Bio/CV

Bio

Born 1971, New Zealand. Currently living Upper Hutt, New Zealand

Qualifications

2013 | Master of Fine Arts | Massey University, Wellington, NZ

2011 | Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts | Massey University, Wellington, NZ

1995 | Bachelor of Design  (Visual Communications Design)| Victoria University/Wellington Polytechnic, NZ

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 | Sand in the Apricot Jam (conclusion of the tour, showing the final piece from this show where it first started) | Expressions Expressions Whirinaki Art and Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt

2018 | A Home Away From Home | WHMilbank Gallery, Whanganui, NZ

2018 | A Home Away from Home | Aratoi, Masterton, NZ

2018 | Sand in the Apricot Jam | St Patricks College, Silverstream, NZ

2017 | Sand in the Apricot Jam | Museum of Rishion LeZion, Israel (October 2017 – May 2018) Opened by Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy Governor General of New Zealand as part of the WW1 centenary commemorations in Israel

2017 | Once Upon a Time (exhibition at the conclusion of the Marsden Artist Residency) | National Portrait Gallery, Wellington, NZ (June)

2017 | Sand in the Apricot Jam | Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ (March – June)

2016 | Sand in the Apricot Jam | National Army Museum, Waiouru, NZ (May – August)

2015 | Retold (Grimm Project) | Toi Poneke, Wellington, NZ (August) and Lakehouse Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ (November)

2014 | Sand in the Apricot Jam | Expressions Whirinaki Art and Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt, NZ (July – September)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 | Finalist – Wellington Regional Art Review | Upper Hutt, NZ

2016 | Finalist – Wellington Regional Art Review | Upper Hutt, NZ

2016 | Finalist – Parkin Drawing Prize | Wellington, NZ

2016 | Finalist – Molly Morpeth Canaday Award | Whakatane, NZ

2013 | MFA and MDes exhibition | Massey University, Wellington, NZ

2012 | Finalist – The Wellington Art Review | Expressions Art and Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt, NZ

2012 | Finalist – Cliftons Art Prize | Cliftons, Wellington, NZ

2012 | Selected exhibitor at the opening of the new CoCA building, Te Ara Hihiko | Massey University, Wellington, NZ

2011 | Graduate exhibition | Massey University, Wellington, NZ

2010 | NZ Art Show | Wellington, NZ

2010 | Moments of Motherhood and Abstracted Visions Exhibition (joint exhibition with Shivaun Hogan) | Square Edge, Palmerston North, NZ

Winter Exhibition | Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ

2007 |Fab Wai Art Exhibition | Caterton Exhibition Centre, Carterton, NZ

2006 |3 on Show Exhibition (joint exhibition with Shivaun Hogan and Susan Samuels) | Archibalds the Art Place, Upper Hutt, NZ

Finalist – Adam Portrait Award | National Portrait Gallery, Wellington, NZ

Finalist – Park Lane Charity Exhibition and Auction | Auckland, NZ

2004 | Affordable Arts Show 2004 | Wellington, NZ

Commissions

Ongoing | Pencil portraits

2018 | QT Hotel Wellington, ‘Your Art Our Rooms’ mural commission

Awards

2016 | Peoples Choice Award | Wellington Regional Art Review, Wellington, NZ

Artist Residencies

2018 | NZ Pacific Studio (Anzac Fellowship Residency), Mt Bruce, NZ

2017 |Samuel Marsden Collegiate College,Wellington, NZ

2014 | Expressions Whirinaki Art and Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt, NZ

Teaching

2019 | Drawing and Illustration Tutor, Community Education Centre, Wellington, NZ

2018 | Arts workshops as part of the NZ Pacific Studio residency (Anzac Fellowship Residency), Mt Bruce, NZ

2017 | Arts workshops as part of the Samuel Marsden Collegiate College residency, Wellington, NZ

2014 – 2017 | Senior visiting tutor teaching drawing and painting, College of Creative Arts, School of Art, at Massey University, Wellington NZ

2013 | Visiting tutor teaching drawing and painting, College of Creative Arts, School of Art, at Massey University, Wellington NZ

Articles, Reviews and Interviews

Review on ‘A Home Away from Home’ , NZ Herald, 7 November 2018

Whanganui WW1 Nurses Honoured‘, Whanganui Chronicle, 27 October 2018

Television interview on Seven Sharp on ‘Your art our rooms’ – QT Museum hotel Wellington, 2018

‘Rebecca paints Granddad proud’ on ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ going to Israel |RSA Review Spring 2017 edition, 2017

‘Artist tells fairytales on canvasses’ | Independent Herald, 14 June 2017

Rebecca Holden is going places’ | Stuff Entertainment, 13 December 2016

‘Exhibition honoured those who served at Gallipoli’ on ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ | Last post First Light – The Hutt Valley ANZAC Story, 2015

Fairy-tale inspired performance marks Toi Poneke’s 10th Birthday‘ | City Arts Panui, Wellington City Council, 2015

‘Nod to Soldier and Steed’ on ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ | The Leader, Upper Hutt, 2014

Speaking Engagements

2018 | Artist talk on ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ and ‘A Home Away from Home’ | Masterton library, NZ, for armistice day

2018 | Artist talk on ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ | Plimmerton Rotary, NZ

2017 |Radio interview with Jess Mulligan about taking ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ to Israel | Radio NZ National

2017 | Artist talk on ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ | Waikato Museum, NZ

2016 | Artist talk on ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ | Nation Army Museum, NZ

2015 | Radio interivew about ‘Retold’ | Caffeine and Aspirin show, Radio Active 88.6 FM, NZ

2014 | Radio interview about my practice | Hutt Radio 106.1 FM, NZ

2014| Artist talk on ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ | Expressions Whirinaki Art and Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt, NZ

2013 | Presentation of my MFA research at The Arts in Society conference in Budapest, Hungary –June 2013. The paper presented was titled “Distant painterly perspectives: war, atrocites and the suffering of others”

Publications

Sand in the Apricot Jam exhibition catalogue (Digital copy available on request)

‘Sand in the Apricot Jam & A Home Away from Home’, self published book at the end of the exhibition period

Collaborations

2015 | Collaboration with performance artist Kenneth Mannchen, who performed as ‘Fox’ in response to the ‘Retold’ exhibition at Toi Poneke for which he modeled, Wellington, NZ