Sarah Jane Parton

Sarah Jane Parton

Lecturer, Whiti o Rehua School of Art

Sarah Jane Parton is an artist, writer, filmmaker, and curator who works across performance art, installation, moving image, drawing, photography, creative writing, and ephemera. She creates work that operates as social commentary, and consistently engages with the politics of being, often through collaboration. Parton works in the School of Art, primarily teaching in critical and contextual studies.

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  • Expertise

    Moving image/video art; performance art; installation; drawing; intersectional feminist theory; class struggle; cultural identity; popular culture; fiction (prose) and creative non-fiction; directing (music videos, large-scale public performances); the Pacific diaspora in Aotearoa (specifically focused on New Zealanders of Tongarevan descent); community engagement; and curatorial practice.

  • Research Highlights

    Telecom Prospect 2004, New Art New Zealand, (2004)
    Sarah Jane’s video work she’s so usual was included in a national survey of contemporary art curated by Emma Bugden at City Gallery, Wellington. At 23, she was the youngest artist included in the exhibition.

    The Way (2007)
    The Way was a solo project at City Gallery, Wellington - one of the ‘Contemporary Projects’ group of shows curated by Sarah Farrar. A video work included in this show, Guidance, was awarded Highly Commended at the Anthony Harper Art Awards at the Centre of Contemporary Art in 2009.

    Camp/us a Low Hum - art curator (2010 – 2014)
    For five consecutive years, Sarah Jane curated the art component of the small-scale but renowned indie music and art festival Camp/us A Low Hum.

    It’s Love, isn’t it? (2014)
    The Wellington City Council supported Sarah Jane’s collaborative project with 15 local writers, a photographer, and a graphic designer, to create a love story set on Courtney Place and tell it through image and text installed in the light boxes in Courtney Place Park.

  • Qualifications

    BFA(Hons) (Massey University)
    MA (Victoria University)

  • Professional Affiliations

    CoCA Pasifika Committee, Massey University
    Massey University Pacific Policy and Research Centre Management Committee
    A.D.A. (Aotearoa Digital Arts)
    P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A. (Pacific Allied Council (of women) Inspires Faith Ideals Concerning All - the N.G.O. of Pacific Island women in Aotearoa)
    Fantasing (a sensational feminist art-rock collective)