Smuts-Kennedy’s practice is focused on a research based investigation into fields of energy as they engage with conceptual thinking both within an art based language and other intuition driven modes of enquiry.

Born 1966, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand


2012 MFA First Class Honours, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

2010 PG Dip, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland


2021 Joy Field, Sumer, Tauranga

2019 Energy in Quiescence, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

2017 The Frequency of the Earth, Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland, New Zealand
Systems and Collaborations, Te Uru, Auckland, New Zealand

2016 Point to Periphery, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
Events within Boundaries, Rm Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2014 Field Work, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

2013 Shape Analysis, Rm Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2012 Principal Of Hope, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Unearthed; Encrouchment Of The Commons, Wollongong Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia

2009 Another Day in Paradise, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
Pretty, as a Picture, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
Pyramid Scheme, The John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle, NSW

2008 Cliffhanger, GBK Gallery, Sydney
Competing continents of Bling, Kiosk, Physics Room, Christchurch

2006 Painting Rubbish, GBK Gallery, Sydney
Ether, Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India

2005 Ether, GBK Gallery, Sydney

2004 Ascension, GBK Gallery, Sydney

2003 Behold The Man, GBK Gallery (Inaugural Exhibition), Sydney


2021 When the Dust Settles, Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland

2016 Chain of Mountains, TCB, Melbourne
Weird Ceramics, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria
Soft Architecture, Malcolm Smith Gallery,(Inaugural Exhibition), Auckland

2013 From light, forms, Breenspace, Sydney
Relief, Window, Auckland

2012 Link, Snake Pit, Auckland

2011 The New Arcadia, Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW
Black, Cessnock Regional Gallery, NSW

2010 Shifting Sands, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW
Curious Colony, Newcastle Region Gallery, NSW

2009 Wax On, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW

2007 Roger Williams Contemporary, Auckland
gbk @ Silvershot, Melbourne

2006 Bitmap, International Photo Project, Alternative Space Loop, Korea

2005 December Group, GBK Gallery, Sydney
GBK Group Show, Span Galleries, Melbourne

2004 Refresh: 10 years of Photo Technica New Australian Photo Artist of the Year, ACP, Sydney
Portraiture The Art of Social Commentary, Te Tuhi, Auckland
Group Show, GBK Gallery, Sydney

Social Sculpture

2016 – 2021 For the Love of Bees, Collaboration with Aucklanders, Auckland City Council,
Activate Auckland Design Office

2014 – 2015 The Park, Collaboration with Taarati Taiaroa, Auckland City Council, Pop


2017 Systems & Collaborations Conversation, Auckland Art Gallery
2017 NZ Biodynamic Association Conference, Auckland
Kitchen Table Conversations, Auckland Art Gallery

2015 Critical Forum & Masterclass, Massey University

2009 Artist talk, Artspace Sydney


2020 Creative New Zealand Research Grant - Japan Kyoto Research of Humanity and Nature

2016 McCahon House Residency

2015 Artspace, Auckland
Rm gallery, Auckland

2009 Artspace, Sydney
Lock Up, Newcastle, Australia


2015 Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato, finalist

2010 Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato, finalist

2009 RBS Emerging Artist Award, Sydney, finalist

2008 17th Annual Wallace Art Awards, finalist
Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, New Zealand, finalist

2005 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast, Queensland
ABN AMRO Australian Emerging Artist Finalist. Renzo Piano Building, Sydney

2004 ABN AMRO Australian Emerging Artist, Finalist, Renzo Piano Building Sydney
Conrads Jupiter Art Prize, Gold Coast, Queensland
Citibank Photographic Archibald Prize, New South Wales Gallery, Sydney

2002 Photo Technica New Australian Photo-Artist of the Year, Australian Centre For Photography, winner


10 Cubed Collection, Melbourne
Art Bank, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia
Deutsche Bank, Sydney
James Wallace Art Trust
Macquarie Group Collection, Sydney
Newcastle Regional Art Gallery
Wollongong Regional Art Gallery