00 the jewellers have landed comp 20171031_094844The jewellers have landed, London 2017.
Post-it notes, gold leaf   

I am an artist who works mostly in the field of contemporary jewellery. I’m based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara | Wellington.

My practice is idea-driven, usually process-based and often features third-party participation.  The outcome may not be traditional jewellery forms, but relationship to the body is central; for me this moves beyond considerations of wearability to include my physical endeavours as a maker.


I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in contemporary jewellery from Whitireia New Zealand.
(Full pdf version here: sarah read cv as at jan 2019)

Born UK. Lives Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand


  • BA Visual Arts (Jewellery), Whitireia New Zealand 2010
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK 1983
  • Handshake mentoring project, 2011-13, Handshake 3, 2016-17, Handshake 5, 2019

Professional engagement

  • Occupation: Artist co-founder & coordinator 2013 – ongoing
  • The See Here, co-founding member, 2010 – ongoing
  • Jelly Arts (Community art charity): associate artist, exhibitor, studio resident, 2017 – ongoing

Selected exhibitions


  • Gallery Faux, CNZ-funded online popup gallery
  • Anniversary Show, The See Here, Wellington, NZ
  • Show Us Your Rona, TempContemp, Projectspace, North Sydney NSW and online


  • Handshake in dialogue with CODA collection, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • To the Power of 3: Holybrook Gallery, Reading


  • Sweet As, Jelly Arts, Reading
  • Terra in/cognita |Te Ao Hurihuri with HDSC, The Crypt Gallery, London
  • To the power of 3: Turbine House, Reading
  • On the Go, Te Auaha Gallery: Wellington Arts festival
  • Superpositions, Stanley St, Sydney


  • How to Make a Necklace from a Chair, The See Here, Wellington, NZ
  • The Jewellers Have Landed, Tate Modern, London
  • Outside Galerie Biro, Munich, Germany
  • Outside Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia
  • Reflect: Handshake at The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, NZ
  • Paved with Gold with Occupation: Artist, Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne
  • Handshake 3, Frame Galleries, Munich, Germany


  • Outside Gallery SO,  London, UK
  • Outside Platina, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Handshake, Platina, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Ahi Kā – Keep the Fires Buring, Pataka, Wellington, NZ
  • Lighten up, The See Here, Wellington, NZ
  • Playthings, Refinery Art Space, Nelson, NZ
  • Specials, Handshake alumni, Einsaulensaal, Munich, Germany


  • The Big Idea: Obvservations on the Contemporary Object, Nov 2017 read
  • Garland magazine: Sarah Read, How to Make a necklace from a Chair, Dec 2017 read

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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