Conor Clarke

Solo Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Selected works for sale Artist's CV

Born: 1982 Tāmaki Makaurau
Based: Ōtautahi
Ancestry: Ngāi Tahu (Ngāti Kuri), Irish & Welsh


Lecturer in Photography, Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury (2019–present)
MFA Candidate, Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury (2021–present)
Guest student, Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) Leipzig, Germany (2018–19)
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (2001–05)

Awards & Residencies

Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence, Whanganui (2017-18)
Auckland City Council Artist in Residence, Waitawa Regional Park, Auckland (2015)
Renaissance Photography Prize, Best Series, London (2015)
IdeasTap Award, Portfolio Review, NRW Forum, Düsseldorf (2015)
Mt Eden Young Artist Awards, Overall Prize, Auckland (2004)
Mt Eden Young Artist Awards, Photography Prize, Auckland (2003)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023   Peaks and Troughs, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2023   Public lightbox commission – 8 x new works in collaboration with Joy Auckram, Ōtākaro Avon river/Te Pae, Christchurch
2021   As far as the eye can reach, Two Rooms, Auckland
2019   Unchained Melody, SCAPE Public Art Project, Christchurch
2019   Ground Water Mirror, SoFa, Ilam Campus Gallery, Christchurch
2019   Unchained Melody, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland
2018   The End of Wordsworth Street, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
2017   A Warm Welcoming Feeling, Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland
2017   In Pursuit of the Object, The Sustainability Trust, Wellington
2016   A Warm Welcoming Feeling, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland
2016   Scenic Potential, Billboard Project, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland
2015   Scenic Potential, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland
2014   In Pursuit of the Picturesque: In Pictures (Observations from New Zealand), Giftraum, Berlin
2008  Picturesque Improvement, 64zero3, Christchurch

Selected Duo & Group Exhibitions

2023   Herbarium, Te Ara Ātea, Rolleston, Canterbury, NZ
2023   (upcoming) Vital Machinery II, Hastings City Art Gallery
2023   (upcoming) Sydney Art Fair w/ Two Rooms Gallery
2023   (upcoming) Spring 1983 w/ Jonathan Smart Gallery, Melbourne
2022   Vital Machinery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
2022   No.2 Art Tramp Show, Oxford Gallery Toi o Waimakariri
2021   Paemanu: Tauraka Toi (A Landing Place), Dunedin Public Art Gallery
2021   Recent Photographs, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2021   Auckland Art Fair w/ Two Rooms Gallery
2020  Touching Sight: Conor Clarke, Emma Fitts + Oliver Perkins, Christchurch Art Gallery
2020  Cracker: Greta Anderson, Conor Clarke, Anne Shelton + Shaun Waugh, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland
2020  Spheres: An Online Video Project, Christchurch Art Gallery
2019   Roundabout, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2018   Sorry, Not Sorry: Conor Clarke & Tia Ranginui, Franklin Arts Centre, Auckland
2017   In the Anthropocene, Bartley & Co, Wellington
2016   The Devil's Blind Spot, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
2016   Vol.1 Editionen und Multiples 1985 – heute, Vexer Verlag Büro Berlin
2016   Selective Exposure, In Situ, Christchurch, organised by Haru Sameshima
2015   Himmel und Erde: Beatrix Reinhardt & Conor Clarke, Galerie Pavlovs Dog, Berlin
2015   Renaissance Photography Prize Exhibition, Getty Images Gallery, London
2015   Selective Exposure, Photospace, Wellington, organised by Haru Sameshima
2015   The Close, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland
2014   Outer Space, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland
2014   Winter/Winter: Conor Clarke & Sam Hartnett, PLAZA, Auckland
2014   Typologien, Jarvis Dooney Galerie, Berlin
2013   De Joode & Kamutzki Winter Auction, Karl-Marx-Buchhandlung, Berlin
2011    I Could Have Sworn I, Grimmuseum, Berlin
2010   A Kitchen Show, Our Kitchen, Berlin, organised by Kah Bee Chow
2010   I Could Have Sworn I, Mtaär , Istanbul
2009   From the Depths of Suburbia: Photo-media from Auckland, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland
2009   Photography Sell Out, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, organised by Craig Hilton
2008   From the Depths of Suburbia: Photo-media from Auckland, QCA Gallery, Queensland, Australia
2008   On Show 2008, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland
2008   A Brothel Without Walls, City Art Rooms, Auckland
2008   Backyard Trophy, Snowhite Gallery, Auckland
2008   Forestaurant, City Arts Rooms, Auckland
2008   Forestaurant, High Street Project, Christchurch
2007   Self/Conscious, Seed Gallery, Auckland
2005   Titter, Special Gallery, Auckland
2005   Show Number 9, Matakana Gallery, curated by Ian MacDonald, Haru Sameshima & Mark Adams
2005   Dielectric Constant, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland
2005   Average, Rm103, Auckland
2004   Imposition: Nicky Broekhuysen & Conor Clarke, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland
2004   Dislocated, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland
2004   Breaking In, Artstation, Auckland

Selected Essays & Publications

Art Collector Magazine #July – Sep, Collapsing into Reality, Artist feature (2023)
Landfall Magazine #242, Cover and Feature (2021)
Lachlan Taylor, As far as the eye can reach, exhibition essay, Two Rooms (2021)
Maya Love, Conor Clarke Sees Differently, The Art Paper #º00 (2021)
Anon, Touching sight: Conor Clarke, Emma Fitts, Oliver Perkins, Something Outside review (2021)
Fayen d’Evie, Perceiving Nature: Conor Clarke, Bulletin #202 (2020)
Chloe Cull, Ground Water Mirror, Catalogue, SoFA Ilam Campus Gallery (2019)
Lachlan Taylor, Unchained Melody, Exhibition essay, Two Rooms (2019)
John Hurrell, Conor Clarke’s Processual Allegory, Eyecontact review (2019)
Lachlan Taylor, The End of Wordsworth Street, Catalogue, Sarjeant Gallery (2018)
Jessica Kidd, The End of Wordsworth Street, Sarjeant Quarterly #70, interview (2018)
Femisphere #2, edited by Judith Darragh + Imogen Taylor, contributor (2018)
Holly Best, Photographing Nature: The Slippery Topographics of Conor Clarke, Art New Zealand #166 (2018)
Madeline Saxton-Beer, 10 Questions with photographer Conor Clarke, The Denizen #28 (2018)
Emil McAvoy, Ground Water Mirror, Exhibition essay, Two Rooms (2018)
Emil McAvoy, Ground Water Mirror: An interview with Conor Clarke, Photoforum NZ (2018)
Lily Hacking, Human Intervention, Artzone #71 (2018)
The Journal of Urgent Writing #2, edited by Simon Wilson, Massey University Press, contributor (2017)
Nic Low, The Devil’s Blindspot: Conor Clarke, Bulletin #186 (2017)
S T I L L Magazine #4, contributor (2016)
Conor Clarke, In residence: An Attempt to Convey Sublime Experience, Art News NZ Autumn (2016)
Justin Gregory, Artist in Residence at Waitawa Park, RNZ Interview Podcast (2015)
Edward Dimsdale, Scenic Potential, HOTSHOE Magazine #192, interview & portfolio (2015)
Chloe Cull, Conor Clarke at Two Rooms, Eyecontact review (2015)
Jakob Schiller, Smokestack photos make pollution look strangely beautiful, WIRED (2015)
Der Greif Magazine Issue #8, contributor (2015)
Christine McFetridge, If Progress had a Sound, MoMento Magazine #16 (2014)
Peter Ireland, The Hand of Man, Eyecontact review (2014)
Alison Hugill, Conor Clarke at Giftraum, Berlin Art Link review (2014)
Virginia Were, Suburban Revival, Art News NZ (2009)
Edward Hanfling, Forestaurant, Art New Zealand #125 (2008)
John Hurrell, Open Plan Bordello, Eyecontact review (2008)