Cushla Donaldson is an Elam School of Fine Arts graduate, and gained an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2007, supported by the Anne Reid scholarship from the University of Auckland. Donaldson’s practice exhibits both erudite technical exploration and rigorous conceptual journeys. She has become known for her witty and panoptic engagement with the gendered hierarchy of aesthetics and their various contemporary applications. She has exhibited regularly in both New Zealand and Europe; recent solo exhibitions include Feminine Touches at Ferari Gallery, Auckland, 2012 and Cushla Donaldson & Fisher and Paykel present The Truth at 30upstairs Gallery, Wellington, 2013, Cushla Donaldson w/ Becks and guests- Supergroup (with Film screening of Turner prize winner Laure Provost’s film “The Wanderer (Betty Drunk)” 2014 and the Headlands Sculpture in the Gulf 2015 in which she won the Premier Award for sculpture "The Precariats". Donaldson is currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. She teaches Contemporary Art at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University and produces a weekly radio show "Artbank" on Student radio station BFM.
Cushla Donaldson image by Ophelia King.
2016 Public Dream: Liquidation, Rockies, Auckland, NZ
2015 The Procariats, Headlands Sculpture On The Gulf, Waiheke Island, NZ
2014 Supergroup, The Audio Foundation, Auckland, NZ
2012 Feminine Touches, Ferari Gallery, Auckland, NZ