Rachel O'Neil

Rachel O’Neill is a filmmaker, writer and artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa. She seeks out fresh ways to see and understand the human condition and strives to unearth humour, candour and strangeness in human experience. She has exhibited and screened work widely in Aotearoa, as well as Australia and the EU. She created the experimental comic web series ‘With Sympathy’ in 2012, and is developing a second web series working with hand-animated collage. O’Neill’s debut collection of poetry One Human in Height (Hue & Cry Press) was published in 2013 and she was selected for the 2017 Aotearoa Short Film Lab. She is a member of All the Cunning Stunts (AtCS) with fellow artists Liz Allan, Clare Noonan and Marnie Slater who exhibit regularly in New Zealand and Europe. She is a graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts and the International Institute of Modern Letters.

Selected Exhibitions

Aotearoa Short Film Lab, ​Script​ ​to​ ​Screen/Show​ ​Me​ ​Shorts, Auckland, NZ 
Among other things, I’ve taken up smoking, group show curated by Jesse van Oosten, featuring All the Cunning Stunts (AtCS), TENT, Rotterdam, NL 

Calling, single channel video work, SafARI.org.au, SafARI Festival, Sydney, AUS
Woahmanchester by (AtCS), The Physics Room, Christchurch, NZ 

Girls & Ponies, featuring AtCS, group show curated by Nathalie Hartjes, Nieuwe Vide Artspace, Haarlem, NL

‘On Collaboration’ (page work) in Kaokao: Mata Aho Collective, edited by Mata Aho Collective, Toi Poneke Arts Centre, Wellington, NZ

One Human in Height, debut poetry collection, Hue & Cry Press, Wellington, NZ
Against Prevailing Winds, Courtenay Place Park Light Boxes, Wellington, NZ

‘The Gayze Off!!!’ by AtCS, curated by Bruce Phillips, Te Tuhi, Auckland, NZ
Caves are made of rock but not this cave, with Sian Torrington and Joan Flemming, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin, NZ
With sympathy, six episode YouTube web series: http://bit.ly/1Nqfrt

All the Cunning Stunts, curated by Mary-Jane Duffy, Light Boxes, Wellington, NZ

A tradition of immediacy, Arts Centre Christchurch, NZ 

Continuous Memory, (solo) curated by Thomasin Sleigh, High Street Project, Christchurch, NZ

Hallways of Lives, (solo) curated by Marnie Slater, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ