Dr Rebecca Hobbs

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Email: rebecca.hobbs@aut.ac.nz

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Academic appointments:

  • Senior Lecturer, School of Art & Design, Auckland University of Technology, (2019 - ongoing)
  • Postgraduate Supervisor, Whitecliffe College of Arts (2019 - ongoing)
  • Postgraduate Supervisor, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (2017 - 2018)
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Creative Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology, (2008 - 2017)


  • Doctor of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland
  • Master of Fine Arts, California Institute of the Arts
  • Honours, The Victorian College of the Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Art, The Victorian College of the Arts
  • Certificate, Te Pihinga Māori Lanuguage I (MAOR601), Auckland University of Technology


I have lived in Aotearoa for fifteen years and am originally from Black River in far north QLD Australia, which is Wulgurukaba country. My approach to pedagogy actively affirms diverse standpoints through socially located methods that are consultative, contextual, embodied, reciprocal, experiential and collaborative. Whilst my creative practice focuses on collaboration to create performative artworks that mostly celebrate dynamic bodies and their relationship with specific sites. On completing a BVA at the Victorian College of the Arts I received the Samstag Scholarship, which permitted me to attain a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. The University of Auckland recently approved my practice-led research DocFA project entitled Ngā puia o Ihumātao, in this continuing work I attempt to operate as an accomplice to mana whenua Māori in their decolonial actualisation of Tino Rangatiratanga.

Teaching summary:

Visual Arts Theory One & Two
MESH - Photographic Practices - Lucid Image
MESH - Photographic Practices - The Image
MESH - Photographic Practices - Manipulated Image
MESH - Photographic Practices - Directed Image
Communication Design - Narrating Urban Poetics - Storytelling
Communication Design - Materials & Media - Animation
Communication Design - Materials & Media - Visual Asset Design
Supervision of postgraduate candidates at the Whitecliffe College of Arts.

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Photo Media Department Advisory Board, Whitecliffe (2019 - ongoing)
  • Member, Art and Design Queer Reading Group (2018 - ongoing)
  • Member, Save Our Unique Landscape (2015 - ongoing)
  • Member, Document Research Group (2014 - ongoing)
  • Member, CIRCUIT New Zealand Artists’ Film and Video (2013 - ongoing)

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • Todd Trust Scholarship in Fine Arts, University of Auckland (2017)
  • Albert-Eden Local Board Grant, Albert-Eden Local Board (2015)
  • MIT Research Fund, Manukau Institute of Technology (2015)
  • NZJEP Grant, New Zealand Japan Exchange Program (2014)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

Journal articles

Creative works

Conference contributions

  • Hobbs, R., Ash (Tosh), A., Jansen, D., & Harvey, M. (2019). Listening as an act of empowerment: I am all ears. In AAANZ 2019 Conference. Auckland: The University of Auckland. Retrieved from http://aaanz.info/

  • Fricker, A., & Hobbs, R. (2019). This is the way it has always been. In Association for Visual Pedagogies: 2019 International AVP Conference. Melbourne: RMIT University. Retrieved from https://visualpedagogies.com/

  • Hobbs, R. A. (2018). It is all in the name. In The Association for Visual Pedagogies Symposium. Tāmaki Makaurau: Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland. Retrieved from https://visualpedagogies.com/2018-symposium/

  • Hobbs, R. A. (2017). Ipu ki uta, ihu ki tai. In Ipu ki uta, ihu ki tai. Tāmaki Makaurau: ST PAUL St Gallery. Retrieved from https://stpaulst.aut.ac.nz/symposium/2017-symposium


  • Hobbs, R. (2017). Ngā puia o Ihumātao (the volcanoes of Ihumātao). (The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from https://stpaulst.aut.ac.nz/

Oral presentations

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