Alex Monteith

Born Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1977 and moved to Palmerston Nth, New Zealand in 1987 with family. Currently lives and work in Auckland, Aotearoa. Completed BFA in Photography in 2001, MFA in Intermedia and the time-based arts and DocFA at the Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland.

Between 1999 and 2008 actively involved in art discourse through exhibition, panel discussions and gallery floor talks (art galleries, film festivals, TV and radio both nationally and internationally). Also a competitive surfer for 6 years, was the Irish National Women’s champ in 2001 and represented Ireland in both the 2002 ISA world surfing games in Durban, S.A. and the European Surfing Championships in 2001 in addition to competing on the NZ national circuit.

CIRCUIT Projects

CIRCUIT Distributors Screening, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany (2021)
Sovereign Pacific/Pacific SovereignsWellington (2020)

CIRCUIT Resources

Podcast with Israel Randell (2020)
Essay by David Eggleton (2019)
Essay by Rebecca Bosewel (2016)

Selected Exhibitions


Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns, Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland; The Arts Center, Christchurch 
CIRCUIT Distributors Screening, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany

Sovereign Pacific/Pacific Sovereigns, Pātaka Art + Museum, Wellington 

Kā paroro o haumumu: Coastal Flows/Coastal Incursions (solo), Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Kā paroro o haumumu: Coastal Flows/Coastal Incursions (solo) St Paul ST Gallery, Auckland

Surface Movements Te Piha, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland 
Shadow V (solo), Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckand
THE BILL: For Collective Unconscious, Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland 

Rencontres Internationales, Paris, France

Big Wave Aotearoa (solo), Tauranga Art Gallery, Mt Maunganui
A Taste of Ashes Fill the Air, CCP Melbourne, Australia
Mechanical Foreshore, Academy Cinema, Auckland; Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

Sasa, ST Paul St Gallery, Auckland; Bassac Gallery, Cambodia
Landscape Painting: Contemporary Video from Australasia, Artspace, Sydney, Australia
Big Wave Aotearoa & Surface Movements (solo), The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
If I Were to Live Here, 5th Auckland Triennial, Auckland
Direct Democracy, Monash Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia
Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Canada
Temporary Mechanisms (solo), Gow Langsford Art Gallery, Auckland
Local Time, Devi Arts Foundation, New Delhi, India

Exercise Blackbird (solo), Museum fur Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Germany
Rena, Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga
Local Time Horotiu, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland

Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon, Shed 6, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
Accelerated Geographies (solo), Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Walters Art Prize, Auckland art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland