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160 Douglas Street, Timaru, New Zealand


(03) 6889624




Kathryn Mitchell,
Director, Ashburton art Gallery,
Baring Square East, Ashburton.
Phone: (03) 308 1133.


Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, 1954.
Married to Glenys Parry; 2 children, 13 and 15 years old.
Educated St Andrews College, Chch.

Major Awards:

1984: Otago University: Frances Hodgkins Fellowship.


2005/06/07  Canterbury University, School of Fine Arts,
Master of Fine Arts Post- Graduate Studies.


1976: Canterbury University,
Diploma in Fine Arts, Painting Major.

Current Employment

1994 to present at Aoraki Polytechnic, Timaru.
Tutor, Programme Coordinator; Diplomas in Painting
(Levels 5 & 6)

Diploma in Fine Arts                                    
(Level 5 & 6) 

Diploma in Visual Arts and Design, degree pathway programme,
 (Levels 4,5,6)


mike armstrongs exhibitions







This Imperfect Life.
Ashburton Art Gallery (May, June).
Anthony Harper CoCA Award,
Anthony Harper CoCA Exhibition.
One Two Five. (Part one.) Master of Fine Arts Exhibition 2006-2007
SOFA Gallery, (March).
The Shock of New
Invited group show to mark the centenary of Picasso’s “Demoiselles d’ Avignon.”                 CoCA Gallery. (January).


Four Peaks. Group Show. Allison Art, Geraldine.
Graduating Painters Show, University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts.
Centre of Contemporary Art. 6th-24th Sept
Catalogue essay by Andrew Paul Wood.
Inaugural SC Artists’ Cluster Exhibition. Bay Tea- Rooms, Timaru.
Marshall Siefert Gallery. Slide show and one night exhibition to the Frances Hodgkins Buying Group.


Tapestry Workshop Exhibition, collaborative tapestries by Marilyn Rea-Menzies,Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts Gallery, Palmerston North.


Tapestry Workshop Exhibition, collaborative tapestries by Marilyn Rea-Menzies, CoCA, Christchurch.


“Cultural Discourse.” Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru.

“New Works by an Old Expressionist.”
Hocken Library Gallery, University of Otago, Dunedin.
“The Great Spiritual Thief.” Arthouse Gallery, Christchurch.


Finalist, Wallace Trust Art Award.
  “Recent Work,” Forrester Gallery, Oamaru.


-“A Leap in the Dark”, group show, Landing Services Building, Timaru.
-“Ashburton Society of the Arts Annual Exhibition” and winner of the
-Trustpower Water and Nature Award.
-“The Launch.”-Group Show curated by Belinda Harrow at the Landing Services Building, Timaru.
“CoCA Award Exhibition”, Finalist, CoCA Gallery, Christchurch.


“Michael Armstrong,” Solo Show, Arthouse Gallery, Christchurch.
-“Artists in Education,” Group show, CoCA Gallery, Christchurch.
“The Virtuosity and Purity of the Circle,” Solo Show at the Ashburton Art Gallery.
“New Works,” Solo Show, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru.
“Christchurch Art Car,” Collaboration coordinated by Henry Sunderland, CoCA.
“Christmas Murals,” Group Show, CoCA Gallery.
Visual Arts Finalist; Aoraki Festival Inaugural Scholarship.
"Artists in Education", CoCA.
"New Works", Solo Show, foyer, Aigantighe.
-Tutors Exhibition, Wanaka Autumn Art School, Artworks Gallery, Wanaka.
-Members Group Show, Aardvark Farm Collective, Timaru.


"Artworks", Gallery 1908 Geraldine.
Solo Show, Peters Muir Petford Gallery, Auckland
"Less is More,More or Less."  CoCA Gallery.
Guest Artist, 47th Annual Exhibition, SCAS, Aigantighe.


"40 out of 40," Canterbury Painters 1958 to 1998, Robt. McDougall Art Gallery, Chch.
"Dunkleys Inaugural Kinetic SculptureAward",Finalist,Chch. "City Sculpture Cafe", Showtime Canterbury. Professional Art Services.
"CoCA Award Exhibition." CoCA Gallery,ChCh.
"Solo Show," Artworks Gallery, Wanaka.
 Education for Life Trust Charity Auction. CoCA Gallery
"Less is More, More or less." CoCA Gallery


Solo Show,Canterbury Gallery,ChCh.
"Great Art." Hocken Library Art Gallery, University of Otago.
"The Subject of Object," Survey Show. Milford House Gallery, Dunedin.
"Tripoly," Group Show with Paul van den Bergh and Rosemary Campbell, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Education for Life Trust Exhibition and Charity Auction, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch.


James Wallace Art Awards: Finalist.
"Solo Show."Salamander Gallery,
"5 South Island Artists", Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch.
-"Contemporary NZ Artists", Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru.


"Near and Now," Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru.
Solo Show, Canterbury Gallery Christchurch.


"Christchurch Week in Adelaide," Group Exhibitions, Sister City Show.
"NZ Art in New Caledonia," Group Show.


"Group Show," Salamander Gallery,Christchurch.

"Prospect Show," Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch.


"A Canterbury Perspective," Robert McDougall Art Gallery.
"Retrospective," Gallery Akaroa, Banks Peninsular. -Muka Children's Print Shows.


Recipient; CSA Guthrey Travel Award, to Sydney Biennial.
Solo Show, Artline Gallery, Auckland.
Solo Show, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch.
Solo Show, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington.
Solo Show, Betty Wallis Gallery, Auckland.
Group Show, 1990 Celebrations and Art Festival, Janne Land, Wellington
Limeworks Print Studio Group Show, Portfolio, Auckland.


Solo Show, Fluxus Gallery, Dunedin.
Solo Show, Manawatu Gallery, Palmerston   North.

Solo Show, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch.


Solo Show, Janne Land, Wellington.
"Thirty Canterbury Artists," Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch.
Solo Show, Canterbury Society of the Arts Gallery, Christchurch.


Group Show, Genetics Gallery Tokyo, International Art Expo, Tokyo, Japan.
Solo Show, Room 11 Gallery, Auckland.
Solo Show, Manawa Gallery, Christchurch.
Solo Show, Centre For Contemporary Art, Hamilton.
Artist in Residence; Cinerama Youth Centre, Christchurch.


"The Self," Group Show, Suter Art Gallery,  Nelson , National Tour.

Two Person Show with Graham McFellin, James Paul Gallery,          Christchurch


QE2 Arts Council, Major Artists Grant.
Solo Show, Gingko Gallery, Christchurch.
Solo Show, Greymouth Art Gallery,  Westland.
Solo Show, Artists Project, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch.
"Centenary Show, "Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin.
Solo Show, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin.


Frances Hodgkins Fellowship,  University of Otago, Dunedin.
Group Show, Red Metro, Wellington.
Solo Show, Bosshard Galleries, Dunedin.
Performance work, Besser Fox and Hewitt,  Dunedin and Wellington.
Instalation, Art in Dunedin 1984, Dunedin.
Solo Show, Hocken Library Gallery, University of Otago, Dunedin.


Winner, Waimairi Art Award, CSA Gallery, Christchurch.
"Banners,"Group Show, Forrester Gallery, Oamaru.
Group Show with Megan Jenkinson and Ingrid Banwell, McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.
Group Show, CSA Presidents Exhibition,  CSA, Christchurch.
Solo Show, Canterbury Society of the Arts Gallery, Christchurch.
Group Show, National Art Expo, Porirua.


"Nine Artists", Group Show, Robinson  Brooker Gallery, Christchurch.
CSA Presidents Exhibition, CSA, Christchurch.
School of Fine Arts Centenary Exhibition, CSA Gallery, Christchurch.
Solo Show, Bosshard Galleries,  Dunedin.
Solo Show, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch.


QE2 Arts Council, Artists Grant.


Group Show with Ian Laughlin, Brooke -Gifford Gallery.
Solo Show, Galleries 1 and 2, Christchurch Arts Centre, Christchurch.


Two Person Show with Peter Wolden, Museum Foyer, Dunedin.




Finalist Aoraki Festival Inaugural Scholarship; Visual Arts.


CSA Guthrey Travel Award


Artist in Residence, Cinerama Youth Centre.


QE2 Arts Council, Major Grant


QE2 Arts Council, Travel Grant

Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, University of Otago, Dunedin


Waimairi Art Award Winner, Waimairi County Council


QE2 Arts Council Grant

Works in Collections

James Wallace Charitable Trust.
Oncology Department , Christchurch Public Hospital. 
Princess Margaret Hospital Gymnasium. 
Aigantighe Art Gallery,Timaru.
Lincoln University Collection, Lincoln.
Foresight Collection, Auckland.
Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin.
Anderson Park Gallery, Invercargill.
Waikato Museum of Art And History, Hamilton.
Bank of New Zealand, Head Offices, Wellington.
Bank of New Zealand, Offices, Christchurch.
Hocken Library Collection, University of Otago, Dunedin.
University of Otago Collection, Dunedin.
Manawatu Gallery, Palmerston North.
Aritika, Inter Island Line, NZ Railways.
United Building Society, Christchurch.
St. Andrews College, Christchurch.
Girls High School Timaru.
Burnside High School, Christchurch.


Art NZ, Issue 74, Autumn 1995: "Observations and Dichotomies," Alison Pearson.
Art NZ, Issue 42, 1987:"The Psychological Moment," Miles Hargest.
Art NZ, Issue 35, 1985: Jonathan Smart.
Art NZ, Issue 28, 1983: Evan Webb.
More Magazine, October 1987: "Michael Armstrong at Room 11," Rose Hemmings.
New Zealand Art, A Modern Perspective, Elva Bett, 1986.
Contemporary NZ Prints, Jill McIntosh, Ed, 1989.
TVNZ, Kaleidoscope: Dilana Artists Collection and Workshop, 1987, Interview.


The Christchurch Press, 14th March 2007,
“View Masters,” Andrew Paul Wood.

The Christchurch Press, January 17th 2007,
“Paying homage to a master.” Christopher Moore.

The Listener, January 17th 2007,
“Out on the street,” Andrew Paul Wood.

The Listener, 7th February 2004,
“New Nationalist Discourse,” Sally Blundell.

The Otago Daily Times, May 29th, 2003.

The Christchurch Press, March 26th 2003,

Riot off the Wall.” Margaret Duncan.

NZ Herald, Oct. 30th 1999. Weekend Books and Art,

"Space to Branch Out." TL McNamara.

Sunday Star Times, Oct 24th 1999,

"Pair Secure in their differences," Peter Simpson.

The Christchurch Press, Warren Feeney.

The Christchurch Press, 26thOctober 1994;

"Arabesque Assemblages," Casandra Fusco,

The Christchurch Press, 26th February 1992,

"Paintings by Michael Armstrong," Peter Simpson.

NZ Herald, 9 August 1990;
"Photographers Assert Quality." Richard Dale.

The Christchurch Press, 4 October 1990,

"New Constructions," William McAloon.

Christchurch Star, 2 February 1989,
"Plywood, Paper, Works Well," Suzi Melhopt.

The Christchurch Press, 11April 1989,
"Armstrong's Art Works," Pat Unger.

The Christchurch Press, 28 June 1988,
"Michael Armstrong Works," Pat Unger.

The Christchurch Press, 13 April 1987,
"Recent Armstrong Paintings, Pat Unger.

Christchurch Star, 11 June 1986,
"Shaping the Canvas," Jonathan Smart.

The Christchurch Press, June 1986,
"Armstrong, McFelin Works," John Hurrell.

The Christchurch Press, 9 June 1985,

"Drawings at Manawa Gallery," Pat Unger.
The Christchurch Press, 1 November 1986,

"Ten Years Of Paintings," Pat Unger.

NZ Herald, 1986,
"Intriguing Works From Sculptors." T J McNamara.

NZ Listener, 5 January 1985,
"Natural Individualist," Louise Wilton.

The Christchurch Press, April 1985,
"Works by Armstrong," John Hurrell.

Otago Daily Times, 16 December 1985,

"Flamboyant Canvases at Public Art Gallery." Ngaire Gardner.
Christchurch Star, 18 December 1985,

"The Haunting Works of 85." Brett Riley.

Christchurch Star, Midweek, 20 March 1985,
"Convention Reverse," Brett Riley.

Otago Daily Times, 18 November 1984,
"Dealing with Dangers," Bridie Lonie.

January 1985,
"1984,The Year Art Became a Growth Industry," Ian Wedde.

The Christchurch Press, 19 July 1983, John Hurrell.

The Dominion, 23 November 1983,

"Irregular Canvases come Alive," Elva Bett.

The Christchurch Press, 21 April 1982,
"Paintings Jump Right off Wall," David Brokenshire.

Christchurch Star, 28 April 1982,
"Exploration of Colour and Form," Brett Riley.

The Christchurch Press, November 1980,
"Three Shows at Gallery," David Brokenshire.

Robert McDougall Bulletin #38,

"Michael Armstrong ;Artists Project."

1994 to present

Tutor, Programme Coordinator; Diplomas in Painting (levels 5 and 6), Diploma in Fine Arts (Level 5 and 6), Diploma in Visual Arts and Design, degree pathway programme, (levels 4,5,6), Aoraki Polytechnic, Timaru.


Selector, Judge, Molly Morpeth-Canaday Art Award, Whakatane.

2004 to present

Selector, South Canterbury Art Society Exhibition


Advertising Copy Writer; Timaru Herald;

Page 10, Nov 12, 2002, “Local Rotary Turns 75.”
High Country Herald; Page 8, Nov 20, 2002;
“Transport Wholesale Ltd. New name, same great service.”       
Programme Coordinator, Tutor, 0.7 Proportional position; Aoraki Polytechnic, Diploma Fine Arts and Diploma Painting, Lifedrawing Evening Classes.
Web-site copy-writing; Southern Garments Ltd.
Teaching; Ashburton Art Society, Greymouth Art Group, Timaru Art Society; Weekend Workshops.


Aoraki Polytechnic; Part-time Tutor.

Wanaka Autumn Art School; Tutor.

1999- Present

Moderator, Christchurch Polytechnic Media Arts Degree Programme.


Judge. Telecom Directories, Telecom Art Awards, Timaru and Oamaru.


Programme Coordinator and Tutor,
Visual Arts Programmes, Aoraki Polytechnic.

Set Design and Set Making Tutor,
Certificate in Theatre and Drama Programme.


Tutor; Aoraki Polytechnic,Timaru.
Foundation Studies in the Visual Arts.
Design Studies Certificate.


Judge.Telecom Directories, Telecom Art Awards, Timaru and Oamaru.


Christchurch Polytechnic School of Arts and Design.
Tutor, Lifedrawing evening classes,
Tutor, Drawing, Diploma Visual Communications.
Tutor, Drawing, Diploma Craft Design.


Manager.Salamander Gallery, Arts Centre, Christchurch.

Involvement in Voluntary Arts Bodies

Timaru Community Arts Council
Committee Member


Turning Point 2000, Waitaha Canterbury, Art 2000
Advisory Group Member.


Alpine Energy Art Awards, Geraldine Festival



Waimate Art Society Annual Exhibition



Ashburton Art Society Annual Exhibit and Awards