Dr Rebecca Ann Hobbs

BVA (Honours) V.C.A., MFA CalArts., DocFA UoA.

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Professional Teaching Fellow


I have lived in Aotearoa for thirteen years and am originally from Black River in far north QLD Australia, which is Wulgurukaba country. I focus on collaboration in an attempt to create performative artworks that mostly celebrate dynamic bodies and their relationship with specific sites. In this work I aspire to operate as an accomplice to mana whenua Māori in their decolonial pursuit for Tino Rangatiratanga. I have been invited to participate in exhibitions from Aotearoa to Australia, Barbados, France, Germany, Italy, Nigeria, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, Turkey and Turtle Island. On completing a BVA at the Victorian College of the Arts I received the Samstag Scholarship, which permitted me to attain a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. I recently submitted a practice-led research DocFA project entitled Ngā puia o Ihumātao, which was done under the guidance of SOUL and has been approved by the University of Auckland Senate [09/04/18]. 


Research | Current

I am a member of Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL), which is a community-driven campaign group that is inclusive of diverse tauiwi (non-Māori), Ihumātao residents and is lead by mana whenua Te Wai-ō-Hua whānau members (Māori with traditional custodial authority for Ihumātao). The SOUL whānau (family) is attempting to stop the development of a fast-tracked Special Housing Area (SHA62) on the whenua (land) of Ihumātao, because we are certain that the housing development will destroy highly significant features in the area, including urupā (cemetery), puna (springs) and tūpuna maunga (ancestral mountain). 


Teaching | Current

Professional Teaching Fellow



Postgraduate supervision

Supervision of HONS, MFA and PGDip candidates.


Areas of expertise

Critical pedagogy; intersectional conscientization.

Social; collaborative and participatory.

Site-situated; performative and embodied.

Intermedial; photography, video and audio.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of the AUT Art and Design Queer Reading Group

Member of the Photo Media Department Advisory Board for Whitecliffe

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Hobbs, R. A. (2018). It is all in the name. Paper presented at Little Publics: The Association for Visual Pedagogies symposium, Auckland, New Zealand. 19 June - 20 June 2018. Related URL.
  • Hobbs, R. A., SOUL, Te Wai-ō-Hua, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, & The creative community of Karangahape Road Te Karanga a Hape Hīkoi [Protest event] Protect Ihumaato campaign. Karangahape Road, Tāmaki Makaurau, NZ. 10/12/2017 - 10/12/2017 Related URL.
  • Hobbs, R., Cowan, M., & Stockman, H. [Rotational Lava Bomb], 19/5/2017. [Object activation], Research Pavilion: The Utopia of Access: Camino Events, Sala del Camino, Venice, IT.. Related URL.
  • Hobbs, R. A. (2017). Ngā puia o Ihumātao (The volcanoes of Ihumātao) The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/37033
  • Hewitt, M., Mrsic, I., Hobbs, R., Darragh, J., Yul Oh, S., & Randerson, J. Circuit - Repeat/Rotate/ReflectTauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, NZL. 8/8/2016 - 6/1/2017 Related URL.
  • Hobbs, R. A., Ruka, C., Veart, D., Jack, F., Tuwhare, K., Muller, K., ... Rangiwai McHale, M. Te Ihu o MataohoExhibition. St PAUL Street Gallery One, Tāmaki Makaurau, New zealand. 22/4/2016 - 27/5/2016 Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Fiona Jack
  • Siegel, A., Reweti, B., Hobbs, R., Te Ao, S., Whitaker, T., & De Goldi, T. The future is a do-overTonga Ane (Curator). Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand. 12/12/2015 - 10/4/2016 Related URL.
  • Afoa, L., Apelu, D., Ebubedike, N., ElWassify, M., Emezi, A., Harrison, N., ... Kennedy, K. Transoceanic visual exchange (TVE)TVE Aotearoa: RM. RM Gallery and Project Space, Auckland, New Zealand. 15/10/2015 - 31/10/2015 Related URL.