Cushla Donaldson

Cushla Donaldson is an Elam School of Fine Arts graduate, and gained an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2007, supported by the Anne Reid scholarship from the University of Auckland. Donaldson’s practice exhibits both erudite technical exploration and rigorous conceptual journeys. She has become known for her witty and panoptic engagement with the gendered hierarchy of aesthetics and their various contemporary applications. She has exhibited regularly in both New Zealand and Europe. She teaches Contemporary Art at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University and produces a weekly radio show 'Artbank' on Student radio station BFM.

Listen to a CIRCUIT podcast interview with Donaldson discussing her 2017 installation The Fairy Falls at Te Uru Contemporary Gallery.

Cushla Donaldson image by Ophelia King.

Selected Exhibitions


501s, Melbourne Art Fair, Australia
(Un)conditional II, The Suter Gallery, Nelson
(Un)conditional I,The Physics Room, Christchurch

The Fairy Falls, Te Uru Contemporary Gallery, Auckland (solo) 

Public Dream: Liquidation, Rockies, Auckland, NZ (solo) 

Transforming Feminisims, Otago University (group) 
The Procariats, Headlands Sculpture On The Gulf, Waiheke Island, NZ