2002 − 2004 Master of Fine Arts, Honours. Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.
2000 − 2001 Post-Graduate Diploma in Art History. Victoria University of Wellington.
1988 – 1991 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture major). Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.


Erasing code worlds. Bowen Galleries, Wellington. 1 April – 5 May.
Midway: a Collectif Génération collaboration by John Yau & Kathy Barry. The Chartwell Gallery, Objectspace, Auckland. 30 September – 26 November.
Transmission. Bowen Galleries, Wellington. 20 February – 11 March.
On Paper: Drawings from the Wallace Arts Trust. Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre. 16 January – 26 February.
INCERTEZA VIVA (Live Uncertainty) 32nd Bienal de São Paulo. Curated by Jochen Volz, Gabi Ngcobo, Júlia Rebouças, Lars Bang Larsen and Sofía Olascoaga. With assistance by Fundação Bienal de São Paulo and Creative New Zealand, Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa. Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo. 10 September – 11 December.
Space Echo. Bowen Galleries, Wellington. 28 September – 18 October.
Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits. Guest curated by Lars Bang Larsen and Marco Pasi. With Georgiana Houghton, Yuri Ancarani, Jan Bäcklund, Belle Bassin, Vincent Ceraudo, Mikala Dwyer, Max Ernst, Madame Favre, Chiara Fumai, Diena Georgetti, Madge Gill, Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj, Susan Hiller, Susan Jacobs, Jess Johnson, Kristine Kemp, Joachim Koester, David Lamelas, Dane Mitchell, Matt Mullican, Olivia Plender, Lea Porsager, Laurent Schmid, Georgina Starr and Dorothea Tanning. Monash University Museum of Art / MUMA, Melbourne. 22 April – 27 June.
Homeworld: Kathy Barry and Isobel Thom. Te Uru, Waitakere Contemporary Art Gallery, Auckland. December 2014 – February 2015.
National Contemporary Art Award. Waikato Museum, Hamilton.
Tickets to the Paper World. Bowen Galleries, Wellington. 11 March – 6 April.
Summer Show 2012. Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland. December 2012 – February 2013.
Tickets to the Paper World, McCahon House Post Residency Exhibition. Corbans Estate Art Centre (CEAC), Waitakere City. 16 November – 20 January 2013.
Group Show: Alexandra Kennedy, David Morrison, Esther Leigh, Geoffrey Heath, Kathy Barry, Lianne Edwards, Miranda Parkes, Monique Jansen. Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland. 4 May – 9 June.
Quattro. Monique Jansen, Kathy Barry, Alexandra Kennedy and Sarah Munro. Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland. 22 February – 22 March.
Auckland Art Fair. The Cloud, Auckland Waterfront and Victoria Street billboard series, Auckland.
Paper, Gold, Silver. Bowen Galleries, Wellington. 16 March – 2 April.
Ensolite. Bowen Galleries Window, Wellington.
Folded Room/ Paths Crossing. RM Gallery, Artist Project Space, Auckland. 10 – 26 March.
Invisible Ink, a drawing installation. Bowen Galleries Window, Wellington.
Porchlight, Recent Paintings. Bowen Galleries, Wellington. 10 – 28 May.
COCA Anthony Harper Award for Contemporary Art. Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch.
Happy the World so Made, Kathy Barry and Sarah Munro. Snowhite Gallery, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland. 30 March – 17 April.
Fold-up, works on paper. Room 103 Gallery, Artist Project Space, Auckland.
The Pretty Show. Group show with Julien Dyne, Alexandra Kennedy, Marie Lelievre, Maurice Lye, Annie Mackenzie, Mirabel Oliver and Justine Walker. High Street Project, Artist Project Space, Christchurch. 3 – 18 December.
National Drawing Award. Artspace, Auckland. The Physics Room, Christchurch.
The 17th Annual Wallace Art Awards. The Aotea Centre, Auckland. The New Dowse, Wellington.
The Drawing Show. The Engine Room, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington.
Norsewear Art Award. Hawke’s Bay Exhibition Centre, Hastings.
Irma’s Throat, A Paper Installation. Masters Graduation Exhibition. Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland.
Botanica. Originated by the Adam Art Gallery, curated by Zara Stanhope. The Gus Fisher Gallery, The Kenneth Myers Centre, The University of Auckland. 13 July – 31 August.
Surprise, A Christmas Exhibition. Curated by Rebecca Wilson, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington.
Botanica. Curated by Zara Stanhope. Adam Art Gallery, Te Pataka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington. 11 August – 7 October.
Botanical Drawings. Crema Gallery, Wellington.
Practicing Beauty. Catherine Bagnall, Kathy Barry, Emma Febvre-Richards and Maddie Leach. Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington. 28 July – 27 August.


Femisphere, Edition #2. Edited by Judy Darragh and Imogen Taylor, 2019.
Hurrell, John. “Collaborating Artists’ Books”, Eyecontact. 18 October 2017.
Yau, John, “Visual Magic”. Gregory O’Brien, “Air space and wind harp – Kathy Barry’s drawings for Midway”. Midway: a Collectif Génération collaboration by John Yau & Kathy Barry. Exhibition publication. Objectspace, Auckland, 2017.
Jassaud, Gervais. “Midway. John Yau and Kathy Barry”. Gervais Jassaud – Artists books publisher as auteur. Web. 2017.
Feeney, Warren. “Auckland gallery Objectspace setting its sights on expansion”. Web. 10.03. 2017.
Volz, Jochen, Júlia Rebouças, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Gabi Ngcobo, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Lars Bang Larsen and Elizabeth Povinelli. “INCERTEZA VIVA/Live Uncertainty”. Exhibition catalogue. Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil. 2016.
Kryger, Mathias. “With the Eyes Deep in the Mud”. Kunstkritikk. Web. 15.09.2016.
Pasi, Marco. “The Hidden Hand”, Tate Etc. magazine. ipad App. Issue 37, Summer 2016.
Gardiner, Sue. “In Search of the the Otherworldly”. Artnews New Zealand, Autumn 2016, p.100-103.
Bang Larsen, Lars. “New Forms of Agency”. Spike Art Quarterly, Vienna/Berlin, Issue 46 Winter 2015, p. 50-57.
Bang Larsen, Lars and Marco Pasi. “Believe Not Every Spirit, But Try the Spirits”. Exhibition catalogue. Monash University Museum of Art/MUMA, Melbourne, 2015.
Hanfling, Edward. “Exhibitions/Auckland. Homeworld: Kathy Barry and Isobel Thom”, Art New Zealand, Number 153/ Autumn 2015, p.37.
Hurrell, John. “Thom and Barry at Te Uru”. EyeContact, 2015.
Bryant, Jan. “Homeworld”. Exhibition catalogue. Design by Clouds Publishing. 2014.
Gardiner, Sue. “Let’s talk about abstraction”. Artnews New Zealand, Winter, 2012, p. 88-93.
Hurrell, John. “The Edges of Geometry”. EyeContact, 2012.
McNamara, TJ. “From the sublime to the meticulous”. New Zealand Herald, 4.03. 2012.
Sanderson, Pippa. “Drawn to Paint: Materiality and transcendence in the work of Kathy Barry”. Art New Zealand, Number 137, Autumn 2011, p. 66-67.
Amery, Mark. “Furiously Competing Dissolving Grids”. EyeContact, 2010.
Hurrell, John.“Unitec Show”. EyeContact, 2009.
Pickens, Robyn. “Snap to grid”. Happy the World so Made. Exhibition Catalogue. Snowhite Gallery. 2009.
Barnett, Rod, et al. “Botanica”. Exhibition catalogue. Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, 2001.


“Talking Drawing: Kathy Barry, Ben Cauchi, Matt Ellwood”. Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, April 2016. Panel discussion moderated by Stephen Cleland.
Barry, Kathy and Dr Jan Bryant (Senior Lecturer MADA). Monash University Museum of Art/MUMA, Melbourne, April 2015. Floor talk.
“Homeworld”. Te Uru, Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland, January 2015. Floor talk.
Phillips, Emilia (ed.). “A Collaborative Interview on Collaborations”. 32 Poems. Part 2, Web, 28 June 2013.
“Bridges/Kathy Barry & Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman”. Magazine cover, gatefold and practitioner showcase. Threaded Magazine, Edition XIII, 2012.
Barry, Kathy. “Tickets to the Paper World”. Corbans Estate Art Center, November 2012. Floor talk.
Barry, Kathy. “Bridget Riley: Science and her reception in the sixties”. Bridget Riley: paintings and preparatory works 1961–2004. City Gallery Wellington, Te Whare Toi, 2004. Public lecture.
Barry, Kathy. “On Thin Ice”. Gallery Six: The Ice Rink and the Lilac Ship. Christina Barton (ed.). Published by the Waikato Museum of Art & Science with assistance from CNZ, Arts council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, 2003.
Barry, Kathy. Botanica. Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, 2001. Floor talk.


Visual Arts Residency, Vermont Studio Center. Vermont, United States of America. June – August 2012.
17th Artist-in-Residence, McCahon House Artists’ Residency. French Bay, Auckland, February – May 2012.


Creative New Zealand/ Arts council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa. Arts Grant. Participation in 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil. 2016.
Creative New Zealand/Arts council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa. Arts Board Quick Response Grant. Vermont Studio Center Residency, USA. 2011.


The Koopman Collection. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands.
Sir George Grey Special Collections. Heritage Collections Auckland Libraries.
The University of Auckland Art Collection.
Wellington City Council Art Collection.
The Collection of The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: The NZ Embassy in Berlin, The NZ High Commission in London, The NZ High Commission in Pretoria, The NZ High Commision in Singapore.
The James Wallace Arts Trust Collection.
Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.
Private Collections in New Zealand and the United States.


Kathy has taught contextual studies, art history & theory, and studio-based papers at the Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland; School of Visual Arts, Unitec, Auckland and the College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington.