Curriculum Vitae






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1979                        Graduated MA in Sculpture

1978 - 79 Graduate Assistant – University of Wisconsin, Superior, Wisconsin USA

1962 - 63 Elam School of Art, Auckland, New Zealand Graduated with Honours

1962                        Epsom Teachers College, Auckland, New Zealand, Teachers Certificate 1963

1959 - 61                Canterbury School of Art, Christchurch, New Zealand


Teaching Positions Held

1979 - 2001                Lecturer in Sculpture, School of Art Otago Polytechnic

1977 - 78 Head Art Department, Takapuna Grammar

1969 - 76 Teacher in Charge of Art, Glenfield College

1966 - 68 Teacher in Charge of Art, Edgecumbe College, Bay of Plenty

1964                        Art Teacher, Belmont Intermediate



1996                        James Wallace Art Award Second Prize

1989                        QE II Travel grant to Europe

1978                        Travel Grant to Toronto, Canada

1975                        Queens Elizabeth II Arts Council Award

1974                        Hansells Sculpture 1st Prize Section B for Environmental Works


Professional Activities

2004                        Milinthorpe Forest Golden Bay, Project mentor

2001                        Co-Incidence project Golden Bay

1999                        Dunedin Public Art Gallery - Artist Talk

1996                        Workshop (Sculpture) ‘Eduvision’ National Education Conference, Dunedin

1996                        External Assessor for University of Otago

                                Masters Programme Art History – Thesis, Environmental Art in UK, Europe, USA

1996                        Organiser, Supervisor 4th year BFA Seminar and Visiting Speakers Programme

1995                        Unitech, Auckland; Lecture

1994                        Dunedin Photographic Society, lecture - Photography as a Tool for Sculpture

1994                        Wanganui Community Polytechnic - lecture

1994                        Sculpture Tour

                                Designed and Organised Tour of Dunedin Public Sculptures for

Outreach Committee Dunedin Public Art Gallery

1992 – 94                Head of Selection Committee selecting prospective incoming students for School of Art

1992                        Curate School of Art site specific sculpture exhibition, Botanic Garden 52 works

                                Including Dunedin Botanic Garden Site Specific Sculptures by School of Art Students

1992                        Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui –Artist talk

1992                        Fisher Art Gallery, Pakuranga, Artist talk

1991                        Otago Society of Arts, Dunedin - Lecture

1990                        Summer School / Wood Symposium

                                Wanganui Community Polytechnic

1990                        Elam School of Art Auckland - Lecture

1990                        Dunedin Rotary Club – Artist talk

1990                        Friends of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery – Artist talk

1990                        Dunedin Institute of Architects - Lecture

1990                        Judge Dunedin Chapter, NZ Craft Council Otago Museum

1989                        Participated in Sculpture Symposium, Sculpture in the Landscape, Manchester, England

1978                        Participated in 10th International Sculpture Conference Toronto, Canada

1976                        President of NZ Society of Sculptors and Painters

                                Participated in 1976 Biennial of Sydney (Slide Lecture) NSW Australia

1974 – 75                Vice President of NZ Society of Sculptors and Painters


Exhibitions  Solo


2004                     Ardor Gallery,Parnell Auckland ‘SYNTHESIS’ Tabletop new work

2002                       Ward Str  Gallery’ SYNTHESIS’ small works

2001                        School of Art, Dunedin ‘SYNTHESIS’ Large floor works

1998                        Milford Galleries, Dunedin ‘SHIELDS FOR THE PROCESS’

1993                        Aero Club Art Gallery, Port Chalmers ‘CROSSINGS’

1992                        Sarjeant Art Gallery, Wanganui ‘CROSSINGS’

                                Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North ‘CROSSINGS’

                                Fisher Gallery, Pakuranga, Auckland ‘CROSSINGS’

                                Centre for Contemporary Art Hamilton ‘CROSSINGS’

1988                        Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

1986                        Southland Art Gallery & Museum (Selected Works 1966-86)

                                New Vision Art Gallery, Auckland

1984                        Dunedin Public Art Gallery (Survey 1972-84)

1983                        Red Metro Gallery – Dunedin

1981                        Wellington City Art Gallery

1980                        CSA Christchurch – Bosshard’s Dunedin

1979                        Superior, Wisconsin, USA

1978                        Albert Park Survey Show Outdoor Works Auckland

                                Barrington Gallery, Auckland

                                Sarjeant Art Gallery, Wanganui

1977                        Data Gallery, Auckland

1972                        Osborne Gallery, Auckland


Exhibitions – Group

2004        Shape Shifter Lower Hutt. New Zealand Sculpture exhibition. ‘Tulipifera’.

                Milinthorpe Forest, Golden Bay. Environmental sculpture. ‘Pioneer Flame’

2003        ‘Co-incidence’ site-specific sculpture symposium Golden Bay, South Island (‘Equivocal Values’)

                ‘Cruising the Pacific’ 2 Dowling Street Gallery, Dunedin (‘Surge’) May

Tutor’ Cleverley, Webb, Scott, Ball, Nicholls, Gibson-Smith, Otley – Dowling Street Gallery (Synthesis Series) July

104th Jubilee, Dunedin Botanic Gardens, (Award) (Quercus Robur Insert #1) July

Strange things may work’ Bramwell, Cullen, Nicholls. Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin October

2002                ‘Changing Spaces’ Wellington Festival, MŪSA, February

                ‘Recent sculpture, Milford galleries, Dunedin

                ‘Beecroft Garden Exhibition of NZ Sculpture 2002 Takapuna Auckland

                Spiritual themes in Art ‘Time and Eternity’ St George’s Presbyterian Church, Takapuna

2001                ‘southern Wave’ University of Otago, Auckland Campus

2000        NZ Sculpture 2000, Beecroft Garden, Takapuna Auckland

1999        Te WA (The Space), Wanganui

                Summer Show, Milford House, Dunedin

                ‘Sculpture in the Garden’ governors Bay, Christchurch1998                ‘SENSOR’ Group, Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi, Auckland

1997                Submission Proposal Centre Piece Sculpture, Formosa Country Club South Auckland

1996        Artis Gallery, Parnell Auckland – Sculpture ‘96

1994        ‘Back to Back’ Lecturers Exhibition Carnegie Centre Gallery, Dunedin School of Art

1993        Guest Artist South Canterbury Art Society, Aigantighe Gallery, Timaru – Invited

1991                Maquette Submission, Auckland Maritime Museum

1990        Wood Symposium, Summer School, Wanganui

                Lecturers’ exhibition, School of Art, Otago Museum

                Curated School of Art Sculpture Exhibition Botanic Garden

1989                Maquette submission, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North

                Drawings by sculptors, CSA Gallery Christchurch

                ‘Out of the Woods’, Sarjeant Art Gallery, Wanganui

1986        Recent NZ Art Sculpture 1, ACAG, March 1986

                ‘5’ Ball, Hotere, Nicholls, Stevens, Sydney

                Carnegie Centre, Dunedin, October

                Maquette submission, Edminton Trust, Auckland

                Maquette submission, Tutanekai Mall, Rotorua

1985        Tutor Show, Otago Polytechnic School of Art, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, September

1983        BNZ Selected Sculptor for Maquette submission

1982        NZ Drawing Invitation, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

                CSA Christchurch ‘Autobiographical’

                NZSSPA –20th Anniversary, RKS and Auckland Public Art Gallery

                Fl. Balaena Bay, Wellington, ‘Full Stop’

                Red Metro, Dunedin, Fl Drawings, Maquette

1980        Hansells

                Dunedin Drawing Invitational

                Dunedin Artists Christchurch

                Aramoana Exhibition

                Wellington City Art Gallery

                Hocken Library, Dunedin

                NZSSP Projects Conceived or Achieved Barry Lett, Auckland

1979                Sculpture Festival, Dunedin

                Finalist Aotea Square Water Sculpture Competition

1978        NZ Sculptors at Mildura gallery Tour of NZ

                (Sept) NZSSP CSA Gallery, Christchurch NZ

                (April) Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Victoria, NSW

                (March) Auckland Painters & Sculptors ACAG

                (Feb – March) 5 Sculptors, New Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North

                Summer (Jan) Two environmental works with Diane Nicholls – Pakiri Beach North Auckland

1977        NZSSP Hastings Cultural Centre, Hawkes Bay, NZ

1975        NZSSP Barry Lett, Auckland

                Mildura Victoria Arts Festival

                12 NZ Artists Travelling Show, Australia

                Te Awamutu Festival, NZ

1974        Mask Show, Mildura

                Erotic Show, Barrington Gallery, Auckland

                Invited Artist, Hansells Annual Exhibition

                NZ Drawing, Auckland City Art Gallery

                Hansells Selected Sculpture, National Art Gallery, Wellington

                Letter Show Ewing Gallery, Melbourne University

                Hansells Exhibition

                Silent Auction, Govett Brewster, New Plymouth

1973                Sculpturescape 73 Mildura Triennial

                NZSSP Osborne Gallery Art Award

                Hansells Exhibition NZ Sculpture Masterton

1972        NZSSP 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Osborne Gallery

                NZ Sculpture (invitational) Govett Brewster New Plymouth

1971        QE II Travelling show with NZSSP

1970        Barry Lett Gallery, Auckland

                Fletcher Wood Sculpture , Auckland

1967                Whakatane Centennial Exhibition

1966        Eric Scholes Gallery, Rotorua

1963        Painters and Sculptors of Promise


Public Collections / Public Commissions*

2001                University of Otago, Commerce Building, Dunedin. Site Relocation, ‘Elan

1999        Custom House Quay Harbour Development, Dunedin. Site Relocation, ‘Toroa

1992                Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North. ‘Levels’ Steel, Wood

1991        Sarjeant Art Gallery, Wanganui. ‘Whanganui’ Mixed Woods

1989*      Dunedin Public Art Gallery. ‘Toroa

1988*      Aurora, Central Park, Auckland. ‘Mamaku’ Australian Hardwood

1986*                University of Otago.  ‘Bridge’ Australian Hardwood

                Robert McDougall Art Gallery Christchurch. ‘Spinal Motivation’ No 1, Sycamore / Paint

                Auckland City Art Gallery ‘Spine’ Australian Hardwood

1985                Southland Art Gallery & Museum. ‘New Land’ No 2 1975, Totara

1984        Dunedin Public Hospital. ‘Wisconsin No 1’ 1978, White Cedar

        *      Dunedin Public Hospital ‘Cross’ 1984 NZ  Southland Beech

                Dowse Art Gallery. ‘Wisconsin No 4’ 1979, Oak/Maple

                Dunedin Public Art Gallery

                                ‘Wisconsin No 5’ 1979, Oak/Maple

                                ‘New Land No 6’ 1976, Australian Hardwood/Metal

Maquette’ 1981, Australia Hardwood

Three Drawings

1982        NZ Consulate, Sydney. 100 Degree Twist

                Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wellington, ‘Duality’ Australian Hardwood 1965

1981*                University of Auckland; ‘Measure’ 1979 Australian Hardwood

                Wellington City Council Parks & Reserves. ‘Full Stop’ 1982 Steel/Rock/Wood

                National Art Gallery Wellington, ‘Lissom’ (Three times three) 1981, Steel/Australian Hardwood

1980        Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, ‘Constrictions’ 1980 Australian Hardwood/Steel

1979                University of Wisconsin Superior, ‘Wisconsin No 2’ 1978 Rocks/Maple

                University of Wisconsin Superior, Working Drawings

                University of Wisconsin River Falls, ‘Wisconsin No 6’ Artist-in-Residence

1978*      City of Edmonton, Alberta Canada, ‘Counter Poise’ Douglas Fir/Steel

1975                Auckland City Art Gallery, ‘New Land No 3’ Totara/Steel & Drawings

1973        Govett Brewster Art Gallery New Plymouth, ‘Untitled’ Kanuka/Kauri

1972        Mildura Sculpture Centre, Victoria, Australia, ‘Probe Series No 4’ Kanuka


Private Commissions

2003        Navigate – Judy Robinson, Dunedin

2002        Tango Dance - Private Collection, Auckland

1997        Cross - Les Williams, Dunedin

1997        River Guardian – Martyn Evans, Keri Keri North Auckland

1996        Rakaia – Allan Gibbs, North Auckland

1989        Untitled – Chris and Margaret Doudney, Dunedin

1988/9     Luff – Private Collection, Auckland

1986/7     Strata – John Gellert, Auckland

1985        Bud Form – Spencer Nicholls (Cement Fondue)

1984        Elan – Les & Marie Williams, Dunedin (Macrocapa)

1963        Three Copper Figures – John Bolton’s Menswear, Queen Street Auckland



Selected Bibliography


Bingham Russell                  The Commonwealth Sculpture Symposiums A Critical Assessment, 

 1978 Art Magazine, Canada Nov/Dec

Brown Gordon                      Aspects of recent New Zealand Sculpture, 1986-87 Art NZ Summer Vol 41

Brown Warwick                    100 NZ Artists (Sculptors, Printmakers, Photographers) 1996

Campbell Katy                      Changing Spaces, 2002 Art NZ, Spring Vol 104

Cape Peter                             Please Touch, 1980 p52

Christensen Margaret                In Their Element - NZ Sculptors at Hansells, 1980 NZ Listener May 24

Curnow Wystan                   Uneven Miscellany, 1986 NZ Listener May 10

                                                Flying the Flag #1 Sculpture Project, 1983 NZ Listener April 30

Dunn Michael                       A History of NZ Sculpture, 2002

Egger Chris                           Photography 1983 Art NZ Vol 29 Summer p13

Eggleton David                    Weight, Memory, Presence, 2004 Art NZ  No 111 Winter

Ellis Stephen                         Art Modernism Schmodernism, 1980 New Outlook May/June

Johnson Alexa                      Aspects of Recent Art Sculpture, 1986 Auckland City Art Gallery Catalogue

Hanly Pat & Gil                    Seven Artists Contribute to the Auckland School of Architecture, 1981

                                                Art NZ Vol 25

Leach Peter                           Sculpture and the varieties of illusion, 1984 Art NZ

                                                Art In Public – Peter Nicholls at the University of Otago, 1986 Art NZ Vol 39

The Politicising of Art, 1981 Art NZ Autumn

Lonie Bridie                           Peter Nicholls, 1984 Art NZ Vol 32

Milbank Bill                           Roots-routes, 1992, Crossings Catalogue

Pitts Priscilla                         Contemporary NZ Sculpture, 1992

New Sculpture in Auckland, 1986 Art NZ Winter

Raynor Paul                          Out of the Woods, 1990 Art NZ Winter Vol 55

Rowe Neil                              21 Sculptors in Masterton,  1980 Art NZ Vol 16

Scott John                             Crossings, The Journey of an Indigenous Man, 1993 Summer Art NZ No 65

Strathdee Barbara                 F1 New Zealand Sculpture Project, Sculptors International 1983 Vol 2 No 2

Tarlton John                         Recent Sculpture Auckland, 1978 Art NZ Vol 8

Ward Raymond                    Salute to Energy, 1984 NZ Listener May 5

Wedde Ian                            Charged Gaps, Contented Ecologies: the citizenship of Peter Nicholls, 1992 Crossings Catalogue

                                                NZ Sculptors at Mildura, Art Network 83/9 p69