About Graham Bennett

1947      Born Nelson, New Zealand                                                              

1970      Graduated UC School of Fine Arts

1971 –  2000 Teaching (Christchurch, London, Barcelona, Sydney)

1989 –  1993 Panel Member (Craft), Arts Council of NZ

1990      Coordinating Selector NZ Craft Council Index

2000      Full time art practice

Commissions and Public Art:

2016      Reflect, remains relocated to Quake City, Christchurch

2015      Extant, Knox Plaza, Christchurch

               None So Blind, TaiTapu Sculpture Garden

               Defining Horizons, Taupo

2013      Oversee, Lincoln University,  Canterbury

               Position Fixing, the Esplanade Art Walk, Abbeville Auckland Airport

2012      Phase, Ohinetahi, Governors Bay

               Tipping Point, Songchu Art Valley, Korea

2010      Reflect, Sumner, Christchurch

               Traverse, Hotel reception, Christchurch

2008      Reach, Wanaka

               Kaputone Creek Pedestrian Bridge, Christchurch

               Insight, St Margaret’s College, Christchurch

2006      Engage, Christchurch South Library

2005      Reasons to Return, Connell’s Bay Sculpture Park, Waiheke Island

2004      Fixing Positions, Rocky Bay, Waiheke Island
2003      Reasons for Voyaging Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetu
2003      Lines Extending Kurashiki City, Japan

2002      Tribute to Firefighters, Christchurch
1997      Sea/Sky/Kaipara The Gibbs’ Farm, Kaipara

1996      Installation: Demarcation - 300 cast iron frames. Boulder Bank Nelson

1991      Installation: Sea/Sky/Stone #1, Boulder Bank, Nelson waterfront


2015      Christchurch Civic Trust, Excellence in Precinct Design

                with sculpture  Extant contributing to urban revitalisation

2013       Residency Lincoln University
2012       ISF Residency Seoul, Korea

2008       2007,  NZ Japan Exchange Programme (NZJEP) Grants

2003       Residency Kurashiki University of Science and Arts (KUSA)

2000       1996, 1995, Asia 2000 Foundation Grants

1996       Trustbank Community Trust Arts Excellence Award

1995       Fellowship in Visual Arts, Arts Council of NZ, Toi Aotearoa

1995       Academic Research Grant, Christchurch Polytechnic

1990       Queen Elisabeth II (QEII) Arts Council Visual Arts Grant

1988       Artist in Residence, Nelson Polytechnic

1984       QEII Arts Council Visual Arts Grant


Solo Exhibitions and Installations:

2017      WADE Project, SEWF , Christchurch

2016      Heed, Chambers, Chrischurch

               Pop-up in vacant space 251 Durham Street, Christchurch

2015      Signal, Milford Gallery Queenstown

               Pop-up in vacant space, Victoria Street, Christchurch

               Bennett and Trusttum, Whitespace, Auckland

2014      How Near, How Far?  Suter Gallery, Nelson 10 year Survey

               Shadows, Diversion Gallery, Picton

2013      Heavy Shadows, Whitespace, Auckland

               Graham Bennett, Survey, Aigantighe, Timaru

2012      Hard to Swallow,  Diversion Gallery, Picton

2011      Weighting and Waiting, Milford Galleries Dunedin

2010      Auger Augur, Whitespace, Auckland

               Pivot, The Arthouse, Christchurch

2009      Diversion Gallery, Grove Mill Winery, Marlborough

                Latitude, The Arthouse, Christchurch

                A Part, Cable Bay Vineyard, Waiheke Island

 2008      How Near, How Far?, Koru Gallery, Hong Kong

                Latitude, Galerie Paris, Yokohama, Japan

                Installation in ZAIM Contemporary Art Space, Yokohama, Japan

                Converse, the Arthouse, Christchurch

2007       Affinity, Shiori Gallery, Kurashiki, Japan, with Wataru Hamasaka

2006       Ukabu, The Arthouse, Christchurch, with Wataru Hamasaka

2003       Behind Reasons for Voyaging, Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Wai Whetu

1999       NICAF International Arts Festival Tokyo representing Galerie Paris, Japan

                Hashimaya Gallery Kurashiki, Japan

1998       Salamander Gallery, Christchurch

1997       NICAF International Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan

                Galerie Paris, Yokohama, Japan

                Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland

1996       1+1=3, Joint exhibition with Gavin Hitchings, Potters Gallery, Wellington

                1+1=3, Joint exhibition with Gavin Hitchings, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch

                Installation: 'Demarcation' 300 cast iron frames. Boulder Bank Nelson

                Canal City (Gallery Miyabi) Fukuoka, Japan

1995       Mie Prefecture Contemporary Art Museum, Japan

                Gallery Miyazaki, Osaka, Japan

                New Zealand Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

                Gallery Miyabi, Fukuoka, Japan

                Gallery Arte Ferrana, Hamamatsu, Japan

1994       Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland

1993       Gallery Miyazaki, Osaka, Japan

1992       Gallery Miyabi, Fukuoka, Japan

                Installation Sea/Sky/Stone #2, Grey River flood wall, Westland

                Left Bank Gallery, Greymouth

                Aeroclub Gallery, Port Chalmers, Dunedin

1991       Installation Sea/Sky/Stone #2, Boulder Bank, Nelson waterfront

                Installation Sea/Sky/Stone #2, Archery lawn, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

                Installation, Suter Gallery, Nelson

                Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch

1990       Installation Sea/Sky/Stone #1, Boulder Bank, Nelson waterfront

1989       Exhibition of 1988 Artist in Residence work, Suter Gallery, Nelson

                Annex Gallery, Robert McDougall, Public Art Gallery Christchurch

1987       'Parameters' (invited Artists Project), Robert McDougall Gallery, Christchurch

                Recent Work, The Press Gallery, Carnegie Centre, Dunedin

                Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington

1986       Gingko Gallery, Christchurch

                Bishop Suter Gallery, Nelson

                Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington

1985       Brooke/Gifford Gallery, Christchurch

1984       Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington 

1983       Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington

                Red Metro Gallery, Dunedin

1982       Dunedin Public Art Gallery

                Works on Paper, Gingko Gallery, Christchurch

                Bishop Suter Public Art Gallery, Nelson

1981       Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch

1980       Art of Man Gallery, Sydney

                Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch

Recent group participation:

2017      Water, Water Everywhere, Diversion Gallery, Picton

               MANZ at ARTIS, Auckland

               TaiTapu Sculpture Garden

               InForm, Whitespace, Auckland

2016      Suter Gallery, Nelson, opening 

               TaiTapu Sculpture Garden

               Fine Lines, Diversion Gallery, Picton

               Navigator, Milford Gallery, Dunedin

2015      TaiTapu Sculpture Garden

               Milford Gallery, Queenstown

2014      At Risk, Whitespace, Auckland

               Sculpture on the Point, Diamond Harbour

               Oil on Canvas, Clean Energy Action Commission, Marlborough

2013      Headland Sculpture on the Gulf Waiheke Island

               Sculpture in the Garden, Auckland  Botanic Gardens

               Sculpture on the Peninsula, Canterbury

2012      ISF 2012, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2011      Laisee, Koru Gallery, Hong Kong

               Orie Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

               Auckland Art Fair, representing Whitespace

               Sculpture in the Garden, Auckland Botanic Gardens

               Here I Stand, Diversion Gallery, Picton

               Moving On, Canterbury Artists, Art in Oxford Gallery

               NZ Art, Whitespace

               Sculpture on the Peninsula, Canterbury

               Sculpture in Central Otago, Wanaka

               Chambers 241 opening exhibition Christchurch

2010      My City, Whitespace, Auckland

                Shapeshifter Dowse Art Museum, Wellington Arts Festival

                PromoArte, Tokyo, Japan

2009<    Part of innumerable group exhibitions in NZ,  Australia, Spain, Japan, USA 

Selected Bibliography:

  • Art News NZ, Autumn 2018, Come Hell or High Water, Julian McKinnon

  • World Sculpture News, Summer 2017, This Not So Silent Spring, John Freeman-Moir

  • WADE, Graham Bennett, 2017 ISBN 978-0-473-40974-6 (Essayists: Eefje Broere, John Freeman-Moir, Shelley McMurtrie. Photography and Design Maurice: Lye)

  • World Sculpture News, Spring 2016, Heed, Warren Feeney

  • Extant, Wayfinding and Worldmaking. John Freeman-Moir ISBN 978-0-463-32579-4

  • World Sculpture News Vol 20, No1 Winter 2014 ‘Changing the Global Gaze’ Sally Blundel 

  • How Near How Far? Suter Gallery Survey Catalogue ISBN 6403548

  • International Sculpture Festa  in Seoul. ISF 2012 Catalogue

  • Laisee , 10 Years of Koru Contemporary Art in Hong Kong ISBN 978-988-17747-0-5

  • A Gallery Without Walls, John and Jo Gow tour of their outdoor gallery at Connells Bay, Artsville TV1 45 mins.

  • Conversations Across Time, Whakawhiti Kōrero. Michael Reed, Karen Stevenson. ISBN978-0-908668-72-4

  • How Near, How Far, Koru Contemporary Art catalogue 2008, ISBN978-988-17747-2-9

  • Connells Bay Centre for Sculpture, pp 48 – 51,  Robin Woodward

  • Squaring the Circle: New Work by Graham Bennett, Gina Irish and Ruth Harvey for Milford Galleries

  • Reasons to Return, DVD Documentary on Connell’s Bay commission,  Mindseyeflicks 2006

  • Craft Arts International, N 60 ‘Changing Reflections’ Dr Cassandra Fusco

  • ArtPrice Vol 10, 08/04  ‘World Artist’ Feature article in a Korean Art magazine

  • World Sculpture News, Vol. 10 No. 1 2004 ‘Of Time and the Ocean’ Dr.Cassandra Fusco

  • VIP Magazine Summer 04/05

  • Sculpture Vol 23. No.3 April 2004  (ISC, USA), ‘Reasons for Voyaging’, Jennifer Hay

  • ‘The Farm, Kaipara New Zealand', James Ross

  • ‘Walking Through, Graham Bennett's Reasons for Voyaging', - Editor John Freeman-Moir, Southwalk Publishing 2003

  • ‘Journey, The Story of the Steel'. - Rosa Shiels, published by Christchurch City Council 2003

  • Christchurch Press , Arts feature, October 23, 2002. 'Fire and steel' Christopher Moore

  • Christchurch Art Gallery Bulletin,125. Winter 2001, 'Reasons For Voyaging' Felicity Milburn

  • Meguro Museum, Tokyo catalogue, 2001.' A shriek from an invisible box'

  • International Craft Arts [Aust] Issue 49 2000 'Praxis in practice' Dr. Cassandra  Fusco

  • World Sculpture News  Volume 3 Number 2 Spring 1997 'The Importance of Dialogues' Cassandra Fusco  

  • Sculpture (International Sculpture Centre, USA) recent commissions - Amy Blankstein, October 1996

  • 100 New Zealand Artists - Warwick Brown, Godwit Publishing 1996

  • Pacific Way. 'Diverse Talent Focussing on Place' - Adrienne Rewi, April 1995

  • 'The Crane and the Kotuku' - Dianne and Peter Beatson, Manawatu Art Gallery Catalogue August 1994

  • Art NZ no 72, 'Making Relations Forms and Forces' - Cassandra Fusco, September 1994

  • Bibros, vol 12 - Fukuoka Japan, July 1992

  • Craft New Zealand no 38 'Objects in Landscape - Landscape in Objects' - John Freeman-Moir, Dec 1991

  • Christchurch Press - Naomi Gilling, October 1991

  • Contemporary NZ Prints - Jill McIntosh. Allen & Unwin, 1989

  • Art NZ no 51 'Artists Construction of Nature' - John Freeman-Moir, 1989

  • Art NZ no 44 Jonathan Smart, 1987

  • Louise Beale Gallery newsletter no 108 - John Freeman-Moir, 1987

  • 'Parameters' - Robert McDougall Gallery Catalogue, 1987

  • New Zealand Art, A Modern Perspective - Elva Betts. Reed/Methuen, 1986

  • Landfall no 44 - Jonathan Smart, 1985




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