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Bio | Caroline McQuarrie

Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Caroline McQuarrie

Caroline McQuarrie in her studio
Image by Shaun Matthews

Caroline McQuarrie is an interdisciplinary artist who has long been exploring personal and familial histories, and the role that the photograph and the hand-crafted textile might play in representing or questioning these narratives. Curiosity about what is tangible and what is intangible, what traces remain, and whose lived experiences are valued enough to be recorded, are strong drivers for her practice.

Caroline has spent several years photographing sites of 1800s mining industry — tunnels, tailings, inclines, paths – places of man-altered hills, rivers and bush. These are sites of former prosperity, of once bustling industries, sites of change and of trauma. Caroline often focuses her gaze on the historical and ecological legacies of the area around her family home in Te Tai Poutini, the West Coast of the South Island.

In her embroidered and textile projects, Caroline enjoys bringing to light less known or documented stories – those of early settler Pākehā women and their families. These experiences and stories were more domestic and ephemeral, often overlooked, and now mostly lost to the annals of history.

Caroline McQuarrie was born in Greymouth in 1975 and has a Master of Fine Arts from Toi Rauwharangi College of Creative Arts Massey University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography), from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Ōtautahi, Christchurch. She is a lecturer at Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts Massey University. Recent exhibitions include: The New Sun, Jhana Millers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, 2021; Prospects Fearful with Shaun Matthews, The Suter, Nelson 2018; Homewardbounder, Enjoy Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington; and No Town, Te Uru, Tāmaki Makaurau 2015, and Aratoi, Masterton 2014. Her works are in the collection of the Suter Gallery and the Wellington City Council.


Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts, Massey University School of Art 2004

Masters Fine Arts (with distinction), Massey University School of Art 2005

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography), University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts 1994–1997


Prospects Fearful, With Shaun Matthews, Hastings Art Gallery (upcoming)

The New Sun, Jhana Millers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington


Prospects Fearful, With Shaun Matthews, Left Bank Art Gallery, Greymouth

Prospects Fearful, Carnegie Gallery, Hokitika Museum


Prospects Fearful, With Shaun Matthews, Suter Art Gallery, Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson


This Might be the Place, Curated by Alice Tappenden, Ilam Gallery, Canterbury University, Ōtautahi, Christchurch

Where the River Bends, Curated by Harry Culy, Ilam Gallery, Canterbury University, Ōtautahi, Christchurch

Tunnels, pits, pools, With Connah Podmore. play_station Art Project Space, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington


THE HIVE HUMS WITH MANY MINDS, Curated by Bruce E. Phillips, Te Tuhi, Pakuranga, Auckland


Homewardbounder, Enjoy Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

No Town, Te Uru Waitakere, Titirangi, Auckland

Back Stitch (Flying Geese), 30 Upstairs, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Waiuta, Foyer Gallery, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK


No Town, Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton

No Town, Carnegie Gallery, Hokitika Museum, Hokitika

No Town, Left Bank Gallery, Greymouth

Settling, With Vanessa Crowe and Cathy Tuato’o Ross, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae


Artifact, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin

Friends are the best things in life, Ghuznee Art Billboard, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington


Reasons For Silence, Toi Pōneke Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington


I Think I Was Blind Before I Met You, High St Project, Ōtautahi, Christchurch

Kindle, The Arthouse, Ōtautahi, Christchurch


Etiquette for the Homesick, Curated by Abby Cunnane, with Genevieve Packer, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

We Hold Back the Night, Blue Oyster Gallery, Ōtepoti, Dunedin


Suter Art Gallery Aratoi o Whakatū

Wellington City Council

RESIDENCIES (selected)

Visiting Artist/Researcher Plymouth University Land|Water Research Group. Four week residency at Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK. Nov–Dec 2015

AWARDS (Selected)

Prospects Fearful Folio, 2019, Highly Commended in Parkin Drawing Prize


Caroline McQuarrie - Reviewed. Mary-Jane Duffy, Photofourm.nz-org. March 2021. Read here

Prospecting the past: Artist profile. Alice Tappenden, Art News NZ, Summer 2018. Read here

Essay by Susan Bright, DEAR DAVE Magazine 25, Spring 2017. Read here

Photography and suspicion. Lucy Ovenden, Eyecontactmagazine.com. May 2017. Read here

A show for the public. T.J. McNamara, NZ Herald. May 2016. Read here

One Mind with Multiple Bodies (1). John Hurrell, Eyecontactmagazine.com. April 2016. Read here

Homewardbounder at Enjoy Gallery. Deidra Sullivan, #500words.com. May 2015. Read here

Something old, something new: Caroline McQuarrie’s Reasons for Silence. Mark Bolland, Art New Zealand, No. 138, Winter 2011. Read here

Uncomfortable at Home: Genevieve Packer and Caroline McQuarrie. Mark Amery, The Dominion Post. May 2008. Read here

CURATING (Selected)

Quicken: Poppy Lekner, Briarna Martelletti, Johanna Mechen, Mizuho Nishioka, Maria Sainsbury, Deidra Sullivan & Virginia Woods-Jack. Curated by Caroline McQuarrie and Jane Wilcox. The Engine Room, Wellington. Jul–Aug 2020

Everywhere we look, Online exhibition for PhotoForum. View here

From the Aether, Jonathan Kay, Shaun Matthews & Bonny Stewart-MacDonald. Courtenay Place Light Boxes, Wellington, April–July 2016

WRITING (By Caroline) (Selected)

Falling Shadows, essay for PhotoForum. Read here

Scenicland, essay for PhotoForum. Read here