Shelley Simpson’s creative practice is multi-disciplinary, concerned with exploring the porous boundaries between the binary concepts of nature/culture and human/non-human. She works with materials that reference ecology and materialism, with specific attention given to agency, affect, labour, transformation, cooperation and symbiosis. Shelley received an MFA (First class honours) from Elam in 2016. In September 2017 she attended the course Posthuman Ethics in the Anthropocene, with Prof. Rosi Braidotti at Utrecht University. In 2018 she was the recipient of a Wild Creative grant from CNZ and DOC. Shelley is currently a member of the RM Gallery and Project Space collective.

Selected Exhibitions

Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island, Auckland 2019
Small Sculpture Showcase and Marquettes, Waiheke Community Art Gallery 2019
The Entities, 
a collaboration with Sarah Callesen, RM Gallery, Auckland 2018
Hardly Working
with Deborah Rundle, Clare Fleming and Wendelein Bakker, RM Gallery, Auckland 2017
Ancient Air, (Arts Diary documentation here) IWT Gallery and Project Space, Auckland 2017
Until you make it, Project Space, Auckland 2016
What ever happened to the heroes? Elam end of year grad show, Auckland 2016
The no-place of possibility, Elam end of year grad show, Auckland 2015
By Then, (Arts Diary documentation here) George Fraser Gallery, Auckland 2015
One Thing For Certain, Railway St Studio, Auckland 2014


Earlier Highlights

Space Yourself, Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Auckland 2013 (solo)
Like – Comment – Share,  CEAC, Auckland (read CEAC article here and Arts Diary documentation here) 2012 (solo)
Hoopla! Artstation with support from Creative Communities
Subduction, interactive sound and video installation, Artspace, Auckland
Subduction, video, Short Cuts Film Festival, Auckland and Wellington
Wriggler, video projection, Soliton, Auckland



Winner, Walker and Hall National Art Award- Michael Evans Award 2012 : see more here
Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Award 2018 Te koputu a te whanga a Toi Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre
Finalist, Small Sculpture Prize 2017 Waiheke Art Gallery
Finalist, Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award 2017 Waikato Museum
Finalist, Objective Art Award 2013 Mangere Arts Centre – Nga Tohu o Uenuku
Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 2013 Te koputu a te whanga a Toi Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre



Master of Fine Arts (First Class Honours), University of Auckland, 2016
Certificate in Tertiary Training, Auckland University of Technology
Bachelor of Arts (History) Senior Prize in History, University of Auckland