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Curriculum Vitae

Stephen Mulqueen is a jeweller and sculptor who resides in Dunedin, Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Mulqueen works with links between natural and industrial processes and his sculptural practice activates the concept of 'artist-as-archaeologist'. He excavates the layers of human culture, constructing visual narratives through making and placing objects in a post-museum context. These narratives are informed by extensive historical and cultural research aimed at constructing a local 'sense of place' in which universal ideas can be contemplated. His practice is closely linked to notions of cultural hybridity and his research is positioned within regional, national and international debates concerning the contestability of place in postcolonial discourse.

His most recent well known works include: KURI-DOG for the City of Dunedin (2008) and a private commission on Waiheke Island (2009). Earlier commissions include Department of Conservation Te Papa Tawhai, a new viewing platform for Motupohue/Bluff Hill (1994-2000). His major solo exhibitions include: Papakihau 'Slapped by the wind' 1993-1996, Whakamaoritanga-Translations held at the Hocken Library Gallery University of Otago 2000, and TIWAI Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2004).

He is also well known for his early work in 1980s as a contemporary jeweller and a founding partner of Fluxus Workshop and Gallery with Kobi Bosshard. His studio practice then shifted during the early 1990s from jewellery towards a study of spatial histories and sculptural scale as installation and exhibition outcomes.

His exhibition experience includes solo exhibitions and significant contributions to seven significant group exhibitions in both Australia and New Zealand.

Mulqueen's work is held in major public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia and Japan and he has received significant awards during his career, including major study awards from the New Zealand Government, and commissions from industry and local government.

Formal Qualifications

2000 Master of Fine Art (Distinction), Otago School of Arts, Dunedin, New Zealand (1998-2000) Dissertation and exhibition, Whakamaoritanga-Translations, Hocken Library Gallery, Otago University, New Zealand
1993 Post Graduate Dip Fine Arts, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (1992-93)
1978 Dip Fine & Applied Arts Otago School of Arts, Dunedin, New Zealand (1976-78)
1974 NZ Certificate of Manufacturing Jewellery, Invercargill, NZ (1969-74)

Employment History

2013 Current - Self employed, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
2003 Guest Lecturer, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
2002 Guest Lecturer, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA
2001 Guest Lecturer, School of Art & Design, Galway Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland
1996-97 Guest lecturer, National School of Art & Design, Dublin, Cork School of Art & Design, Limerick School of Art & Design, Ulster University School of Art & Design, Republic of Ireland
1988-97 Lecturer, Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill, NZ Lecturer, Otago School of Art (PT, 1996)
1983-87 FLUXUS Gallery/Workshop (Foundation partner with Kobi Bosshard), Dunedin, NZ Lecturer, Otago School of Art (PT, 1986)
1969-74 Jewellery apprenticeship, Invercargill, NZ

Current Appointments and Memberships

2013 Honorary Associate, Department of Human Geography Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia (2005-Present) - collaborative work with Prof Richie Howitt
2013 Associate Member, Otago Sculpture Trust, Dunedin (Founding member, 2002; Board member 2002-05)


2009 Artist-in-residence, New Pacific Studio Mt Bruce, Masterton, NZ
Artist-in-residence, New Pacific Studio Vallejo, San Francisco, USA
2008 Artist-in-residence, The Lock-up Newcastle Historic Reserve Trust NSW, Australia
Artist-in-residence, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Artist-in-residence, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia
2005 Artist-in-residence, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
2003 Artist-in-residence, Brisbane College of the Arts, Brisbane, Australia
Artist-in-residence, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia
1996-97 Artist-in-residence, National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Republic of Ireland


2005 Research Development Award, Macquarie Univ, Sydney, Australia
2003 Creative New Zealand Award
2002 Cleveland Art Award (Jewellery; Sculpture/Ceramics)
1998 Cleveland Art Award (Jewellery)
1996-97 Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand study award to undertake residency at the National Sculpture Factory Cork, Republic of Ireland
1992 Emergent Development Grant, QEII Arts Council, NZ (Postgraduate support for studies at the Australian National University, Australia)

Exhibitions and Commissions

2010 Seaward Bush Doomed Timber. Eastern Southland Gallery Gore (group)
2009 Headland, Sculpture in the Gulf Waiheke Island (group) Waiheke Island Auckland City, private commission
2008 Making History, Waiheke Island Community Art Gallery (solo)
KURI, City of Dunedin Commission
2007 Dunedin City Council, Art in Public Places Commission
2006 The Gift Exchange The New Dowse Lower Hutt (group)
2005 Line of Dogs, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts Townsville, Queensland (solo)
2004 TIWAI, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Dunedin, Otago (solo)
2003 Contemporary Wearable, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery (group)
2001 4th New Zealand Jewellery Biennale, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt (group) - Tiwai Archaeological Box - curated by Deborah Crowe. The exhibition toured nationally.
2000 Whakamaoritanga - Translations, Hocken Library, Otago University, Dunedin (solo)
1996 New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd (commission); Papakihau, Rotorua Art & History Museum (solo)
1995 Papakihau, Fisher Gallery Pakuranga, Manukau City (solo)
1994 Fresh, Southland Museum Art Gallery, Invercargill (group) Te Papa Atawhai New Zealand Department of Conservation Commission to re-design the viewing platform on Motupohue/Bluff Hill (1994-2000)
1993 Papakihau, Drill Hall Gallery, ANU, Canberra (solo)
1991 Otto Kunzli Symposium, Dunedin (group); FLUXUS, Dunedin (solo)
1990 33 1/3 Gallery, Wellington (solo)
1989 The Human Torch, Rotorua Art & History Museum (group)
1986 FLUXUS, Bowen Galleries, (group); Villas Gallery, Wellington (group); Fingers Gallery, Auckland (solo)

Publications Dealing with Work

2006 Line of Dogs catalogue Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts Townsville QLD (June).
2005 Chrysalis Seed News (January)
2004 TIWAI catalogue Dunedin Public Art Gallery
2002 World Sculpture News (Spring)
2001 Art New Zealand (Summer)
4th New Zealand Jewellery Biennale: Grammar: subjects & objects / presented by the Dowse Art Museum; curated by Deborah Crowe.
New Zealand Jewellery Biennale (4th : 2001)
1997 Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand
1988 New Zealand Listener (7/11/88); Crafts International
1985 New Zealand Craft Magazine (14 & 15)


2013 Dunedin Public Hospital (Public Collection)
2009 Whero Kuriwao/Red Bush Dog (Waiheke Island, Private Collection)
2008 Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand
1993-4 New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd, Tiwai Point
1993-4 Rio Tinto (RTA) Brisbane
1993-4 Aust. Novix Line Corporation, Japan
1985-6 Auckland Museum (Public Collection)

Presentations and Conferences

2011 Massey University, College of Creative Arts, Visiting Artist Seminar Series, Wellington
2005 A Human Geography and Visual Art dialogue as Interdisciplinary Discourse. Presentation paper while undertaking a Research Development Award, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
2005 SOUTH Project Gathering, Wellington

© 2013 Stephen Mulqueen