Sandy Gibbs

"Sandy Gibbs is  an artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.

She is a PhD graduate from Deakin University, Melbourne. Her 2021 thesis The paradox of failure: sport, competition and contemporary art investigated the video-art methodology of restaging as a progenitor of newness and difference.

The writing was accompanied by a series of new video works based around the women’s 400 metres individual medley swimming final from the 1968 Mexico Olympics. Underpinned by uncertainty and happenstance and located within a framework of failure, sport and art, the works challenge the outsider status and invisibility of the ageing female athletic body.

Gibbs’ previous work focused on social and ideological institutions as sites of zones of engagement, ritual and artifice: for instance, religion, churches, property developers, housing developments, and concerns including  
gendered identity and social institutions such as families and marriage.

In 2019 Gibbs collaborated with Patrick Pound and Jondi Keane on Venetian Blind – a public art project presented in conjunction with the 58th Venice Biennale. She has shown work at Sydney Contemporary (Australia);  MEANWHILE (Wellington), Deakin University (Australia) and elsewhere." - Artist Statement

CIRCUIT Projects

Masons Screen, Wellington (2018)

Selected Exhibitions


The paradox of failure: sport, competition and contemporary art (solo), RM, Auckland 

Venetian Blind (collaboration with Patrick Pound and Jondi Keane), Palazzo Bembo, Venice

Video Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary, Australia
Masons Screen, Wellington

Private Investigations, (joint show with Mike Ting), MEANWHILE, Wellington
Art and Performance by Research, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Lucky Seat Prize, (solo show), Ramp Gallery, Hamilton

Artists’ film festival, various venues, New Zealand

Square2, City Gallery Wellington

How To Be A Friend: new Wellington artists, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, Wellington