Judy Darragh

"I am interested in making repetitious silent, simple and reductive filmic moments. I use moving image as a non-narrative, repeating short sequences to undermine the expectation of time passing. Like a photograph, an analogue moment is stretched over time and gets glitched and stuck on repeat."

Judy Darragh lives and works in Auckland. As well as being a practicing artist she is co-editor of the periodical Femisphere, which supports the profile of female artists contemporary and historical. She is also a regular critical commentator on CIRCUIT podcasts. She played a significant role in the development of ARTSPACE, Auckland, the independent artist run space Teststrip, Auckland and Cuckoo. She was born in Christchurch, completed a Diploma in Visual Communication and Design at the Wellington Polytechnic and has taught at tertiary level for many years. She has exhibited widely and her works are held in various major collections including Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christchurch; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland; and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. In 2004 the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa featured a major retrospective of her work curated by Natasha Conland and entitled ‘Judy Darragh: So... you made it?’. Darragh is represented by Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch and Two Rooms, Auckland.

CIRCUIT Resources

Podcast with Lisa Reihana, Ary Jansen, Mark Williams (2020)
Essay on Selina Ershadi (2020)

CIRCUIT Projects

Masons Screen, Wellington (2019)

Selected Exhibitions


Competitive Plastics (solo), Object Space, Auckland 
In Kahoots, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetū, Christchurch
The stories of five to ten people: comedy in art, The Engine Room, Wellington

Snow in Hawaii (solo), Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

Tunnel of Love, Masons Screen, Wellington

Eyeliner, Weasel Gallery, Hamilton (solo) 
Art Ache, Lot 23, Auckland
Curious Creatures and Marvelous Monsters, Te Papa Wellington
Stop The World From Spinning, Knulp Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
We Do This, Christchurch Art Gallery
White Rainbow, Ramp Gallery, Curator Karl Chitam, Hamilton

Build Up, Two Rooms Gallery Auckland
Foil, Montalvo Arts Centre, San Francisco.
Window (with Stella Corkery), 3 Words Book Launch, Ramp Gallery
Girls on Hope, The Physics Room, Christchurch.
Ummmm, Jonathan Smart Gallery Christchurch.

Kiss the ground, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland (solo) 

Limbo, North Atrium Sculpture Commission Auckland City Gallery
I See Art Everywhere, Neon Commission, John Mathews, New Plymouth
Still Light, Two Rooms, Auckland