Alexander Sarsfield


Tēnā koe, I am a Māori artist of Ngāi te Rangi and Ngāti Hako descent. Dabbling across various crafts, I have a particular love (and hate) for both ceramic and textile sculpture. More recently, I have been learning the techniques of raranga (weaving) and enjoy a community and research-based creative practice. I often find myself pondering the subtleties of everyday interaction that inform identity.

As a Canberra based artist, I live and work on Country of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples. Tēnā koutou, ko te tangata taketake.

Curriculum Vitae


Current    Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Kaupae 5)

2023    Australian National University, Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Awards and Prizes

2023      Craft + Design Canberra Emerging Contemporaries Award, ANU School of Art and Design, ACT

2023      Goulburn Regional Art Gallery Exhibition Award, ANU School of Art and Design, ACT

2023      Art Monthly Australasia Subscription Award, ANU School of Art and Design, ACT

2023      Tuggeranong Arts Centre Exhibition Award, ANU School of Art and Design, ACT

2023      Main prize, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize 2023, ACT

2023      The Local Artist Award, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize 2023, ACT

2017      First prize for Innovation and Execution, ANU Blueprint Design Showcase, ACT

Selected Exhibitions

2024     Emerging Contemporaries, Craft and Design Canberra, ACT

2023     School of Art and Design Graduating Exhibition, Australian National University, ACT

2023     M16 Artspace Drawing Prize 2023, M16 Artspace, ACT

2023     ANU School of Art and Design Drawing Prize, ANU SoAD Gallery, ACT

2023     Sensory Bodies, M16 Art Space, ACT

2022     Safe Scenes, Gorman Arts Centre, ACT

2022     Nestings, Tributary Projects, ACT

2021     Artists' Book Showcase, Intermission Gallery, VIC

2020     Beyond, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

2019      Box, Monash University, VIC

2019      Small Works Art Prize, Brunswick St Gallery, VIC

2019      Artist Meet and Greet, Saint Charlie Bar, VIC

2017      Inner North Art Prize, The Front Gallery and Cafe, ACT

2017      In Bloom: The Art of Becoming, 107 Projects, NSW

2017      ANU Blueprint Design Showcase, Australian National University, ACT

Published Work, Commissions and Grants

2024      Submissions to Pūhia: journal for Māori art and literature (issue 2), p46, Māori Lit Blog, Auckland Aotearoa

2023      Submission to Bossy(ed.9 Vestige), p50, Māori Lit Blog, The ANU Women’s Department Magazine, ACT

2022    Submission to Queer Masculinities Zine (issue 1), DEiFY Canberra, ACT

2022    Commission for Capital of Equity Strategy Second Action Plan, Office of LGBTIQ Affairs, ACT>

2021    Commission for ANU BIPOC Department, ACT

2017    Grant for In Bloom: The Art of Becoming, Heaps Gay & Trans Sydney Pride, NSW

2017    Illustration for formal Ticket Design, Narrabundah College

2017    Commission forAeon Academy, ACT