah Homestead, Auckland, NZ
  • Retrospect, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ


  • Monomatter, SOFA Chicago, USA (Cranbrook Academy’s booth)
  • Handshake, Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia
  • Handshake, National Jewellery Show, Wellington, NZ
  • The See Here at Masterworks, Auckland NZ
  • Handshake, Masterworks, Auckland NZ
  • Best in Show, Objectspace, Auckland NZ
  • Bludgers and Freeloaders, The See Here, Wellington NZ


  • Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, Porirua
  • The Exchange Project, Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia
  • Nestle (solo show, included Labour of Love – The Reveal), Wellington, NZ
  • SOFA Chicago, USA ( Charon Kransen’s booth)


  • Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, Porirua
  • SOFA West, Santa Fe, USA (Charon Kransen’s booth)
  • handSTAND Unfamiliar & innovative contemporary jewellery, Auckland, NZ


  • Retelling Tales: Translations in Contemporary Jewellery, Wellington Museum, NZ