Sam Clague

Term : September 2020 – November 2020

Pacific-Leipzig stipendiary of the Goethe-Institut

Working in painting, sculpture, installation, video, and sound. The whole bit.

Clague’s works are elisions in the true sense of the word: as aporia, an irresolvable internal contradiction that gets to the heart of what it means to both reject and join forces with our turbid desires. Perhaps it’s something like the poet Anne Waldman describes when she takes on the dark spirit of Richard Nixon during a fire puja ceremony: in order to generate more compassion for the world we have to let in the negative energies as well as the positive.



BFA Hons (1st Class, majoring in oil painting) University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Christchurch

BFA (majoring in oil painting), University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Christchurch


2020 Drink The Ocean (solo), RM Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2020 TRAUMDENKEN 2000 (duo), Meanwhile Gallery, Wellington, NZ
2020 You Can’t Beat A River Into Submission (trio), Tanner St Studios, Christchurch, NZ
2019 A Hundred Rivers Collapse Upon Me (solo), Sosâge Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2019 RM Summer Residency Presentation, RM Project Space, Auckland, NZ
2018 Abject Failure (curated by Chloe Geoghegan), Hastings City Gallery, NZ
2018 Taste Nature (solo), Ilam SoFA Campus Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
2017 The Tomorrow People (group), The Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ
2017 Post Late Pleasure Garden (solo), DIRT Gallery, Dunedin, NZ/Online
2017 Impact (solo), Corner Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2017 Big Spread (group), NEXT Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
2017 [sic] (duo), Chambers 241, Christchurch, NZ
2016 John Fries Finalist Exhibition, UNSW Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2016 It, Going On (group), LOG Recording, Christchurch, NZ (self organized and curated)
2015 Digiteel, The Casting Room, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
2015, Summer Gala (group fundraising exhibition), North Projects, Christchurch, NZ


2018 Kotlarczyk, A. I, Us, Them: A dark triad, radiating out from a centre and closing in,
2018 Geoghegan, C. It’s the end of the world as we know it (produced for Taste Nature Ilam exhibition catalogue),
2017 Geoghegan, C. Murmurings and Millennials: A Review of The Tomorrow People,


Exhibiting Finalist – Molly Morpeth Canaday – Painting and Printmaking Award 2017
Exhibiting Finalist – John Fries Award 2016
Exhibiting Finalist – Molly Morpeth Canaday – Painting and Printmaking Award 2016
Exhibiting Finalist – Parkin Drawing Prize 2016