Zina Swanson

Solo Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Selected works for sale Artist's CV

Born Christchurch, New Zealand, 1981


2004    Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Christchurch

Awards and Residencies

2018    Inagaural Recipient of the Grace Butler Art Award at Ara    
2014    Apexart New York Inbound Resident (Recommended by Justin Paton)
2013    Frances Hodgkins Fellow
2004    The CoCA/Anthony Harper Award for Contemporary Art

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020    Any plant thought of too much will not thrive, Sumer Contemporary Art, Tauranga
2019    Tiny Additions, Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore
2019    For Vivian, The Dowse Art museum, Lower Hutt
2019    For Vivian, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2017    My hand is a season, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2015    For Luck, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
2015    Concrete Dirt Parfait, State of Princes, Dunedin
2014    No Need for Water, The Hocken Library, Dunedin
2014    Zina Swanson, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2012    Breathing Space (with Georgie Hill), Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
2011    Blue, ABC Gallery, Christchurch
2011    Zina Swanson (with Dane Taylor), Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington
2010    Symptoms of Incompatibility, SoFA Gallery, Christchurch
2010    Zina Swanson, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
2009    The risk of it all falling apart, The Physics Room, Christchurch
2008    Zina Swanson, 64zero3, Christchurch
2008    Things that won't leave me alone, The Physics Room Kiosk, Christchurch
2007    Zina Swanson, The Physics Room, Christchurch
2006    Zina Swanson, High St Project, Christchurch
2005    Attachments, City Art, Christchurch
2003    Homunculus, High St Project, Christchurch


Selected Group Exhibitions

2016    Group Show #54, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
2016    Precarious Balance, CoCA, Christchurch
2016    Bella Vista, North Projects, Christchurch
2013    SCAPE7 Public Art, Christchurch Biennial
2012    5 (Christchurch) Artists, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2011    New Romantics, University of Waikato, Hamilton
2010    Swallows and Amazons, Robert Heald
2010    Ready to Roll, City Gallery, Wellington
2009    Wunderbox, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
2008    64, 64zero3, Christchurch
2008    Group Show, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
2007    Forestaurant, High St Project, Christchurch
2007    Another Destination, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
2005    Come as you are, High St Project, Christchurch
2004    Drawing, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington
2004    Ampersand, Celebrating 12 yrs of HSP, Old Govt Life building, Christchurch
2004    Mr and Mrs Pink's, HSP/Blue Oyster exchange show, Dunedin/Christchurch
2003    Follow the White Rabbit (New Artists Show), Artspace, Auckland

Public Collections

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
University of Canterbury
Hocken Collections
Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Selected Bibliography

2014    Natalie Poland, The Social Life of Plants: recent work by Zina Swanson.
2014    No Need For Water exhibition catalogue
2014    Gilbert May, Can Anybody Hear Me?
2014    Barbara Garrie, Talking with Plants: Zina Swanson's Can Anybody Hear Me?.
2014    SCAPE7 Publication
2014    David Eggleton, Review of No Need For Water, Art New Zealand #150, Winter
2014    Natalie Poland, Lessons in how to train your houseplants, Art News, Spring
2011    Lily Hacking, Organic Matters, Artzone Issue 41
2011    Warren Feeney, Estranged Experimental Hydroponics, eyecontact website
2010    Warren Feeney, Swanson at SoFA, eyecontact website
2010    Mark Amery, Ready to Roll continued, eyecontact website
2010    Sue Gardiner, Ministering to a fragile planet, artnews New Zealand, Spring 2010
2010    Corner, Katy, Wellington postcard (review of Swallows & Amazons), Art News
2009    Christopher Moore, A dry, delicate line of thought, The Christchurch Press, May 9
2009    John Hurrell, Barely tangible horizontal & vertical vectors: the physics of daisy chains