Arielle Walker (Taranaki, Ngāruahine, Ngāpuhi, Pākehā) is a Tāmaki Makaurau-based contemporary artist, writer and maker.

Currently undertaking a Master of Visual Arts at AUT University, her practice sits within the intersections and connections between language and craft, focusing on tactile storytelling and ancestral narratives. Contexts that surround this include the interconnectedness of isolated islands, the intrinsic ties of language and land, migration across the swell and pull of the ocean, textile traditions passed down through generations of t
ūpuna wāhine, roots and botanical belongings, pūrākau ("myths" and "folklore") as non-fiction.


AUT University: 2019 - present (currently studying)

Master of Visual Art

Kura Pō o Wairaka (Unitec) Te Reo Māori me ona Tikanga: 2019

Levels 1 - 2


AUT University: 2012 – 2014

Bachelor of Visual Art

Awards & Accomplishments

AUT Research Masters Scholarship 2019

Estuary Art Awards People’s Choice Award, Malcolm Smith Gallery 2017

Selected for White Night, Auckland Arts Festival 2015 - 2016

Selected for Best In Show Graduate exhibition, Objectspace 2015

University of Auckland Jubilee Award 2012

Residencies & Research

Textílsetur Íslands Textile Residency, Iceland, September 2018

Invererne Summer Residency, Scotland, July 2018

Northern Vietnam Textile Research, August 2017

Selected Exhibitions & Installations

whatuora (with Emily Parr), ongoing project as part of Speaking Surfaces, St Paul Street Gallery, From February 27, 2020

groundwork (Group show), the Barrel Store @ Corban Estate Arts Centre, February 13 -  16, 2020

Fine Threads Thick Colour (Group show), Allpress Studio, November 19 -  28, 2019

On the button (Group show), Masterworks Gallery, August 25 - September 21, 2019

Labour of Body (Group show), Corban Estate Art Centre, July 26 - September 15, 2019

Te haerenga tuatahi ki Tongaporutu (Group show), St Paul St Gallery Three, July 17 - 20, 2019

Nebula now! (Installation with Liam Mullins), Stellar Festival of Lights, July 12 - 14, 2019

Hear Me Roar (Group show), Weasel Gallery, July 10 - August 3, 2019

Nebula now! (Site-specific installation with Liam Mullins), Taranaki Festival of Lights, December 2018 - February 2019 

The Cost of Living (Group show), RM Gallery, December 6, 2018

Gluggaveður (Group show), Bílskúrs Gallerí, Blönduós, Iceland, September 26, 2018


Empowering Women - 125 Years of Women's Suffrage in Aotearoa (Group show), Masterworks Gallery, August 26 -           September 15, 2018 

Give me space (Group show), Corban Estate Art Centre, July 20 - September 2, 2018 

Parhelion (Site-specific installation with Liam Mullins), Splore Festival, February 23- 25, 2018 

Estuary Art Awards (Group show), Malcolm Smith Gallery, June 10 – July 15, 2017

Sampler (Group show), Masterworks, March 29 – April 22, 2017

Paperwork (Group show), DEMO, March 23 – 26, 2017

First Thursdays: The Great Light Way, (Solo installation), The Bread and Butter Letter), K-Road, August 4, 2016

(it’s pretty open) a drawing show (Group show), DEMO, April 14 – 24, 2016

White Night (Solo installation), Auckland Arts Festival, March 12, 2016

Best of the Best (Group show), Waiheke Community Gallery, Jan 22 - Feb 22, 2016

Best In Show (Group show), Objectspace, April 18 – May 16, 2015

White Night (Solo installation), Auckland Arts Festival, March 12, 2015

Selected Publications, Readings & Texts
Selected Workshops & Presentations

Postgraduate Talk Show (Artist Talk), AUT University, August 14, 2019

Arielle Walker and Emily Parr (Artist Talk), ASATA Conference, July 1, 2019

Bright Ideas: #1 Arielle Walker and Ramon Robertson (Artist Talk), Malcolm Smith Gallery, June 21, 2017

The Hand-Maker’s Mill Makerspace (Co-run with Winnie Edgar-Booty), Onehunga Creative Arts Day, March 4, 2017     

Experimental Bakery Makerspace (Co-run with Grace McArthur), Auckland Arts Festival, March 12, 2016 

Meet the Makers - Best In Show 2015 (Artist Talk), Objectspace, May 9, 2015