Sarah Jane Parton

b. 1980

Sarah Jane Parton (Omoka, Tongareva, Avaiki-raro) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Parton studied Design and Fine Arts at Massey University's College of Creative Arts, graduating with an honours degree in Time-based Art in 2003. In 2012 she completed a Master's degree in Creative Writing at Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters.

Parton achieved success straight out of art school when her single channel video work, she's so usual (2003), was included in Telecom Prospect 2004: New Art, New Zealand - an inaugural survey of contemporary art at Wellington's City Gallery. Since then she has featured in multiple group shows and public screenings both nationally and internationally, and has held six solo exhibitions, including Guidance at The Physics Room, Christchurch, and The Way at The City Gallery Wellington, both in 2007. From 2010 to 2014 she curated the visual arts component of the boutique music and art festival Camp a Low Hum. She is a member of the feminist art-rock collective, Fantasing.

Parton currently lives in Wellington with her partner, musician Luke Buda (The Phoenix Foundation), and their two sons. She is a lecturer in the School of Art at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts.

Selected Exhibitions

2009 Bright Light, Twinset, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch

2008
Guidance, Seventh Gallery (Project Space), Melbourne, Australia
Bright Light, The New Zealand Film Archive Media Gallery, Wellington
The End (live performance), The New Zealand Film Archive Cinema, Wellington
Belonging (live performance), The New Zealand Film Archive Cinema, Wellington

2007
Territorial Pissings, The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington.
Lost and Found Video Programme, Square2, City Gallery, Wellington.
Fronting Up, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington.
Artists' Film Festival, The New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington.
The Way, City Gallery, Wellington
Guidance, The Physics Room, Christchurch

2006
Macrofun, Show Gallery, Wellington
Painted Faces, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington.
Fresh Faced, Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington.

2005
Tired of dancing, Show Gallery, Wellington.
Postmark, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington.
Canned Heat, Blue Oyster Galley, Dunedin.
First Dance; Dancehall Stories from the Turnbull Library Collection and Beyond, The National Library Gallery, Wellington.
Frugal Pleasures – a Survey of New Zealand Video Art, City Gallery, Wellington and The New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington.

2004
Vanity Case, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington.
Prospect 2004: New Art, New Zealand, City Gallery, Wellington.
My sister's lashes, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington