Responding to the themes in our current exhibition Deadweight Loss and the current global context, Judy Darragh will examine the value structures in art making and consider her practice over the past 40 years.

Where will art sit post-COVID-19 and how will the pandemic’s impact change how we produce and consume arts and culture?

Attendance is free but booking is required here.


Judy Darragh (b. 1957 Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand) is a highly respected New Zealand artist renowned for her brightly coloured sculptural assemblages, collage, video, photography, and poster art. Her practice came to prominence during 1980s, at which time Darragh’s trademark and eclectic iconoclasm modelled a fleet-footed critical position in response to the rampant materialism and free-market reforms that characterised this period of New Zealand history.

Judy Darragh lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland where she has played a significant role in the development of ARTSPACE Aotearoa, artist-run spaces in Auckland such as Teststrip, and Cuckoo, has taught widely at both secondary and tertiary level, and has taken on mentorship roles for wide range of artists. She is currently a co-editor of Femisphere a publication supporting women’s art practices in Aotearoa. Darragh continues to exhibit extensively throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and her works are held in numerous public collections.

Detail Trophy, 2009 from the exhibition Studio of Exhaustion for Diligent Service, 3 July - 1 August, 2009, Two Rooms Gallery. Plastic, aluminium foil.

Judy Darragh portrait