Sarah Read

This too shall pass

Sarah Read is a Wellington artist who works mainly in the field of contemporary jewellery. Her work has a conceptual base, is collaborative in nature and often features social practice or third-party participation.

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  • BA Visual Arts (Jewellery), Whitireia New Zealand 2010
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK 1983
  • Handshake mentoring project, 2011-13, Handshake 3, 2016-17, Handshake 5, 2019

Professional engagement

  • Occupation: Artist co-founder & coordinator 2013 – ongoing
  • The See Here, co-founding member, 2010 – ongoing
  • Jelly Arts (Community art charity): associate artist, exhibitor, studio resident, 2017 – ongoing

Selected exhibitions


  • Handshake in dialogue with CODA collection, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • Sweet As, Holybrook Gallery, Reading


  • Sweet As, Jelly Arts, Reading
  • Terra in/cognita |Te Ao Hurihuri with HDSC, The Crypt Gallery, London
  • To the power of 3: Turbine House, Reading
  • On the Go, Te Auaha Gallery: Wellington Arts festival
  • Superpositions, Stanley St, Sydney


  • How to Make a Necklace from a Chair, The See Here, Wellington, NZ
  • The Jewellers Have Landed, Tate Modern, London
  • Outside Galerie Biro, Munich, Germany
  • Outside Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia
  • Reflect: Handshake at The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, NZ
  • Paved with Gold with Occupation: Artist, Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne
  • Handshake 3, Frame Galleries, Munich, Germany


  • Outside Gallery SO,  London, UK
  • Outside Platina, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Handshake, Platina, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Ahi Kā – Keep the Fires Buring, Pataka, Wellington, NZ
  • Lighten up, The See Here, Wellington, NZ
  • Playthings, Refinery Art Space, Nelson, NZ
  • Specials, Handshake alumni, Einsaulensaal, Munich, Germany