Emily Parr (Ngāi Te Rangi, Moana, Pākehā)
is an artist living in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand).
Her moving-image practice weaves through time and space, exploring systems of relation emerging from Te Moananui-a-Kiwa.

Emily’s master’s research, The Ocean is Calling Me Home: Settler-Indigenous Relationships of Te Moananui a Kiwa (2020), traverses oceans and centuries, seeking stories in archives and waters on haerenga to her ancestral homelands of Tauranga Moana, Sāmoa and Tonga. Her current doctoral research, Restoring the Relations: housing the Kronfeld Collection through moving-image practice,  considers the responsibilities she has inherited through her ancestral legacies and, in particular, to her family’s collection of taonga, measina, and treasures held by museums.

Emily is part of the Vā Moana research cluster at AUT and is a research associate with Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.


2021- | Doctor of Philosophy, AUT
2019-2020 | Master of Visual Arts (First Class Honours), AUT
2011-2014 | Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours), Elam School of Fine Arts

recent exhibitions

2023 | Through the time spiral | Nathan Homestead Gallery (forthcoming)
2023 | Motherland Homeland | Enjoy Contemporary Art Space
2022 |  At Thresholds | City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi
2022 |  Whānau Mārama | Matariki project in Commercial Bay
2022 |  Matariki Ring of Fire | Te Uru Gallery
2022 |  This side or that side, or almost | Standing by, CIRCUIT
2022 |  ĀTĀVĀ: Tātatauʻata, Marking-symmetry-in-images | St Paul St Gallery

2021 | ngā rerenga whau | Kū Kahiko
2021 | I Multiply Each Day (The Booth project) | Gus Fisher Gallery
2021 | Surfacing | The Physics Room (solo)
2021 | E Muri Ahiahi | Masterworks Gallery
2021 | Whānau Mārama, Matariki project | Commerial Bay
2021 | A Very Different World | Te Tuhi
2020 | Matariki Master of Visual Art Graduate Show | St Paul St Gallery
2020 | Speaking Surfaces | St Paul St Gallery
2020 | Groundwork | the Barrel Store, Corban Estate Arts Centre
2019 | Te Haerenga Tuatahi ki Tongaporutu | St Paul St Gallery
2018 | PCJ Conference 2018: Resistance Through Art |  University of Toronto
2017 | Government Issue: a film screening on the Glen Innes resistance | St Paul St Gallery
2017 | Screening and Artist Talk with Dieneke Jansen | The Physics Room
2016 | Estuary Art Awards | Malcolm Smith Gallery

2023 | Art News Aotearoa Winter Issue:
2023 | Past the Tower, Under the Tree: Twelve Stories of Learning in Community
2021 | Art Asia Pacific Issue 122: Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art
2020 | Lieu Journal: Time Travel, Whatu Aho Rua (with Arielle Walker)

2020 | Cenotaph Stories, Reflections in the Port: Pandemics & the Moana Cosmopolitan
2020 | Kei te Pai Press: Te Korekore, Whatuora (with Arielle Walker)

recent awards 2021 | Auckland Museum Institute Postgraduate Scholarship
2020 | Cenotaph Stories: Contemporary Reflections Grant (Auckland Museum)
2019 | Iris Fisher Scholarship
2016 | Estuary Art Awards (First place)