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Kathryn McCully

Master of Fine Arts

Kathryn McCully is a 2017 Otago Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni.

Kathryn graduated with her Master of Fine Arts from the Dunedin School of Art in 2005.  Even while studying, she envisaged her own studio work as part of the wider arts community and she established the Introspect Community Art Space – a lively platform for many local artists.

Kathryn went on to manage the Ashburton Public Art Gallery, and lobbied hard for a new, re-located venue.  While in that role, she brought innovative national and international exhibitions to the public, drawing great success and support.

Kathryn is currently the Programme Manager for the Visual Arts Programmes at the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT). 

Kathryn actively extends her own education, delivering papers at international conferences, engaging with the wider and dynamic global aspect of thought and practice.  This international experience is two-way, allowing her to bring vision and ideas back to SIT and the community.

Kathryn has a long list of accolades to her name.  These include:

  • 2001-2003 Development/management Committee Satellite Gallery, Dunedin
  • 2002-2005 Established and directed Introspect Gallery, Dunedin
  • 2013-2016 Board Member Southland Art Society, Invercargill
  • 2013-current Chairperson Southern Filmmakers Trust.
  • Advisor for the Murihiku Arts Incubator
  • 2015 Winner ILT Art Award

Hope Wilson, Curatorial Assistant at Christchurch’s The Physics Room Contemporary Art Space, says Kathryn has made a real difference to the art community in Southland.

“Kathryn’s ongoing level of commitment to on-the-ground initiatives and her successes in her many roles as a mentor, teacher, volunteer, writer and activist have made a contribution to Invercargill and Southland’s art scene that cannot be underscored enough”.

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