Bobbie Gray is a New Zealand born, Auckland-based artist whose work covers a range of disciplines including, sculpture, moving image, painting, installation, curation and project development. Bobbie attended Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. Bobbie graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and was a finalist for the Whikiriwhi Scholarship.
Domestically Bobbie has been a finalist in the Estuary Art Awards 2020 with her work A Fine Mess, has been awarded a Highly Commended for her submission Resident Alien in the 2017 at Eden Art Awards, and had her work Upward Fall chosen for inclusion as part of the prestigious Wallace Arts Trust collection.
Currently Bobbie is working on Wisteria Lane, a hanging installation which continues to grow and transform pedestrianised areas in the Central Business Districts around the country. Bobbie is also working on Kowhai Grove, a permanent, site specific, installation commissioned by Tauranga City Council. The work is made of thousands of Kowhai flowers made from plastic recyclables in collaboration with the Bay of Plenty community, illuminated by programmable LEDs into an immersive, responsive light installation that will eventually take over an entire downtown laneway.
Bobbie has exhibited at various locations internationally. Career highlights to date include having her video installation, Digital Garden projected onto the internal walls of historic Coventry Cathedral (UK) and at the World Heritage and UNESCO site The Medina of Tunis (Tunisia). In addition to this, Bobbie’s video series Resident Alien was chosen to feature in Windows 98, a touring exhibition in Iran.
In 2019 Bobbie was successful in her application to work alongside 8 international artists in a residency in Cassis, France. Here Bobbie furthered her craft and her understanding of other cultures, perspectives and approaches to both art and the environment.
Bobbie founded and facilitates an artist-run-initiative Comet Project Space, where she has curated several events which have a focus on creating a space where people can meet, generate connections and work collaboratively. Comet Project Space now operates as a pop-up gallery and platform for collaborative projects and community activations.