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



Group show – painting
Penny Lane Records, Christchurch
13 August – 12 September

Shared Lines: Aotearoa
Group show – printmaking work
birdo flugas, Shiogama, Japan
22 February – 2 March


Group show, photographic and print work
Penny Lane Records, Christchurch
12 December – early 2020

Small Gestures II / Roast World
Printmaking Exhibition with Pat Kraus
Strange Goods, Auckland
28 November

A Short Run: A Selection of New Zealand Lathe-Cut Records
Fantasing record in group show
Object Space, Auckland
19 Oct–30 Nov 2019

Small Gestures
Printmaking Exhibition
Art Hole, 336 St Asaph St
13 – 17 August

Reverie: an exhibition of new works on paper
Drawing work – Madonna 1990
Winter Wander at The BNZ Center, 111 Cashel Street, Christchurch

Shared Lines : Kaikoura
FANTASING performance
Memorial Hall
21 February


Shared Lines : Wellington
FANTASING performance
Thistle Hall
20 October


Printmaking Exhibition
Drypoint prints
Fiksate Gallery, Christchurch
4 – 6 November

Seen & Unseen
Prints: canterbury-goth1, canterbury-goth2, canterbury-goth3, canterbury-goth4
Depot Artspace, Auckland
30 April – 13 May


Women in Electronic Music – panel discussion for Audacious Festival
Chaired a panel discussion with artists Sarah Ann Kelleher, Kerry Coulshed, Stainer-Black Five, and Flo Wilson.
The Auricle, Christchurch
25 October

KHAL performance – A performative iteration of Helga Fassonaki’s project Khal
Instant Fantasy – performing ‘One Song Two Sides Bold Breathing’
The Auricle, Christchurch
9 October

Rocked Stars
FANTASING exhibition
The Engine Room, Wellington
31 March – 24 April


Goodnight Kiwi – Online NZ Art Film Festival
Video: This is driving me quackers
20 December – 4 January 2015

Stars Rocks
FANTASING residency and exhibition
Physics Room, Christchurch
12 December – 15 February 2015

Two in the Pink – with Imogen Taylor
Video: Stunt Double
North Projects, Christchurch
October 31 – November 22

Ogogago – Curated by artist Seung Yul Oh
Video: Smile
Wellington City Art Gallery
17 August

Gaze #7: Generation Loss
Video: UNDA PRESSURE (Naive Melody)
San Francisco, USA
March 27

Camp A Low Hum
Co-curator with FANTASING
Wainuiamata, NZ
February 7-9


Goodnight Kiwi or; Tonight’s broadcast has now ended, regular transmission will resume at 6am
Video: This is driving me quackers
Ikono on air Festival, Berlin
Sept 6 – 29

The Porn Project
Video: Lightning Flasher
Karangahape Road
August 8 – 18


Video: Chris chilling to The Chills – as remembered by Jana and Gemma, Dom listening to Pink Frost about to kill girl in bathtub – as remembered by Jana and Gemma, Lulu and Minnie dancing to The Chicks – as remembered by Claire and Gemma
Film Archive
November 22 – February 2

Imaginary Geographies
Photo: EFGH
Courtney Place Park Light Box Project
February – April

Camp A Low Hum
Performance/Video: Fantasing
February 10 – 12


Performance: DEFEND!
Adam Art Gallery
November 30

10:13 – Graduate Fine Arts students from SOFA’s first 10 years
Print: The Doors of Perception (this is all too real)
Engine Room
November 4 – 19

Typical Girls
Video: UNDA PRESSURE (Naive Melody)
October 13 – November 26

Campus A Low Hum
Performance: Donald Dumb – QUACKERS LIVE
Flock House, Bulls
February 11 – 13


The Second Enjoy Five Year Retrospective Catalogue
Work: WHY?
Published Nov 2010

A Horse Walks into a Bar
Video: I’m QUACKERS (2008)
Film Archive lounge
October 6 – November 20


Video: I’m the King of the Castle (2008)
Square2 Gallery – Wellington City Art Gallery
June 29 – July 26

Popular Fictions
Installation and video: I’m the King of the Castle
The Engine Room – Massey University, Wellington
May 28 – June 29


Workshopping Performance Series
Performance by Feline Groovy
Enjoy Gallery
May 15 – 31


Insidious Pop II (drift)
Performance: Feline Groovy with Eugene Hansen
New Zealand Film Archive
Nov 1

Hey Student!
Video: Pounding Pussy
New Zealand Film Archive
Sept 21- Oct 13

Fronting Up: A Show of Performance for Video with Ronnie Van Hout, Terry Urbahn, Sarah Jane Parton, Campbell Patterson, Tahi Moore, Gemma Syme
Video: Gummie Panties
Enjoy Gallery
August 2 – 11