Aaron Kreisler

Head of Fine Arts / Associate ProfessorAaron Kreisler

Honours and MFA Co-coordinator
Fine Arts, Block 2, Room 211
Internal Phone: 95533


Research Interests

Research into the production, dissemination and impact of contemporary and modern visual artists practice within this network (arts industry) and the broader 'public' sector. Having developed my practice as a curator and writer in New Zealand over recent decades I have garnered a significant understanding of the machinations of this country's rich visual arts practice. My interest in contemporary art is defined by the art currents of this place, but this is a perspective that is as much shaped by looking out as it is within our borders. New Zealand’s contemporary art community, while at times operating in relative isolation, has a strong permaculture that has always been welled informed and connected to a global art world. As a researcher who operates in a range of terrains in this network I am interested in interrogating the practice that we produce in this place, but also how it operates, reacts and speaks to this wider discourse.

Recent Publications

  • Kreisler A. and Watkinson H. (2021) Hannah Watkinson: The Near Future. co-curator: Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch. 11 Jun-28 Aug 2021. [Photographic exhibition].
  • Kreisler A., Culbert B. and Hotere R. (2021) Culbert Hotere: Pitch Black. Curator: Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch. 13 Mar-22 May 2021. [Curated exhibition].
  • Kreisler A., Neate R., Palmer L., Veling T. and Chrisstoffels J. (2020) Track and trace. Curator: Ilam campus gallery, Ilam school of fine arts, university of canterbury. 27 Feb-20 Mar 2020. [Multi-media contemporary art exhibition].
  • Kreisler AP. (2017) Len Lye: Pretty Good For The Twenty First Century. Curator: Campus Gallery, School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury. 11 Oct-8 Nov 2017. [Curated Exhibition].
  • Goniwe T., Hylton R., Kreisler A., Ritter K. and Shivadas V. (2014) Where do I end and you begin. Co-curator: City Art Centre, The Old Royal High School and various off-site locations in Edinburgh, Scotland. 1 Aug-19 Oct 2014. [Curated a selection of contemporary New Zealand art as part of multinational collaborative exhibition for international arts festival].