Cat Auburn (b. 1981) is a New Zealand artist based in the North East of the United Kingdom. Her exhibition, ‘The Horses Stayed Behind’ recieved the 2016 Award for Best Regional Art Exhibition at the New Zealand Museum Awards. This exhibition had a three-year national exhibition tour and was created during the 2014/2015 Tylee Cottage Artist Residency with the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui, (NZ). In 2015, Cat represented New Zealand at the TRIO Biennial in Brazil and graduated from the Master of Fine Arts programme at Northumbria University with distinction in 2016. Cat was the 2016 Tyneside Cinema Graduate Artist in Residence (UK) in partnership with Northumbria University and during this time collaborated with heritage sites in Vienna, Glasgow and Northumberland to develop a new moving image work called ‘Preparing the Ground’. A subsequent section of ‘Preparing the Ground’ was completed in 2017 in Kyoto, Japan. Cat will collaborate on the musical score for ‘Preparing the Ground’ with internationally acclaimed composer, Gareth Farr (OBE). Cat was the 2010 Olivia Spencer Bower Fellow in Christchurch and has had solo exhibitions at the Tyneside Cinema (UK), the Sarjeant Gallery (NZ), the Dowse Art Museum (NZ), Te Manawa Museum (NZ), Waikato Museum (NZ), Tauranga Art Gallery (NZ). Cat’s 2018 short film, ‘Shaken’ (commission by Northern Film and Media in collaboration with Channel 4) was broadcast on national UK television in August 2018 and was officially selected for the 2018 Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK).
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2016 Master of Fine Art, Northumbria University. (distinction)
2007 Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, The University of Auckland. (distinction)
2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland.
2003 Certificate of Art and Design, Whitecliffe School of Art and Design.
Research / Innovation Grants
2018 Global Challenges Networking and Project Preparation Fund: Workshop in Amman, Jordan.
2017 Channel 4/Northern Film and Media: Random Acts Commission.
2017 Asia New Zealand Foundation: short grant to make new work in Japan for Preparing the Ground.
2015 Creative New Zealand Grant: to travel and create new work in Brazil for TRIO Biennale.
2014 Creative New Zealand Grant: in support of creating new work for The Horses Stayed Behind.
2013 Wellington City Council Grant: new work for The Courtenay Place Light Box Project.
Awards / Prizes / Residencies
2019 D6 Research Residency, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
2016 Tyneside Cinema Graduate Artist in Residence, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
2016 Best Regional Art Exhibition, The Horses Stayed Behind, 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards.
2015 Northumbria University Bursary Award.
2014 Tylee Cottage Artist Residency, Whanganui, NZ.
2010 Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Award, Christchurch, NZ.
2010 COCA Anthony Harper Art Award
2008 Finalist in the Wallace Art Awards
2007 Joseph Raynes Scholarship for Fine Arts
2007 Auckland University Bursary Award.
2006 Denise Gerard Award for Fine Arts
2004 Millennium Undergraduate Award, NZ Federation of Graduate Women
The Horses Stayed Behind, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, NZ. solo
Shaken, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK. group
Wunderkammer, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, NZ. group
Preparing the Ground, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. solo
The Horses Stayed Behind, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ. solo
The Horses Stayed Behind, TeManawa Museum, Palmerston North, NZ. solo
The River Lie, (Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay), The Suter Gallery, Nelson, NZ. group
Post Landscape, (Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay), Bartley + Company Art, Wellington, NZ. group
Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay, (collaboration with Estella Castle) Flatford Mill, National Trust, Suffolk, UK. solo
Show and Tell, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, NZ. group
The Horses Stayed Behind, SCAPE Public Art, Christchurch, NZ. group
There Were Islands, Baltic 39, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. group
Shapeshifter, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NZ. group
The Horses Stayed Behind, The Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, NZ. solo
TRIO Biennale, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. group
Ways to Leave Your Lover, Bartley + Company Art, Wellington, NZ. solo
All That Glitters is Not Gold, The Vivian, Matakana, NZ. group
When Your Neighbours Problems Become Your Own, Blue Oyster, Dunedin, NZ. solo
Push Me, Pull You, Bartley + Company Art, Wellington, NZ. solo
The Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, NZ. group
After You, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare O Rehua, Whanganui, NZ. group
Looking Up to You, (collaboration with Fiona Pardington) The Courtenay Place Light Box Project, Wellington, NZ. solo
Solo: Training Aids, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NZ. solo
Sugar High, Suite Gallery, Wellington, NZ. solo
Of Monsters and Machines, Pop Up Gallery, Auckland, NZ. group
Crying Cliffs, Auckland Film Archive, Auckland, NZ. solo
Uncanny Valley, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, NZ. group
NZ Sculpture OnShore, Auckland, NZ. group
COCA Anthony Harper Art Award, COCA, Christchurch, NZ. group
Little Rain, City Art Rooms, Auckland, NZ. group
Decomposition – X years, Still Decaying, Whitespace Contemporary Art, Auckland, NZ. group
NZ Sculpture OnShore, Auckland, NZ. group
Bridge Art Fair, Berlin, Germany. group
Wallace Art Awards, Aotea Centre, Auckland, NZ. group
Unlimited, City Art Rooms, Auckland, NZ. group
Metonymy, Cross Street Studios, Auckland, NZ. group
Kill the Cynic, Sanderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ. group
Reflecting Skin, City Art Rooms, Auckland, NZ. group
Inbetween, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland, NZ. group
Vegetable Memory, Auckland Film Archive, NZ. group
SmallBig, Gallery 146c, Auckland, NZ. group
Nobody Knew They Were Robots, Stanbeth Gallery, Auckland, NZ. group
Conferences / Symposia / Presentations
2018 ‘Creative Practice and Cultural Memory: Exploring First World War Heritage in the Middle East’. Speaker at a two-day workshop hosted at the British Institute in Amman (CBRL) in September 2018. Funded by Northumbria University through the Global Challenges Networking and Project Preparation Fund.
2017 Doubtful Occasion, a symposium on active research led by Christine Borland at GRMC, Glasgow in relation to her project for Art Fund & 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commission. Cat Auburn presents The Horses Stayed Behind – practice-led, centenary project in New Zealand. Glasgow, UK.
2015 The Lower North Island Curatorial Hui. Cat Auburn and Sarah McClintock present The Horses Stayed Behind. The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NZ.
2018/19 Studio Assistant to artist, Sir Antony Gormley (UK)
2018 Project Assistant to artist, Professor Christine Borland (Belgium/UK)
2017/18 Senior Research Assistant to artist, Professor Fiona Crisp (Italy/UK)
2013-15 Preparator, The Dowse Art Museum (NZ)
2011/12 Propmaker, Weta Workshop (NZ)
2007 Studio Assistant to artist, Professor Michael Parekowhai (NZ)
. Preparing the Ground, Chloe Barker, Contemporary HUM, 22 April 2017.
. The River Lie, Sarah McClintock, The Suter Gallery, 2017, exhibition catalogue.
. Graduate Artist in Residence: Cat Auburn, Northern Stars documentary, January 2017.
. Constable’s Hay Wain – live! Standing Room Only. Radio New Zealand, National. Interview with Lynn Freeman, 7 Aug 2016.
. Episode One – The Horses Stayed Behind, Sarjeant Gallery Podcast, 2015.
. Tails of the Unexpected, Margo White. Art News. Winter 2015. pg 64 – 68.