Ms Fiona Jack

MFA (CalArts), BGD


Fiona Jack is an artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. Her work considers sociopolitical issues and the ways we represent ourselves to each other. Within most projects there are aspects of participation, consultation and/or collaboration with people and groups. Through observation, dialogue, collecting and digressive historical research Fiona pieces together a fabric of references that inform the development of each body of work. The Heraldry of Presence (2014) and The Will of the People (2016) studied banners and their long service as identifiers and gathering devices for groups of people. Portworkers (2012), The Trees (2013) and other ongoing projects all pay attention to the tenacity and labour of those who have taken a stand in a public setting. The series In time I will see things a little differently (2010 - ongoing) engages with the close examination of historical photographs, and two projects with Ngarimu Blair and Ngati Whatua O Orakei – Palisade (2008) and Kohimaramara (2008) – have drawn attention to historical acts of violent colonisation through re-enactment and re-presentation. Living Halls (2010) examined New Zealand’s radical commitment to building hundreds of social halls as war memorials after the World Wars.

Fiona has an MFA from CalArts Los Angeles and is a Senior Lecturer at the Elam School of Fine Arts at The University of Auckland.

Research | Current


  • 2018 Our Red Aunt - The Glasgow Women's Library, Glasgow
  • 2017 Using Our Hands to Organise - The Showroom, London


  • 2016 The Will of the People - Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, curated by Michael Ned Holte.
  •  2015 Otakaro Plant Parade - SCAPE Public Art Biennale, Christchurch, curated by Rob Garret. 
  • 2015 Survivors' Roll of Honour - Commission from the Australian War Memorial for the ANZAC commemorative print portfolio.
  • 2014 The Heraldry of Presence - Fiona Jack with contributors, collaborators and lenders. Fresh Gallery, Otara, Auckland, New Zealand, 2014.

Teaching | Current

MFA - supervision of MFA and PgDip candidates

BFA Year two studio paper - 208/212- Publics, Posters Dialogues

Areas of expertise

  • Banners
  • Sociopolitical art practices
  • Community and collaborative art
  • Art in public spaces
  • Conceptual art, photography, installation, public art, design
  • Books and artist publications

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Jack, F., Melser, S., & Hoey, D. (2017). Fuck the sensible: Aesthetics and politics. Strange Haven, Auckland, New Zealand. 9 August 2017.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sam Melser
  • Jack, F. Anzac Centenary print portfolioRoyal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium. 25/7/2017 - 15/8/2017 Related URL.
  • Jack, F. (2017). Using our hands to organise. The Showroom Gallery, London, UK. Related URL.
  • Jack, F. Vanished Delft: Handmade material culture at The Pah HomesteadThe Pah Homestead TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland. 14/3/2017 - 14/5/2017
  • Jack, F. (10/3/2017). ESRA banner [Applique, fabric dye, fabric paint, cording and embroidery on recycled cotton]. Related URL.
  • Jack, F., Van Zon, E., Orjis, R., Munro, V., Arps, D., O'Neill A, ... Fitts, E. A stitch in timeGroup exhibition. Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. 23/11/2016 - 17/12/2016 Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yolunda Hickman
  • Jack, F., Sandrasegar, S., Cotton, S., Spong, S., Parr, M., Reynolds, J., ... Graham, B. Anzac Centenary print portfolioMuseum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. 16/9/2016 - 26/2/2017 Related URL.
  • Jack, F. The will of the people is law [Various mediums] And Per Se And - exhibition of three solo projects. Commonwealth & Council Gallery , Los Angeles, USA. 23/4/2016 - 28/5/2016 Related URL.

Contact details

Primary location

Level 4, Room 401
New Zealand