Sam Mitchell (1971) currently lives and works in Auckland and completed her Masters at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 2000. Since then she has exhibited works nationally and internationally in private galleries as well as public art institutions. Recent solo exhibitions include: Endlings (Bartley & Co Gallery, Wellington, 2018), Fight like a Girl (Melanie Roger Gallery, 2017), Desires Postponed (Melanie Roger Gallery, 2016), One of Us Can Not be Wrong (Melanie Roger Gallery, 2014), Hip (Bartley and Co, Wellington, 2013), Members Only (Melanie Roger Gallery, 2012), Glean (Melanie Roger Gallery, 2011), Time May Change Me (Anna Bibby Gallery, 2010) and Samantha Mitchell (Newcastle Regional Gallery, Australia, 2010). Mitchell has received many prestigious awards for her work including the Paramount Award at the Wallace Art Awards (2010) allowing a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Programme in New York. In 2014 she was the William Hodges Fellow in Invercargill and had a resulting solo exhibition at the Southland Art Gallery and Museum. In 2015 she was the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence in Whanganui. Additionally Mitchell has been featured in publications such as Warwick Brown’s Seen this century: 100 contemporary New Zealand Artists: A Collector’s Guide (2009) and Richard Wolfe’s New Zealand Portraits (2008).

Artist Residencies:

2019 Rayner Brothers Gallery, Artist in Resident, Whanganui
2015 Tylee Cottage Artist in Resident- Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
2014 William Hodges Southland Trust Residency, Invercargill
2011 International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) Brooklyn, New York
2011 Point B, Artist in Resident, Williamsburg, New York
2010 The Lock up, John Payner Gallery and Cultural Centre, Newcastle, Sydney, Australia

Recent Projects:

2019 Drawing Workshop, Auckland, at Toi Ora
2019 Browne Art School, Painting Summer School Workshop, Auckland
2018 Browne Art School, Summer School Workshop, Auckland
2017 Mental Health Media Grant Panel, Auckland
2016 Artist Alliance, Boot-camp, lecture on the arts and being an Artist
2016 Artist Alliance Mentor program, Mentoring recent art graduates
2016 Southern Institute of Technology Part time Tutor in Arts and media, Invercargill
2016 City Gallery, two-day painting workshop for secondary school teachers, Invercargill
2016 Mount Albert Grammar Auckland, Artist in Resident
2015 Artsight Workshops in Painting, City Gallery Wellington

1997 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Endlings, Bartley & Co Gallery, Wellington
2018 Fight Like a Girl, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
2016 Desires Postponed, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
2015 Spooky Action across a Distance, Bartley & Co Gallery, Wellington
2014 First is last, Last is First, Corban Estate Art Centre, Auckland
2014 There is a crack in everything…that’s how the light gets in, Southland Art Gallery and Museum, Invercargill
2014 One of us cannot be right, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
2013 Hips, Bartley & Co Gallery, Wellington
2012 Members Only, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
2011 Glean, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
2010 Time May Change me, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
2009 Touched, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
2008 Hush, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
2007 Push me, Pull you, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
2006 Sweet Bye n Bye, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
2005 Kiss it Better, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Susan Boutwell Gallery, Zeitgenossische Kunst Munchen, Germany
2019 Modern People, New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Te Puhenga, Wellington
2018 Comic Strip, Village Arts, Kohukohu, Hokianga
2017 Fate is to be with you. Bartley +Co Gallery, Wellington
2017 Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
2016 Rumours, Franklin Art Centre, Auckland
2016 Traits, Corban Estate Art Centre, Auckland
2016 Boys, beards, platters, shattered dreams, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
2015 What a Difference, The Vivian Gallery, Matakana, Auckland
2015 Works on Paper, The Vivian Gallery, Matakana, Auckland
2015 Meet, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
2014 Sourcery, Bartley & Co, Wellington
2014 Potters and Painters, The Vivian, Matakana, Auckland
2014 Two, Nadene Gallery, Arrow Town, Southland
2013 A Different View, The Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland
2013 Censored, Lisa Fehily Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2013 Summer Show, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
2012 Show, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
2011 New Romantics, University of Waikato, Hamilton
2011 ISCP Residency Show, Brooklyn, New York,
2011 Point B Residency Show, Williamsburg, New York
2011 Auratica Fantastia, Window Gallery, University of Auckland
2011 About Face, Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland
2010 Group Show, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
2010 Collaborative, Pataka Museum of Art and Culture, Porirua, Wellington
2009 Group Show, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
2009 Rulers, Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington
2009 Far Far Away, Romance, Anxiety and Uncertainty of Place, Hokiangi, Auckland
2008 Beardy, Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington
2007 Group Show, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
2006 Plastic Myth, First Draft Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2006 Birds, The Art of New Zealand Bird Life,Pataka Museum of Art & Culture, Porirua, Wellington
2005 Uncanny the Unnaturally Strange, Artspace, Auckland
2005 Scarlet and the Black, Waiheke Island Art Gallery, Auckland
2005 Paperwork, Canary Gallery, Auckland

2010 James Wallace Art Award Paramount Winner the 21st Artist to receive the award


2016 Collaboration on display at the Sarjeant. By Anne-Marie McDonald
2014 There is a crack in everything..that’s how the light gets in. By Kathryn Mitchell
2013 Art New Zealand#145 Pg 60-63, By Tessa Laird
2013 Auckland Issue of Landfall Magazine, Artist Page
2013 Discombobulated Artist publication limited edition 500
2011 It’s All about the Image, By Dick Frizzell, Godwit Press
2010 Art News “Tell me sweet lies” By Virginia Were
2009 Seen this Century By Warwick Brown, Godwit Press
2008 New Zealand Portraits, By Richard Wolfe, Random House
2008 Pilot Magazine “Suicidal Budgies and Sailor Tattoos’ By Celi Murphy
2006 Plastic Myth, First Draft Gallery Publication By James Steel
2006 Birds, The art of New Zealand Bird Life, By Helen Kedgely
2005 Pavement Magazine, “Sam Mitchell” By Hanna Scott
2005 Art News “Fully Booked” By Virginia Were
2005 Artspace Uncanny, the Unnaturally Strange By Rhana Davenport
2004 Foxy Moron Magazine Artist Page

Other Reviews and articles:

New Zealand Herald Articles dating back to 2005
National Business Review John Daly Peoples