Bio CV

Siân Torrington explores relationships of interconnectivity, and interdependence, through an expressive language of colour, mark making and structural props that hold drawings and sculptures together, as we are held together. Siân graduated with an MFA with distinction from Massey University in 2010, has had numerous solo and groups shows, and works from a studio in Wellington New Zealand. Her work has been commissioned for public art institutions, including ‘Soft is Stronger than Hard’ at City Gallery Wellington, and ‘The way you have held things’ for Christchurch Art Gallery, as well as for festivals, and by the Public Art Fund, Wellington. She has held artist residencies in Samoa at Tiapipata Arts Centre, and Shanthi Rd, India through the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Selected Solo shows

2020  I’m Glad You’re Here, Just the Way You Are, Toi Poneke, Wellington

2019 Studio Outings #1, Trades Hall, Wellington

2018 What we bring back, AirSpace Projects, Sydney

2017 Te Aho Mano / A Thousand Threads, with collaborations with Anahera Gildea and Leilanai L’Aiga Pua The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington

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

2018        Finalist in the Parkin Drawing Award, Wellington

2017        Finalist in the Parkin Drawing Award, Wellington

2016        Finalist in the Waiheke Art Award

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

2014        Finalist in the Parkin Drawing Award, Wellington

2013        Finalist in the Parkin Drawing Award, Wellington

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, with The    Association of Collaboration

Spark 06Wintec, Hamilton

Published writing


We Don’t Have to Be The Building, in Counterfutures, Issue 4, Left thought and practice Aotearoa.


Conversation (with Creek Waddington) in Enjoy gallery journal    Love Feminisms
We talk a lot about the struggle, in Fightback Magazine issue for women and gender minorities
Femme Slam, in Enjoy gallery journal The Dendromaniac


Fourth Floor online journal


Bulletin # 53, Christchurch Art Gallery


Inhabitance – Self published artists book, documentation on


Gabrielle Amodeo show review, Enjoy Public Art Gallery,       Wellington
MFA Thesis Making Space: Speleology, Massey University Wellington


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


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

Publications and reviews

2012 Art Seen, Franky Strachan, Otago Daily Times

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

2010 Playing with Urban Fabric, Mark Amery,

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


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

2017  Toi Pōneke funding towards Queer and Trans* drawing classes

2016 Public Art Fund, Creative NZ, Armstrong and Arthur Fund, Rainbow Wellington and Boosted funding for We Don’t Have to Be The Building

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


Two works held in the Wellington City Council Collection


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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