Excited to share news of my video work 'Mark Making, Slowly' - a finalist in the 2022 Parkin Drawing Prize. Later it was awarded a merit, one of ten highly commended.


As part of the Niniwa Collective, I'm very excited to share: Te Whenua Tupu Ora, which has been a few years in the making. A projection onto Niniwa sandhills in the Hokianga Harbour, it explores environmental issues including Kauri dieback disease.


Honored to be one of two recipients of 'Wild Creations', an initiative of DoC and Creative NZ. I'll be spending three months working on a new project in the Waipoua Forest, Hokianga.


Coming up later in February, I am excited to be taking part in two events in Wellington: The Performance Arcade (a collaboration with Mick Douglas) and Te Papa's 'Into the Open' (as part of the NZ Festival).


I've been invited back to exhibit in Berlin as part of Berlin Science Week (26th Oct - 5th Nov, 2018), with a request to show video "Chrysaora Colorata."

Excited to share that I'll be traveling to Berlin soon to take part in an exhibition 'Evolutionary Biology - Appealing to the Populous', Nov. 1st - Nov.17th. http://www.artscienceexhibits.com
"This large-scale art/science exhibition presents scientific ideas within fine art as a petition for species preservation. Featuring a wide-range of multimedia artworks providing numerous pathways for understanding, “Appealing to the Populous” also functions as an appeal for greater interaction between artists and scientific communities" (from the Berlin Science Week website).
Thanks to: Greg Whitecliffe Memorial Charitable Trust, Jan Warburton Charitable Trust and Lufthansa German Airlines for their support and making this possible.

Opening my solo exhibition NATURA NATURANS, A MOVING IMAGE SURVEY at Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga. A semi survey of my video work over the last eight years.

At Aratoi Museum of Art and History in Wairarapa, is my solo show titled 'just one breath'. This video/photographic installation is a response to my time on Long Island, Bahamas where in 2015 I was one of seven international participants of 'Deep Anatomy', a performance/art symposium. This ran alongside 'Vertical Blue' the international free diving competition held at Dean's Blue Hole.
For more info: http://www.aratoi.org.nz/exhibition/2016/03/denise-batchelor-just-one-breath

Today at 6pm The Performance Arcade opens to the public and includes my video installation 'Chrysaora Colorata' (scientific name given to this species of jellyfish). This is the first of a series of underwater work I've been filming this past year.
For more info: www.theperformancearcade.com

It's been a wonderful summer on the road, creating a new body of work. I've also been accepted to take part in Deep Anatomy, an art/performance/cultural program organized to complement Vertical Blue, an international free-diving competition, taking place in the Bahamas. My project is titled One Breath and I am currently crowd-funding to help make this possible. For more information: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/one-breath

Happy New Year indeed and looking forward to this, my first group exhibition of 2015. Nuku: Symbols of Mana, is curated by the 2014 Blumhardt Intern, Bridget Reweti and takes place in the Blumhardt Gallery, Dowse Museum, Wellington. The show features works by Maureen Lander, Octavia Cook, Tui Emma Gillies, Denise Batchelor, Erena Baker, Pauline Bern and Candice Stock, as well as two new works by Saffron Te Ratana and Joanna Langford. http://dowse.org.nz/exhibitions/detail/nuku-symbols-of-mana

After much organizing, I have managed to squeeze my previous life of house and two acres in Oraita, Auckland, into a small but cosy VW campervan and today set out to travel New Zealand while making new work. You can follow my journey in the travel blog section of this website.

Honored to be named Overall Winner of the 2014 Waikato River Art Awards!

Overall winner - Denise Batchelor
Youth award - Casey Carsel
Waikato-Tainui award - Darren Wise

'A Way of Seeing' is an exhibition from my Auckland Regional Parks Residency 2013 and is showing at Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Auckland through April. You can also view the documentary by Kirsty MacDonald, about my residency here:

Residency - New Pacific Studio, Mt Bruce
For the next three months I will be taking up residency in the Wairarapa at New Pacific Studio, Mt Bruce. As House Manager and Artist in Residence, I look forward to supporting other AIRs while working on a new body of work in the region.

Auckland Regional Parks Artist Residency at Awawhata begins!
I will be living and working in the Waitakere Ranges and exploring the pristine west coast/forest environment until 12/12/2013. Upcoming artist talk and exhibition dates to be announced.