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Research from Eady, Scott


Scott Eady


Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Sculpture and graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1999 with a Master of Fine Arts. He exhibits nationally and internationally on a regular basis and was awarded the prestigious Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago in 2002 and the Wallace Award Development prize in 2003. Scott was selected to exhibit at the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, 2012 and the Personal Structures exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2013. He was awarded the Martin Tate Wallace Artist Residency in Vladivostok, Russia, 2016. Scott supervises the studio practice of postgraduate students, whom he challenges to constantly question the content and form of their work.

Research Outputs

Creative Work

Eady, S. (2017) 100 Bikes. In 9th Gwangju Biennale 2012: Roundtable, September - November. Catalogue ISBN: 978-89-87719-20-7 03600.

Eady, S. (2017) 'From Vladivostok with Love' - a solo exhibition within a suite of solo exhibitions. Solo exhibition at the Pah Homestead, Auckland from 11 July to 10 September 2017. New work created while on the Martin Tate Wallace Arts Trust Residency in 2016. Mostly photographic work taking note of things my wife and children found interesting. For one child this was exploring the city of Vladivostok through the game Pokemon Go. Searching for the tallest statue of Jesus in the world became another preoccupation. Collecting the sounds of live music, church bells and ocean swells; photographing and filming the Russian Pacific fleet from the apartment window; these were shared experiences that informed some of the works produced for this exhibition. Walking the length of the beach every morning picking up sea glass and other tidal detritus; photographing flowers to send home – one photograph a week for each week away became routine ways of dealing with the absence of family.

Eady, S. (2016) Unremarkable Treasures. Solo Exhibition Sanderson Contemporary Art Gallery, Auckland, 7-26 June. Invited to produce new work for this exhibition I was interested in the idea of producing sculpture through the use of everyday objects by subverting their meaning. The objects in this exhibition had apparently fulfilled their functions in society and had become disavowed waste products of accumulation. Perhaps they had reached their planned obsolescence and were ready to be cast out as landfill. They were received without provenance therefore their quality and authenticity was questionable. They were unremarkable treasures dirtied from time and purpose yet they maintained agency as expressive actants that continued the flow of capitalist desire. This body of work pauses to explore the transference of things old and new from one owner/connoisseur/archivist/collector to another.

Eady, S. (2013) IVAN Calciami! in Personal Structures: Culture, Mind, Becoming. La Biennale Venenzia, Palazzo Bembo, Italy, 1 June - 24 November.


Eady, S. (2011) Taking Space. Group exhibition. Two new works were produced for the exhibition 'Taking Space', Seed Gallery, Auckland, 6 - 23 July, 2011.

Eady, S. (2011) The Artist's Room Fine Art Gallery Christmas Exhibition 2011. Group exhibition. The Artist's Room, 2 Dowling Street, Dunedin.

Eady, S. (2011) 'Booty' in Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf. Group exhibition. The exhibition took place on Waiheke Island, 28th January -20th February. I also produced an edition of artist coins (including 3 framed sets), a photograph and a bronze cross-bones site marker that acted as a clue to the whereabouts of the treasure chest buried somewhere on the island. A set of coins was also exhibited in the Waiheke Community Gallery in an exhibition titled 'Headlands Maquettes' timed to coincide with the public event, 28 January - 21 February 2011. A catalogue was produced for the exhibition (ISBN 978 0 473 18186 4).

Eady, S. (2011) Dunedin School of Art Portfolio 2011: The Print Laboratory. Group exhibition. The Print Laboratory, Dunedin School of Art, 2011. Exhibition 18 -24 November, 2011.

Eady, S. (2011) Alter Piece. Group exhibition. Seed Gallery, Auckland, 25 November - 10 December, 2011.

Eady, S. (2011) 100 Bikes: Part 1, the Dowse Art Museum, 8 October 2011 – 12 February 2012. http://dowse.org.nz/exhibitions/detail/scott-eady-100-bikes-project-part

Eady, S. (2010) CENSORED/Hetero Horror. Group exhibition. Dunedin School of Art Gallery, 25th October - 12th November, 2010.

Eady, S. (2010) Works from the Wallace Collection. Group exhibition. Cambridge Town Hall, 20th October - 7th November, 2010, http://michaeljeans.co.nz/tag/cambridge-town-hall-piazza/

Eady, S. (2010) Lost at the Bottom of the World. This was an exhibition by invitation to exhibit at Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare O Rehua, Whanganui, 13th March - 23rd May 2010. Four grants received over 2 years to the total of $16,249.50 provided funds to produce 5 new sculptures and 2 large photographs. I also gave an oral presentation in the form of an advertised public artist talk/discussion. Approximately 30 people were in attendance. The talk was held at Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare O Rehua, Whanganui, 12 March 2010.

Eady, S. (2010) Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Daddy. Solo exhibition. I was invited back for a second solo exhibition at Mary Newton Gallery, 31 March - 24 April. The exhibition, titled 'Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Stupid Daddy', included 15 new bronze sculptures, a very large wall-hung drawing fabricated from varying sixes of aluminium rod, a life-size fiberglass figure, a large inflatable storm cloud and a very large fiberglass abstract form. A selection of the bronzes were curated into another exhibition at Mary Newton Gallery titled 'Back to Front Lounge', 12 October - 31 October 2010.

Oral Presentation

Eady, S. (2010) Stupid Daddys: Knowing Where One's Towel Is. Dunedin School of Art Public Research Seminar Programme, Otago Polytechnic, 3 June.

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