Cat Auburn

Cat Auburn is a New Zealand artist currently based in the United Kingdom. Her socially-engaged projects draw on site-specific narratives and histories, frequently employing anthropomorphism - the attribution of human motivation, characteristics or behaviour to animals - to explore notions of socialisation, power, freedom and constraint.

Selected Exhibitions


Turn of a Century, The Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui
Changing Practice: An ongoing un-learning of colonial heritage within arts practice, D6 – Culture in Transit, UK (solo)

The Horses Stayed Behind, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga (solo)
Shaken, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK
Wunderkammer, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, NZ

Preparing the Ground, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (solo)
The Horses Stayed Behind, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, (solo)
The Horses Stayed Behind, TeManawa Museum, Palmerston North, (solo)
The River Lie, (Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay), The Suter Gallery, Nelson
Post Landscape, (Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay), Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay, (collaboration with Estella Castle) Flatford Mill, National Trust, Suffolk, UK (solo)
Show and Tell, Milford Galleries, Dunedin
The Horses Stayed Behind, SCAPE Public Art, Christchurch
There Were Islands, Baltic 39, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK                   
Shapeshifter, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

The Horses Stayed Behind, The Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, NZ (solo)
TRIO Biennale, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ways to Leave Your Lover, Bartley + Company Art, Wellington (solo)
All That Glitters is Not Gold, The Vivian, Matakana