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Arielle Walker film photograph Taongaporutu River mist, Taranaki

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

Her creative practice seeks pathways towards reciprocal belonging through the intersections and connections between land, language, and craft, weaving together 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, pūrākau, textile traditions passed down through generations of tūpuna wāhine, roots and botanical belongings.

She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Master of Visual Arts from AUT University, and is currently working towards a PhD.


AUT University: 2019 - 2020

Master of Visual Art (First Class)

AUT University: 2012 – 2014

Bachelor of Visual Art

Awards & Residencies

AUT University Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship 2021

AUT University Research Masters Scholarship 2019

Textílsetur Íslands Textile Residency, Iceland, September 2018

Invererne Summer Residency, Scotland, July 2018

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

Selected Exhibitions & Installations



distance rewoven from the roots to the stem, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, April 15 - May 15, 2021


On returning to the sea (part of Matariki MVA Graduate Exhibitions), ST PAUL Street Gallery, August 4 - 8, 2020

Blanket Statement (installation), First Thursdays, Karangahape Road, August 4, 2016

Safety Blanket/Blanket Statement (installations), White Night, Auckland Arts Festival, March 12, 2015



ngā rerenga whau (with Emily Parr, curated by Andrea Low), Kū Kahiko, Moana Fresh, December 12, 2021 – January 28, 2022

Haratua (with Emily Parr), Whānau Mārama, Commercial Bay, June 18 – July 10, 2021

Whatu Aho Rua (with Emily Parr), first shown as part of Speaking Surfaces, ST PAUL Street Gallery, October - December 2020

Whatuora (with Emily Parr), first shown as part of Speaking Surfaces, ST PAUL Street Gallery, February - December 2020

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

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

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


Group shows


Whānau Mārama, Commercial Bay, June 18 – July 10, 2021

Cloth, Masterworks Gallery, April 17 - May 15, 2021

A Very Different World, Te Tuhi, February 13 - May 9, 2021

Whitu, Masterworks Gallery, June 20 - July 18, 2020

groundwork, the Barrel Store @ Corban Estate Arts Centre, Feb 13 -  16, 2020

Fine Threads Thick Colour, Allpress Studio, Nov 19 -  28, 2019

On the button, Masterworks Gallery, August 25 - Sep 21, 2019

Labour of Body, Corban Estate Art Centre, July 26 - Sep 15, 2019

Te haerenga tuatahi ki Tongaporutu, St Paul St Gallery Three, July 17 - 20, 2019

Hear Me Roar, Weasel Gallery, July 10 - August 3, 2019

The Cost of Living, RM Gallery, December 6, 2018

Gluggaveður, Bílskúrs Gallerí, Blönduós, Iceland, September 26, 2018


Empowering Women - 125 Years of Women's Suffrage in Aotearoa, Masterworks Gallery, Aug 26 - Sep 15, 2018 

Give me space, Corban Estate Art Centre, July 20 - Sep 2, 2018 

Estuary Art Awards, Malcolm Smith Gallery, June 10 – July 15, 2017

Sampler, Masterworks, March 29 – April 22, 2017

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

Best of the Best, Waiheke Community Gallery, Jan 22 - Feb 22, 2016

Best In Show, Objectspace, April 18 – May 16, 2015

Selected Publications, Readings & Texts
Selected Conference papers, Workshops, & Presentations

To see, to weave; also stone, a stone like an anchor (conference contribution). Vā Hine session, ASAO Kona, February 2023

Untangling threads: forming reparative relationships in the spaces between our ancestral stories and textile crafts (conference contribution) Old Stories, New Narratives symposium, Applied Arts Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art, MSVU Art Gallery, The Dr Sandra Alfoldy Craft Institute, NSCAD, September 2021

The Memory of Water (conference contribution with Emily Parr), Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange Aotearoa: Ngā Tai o te Ao: Global Tides,  June 24, 2020

Photographic media in installational practice (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


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