Olivia Webb

Olivia Webb (b.1988) is an artist, musician and vocalist of Dutch-Pākehā descent, based in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). Her art practice uses performance, participation, video, sound and music to give voice to silent experiences and traditions that pulse through our daily lives. Her recent artworks explore themes of cultural identity through participatory projects which foreground various practices of listening. Olivia has performed and exhibited internationally as an artist and vocalist, and has studied Early music and 17th to 19th Century ensemble singing in New Zealand, France and England. She holds a BFA (hons), a Masters in Performance and a Ph.D. in Art.

CIRCUIT Resources

Essay by Connie Brown (2020)

Selected Exhibitions and Performances

2019
Anthems of Belonging (solo), St Paul St Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Anthems of Belonging (solo), The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NZ

2018
Manawa Ora, Rutherford House, Wellington
Attunement, collaboration with Flo Wilson, Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, Wellington / Virginia Tech, USA

2017
Skull Acoustics (collaboration with Chris Braddock), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland / Performance Studies international, Melbourne, Australia
Untitled, Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island, NZ

2016
Lapides Vivi, Edinburgh Art Festival, Trinity Apse, Edinburgh, UK
Voices Project Documentary, Edinburgh Art Festival, Trinity Apse, Edinburgh, UK
Choir of the Self, The Audio Foundation, Auckland
Miserere Mei, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Warkworth, Auckland

2015
Scale, Te Tuhi Art Centre for the Arts, Auckland
Scale, The Auricle, Christchurch
Empathy/Entropy, Audacious Festival of Sonic Arts, Christchurch
Empathy/Entropy, performed at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Galleries are where art happens, group exhibition at St Paul St Gallery, Auckland
In Paradisum, Oceanic Performance Arts Biennial, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

2014
Voices Project, off-site exhibition at The Physics Room Contemporary Art Gallery, Christchurch