Newell Harry

Newell Harry is an Australian artist of South African and Mauritian descent. Largely nomadic, his work draws from a loose skein of regions from Oceania and the wider Asia Pacific, to the Indian subcontinent, Northeast Asia and South Africa where extended family and friends continue to reside. From language, religion and anthropology to the ‘gift economies’ of the South Pacific, these interests often culminate in culturally entangled installations engaging a wide range of processes and media. Newell has received numerous awards and grants and in 2012 was recipient of a joint Human Rights Commission award for contribution in What do you Mean, We? Te Tui Art Centre, Auckland. The artist has undertaken various international residencies including: Centre for ContemporaryArt (CCA), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2015); Artspace, Sydney (2014); Australia Council for the Arts, Tokyo Studio, Takadanobaba (2013); Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris (2007), and Artist in Residence, GreatmoreStudio, Cape Town (2006).

Noted exhibitions include: Der Kula Ring: Weimar Cultural Symposium, curated Alfons Hug, Weimarhallenpark,Weimar (2016); Kula: A Gifting Economy, curated Ute Meta Bauer, Space Caribbean, Jamaica (2016); The 56th Venice Biennale, All the World’s Future’s, curated Okwui Enwezor, Venice (2015); Suspended Histories, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, curated Thomas Berghuis (2013); Rendez Vous 12, South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2012); (Untitled) 12th Istanbul Biennial, (Untitled) Istanbul, curated Jens Hoffman & Adriano Pedrosa (2011); Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976-2011, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, curated Inhye Kim & Glenn Barkley (2011); Rendez Vous 11, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villebanne, France (2011); The 17th Biennale of Sydney, THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Sydney, curated David Elliott (2010). No Name Station, Iberia Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, curated Alexie Glass-Kantor & Colin Chinnery (2010) and Before and After Science, Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, curated Charlotte Day & Sarah Tutton, Art Gallery of South Australia (2010).