Bio CV

Sian Torrington makes art, poetry and performance. She practices activism through making things with openness, vulnerability and passion.

Sian graduated with an MFA with distinction from Massey University in 2010, has had numerous solo and group shows, published work and works from a studio in Wellington New Zealand.

Sian works in a number of media, using a range of found materials to build, drawing and writing at the same time as creating sculpture. She explores the nature of lived experience through a queer female body, and uses a metaphorical, abstract language of experiment.  In a sense all her work could be seen as drawing, as much as drawing is a provisional and exploratory method of trying things out and discovering form. Her drawings range from small to majestic scale, and are used as research, materials for collage and as finished works.


Sian Torrington

siantorrington@gmail.com

Selected Solo shows

2017  Intimacy Stages / Active Empathy, Studio One, Toi Tu, Auckland

We Don’t Have to Be The Building, Silo Seven, Auckland

2016  We Don’t have To Be The Building, Courtenay Place light boxes, Wellington

2015 Weaving in, weaving out, Shanthi Rd, India

2014 This is not imagination, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland

The Boat Floats, 30 Upstairs, Wellington

2013 There’s no way over, only Through, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland

2013 Your Uncontained Movement has opened a new room in me, with Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland

2012 Caves are made of Rock but not this Cave – in collaboration with Rachel  O’Neill and Joan Fleming, Blue Oyster Gallery Dunedin

2011 Inhabitance artists book launch – Enjoy Gallery Wellington

Making Here – Collaborative project with the artists of Pablos Arts studio, Wellington, funded by Creative Communities

 2010  Open Water Bodies – Blackmore Jean Gallery, Wellington

Inhabitance – installation residency funded by The Public Art Fund Wellington

MFA graduation show – Massey University Wellington

2009   Snippets paint me a fanatic – Square 2, City Gallery Wellington

2008   Exposure Massey graduation show

Group shows

2015      Enjoy Feminisms – Enjoy Gallery Wellington
The F Word – George Paton Gallery Melbourne

2012      The Obstinate Object – City Gallery Wellington

                 Wellington City Council Collection – City Gallery Wellington

2011        You Say Tomato – curated by Mary- Jane Duffy, Toi Poneke                  Wellington

2010        Reasonable Force – RM gallery, Auckland

2007       Telecom Prospect – City Gallery Wellington as part of The       Association of Collaboration

                   Tell me to my face The High St Project

2006          Every Now and Then – Enjoy Public Art Gallery Wellington as                      part of The Association of Collaboration

Spark 06Wintec, Hamilton

Published writing

2015

Conversation (with Creek Waddington) in Enjoy gallery journal    Love Feminisms http://enjoy.org.nz/publishing/the-occasional-journal/love-feminisms/conversation
We talk a lot about the struggle, in Fightback Magazine issue for women and gender minorities
Femme Slam, in Enjoy gallery journal The Dendromaniac http://journal.enjoy.org.nz/the-dendromaniac/this-is-a-femme-slam

2014

Fourth Floor online journal http://4thfloorjournal.co.nz/

2013

Bulletin # 53, Christchurch Art Gallery

2011

Inhabitance – Self published artists book, documentation on https://allmeaningisthelineyoudraw.wordpress.com/

2010

Gabrielle Amodeo show review, Enjoy Public Art Gallery,       Wellington
MFA Thesis Making Space: Speleology, Massey University Wellington http://muir.massey.ac.nz/bitstream/10179/1332/2/01front.pdf

2009

I love movies, in Workshopping Performance, Jan 2010, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

2006

Failure is a blank page Ramp Magazine, Feb 2006 no 4

Publications and reviews

2012 Art Seen, Franky Strachan, Otago Daily Times http://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/arts/219690/art-seen

The Object of the Exercise, Martin Patrick, The Listener, June2nd, 2012

2010 Playing with Urban Fabric, Mark Amery, http://eyecontactsite.com/2010/12/playing-with-urban-fabric

Oculus postgraduate Journal for Visual Art Research, Issue 2, May 2010, University of    Canterbury College of Arts

2007 Telecom Prospect 2007: New Art New ZealandPub City Gallery  Wellington

Less scared, more StrangeArtists Alliance magazine issue 84

Less scared, more Strangeself published artists book

2006

I Took the things you threw away Appliance, Artists Alliance magazine issue 8

Oh, the things I have seen.. Thomasin Sleigh, Salient magazine Issue 25, October 16

Here My ROAR! Thomasin Sleigh, Salient magazine Issue 02,March 6


Funding and awards

2015 Asia New Zealand Foundation residency at Shanthi Rd, Bengaluru, India

Creative New Zealand, Public Art Fund, Rainbow Wellington and Armstrong and Arthur Trust funding for ‘We don’t have to be the building’

2011 Creative Communities funding for collaborative project with Pablos Art Studios

2010 Public Art Panel funding for public art project Inhabitance

2009 Masterate Massey scholarship to study MFA

2007 Trade Secrets artists professional development support programme funded by Cultural Grant WCC

2006  I Took the things you threw away Creative Communities, Dunedin Fringe festival

2005 Woolf Photography prize for post-graduate essay writing

2003  I made this funded by Prince of Wales Trust, UK

Collections

Two works held in the Wellington City Council Collection

Education

2010                  MFA, awarded with Distinction, Massey University

2008                  Post-graduate diploma Fine Arts Massey University

2001                  Diploma Fashion and Textiles NMIT,

1998                   BA Philosophy, Otago University

 

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