JOHN RADFORD b. 1965 Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Within my work I often comment on change or imagined change within my surrounds.

My work is held in private and public collections both in New Zealand and internationally.




Completing the Graft touring infrastructure


Completion of the last of the 256 Graft bay villas. Work on tour infrastructure.


Start of work on the final phase of Graft, Phase Four.


Construction of touring crates. Work on the infrastructure for the Graft project.


Phase Three of Graft completed. 220 Graft houses (of the 256 total) installed at the Gundry Street Old Folks Association Hall Auckland from September 29th – October 7th 2014. 4th Graft Street Party held Sept 29th and 30th for Graft house owners. Commissioned Don McGlashan to play ‘The Envy of Angels’ at the 4th Graft Street Party. Starred in Gabriel White’s feature film ‘Oracle Drive’ link to this https://vimeo.com/106091459


Phase Two of Graft completed. Third Graft Street Party with Panel Discussion, Status Appointment Ceremony and Performances by owners held at Ironbank 22nd October. Graft Phase three well underway.



Co starred in ‘Oracle Drive’, feature film by Gabriel White.
‘Occupying a territory somewhere between ironic essay film and reverie, Oracle Drive roves the well-mown desolation of the North Shore’s light-industrial urban fringe.’

Phase Two of the Graft installation is almost completed. Full trademark registration for the Graft name is finalized.

February. Performed as part Josh Rutter’s ‘Dance Like a Butterfly Dreamboy’ choreography on top of the Aotea centre  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AutO22HlBM4




Phase One of the Graft installation is completed.

2nd Graft street party held at Ironbank Karangahape Road.

(Graft Phase One, the work in progress)

In March 2011 I collaborated in the free improv performance piece with Ivan Mrsic, Jeff Henderson and James McCarthy for et al in the trans-cryption work at Michael Lett Gallery



Sinton Windows sculpture completed, installed on site in Whenuapai for NZTA.

Major developmental work on Graft project.

1st Graft Street party held in Q Theatre construction site in Queen Street on 27/10/10.



Initial conceptualizing of the Graft project. Design of Orange and Light Stampede installations



Slump appears in NZ Onshore group exhibition

Lux Flux installation commission completed at Britomart, Auckland central.

Sinton Road commission for Transit detailed design stage engaged

Member of avante guard object/music group Le Papiere Quartet

Design process on new commission to commemorate New Lynn Hotel started for Waitakere City.

Wallace awards entry


A Charming City May Day solo exhibition at The Gus Fisher Gallery.

This Other City public installation project around central Auckland streets.

The Sound of Rain Dominion Centenary commemoration bronze sculpture commissioned and installed in Potters Park Dominion Road Auckland.

Thanks A Lot Icarus Exhibition at Whitespace Gallery Auckland

Lux Flux light and shadow installation concept designed and commissioned for Britomart precinct in Auckland.

Winner of Best Short Documentary in the NZ Documentary Awards goes to the DVD documentary In the Night Kitchen which covers the 2006 Transplastic Bucket Fountain project



Held Transplastic Bucket Fountain Project in Cuba Mall during the 2006 Wellington International Festival of the Arts.

Transplasticizer Product Launch in Wellington with sales of ltd edition canned clay fragments from past Transplasticisms.

Transtatic exhibition at Mark Hutchins Gallery


Design and development of the Interpreter Sculpture for Panmure.

Development of the Transtatic works series.

Prep and arrange funding for The Cuba Mall Bucket Fountain Transplasticism

Started on Central Otago project

Held Transplastic Building installation in Vulcan Lane, central Auckland.
Guest lectures at Educol. 

Progress on Te Hapua Bay Project. 

Transplastic Motorbike installation at the Jeweller’s Gallery in Mount Eden.

Wallace awards entry 

Contracted as one of two project artists on the Panmure Design Concept Committee.
Completed collaborative design process for public kinetic wind sculpture with Yuk King Tan for placement in Panmure town centre.
Undertook major public Transplastic Automobiles project in the AK03 festival Sept – Oct.
Produced C.D. rom of the 
Transplastic Automobiles project.
Started sketch concept phase for a permanent outdoor sculptural installation at Te Hapua Bay on Lake Taupo. 

Undertook five week research trip to Italy studying contemporary and historic art, architecture and streetscapes. 
Built public sculpture Cube Rolling in London, installed work on site in Nottingham. 

Undertook two month public artwork/streetscape research project in Paris involving video and photographic documentation.

Produced site specific multi media work in 
World Service– a 40 artist group installation in Abbey park cemetery in North London in conjunction with the brilliant art event group Rotozaza .
Continued development on Transplastic concept. 

Started negotiations & submitted designs for a public outdoor sculpture commission In Nottingham. 

Produced 3 minute edit C.D. rom of my public works 

Solo exhibition at Crucial Traders, TIP the Bronze Works and others. 

Finalist in Viaduct Basin sculpture commissions. 

Artist’s Alliance committee member. 

September departed on Europe research trip. 

Research and documentation of significant contemporary and historic artwork and architecture in Holland and Britain. 

Started work on Transplastic concept. 

Completed and installed Teatube, the complex interior for VIC, sculpture one of the three TIP sculptures. 

Started preparation of bronze edition of TIP macquettes.

Completed construction of TIP sculptures in Western Park on Ponsonby Road Auckland.
Continued videoing all progress, edited this to a 10 minute video with soundtrack. 

Designed and managed major public multi media opening for the TIP works on 3rd December. 

Designed the three TIP works for Western Park Ponsonby.
Completed placement negotiations with council re siting of the TIP works.
1 private commission.
Guest lecturer at Unitec. 

Trip to Christchurch and Lyttelton to study cityscapes 

Completed Lanechange public artwork Mills Lane of Durham Street west central Auckland (first Public sculpture commission). 

Two private commissions. 

Guest lecturer at Unitec. 


Solo exhibition Shatter Series at City Workshop studios Auckland.
Started negotiations and designs for Durham Lane.
Completed Layer Plate, a large palimpsest painting in Mills Lane central Auckland.
2 private commissions.


Solo exhibition Fragment at Solla Sollew Mount Eden.
Two private commissions.

Solo exhibition 191 in 91 
at Warwick Brown Gallery.
Four private commissions

Group show Wellington Academy of Art. 4 private commissions.
Built topographical relief work of Auckland city.


Undertook research/documentation of streetscapes and stone architecture in Oamaru, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Completed two private commissions.
Built a studio.
Art history 1840 to the modern day” paper at Auckland University.



Group show Mind’s Eye A.S.A.
Solo exhibition Under The Hammer at A.S.A.
Semi finalist in A.G.C. young achievers awards.
Group show Artist’s Collusion at Pembridge, Auckland.
Tutored students in 3-D geometrical exploration at A.S.A.
Solo exhibition Flot at Sheraton in conjunction with The International Barrister’s Association Conference.



Winner of President’s Award Auckland Society of Art (A.S.A.).
Group show at Gallery Pacific. 

1982 – 1986

Studied and photographed the changes to Auckland’s built and natural environment.