ABOUT

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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


I am a Wellington-based artist who works mostly in the field of contemporary jewellery.

I’m also a care support worker and a trail runner.

This site gives an overview of my art work from 2008.

STATEMENT

I am drawn to projects with an element of collaboration or third-party participation. My current interests include embodied cognition and  the relationship between our physical self and mental state.

In recent years I have explored:

  • Serendipity,  decision points, “sliding doors moments”, lives not (yet) lived
  • Magical thinking, radical gratitude and the sense of connectedness that makes all the difference when life is difficult.

Sarah Read CV (pdf version here)
Born UK. Lives in Wellington, NZ
 
Education
  • Handshake3, 2016-17
  • Handshake mentoring project, 2011-13
  • BA Visual Arts (Jewellery), Whitireia New Zealand 2010
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK 1983

Professional engagement

  • Artist in Residence, Visual Arts and Design Dept, Whitireia NZ, 2016
  • Co-founder & coordinator of Occupation: Artist 2013, ongoing
  • Co-founding member of The See Here window gallery 2010, ongoing
  • Honorary Fellow, Visual Arts and Design Dept, Whitireia  NZ, 2011, 2012

Performance and participatory projects

  • 2017 Thin Ice, Parking Day installation with Occupation: Artist, Wellington, NZ
  • 2016 Labour of Love 2, Pataka, Wellington, NZ
  • 2016 Golden Section, Parking Day installation with Occupation: Artist, Wellington NZ
  • 2013-ongoing: Home from Home, your artist in residence for 3 days
  • 2014 Black Dog Days,Wellington NZ
  • 2011-16 This too shall pass, participatory fundraiser, toured NZ, Australia, S America
  • 2012 Pass it on II, public sewing bees Toi Poneke and The Dowse, Wellington NZ
  • 2012 Pass it on, postal participation, Wallace Trust, Pah Homestead Auckland NZ
  • 2012 Look, No Hands, 4 weeks in a window gallery, The See Here, Wellington NZ
  • 2012 Free Time, a spare pair of hands in Christchurch, Christchurch NZ
  • 2010 Labour of Love, Wellington NZ

Selected exhibitions

Upcoming:

  • Aug 2017: Handshake at The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, NZ
  • Aug 2017: Occupy Crossley St, with Occupation: Artist, Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne

2017

  • Concept and Conception, Handshake 3,  Frame Galleries, Munich, Germany
  • It Will All Come Out in The Wash, Handshake/Dialogue Collective, Munich, Germany

2016

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

2015

  • Parkin Drawing Prize finalists: NZAFA, Wellington NZ
  • Contemporary Wearables: Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Qld Australia
  • Occupy Crossley St: with Occupation: Artist, Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne Australia
  • Break Out on Crossley St: outside Gallery Funaki, Melbourne Australia
  • Break Out on Tory St: The See Here, Wellington NZ
  • Occupy Anna: with Occupation: Artist, Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland NZ
  • Wunderruma: Auckland Art Gallery NZ
  • R.A.W:  Gallery One Oh Eight, Auckland NZ
  • Wear the Wares: SNAG conference popup, Boston USA
  • FOUND: Objectspace, Auckland NZ

2014

  • 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

2013

  • Lucky, Carriageworks, Redfern, NSW, Australia
  • 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
  • Graduate Metal, JMGA curated show, Brisbane, Australia

2012

  • Handshake, Toi Poneke, Wellington, NZ
  • Handshake, The National, Christchurch, NZ
  • Joyaviva, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
  • Retrospect, Wallace Trust, Pah Homestead, Auckland, NZ
  • Retrospect, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ

2011

  • Monomatter, SOFA Chicago,(Cranbrook Academy’s booth) USA
  • Handshake, Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia
  • Jubliee, Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, Porirua NZ
  • 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

2010

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

2009

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

2008

  • Cameo, Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, Porirua NZ
  • Retelling Tales: Translations in Contemporary Jewellery, Wellington Museum NZ

Professional development

  • 2016 Hilde De Decker masterclass (5 days), Wellington NZ
  • 2016 Handshake3 Jewelcamp, including Sofia Björkman workshop
  • 2015 David Clarke FEED ME workshop (3 days), Auckland NZ
  • 2015 Radiant Pavilion participant (6 day program), Melbourne Australia
  • 2015 Peter Bauhuis wax workshop (5 days), Sydney Australia
  • 2015 Peter Bauhuis Bring the Thing workshop (5 days), Auckland NZ
  • 2014 Benjamin Lignel curatorial practice workshop (1 day), Auckland NZ
  • 2014 Southways Round Table participant, Museum of Wellington NZ
  • 2012 Kevin Murray Charm School workshop (2 days), Wellington NZ
  • 2012 Manon van Kouswijk Today Tomorrow workshop (2 days) Melbourne Australia
  • 2012 Jemposium participant (3 day program), Wellington NZ
  • 2011 Visiting artist, Cranbrook Academy of Art (5 wks) USA