Daegan Wells

Daegan Wells is a New Zealand artist currently based in the South Island. Through his archival and sculptural practice, Wells uses storytelling as a way of illuminating key political, environmental, social and cultural events from recent history.

Projects include A Gathering Distrust (2018), which explored tension between environmental campaigners and the 1972 National Government. Private lodgings, exhibited at Blue Oyster Gallery Dunedin in 2016, responded to the former studio and garden belonging to the late artist William Sutton. A site of memory for many who visited Sutton between 1963 to 1992, Sutton's studio is now located in Christchurch's post-earthquake 'Red Zone', an urban area of buildings considered unsafe for public occupation.

Wells has co-founded two artist-run spaces in Christchurch; Room Four (2012-2014) and Man Friday (2015) a project space operated out of a shed in the garden of artist-run initiative North Projects.

Wells graduated from Ilam School of Fine Arts, Canterbury University in 2015. In 2017 he was a recipient of the Olivia Spencer Bower residency award, in Christchurch.

Selected Exhibitions


Bush Coat (solo), Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington

Timely Additions, The Physics Room, Christchurch
Start with a Vase, Hastings City Art Gallery

A Gathering Distrust (solo), Ilam Campus Gallery, Christchurch 

A Hut for A Sensuous Gold Miner, MEANWHILE, Wellington

The Tomorrow People, The Adam Art Gallery, Wellington

Contemporary Christchurch, Centre of Contemporary Arts, Christchurch
House Studies, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Private Lodgings, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin

Kissing the wall, North Projects, Christchurch
Persistency, The Physics Room, Christchurch