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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 enjoy the far fringes of jewellery, including work that may or may not be jewellery and work that is Not Jewellery but exudes or is imbued with jewellery-like qualities. 

My practice assumes various forms: sometimes performance, sometimes participatory scenarios with elements of social practice, sometimes jewellery or objects.

I’m also a care support worker and a gallery assistant.

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

Sarah Read CV (pdf version here)
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
  • Handshake mentoring project, 2011-13
  • Handshake3, 2016-17

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

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

Performance and participatory projects

  • 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
  • 2011-14 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


  • September 2016: Handshake at Platina, Stockholm, Sweden
  • November 2016: Whitireia Alumni Show, Pataka, Wellington NZ
  • August 2017: Handshake at The Dowse Art Museum, 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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