Cat Auburn is a New Zealand artist based in the United Kingdom. She was the recipient of the 2016 Award for Best Regional Art Exhibition at the New Zealand Museum Awards, in recognition for her exhibition ‘The Horses Stayed Behind’, created during the 2014/2015 Tylee Cottage Artist Residency with the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui. In 2015, Cat represented New Zealand at the TRIO Biennial in Brazil and graduated from the Master of Fine Arts programme at Northumbria University (UK) 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 the first section of Preparing the Ground, a new moving image work. A subsequent section of Preparing the Ground has been completed in 2017 in Kyoto, Japan and 2019 will see Cat complete the final section in Auckland, New Zealand. 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 current project is a Random Acts short film commission by Northern Film and Media in collaboration with Channel 4, due for national broadcast in the UK in 2018.