Ella Sutherland (b. 1987, Auckland) works across the fields of visual art and publishing. Sutherland utilizes printing, painting, and installation to analyse and activate complex reading systems across built and digital environments. Her most recent work has drawn on extensive research periods spent in specialist archives, through which she continues to explore the relationship between language and social history and the evolving role of technology in disseminating thought.

Ella Sutherland graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch (2012). Since graduating her work has been shown widely throughout New Zealand and international venues. Recent exhibition highlights include Letters, Auckland Art Fair 2020 Virtual Fair (2020); Friendship as a Way of Life (curated by José Da Silva), UNSW Galleries, Sydney (2020); Bookworks (curated by Warren Taylor), Monash Museum of Art, Melbourne (2020); Returns (curated by David Teh), 12th Gwangju Biennale-Imagined Borders, Gwangju (2019) and Recto Verso (curated by Kim Paton), Objectspace, Auckland (2019). Sutherland has been awarded residencies with Enjoy Contemporary Art Gallery, Wellington; Banff Centre for Arts, Banff; International Art Space, Perth; and Art Gallery of New South Wales Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. In October 2021, Sutherland will be an artist-in-residence for 12 months at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

Represented by Sumer Contemporary Art

Selected Solo Projects

2021     ANKLES at Carriageworks, Sydney : Whether the Weather

2021     Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki, Christchurch : Housepainting I + II

2020     Sumer, Tauranga : FOLDS
2020     Te Tuhi, Auckland : Keys to The Book of the City of Ladies
2020     Sumer, Auckland Art Fair Virtual Fair: Letters
2019     Objectspace, Auckland : Recto Verso
2019     Ilam Campus Gallery, Christchurch : Carte Blanche
2018     Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington : Margins & Satellites
2016     The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington : Slow seeing and attention to make
2015     North Projects, Christchurch : Boring month start to finish
2014     ST Paul St Gallery, Auckland : The Right Here and the Moving
2014     Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin : The Comedy Loop
2013     The Physics Room, Christchurch : An Unbearded Athletic Youth
2013     SoFA Gallery, Christchurch : Madness in the Crowd

Selected Group Projects

2021     Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Christchurch : Things That Shape Us
2021     City Gallery Wellington, Wellington : Every Artist
2020     UNSW Galleries, Sydney : Friendship as a Way of Life
2019     Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne : Bookworks
2019     Ramp Gallery, Hamilton : Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa
2018     12th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju: Imagined Borders
2016     Objectspace, Auckland : Beauty is in the Street
2015     Rockies, Auckland : DEKA (with Imogen Taylor)
2015     Ramp Gallery, Hamilton : Speaking Places: How to work (with Matthew Galloway)
2015     RM, Auckland : International Artist Initiated
2015     TCB, Melbourne : Princess x sleeping muse (with Dawn Marble)
2014     Fuzzyvibes, Auckland : One hot line spinning through time (with Dawn Marble)
2014     Window, Auckland : Doghaus (with Dog Park)
2013     Slopes, Melbourne : The Knock-off Show
2013     Split/fountain, Auckland : Seeing Which Way The Wind Blows (with Matthew Galloway)
2012     Artspace, Auckland : New Artists Show
2012     The Physics Room, Christchurch : Happiness Sprinkle
2012     Dog Park, Christchurch : This That (with Dave Marshall)

2011     ABC, Christchurch : Feeding Time

Selected Publication Projects

2018     Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington : Margins & Satellites
2017     Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington : Look Out, Fred!
2016     Biennale of Sydney, Sydney : with a body always but but still drying
2016     North Projects, Christchurch : Pale Like a Fish
2015     Ramp Gallery, Hamilton : Speaking Places: Hamilton 2015
2013     split/fountain, Auckland : SF Leisure Time Volcano
2012     Artspace, Auckland : Popular Brands to Steal

Selected Writing Projects

2020     Dwelling in the Margins : Bliss (with Sophie Davis) 
2019     Embodied Knowledge/Can Tame Anything : Signature Piece
2016     Assay / Essay : Feel Good Success in the Transitional City
2015     Speaking Places: Hamilton 2015 : In a Riot of Bubbles
2014     UN magazine 8.2 : Bomber Jacket for Marilyn Waring: Glossary terms A and C
2013     Work Book : Building with the ghost bitch
2012     Points of Departure : For Christchurch, with love


2013     Master of Fine Arts with Distinction, University of Canterbury
2011     Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours, University of Canterbury
2010     Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury


2017     Finalist, John Fries Award, Sydney
2017     Finalist, Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, Sydney
2016     Merit Award, National Contemporary Art Award, Hamilton


2021–22  Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin : Creative New Zealand Berlin Visual Arts Residency (upcoming)

2020     Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris : Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Moya Dyring Memorial Studio (upcoming)
2020-21     International Art Space, Western Australia : spaced 4: rural utopias

2018     Banff Centre, Banff : The Evolving Book Residency
2018     Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington : Summer Resident


2020     John Hurrell, ‘Layered ‘Abstraction’,‘ Eyecontact, Review
2019     Sophie Davis, ‘Collating language: typographic fragments and Ella Sutherland’s Carte Blanche,‘ Ilam Campus Gallery, Exhibition Essay
2018     Owen Connors, ‘the life of az,‘ Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Exhibition Essay
2018     Kirsty Baker, ‘Shaped by hands and words: queer publishing, a visual gesture,‘ Art and Australia, Review
2018     Jane Wallace, ‘Words Cut Loose,’ Sailent, Review
2015     Kim Paton, ‘Speaking Places,’ Speaking Places: How to Work, Exhibition Essay
2015     Keir Leslie, ‘Pondering the Puzzles Page,’ EyeContact, Review
2013     Keir Leslie, ‘Thinking about the Ancient Greeks,’ EyeContact, Review
2012     Mark Harvey, ‘Part 1 of Artspace’s Survey,’ EyeContact, Review
2012     Ashlin Raymond, ‘Dark Auckland Streets,’ The New Artists Show pt.1., Exhibition Essay