Murray Hewitt

b. 1969

"Murray Hewitt is an artist who works mostly in video, often employing performance to undertake site-specific actions. His works contemplate consumer behavior, historic events and recent politics. Several of his videos employ a lone costumed figure (played by Hewitt). Elsewhere Hewitt utilises a stationary camera to capture durational or repetitive behaviour. 

Hewitt has presented solo installations at City Gallery Wellington and The Physics Room (Christchurch) which re-presented sculptural material from his performative videos alongside the moving image. He has appeared in group international touring shows including Artists Film International (commissioned by Whitechapel Gallery, UK) and his work was part of the 2012 exhibition Contact. Artists from Aotearoa/New Zealand at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany.

Born in Hastings, Murray Hewitt is a first generation New Zealander whose parents immigrated in the 1960’s from England. He currently lives in Taranaki with his family and contracts as an exhibitions preparator. He completed a masters degree in Fine Arts from Massey University, Wellington (2007). He also has a NZ Certificate in Civil Engineering and worked for many years as a youth worker." - Artist Statement

CIRCUIT Resources

Essay by Thomasin Sleigh (2017)
Essay by Sandy Gibbs (2012)

CIRCUIT Projects

A Little Faith, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2017)
A Party Political Broadcast, co-commissioned with The Physics Room, Christchurch (2017)

Selected Exhibitions

Urban Worlds, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru

The Rising Gale, Common Ground Public Arts Festival, Wellington
A Party Political Broadcast, online at, Old Hall Gigs, Wellington

East 2016, Hastings City Art Gallery
Repeat/Reflect/Rotate, Tauranga Art Gallery
Suburban Dreams, Dowse Art Museum, Porirua

Other Waters: Art on the Manukau, Te Tuhi, Auckland

Te Urewera Conversations, The Land, The People, The History, Whakataane Library and Exhibition Centre

Artists Film International, various venues in Europe, North America, Asia, New Zealand
Moving on Asia: Towards a New Art Network 2004–2013, City Gallery Wellington

To Pluck Water (solo), RAMP, Hamilton
The Secrets of Their Own Hearts (solo), City Gallery Wellington
Antipodal (solo), The Physics Room, Christchurch
The Chinese Horoscope Show, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington
Still, The New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington
Contact. Artists from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany

Camp A Low Hum, Bulls
Are we not drawn onward to a new era, Ann Shelton & Murray Hewitt, Suite Gallery, Wellington
The Imaginary Archive, 126 Artist Run Gallery, Galway, Ireland
Focus Nouvelle Zelande, Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

ViewFinder, New Zealand Film Archive, Auckland
Square², City Gallery Wellington
The Imaginary Archive, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington