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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

Professional development

  • Participant in Handshake mentoring project 2011-13, paired with Iris Eichenberg
  • Visiting artist, Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI, USA (guest of Iris Eichenberg) Oct, Nov 2011
  • Honorary Fellow, Visual Arts and Design Dept, Whitireia NZ 2011, 2012
  • 2015 Peter Bauhuis workshop (5 days), Auckland
  • 2015 Peter Bauhuis wax workshop (5 days), Sydney
  • 2014 Benjamin Lignel curatorial practice workshop (1 day), Auckland
  • 2014 Kevin Murray round table at Kete,
  • 2012 Kevin Murray Charm school workshop
  • 2012 Manon van Kouswijk workshop (2 days) Melbourne

Current activities

Selected exhibitions

  • Objectspace, Auckland: FOUND
  • Adorned Spaces, SNAG, Boston USA: Wear the Wares (Host I)
  • Auckland Art Gallery, NZ: Wunderruma (Ten dollar brooches)
  • Gallery One Oh Eight, Auckland NZ: RAW (Drawings for jewellery)
  • Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland, NZ: Occupy Anna (Host II)
  • NZAFA, Wellington, NZ: Parkin Drawing Prize (Drawings for jewellery)
  • Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia: Contemporary Wearables (Suburban Cul-de-sac)
  • Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia: Occupy Crossley St


  • The See Here, Wellington NZ: Black Dog Days
  • Wunderuuma, Munich, Germany (Ten dollar brooches)
  • Wunderuuma, The Dowse, Wellington NZ (Ten dollar brooches)
  • Quoil Contemporary Jewellery Gallery, Wellington NZ: The Detour
  • Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares, Mexico: Joyaviva (This too shall pass)
  • Club de la Union, La Paz, Bolivia: Joyaviva (This too shall pass)
  • Centro de las Condes, Santiago, Chile: Joyaviva (This too shall pass)


  • Neckware 10, Masterworks, Auckland (Distraction Neckpiece)
  • Handshake, The See Here, Wellington, NZ (Swansong)
  • Handshake, Objectspace, Auckland, NZ (Swansong)
  • Joyaviva, Objectspace, Auckland, NZ (This too shall pass)
  • Handshake, Handwerksmesse, Munich, Germany (Home from Home)
  • Retrospect, The Dowse, Wellington, NZ (included solo performance)
  • JMGA curated graduate show


  • This too shall pass and Pass it on (solo performance) Toi Poneke, Wellington, NZ
  • Free Time The National, Christchurch, NZ
  • This too shall pass  Joyaviva, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
  • This too shall pass Retrospect, James Wallace Trust, Pah Homestead, Auckland, NZ
  • Pass it on Retrospect, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ
  • Look, No Hands, The See Here, Wellington, NZ


  • This too shall pass SOFA Chicago, USA (Cranbrook Academy’s booth)
  • My year of silk Studio 20/17, Sydney
  • Loved and lost: Object of desire #2 and Advice for young artists National Jewellery Show, Wellington, NZ
  • Loved and lost : Object of desire #1 The See Here at Masterworks, Auckland NZ
  • This too shall pass Masterworks, Auckland NZ
  • Bludgers and Freeloaders, The See Here, Wellington NZ
  • Nestle Best in Show, Objectspace, Auckland NZ


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


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


  • Retelling Tales: Translations in Contemporary Jewellery, Wellington Museum (Celebrating Suzy)