Gill Gatfield – Biography


Gill Gatfield has LLB. and MFA(Hons) from University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her artwork is exhibited in sculpture symposiums, galleries, museums and universities in Australia, NZ, USA and Europe, and held in collections worldwide.

In 2011 she won a national public art award for Silhouette, a site specific black granite and white glacial stone sculpture at the gateway to Smales Farm Station Auckland. Native Tongue, a 3mH text carved from a rare ancient kauri carbon-dated at over 45,000 years old, stands in the public atrium of Spark NZ. In 2015, she presented a 4 tonne black granite sculpture, The Kiss, at Sculpture by the Sea Denmark, a biennial exhibition of artists from 25 countries, attracting over half a million visitors. In 2016-2017, The Kiss was exhibited on the heritage Quad at Christ's College for SCAPE Public Art, a curated public art exhibition in Christchurch NZ. The Kiss was jury selected as a Top100 public art project and winner of the 2017 CODAawards Landscape category.

A monograph on the artist's theory and practice, Abstract Figure: Gill Gatfield was released at the International Sculpture Centre Symposium 2013. Recognised for innovation in media, methods and theory, Gill Gatfield is a member of Global Women, a multi-sector organisation of women leaders promoting inclusion and diversity. She was sole Juror of the 18th International Open 2015 Chicago, an open competition for women artists worldwide, and 2015 artist in residence at the national Women’s Museum Denmark, where she presented the solo exhibition Glass Ceiling/Glasloft.

Gatfield's art practice is informed by insights gained in her first career in business, policy and law reform. After working in legal practice, NGOs, and central government as a senior advisor on human rights law, she founded and directed Equity Works Ltd., advising private and public sector organisations on equality and diversity strategies. Awarded two New Zealand Law Foundation grants, she is the author of a seminal text Without Prejudice: Women in the Law (Brooker’s, 1996), republished in 2011 as a Heritage Collection Title. To commemorate 120 years of women in law in 2016, she released a limited hardback art edition in international suffrage colours with the new title Without Prejudice: Same Issue - New Cover.

Gill Gatfield works from her factory studio north of Auckland NZ.


Master of Fine Arts (Hons), University of Auckland 2004
Bachelor of Laws, University of Auckland 1988

Artist Projects / Exhibitions 

Without Prejudice: Same Issue-New Cover 1896-2016
 2016, Corner Window Gallery, Auckland
Glasloft/Glass Ceiling
2015, Kvindemuseet Danmark/Women's Museum Denmark
The Kiss
 2015, Sculpture by the Sea Aarhus Denmark
Creative Disruption
2014, Global Women NZ
Square Root
 2013, Langford120, Melbourne Australia
Vanity Fair 2013, Parallax Art Fair, The Prince George, New York
Ally Sloper 2013, 16th International Open, WomanMade Gallery, Chicago
The Snake Charmer 2013, NZ Sculpture Onshore, Auckland
Native Tongue 2012, Spark NZ Head Office, Auckland
Silhouette 2011, Smales Farm Station, Auckland
Third Person 2010, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Suspended Sentence 2009, The Physics Room Kiosk, Christchurch
En Plein Air 2009, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Performance Painting 2008, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin
Current Work 2008, City Art Rooms, Auckland
Being-Made 2007, City Art Rooms, Auckland
Nappy Painting 2006, Massey University, Albany
Kaitiaki 2004, Cameo Project, Te Tuhi / Manukau Public Art Gallery
Eve n Eden 2003, Window Project, Eden Arts Festival
In-Out 2003, University of Auckland
Kaitiaki 2003, Mount Street Studios, University of Auckland
Moving Mountains 2002, Whakatane Museum & Gallery
Moving Mountains 2002, Rotorua Museum of Art & History
In the Balance 2002, Auckland University
1000 Words 1999, ASA Gallery, Auckland

Curated Group Exhibitions


Edge, Curator Dr Irene Barberis, Langford120 Melbourne 8 Feb-11 March


Small Sculpture, Studio 125 Gallery SCAPE Public Art Season 2017 Christchurch NZ
Opening Show, Studio 125 Gallery SCAPE Public Art, Christchurch NZ
Headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2017, Pavillion Gallery, Waiheke Island NZ


The Kiss SCAPE Public Art 2016 'Presence' Curator Heather Galbraith, Christchurch NZ
Aroha SCAPE Public Art 2016 Christchurch
Trinity National Small Sculpture Prize 2016, Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke I. NZ 


Sculpture by the Sea 2015, Aarhus Denmark
Fifteen-Trajectories, Langford120 Melbourne Australia
Headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2015, Pavillion Gallery, Waiheke Island NZ


New Zealand Sculpture Onshore (10th Biennial), Auckland NZ
Chicago Sculpture International 2014, Lewis University, Chicago USA
National Small Sculpture Prize 2014, Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke I. NZ
Fourteen-Trajectories, Langford120, Melbourne Australia
Shapeshifter 2014, NZ International Arts Festival, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt/Wellington


Squaring Up, Langford120, Melbourne
Safe, In[box], ArtBox Gallery, Christchurch
x, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013, Sydney
Multiple Choice
, Sculpture Inside, SxS Bondi 2013, Sydney
Vanity Fair
, Parallax Art Fair New York, The Prince George, New York
Ally Sloper, 16th International Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago
Chip, Off the Wall - Sculpture Invitational, Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke Island


The Snake Charmer, New Zealand Sculpture OnShore, Auckland
Lean II
, ArtHouse, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
Nappy Painting
, Women: An Exhibition, NZ Academy of Fine Art, Wellington
, National Small Sculpture Prize 2012, Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke Island
Platform, Summer: Sky Above, Earth Below, Waikato Sculpture Trust, Hamilton 


Native Tongue, Sculpture in the Gardens, Auckland Botanic Gardens
Not I & II, Sculpture on the Peninsula, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury
Black Fringe
, Wallace Finalists Exhibition, New Dowse Gallery, Lower Hutt and
Wallace Art Awards Exhibition, Pah Homestead, Auckland
Not I
, National Small Sculpture Prize 2011, Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke Island
White I. (Whakaari), Morpeth Canaday Art Award, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty


Portia & Je Suis, NZ Sculpture Onshore, Auckland
All Black, Spring Catalogue 2010, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown, Otago
Natural Selection, Walker & Hall 2D Art Award, Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke I.
13% Painting, Anthony Harper COCA Art Award Exhibition, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Portia & Babel, Shapeshifter 2010, NZ International Arts Festival, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt/Wellington
Blood Work, Bouncy, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland
Cliffhanger, Sculpture in the Park / E: Scape, Waikato Sculpture Trust, Hamilton
Babel, Exhibition 2010, Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens, Kaipara Coast


Half Glass, Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island
Bush, Sealink Small Sculpture Prize Exhibition, Waiheke Art Gallery
Silver Lining, NZ Painting & Printmaking Award, Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton
All Black, Black Candy, City Art Rooms, Auckland
High Country / Black Cloud, COCA Art Award, Centre Of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Black Cloud & Bush, Mesh, Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland
Present, National Drawing Award, Artspace, Auckland; Physics Room, Christchurch; Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington


Mirror Image, NZ Sculpture Onshore, North Shore/Auckland
Prickle, City Art Rooms at Bridge Art Fair, Berlin, Germany
Prick, Unlimited, City Art Rooms, Auckland
Six Days, COCA Art Award, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Cloud, Reflecting Skin, City Art Rooms, Auckland
First Person/Present Tense, Installations, City Art Rooms, Auckland


Canvas, Off the Wall, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
Live Recording, Sculpture in the Park, Waikato Sculpture Trust, Hamilton
Prick, Wallace Art Awards, Auckland
Muses, Fine, Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland


Grass Roots, NZ Sculpture Onshore, North Shore
Lawn, Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum
Nappy Painting, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland
Practice, National Drawing Award, ArtSpace Auckland; Physics Room, Christchurch


Undercoat, Skirt Collective, Installation & Performances, Auckland
End of Line, Activate-Contemporary NZ Artists, COCA, Christchurch
Untitled, National Waikato Contemporary Art Award, Hamilton
Handmade, National Drawing Award, ArtSpace, Auckland; Physics Room, Christchurch


Tui-pie, Altered States, Museum of Cultural Anxiety, Auckland
In/Out, National Waikato Contemporary Art Award Exhibition, Hamilton


Foray, A4 Exchange (curator Karin Sander), Weisensee Art School, Berlin, Germany and George Fraser Gallery, Auckland University
Fake, Congreve Odyssey House Auction, Auckland
Fake, Winter at the ASA, ASA Gallery, Auckland
Sacred Ground, Goldwater Art Award Exhibition, Waiheke Island
Eve n Eden, Window Project, Eden Arts Festival, Auckland
Remuera, Window Project, Guardian Trust, University of Auckland


Marque 4, ASA Gallery, Auckland

Awards / Achievements

CODAawards 2017 Art + Design Awards, 'The Kiss' Landscape Category Winner
CODAawards 2017 'The Kiss' Top 100 Public Artwork Project

SCAPE Public Art 2016 Season, Christchurch NZ, Invited Artist
NZ Small Sculpture Prize 2016 Finalist, Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke Island NZ

Artist in Residence 2015, Women's Museum Denmark
Sculpture by the Sea 2015, Aarhus Denmark, Jury Selection
18th International Open Art Award 2015, WomanMade Gallery, Chicago, Juror
Chicago Sculpture International 2014, Lewis University, Jury Selection
Shapeshifter 2014, NZ International Arts Festival, Wellington, Selected Artist
NZ Small Sculpture Prize 2014 Finalist, Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke I.
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013, Sydney Australia, Selected Artist
16th International Open 2013, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Finalist
Parallax Art Fair 2013, New York, Invited Artist
NZ National Small Sculpture Prize 2012 Finalist
Smales Farm Public Art Sculpture Award 2010-2011 Commissioned Artist
Wallace Art Awards 2011 & Travelling Exhibition Selected Finalist
National Small Sculpture Prize 2011 Finalist
Morpeth Canaday Art Award 2011 Finalist
Walker & Hall National 2D Art Award 2010 Finalist
Anthony Harper COCA Art Award, Centre of Contemporary Art 2010 Finalist
NZ Painting & Printmaking Award 2009 Finalist
Anthony Harper COCA Art Award Centre of Contemporary Art 2009 Finalist
Sealink Small Sculpture Prize 2009, Waiheke Art Gallery Finalist
Anthony Harper COCA Art Award Centre of Contemporary Art 2008 Finalist
Selected Artist, Dunedin Performance Art Festival 2008, Blue Oyster Gallery
Wallace Art Awards 2007 Finalist Salon de Refuse
Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award (3D) 2006 Finalist
Jury Selection, Project Skirt 2005-6, International Women's Art Festival, Vienna Austria
Judge's Merit Award, Waikato National Art Award (2D) 2005
Waikato National Art Award (2D) 2004 Finalist
Cameo Project Artist, Te Tuhi Public Art Gallery 2004
Goldwater Art Award 2003 Finalist
Morpeth Canaday Art Award 2002 Finalist
Auckland City Creative Communities 2001 Exhibition Grant
North Shore Pumphouse Art Awards 2001 Finalist

Artist Talks

'Creative Process Artist's Panel' Facilitator 2017 Estuary Art Centre NZ
'The Kiss in Context' SCAPE Public Art 2016, Christchurch Art Gallery NZ
'Suffragettes' 2016 Corner Window Gallery Auckland NZ
'Creative Process - Logic + Intuition' 2015 Creative Mornings Aarhus Denmark
'The Kiss', Sculpture by the Sea 2015 Education Programme, Aarhus Denmark
'Disruption: The Business of Art', GW Breakthrough Leaders Forum 2014, Auckland
'Disruptive Innovation & Creativity', Global Women Conference 2014, Queenstown
'Square Root', at Squaring Up 2013, Langford120, Melbourne Australia
'On x', Education Program, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2013, Sydney Australia
'Abstract Figure: Gill Gatfield', International Sculpture Centre Symposium 2013: International Dialogue, Auckland 2013
'Art for A Public Wall', Artist's Panel, NZ Sculpture OnShore 2011, Auckland NZ
'Native Tongue', Sculpture in the Gardens, Auckland Botanic Gardens 2011
'Performance Painting', Blue Oyster Performance Art Series, Dunedin 2008
'BeingMade', University of Auckland Cont. Education Group., Auckland 2007
'Grass Roots', Te Tuhi Art Theory Group, NZ Sculpture Onshore 2006
'Kaitiaki', Public Lecture Series, Te Tuhi / Manukau Public Art Gallery 2004
'Fake', Elam Masters Students, ASA Gallery, Auckland 2003
'Moving Mountains', Public Lecture Series, Rotorua Museum of Art & History 2002

Memberships / Associations

Professional Member, International Sculpture Centre
Member, Women's Caucus for Art, International Caucus
Member, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
Member, Artists Alliance New Zealand
Member, Global Women
Patron, Estuary Arts Centre Auckland


Artist (Gill Gatfield Studio) Auckland NZ 1998-
Masters of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland 2002-2003
Founder and Director, Equity Works Ltd. 1993-98
Author, Without Prejudice: Women in the Law, Brooker's 1996, 550pp.
(Brooker's Heritage Title 2011)
Research Scholarships, NZ Law Foundation 1994 & 1995
Law Reform Division Senior Advisor, New Zealand Law Society 1992-93
Policy & Law Reform Senior Advisor, Ministry of Women's Affairs 1990-91
Solicitor, Brookfields, Auckland 1987-89
Barrister & Solicitor, High Court of New Zealand 1987-1998