Nadine Smith

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Nadine is a Wellington-based artist and nurse.   Her work and life experiences provide fuel for her practice.

An avid recycler with magpie tendencies, Nadine’s active imagination lends itself to a diverse range of work. Recycled paraphernalia when used out of context can create a tension between the familiar and the unknown. The works aim to intrigue, inviting the audience to reflect and make connections from their own life experiences.



  • Bachelor of Applied Arts, Whitireia Polytechnic, 2006 – 2009
  • National Certificate in Adult Education & Training, Weltec 2006
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Wellington Polytechnic 1994 -1996

Employment & professional development

Selected exhibitions

2017 up and coming

  • Handshake 4, Pah Homestead, Auckland, October 30 –
  • Kina National Jewellery Exhibition, New Plymouth July 14 – August 8


  • (Lost) Paradise, Alliages (10 Dec – 21 Jan), France
  • Ahi Ka – Keep the fires burning, Pataka (4 Nov – 4 Dec), Porirua
  • Spinal Tap, The See Here, Wellington
  • Playthings, The Refinery Gallery, Nelson
  • Parking Day, Golden Section – Occupation Artist, Wellington


  • Private Universe, The See Here
  • Occupy Crossley Street, Radiant Pavillion, Melbourne
  • Attachment (group show), Quoil Gallery
  • R.A.W. (group show) Wunderweek Auckland
  • Occupation Anna (group show), Anna Miles Gallery
  • Cross Over, The See Here


  • Private Universe, Quoil Gallery, Wellington, then The See Here, Wellington
  • The Detour, Quoil Gallery, Wellington
  • Kete, Academy of Fine Art, Wellington


  • Apparatus: Quoil Gallery, Wellington, July
  • Retrospect: The Dowse Art Museum, Feb – May


  • The Not Christmas Show: The See Here, Wellington
  • Ramsey Mortimer Gallery, Wellington
  • Retrospect: TSW James Wallace House, Auckland and Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville
  • Second Time Around, Matchbox Studios, Wellington
  • The Front Room Gallery: Queenstown


  • Interface: The See Here, Wellington
  • Objective Art Awards Exhibition: Mangere Arts Centre, Manukau
  • Monsters: Mygalaxi Gallery, Wellington
  • Interface: Solo exhibition @ Solander Gallery, Wellington
  • Group Exhibition: The See Here, Wellington
  • Alter Ego: Fuse Circus Fringe Show, Wellington
  • Gallery of Curiosities: Fuse Circus Fringe Show, Christchurch


  • Deck the Walls: Solander Gallery, Wellington
  • Splice: Thistle Hall, Wellington
  • The Christmas Show: Quoil Gallery, Wellington
  • Salon de Refuse: The James Wallace Gallery, selected finalist, Auckland
  • Heirloom: Decoy studio collective exhibition at Quoil Gallery, Wellington
  • Hand Stand: Jewellery Expo in Auckland
  • Once apon a time: Pataka Mueseum of Arts and Culture, Porirua
  • Pleasure Parlour: DAF106 Gallery, Wellington
  • Best in Show: Objectspace Gallery, Auckland
  • Figment: Pataka Mueseum of Arts and Culture, Porirua


  • Deck the Halls: Solander Gallery, Wellington
  • Kapiti Arts Trail: Cobalt Gallery, Kapiti
  • Life Support: Solo exhibition at Upstairs Gallery, Porirua
  • Departure: DAF106 Gallery, Wellington
  • The Gravy Series II Exhibition: Gallery Three, Auckland
  • Graduate Metal X1 Exhibition: JMGA Conference, Adelaide, Australia
  • Objective Art Awards Exhibition, Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland 2010