Te Whanau A Kai, Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu

Angela Kilford is an artist based in Wellington. Through performance her practice investigates memory, memorialisation and landscape. Recent projects demonstrate a keen interest in contested memories within specific sites and seek to elevate oral histories as a means of recording the past.  Kilford’s inspiration comes from Māori concepts and knowledge shared amongst whānau (family), which disrupts colonial narratives and questions the way in which we value different types of knowledge.


Following the completion of her MFA at Massey University in 2014, Kilford has presented a number of performative art works in Wellington including projects for; The Performance Arcade, Enjoy Gallery, a walk series and exhibition for Toi Poneke and a group project at Te Whare Hera Gallery. Performing Mobilities expanded Kilford’s practice as she explored how the valuing of land of the first peoples of both Melbourne and Aotearoa New Zealand, disrupt Western narratives of place. In addition to her art practice, she has also written essays for the Mokopuna Island project and the Puke Ahu Anthology, which complements her non-fiction research published for the Memorial Park Alliance.

Concrete Quilt, 2012. 

Concrete Quilt, 2012. 


BDes Hons Textiles (2012)

By exploring aspects of memory and landscape through textile design processes, I created three-dimensional structures, which retained both a sense of permanence and anticipation. The heavy permanence of concrete is contrasted by the illusion of the quilt. By combining materials and ideas I explored the ambiguity of the objects.  The investigation of different dimensions and surfaces resulted in a collection of printed textiles and sculptures that combined digital imagery, hand painting and concrete.


Performing the Personal Essay: Encounters with Puke Ahu published online for Pukeahu: an exploratory anthology, August 2015.

Essay for Mokopuna Art Project, Mike Ting. Art and the Indiscernible. March 2015.

Welcoming our Warriors Home, Wellington’s Pohutukawa. 2014. For the Memorial Park Alliance.


2016, Rae, J. Essay – Walk on fallow lands 2. Published for Performing Mobilities by RMIT University: 2016.

2016, Ng, E (editor). No Stone Unturned. Online project for the Occasional Journal. Published online.

2015, Pointon, E. An Interview: