Nadine Smith

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Nadine lives in Wellington and works part time as an artist and nurse. Caring for others has developed my fundamentally humanist philosophy. Fueled by this and the fragility of life, her often reference the relationship we have with the developing technological world and how this creates possibilities for enhancement or re-creation of our environment, our lives, even ourselves.

Being an avid recycler with magpie tendencies and an active imagination lends itself to a diverse range of work. Medical and other 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

Selected exhibitions


  • Polarity, Handshake4, Corbans Estate Arts Centre, Auckland
  • Super Positions, Handshake, Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney
  • Process, Handshake4, Toi Poneke Gallery, Wellington
  • Midas Touch, No Filter: Occupation Artist, Wellington
  • All That Glitters: Occupation Artist, The Dowse, Wellington


  • Chain Reaction, Handshake,  Atta Gallery, Thailand
  • Leanings, Handshake4, Pah Homestead, Auckland


  • (Lost) Paradise, Alliages, France
  • Ahi Ka – Keep the fires burning, Pataka Gallery, Porirua
  • Playthings,  The Refinery, Nelson
  • Spinal Tap, The See Here, 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


  • Art Jewellery Forum Interview, Aug 2014, Here
  • Radio New Zealand, Arts on Sunday Interview, July 2013, Here
  • Nightline Interview, TV3, Television New Zealand, 2013