Born 1979, Auckland (NZ). Lives and works in Floresville, Texas (US)
Consisting of site-specific projects that form relationships with locations through actions, Kate Newby’s work engages with a wide range of situations using every-day actions and materials in order to displace and challenge how contemporary art is exhibited, viewed, and archived. These projects draw directly from the locations in which they are presented, with Newby’s work bouncing backwards and forwards between initial observations, the process of working, and the sites that she works in.
Newby received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2001 from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in 2007 and a Doctor of Fine Arts in 2015. She has exhibited at the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018), the 1st Brussels Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008) and the Sao Paolo Biennale (2004). Significant solo exhibitions include Yes Tomorrow, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi (2021); I can’t nail the days down, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2018) and Let me be the wind that pulls your hair, Artspace, San Antonio (2017). In 2012 Newby was awarded the Walters’ Prize, Aotearoa New Zealand’s premiere contemporary art award, by international judge Mami Kataoka. In 2017 she undertook the prestigious Chinati Foundation residency at Marfa, Texas.