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Emil McAvoy

Emil McAvoy


Emil McAvoy is an artist, lecturer, art writer, and gallery and museum professional. His creative practice examines histories and concepts of the cultural roles of artists, critically engaging the artist as medium, activist, citizen and public intellectual. His art work seeks to directly address contemporary cultural and political issues circulating in the public sphere, and manifests in a range of media including photography, video, painting and publishing.

McAvoy is a Lecturer in Photo Media at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, a freelance art writer, and also works in the wider arts, education and GLAM sectors. Emil has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT and a Masters of Fine Arts from Elam.

He is the recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, including a Wallace Art Award (2011), University of Auckland Summer Research Scholarship (2010-11), and the Archives New Zealand 50th Anniversary Scholarship (2009). He was a finalist in the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (2016), National Contemporary Art Award (2007, 2014), Wallace Art Awards (2007, 2010), and Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Award (2013).

He has exhibited, screened and performed work across New Zealand and is represented in public and private collections. His art writing includes essays, reviews and interviews.

McAvoy lives and works in Auckland.


This is McAvoy’s first time exhibiting in Sculpture in the Gardens.