Gemma Syme is a multidisciplinary artist based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Her works spans video, performance, digital technology, printmaking and painting.

Gemma’s work has been shown at galleries such as Christchurch City Gallery, Wellington City Gallery, Enjoy Gallery, The Physics Room, Adam Art Gallery and The New Zealand Film Archive. Her work has also been shown in Berlin, San Francisco and Japan.

She is part of art collective FANTASING with Bek Coogan, Sarah Jane Parton and Claire Harris who create work using installation, music and live performance.

Gemma has been making music and performing in bands since 2006, and utilises rock music tropes in her work. She uses an intersectional feminist “She-Punk” ethos as a vehicle to explore ideas of identity and gender politics.


2009 – Master of Fine Arts – Massey University, Wellington
2008 – Bachelor of Fine Arts – Massey University, Wellington


Audio Foundation 2016 Artist in Residence – Fantasing
The Physics Room 2015 Artist in Residence – Fantasing


2020 Catalogue, Penny Lane Records, Christchurch
2020 Shared Lines: Aotearoa, birdo flugas, Shiogama, Japan
2019 Compilation, Penny Lane Records, Christchurch
2019 Small Gestures II / Roast World, Strange Goods, Auckland
2019 A Short Run: A Selection of New Zealand Lathe-Cut Records, Object Space, Auckland
2019 Small Gestures, Art Hole, Christchurch
2019 Reverie: an exhibition of new works on paper, Winter Wander, Christchurch
2019 Shared Lines : Kaikoura (FANTASING performance) Memorial Hall, Kaikoura
2017 Shared Lines : Wellington (FANTASING performance), Thistle Hall, Wellington
2017 Political Party Broadcast (FANTASING video), Circuit, Online
2017 Cindy Sherman symposium (FANTASING performance + video), Wellington City Gallery
2016 Printmaking Exhibition, Fiksate Gallery, Christchurch
2016 Seen & Unseen, Depot Artspace, Auckland
2015 KHAL performance (Instant Fantasy performance) The Auricle, Christchurch
2015 Rocked Stars (FANTASING exhibition), The Engine Room, Wellington
2014 Goodnight Kiwi – Online NZ Art Film Festival, Circuit
2014 Stars Rocks (FANTASING residency and exhibition), Physics Room, Christchurch
2014 Two in the Pink – with Imogen Taylor, North Projects, Christchurch
2014 Ogogago – Curated by artist Seung Yul Oh, Wellington City Art Gallery
2014 Gaze #7: Generation Loss, San Francisco, USA
2013 Goodnight Kiwi, Ikono on air Festival, Berlin
2012 Imaginary Geographies, Courtney Place Park Light Box Project, Wellington
2011 DEFEND!, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington
2011 10:13 – Graduate Fine Arts students from SOFA’s first 10 years, Engine Room, Wellington
2011 Typical Girls, Film Archive, Wellington
2009 Square2, Wellington City Art Gallery
2009 Popular Fictions, The Engine Room , Wellington
2007 Insidious Pop II (drift), New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington
2007 Fronting Up: A Show of Performance for Video with Ronnie Van Hout, Terry Urbahn, Sarah Jane Parton, Campbell Patterson, Tahi Moore, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington